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Jul 12, 2011 04:55 PM

Hard call

ok figure this one. My brother's 50th birthday. I had thought Bucks, Cashions, maybe Birch and Barley. He does not eat anything from the sea. Now he says maybe something with an asian flavor with perhaps a bit of heat. My sister in law does not like South Asian food. It should probably be downtown, but at least bus/taxi from downtown. I thought Zengo, but the mixed metaphor there does not work for me. (I find it too, well, something, but this is not about Zengo).

Anyone have any thoughts? Elyssa?

Zengo Restaurant
781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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  1. How about The Source? I've only had excellent meals there, and there's definitely an Asian slant to it. It's also a gorgeous space. And maybe drinks by the piano at 701 after?

    1. What is your price range? I agree with Katecm that the Source might be your best bet. I've only been there for lunch and happy hour but have reallly liked everything I've tasted (including beef/steak dishes). It's a nice place to celebrate (I'm even considering it for my big birthday coming up in October---and the Obama's dined there recently).

      If the Source is out of your price range perhaps Zentan. I've had a Korean-style steak dish there that was delicious. Probably a little something for everyone there and tasty cocktails as well.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Mandu might work, too. Lots of meaty options with spice options, too. Fun cocktails made with soju, which are cheap at happy hour.

      2. What about doing a nice Korean BBQ like Han Gang? You could order the non-seafood items for the grill and I don't think Korea can be labeled at South Asia? It is a bit of a drive, but it is the big 50 why not? Spicy pork belly might be just the thing for your brother.