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Jul 11, 2011 07:27 AM

DC/Inner Harbor Suggestions

Hi. We will be traveling to DC in August. We plan to stop at the Inner Harbor Area on the way down, a Friday evening, and would appreciate a moderately priced suggestion for dinner. It can be casual. We are also interested in locating a place for dinner in Alexandria, for either Saturday or Sunday evening. We are not stuck on Alexandria, so anything in the area would be appreciated. Thanks so much!!!

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  1. What sort of place are you looking for in Alexandria? There are some great places, but it depends on cuisine, price, etc.

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    1. re: katecm

      My friends prefer not Mexican, Thai or Indian. Nothing too spicy. I looked at The Chart House, but we have one in the area, here. I guess either steak and seafood, or contemporary cuisine. My friends that we are traveling with are not as adventurous asy husband and myself. Thanks.

    2. For Alexandria, perhaps Hank's Oyster Bar would be a good choice, or the Majestic. Not too wierd, but also good. Columbia Firehouse might work too.

      Hank's Oyster Bar
      1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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      1. Unfortunately, anything within a few miles of the Inner Harbor is generally on the pricey side of moderate. If you travel about a mile or so east of the harbor, there are a couple of choices you could check out. Both are a little pricey to me, but that might just be my empty wallet talking. If you travel about a mile east on Pratt St, you'll come to Obrycki's (1727 E Pratt, near Broadway). Famous for crabs and seafood, but you can also get sandwiches. Prices are generally $20-30 for entrees, and roughly $10-$15 for sandwiches.

        About 2 miles east on Boston St is Bo Brooks' (2701 Boston St), which is similar to Obrycki's. The prices are generally the same as well, but pasta will run you about $10-$15.

        Speaking of pasta, if that's your thing, you might want to check out a number of the restaurants in Little Italy, which is a couple blocks east of the Inner Harbor. Everyone has their favorite restaurants in Little Italy, but all of them are quite good. Keep in mind that pretty much all of the restaurants in Little Italy are a bit beyond what most people would call "moderate" in price. Expect to pay about $25-$45 per entree at most places, although Amicci's is closer to moderate.

        If you're determined to stay in the Inner Harbor area, you might want to check out Rusty Scupper (402 Key Highway). Seafood restaurant, with nice views of the harbor, but with tourist prices. Prices here are about even with Little Italy at $25-45 per entree.

        You mentioned you weren't too interested in certain ethnic foods, but may I suggest Little Havana Restaurant (1325 Key Highway, a few blocks further down from Rusty Scupper). Obviously a Cuban menu. If you've never tried Cuban food, you're really missing out!

        231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

        Bo Brooks Restaurant
        2701 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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        1. re: Beeracuda

          I don't have a favorite in Little Italy - nearly everything I've had there has been mediocre at best as well as overpriced, unless you count Isabella''s for pizza and sandwiches. There are good places in Fell's Point and Federal Hill that are moderately priced.

          But yeah, whatever you do avoid Little Italy.

          1. re: JonParker

            Yeah, I'd describe Little Italy as astoundingly bad, for a neighborhood that famous. AnnEEE, could you elaborate on what you mean by moderately priced? Do you want a culinary experience to remember or some decent pub grub?

        2. Try Cinghiale in the Inner Harbor -- they have a prix fixe menu for $59/person for a 4 course meal. Birches may also fit your bill of casual, moderately priced food.

          If you're willing to drive outside of Alexandria, try Trummer's on Main in Clifton, VA. If you're looking for a special meal, a couple of the better restaurants in the area, like Palena and Citronelle, have cafes/lounges that offer more moderately priced versions of what is served in their normal restaurants.

          In Alexandria, La Tasca (spanish tapas) is good, and there is plenty to choose from so your friends can find something that's in keeping with their non-spicy tastes.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

          La Tasca
          Alexandria, VA, Alexandria, VA

          822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

          1. If proximity to a waterview is your main goal in Baltimore, I'd recommend Nick's Fish House just off of 95 for moderate-priced seafood on their outdoor deck. Another option is Miguel's in Locust Point for Mexican. Miguel's is near Ft McHenry--in addition to having a great new visitor center, there's also amazing views of the harbor.

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            1. re: shorty40cdm

              Thanks to all of you for your suggestions. I will share them with my friend. I would probably stay away from Little Italy, as we are over run with terrific places in NY. I'd love to try the Cuban suggestions or one of the seafood options mentioned. Thanks again!!

              Little Italy Restaurant
              6920 Bradlick Shopping Ctr, Annandale, VA 22003