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3 days in DC... A little help

djs7d Aug 5, 2011 10:36 AM

I will am arriving in DC Monday afternoon and leaving Thursday morning. I have done a little research and have made a few reservations, but need a little help. My girlfriend needs something on the menu that is very simple - a piece of fish or chicken is fine.

1) I have reservations at the Oval Room Monday night for dinner. It looks like they have a good lunch menu also - If we don't eat there Monday night we will probably have lunch there Tuesday or Wednesday.... Thoughts??

2) I have reservations at Central on Wednesday night for dinner. Good Choice?

3) I also have a reservation for Graffiato Tueday night. Might be a good lunch option also.

4) Any recommendations for lunch in Georgetown? Casual, Reasonably priced, not super heavy...

5) Any other must go restaurants? What about Ebbiitt Grill?

I would appreciate any help! Thank you!

707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: djs7d Aug 5, 2011 11:47 AM

    2) I love Central - I think it's a great choice.

    3) Graffiato has gotten great comments on this board. I'm planning to go soon. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790774

    4) I love the unfortunately named Muncheez Mania (the name in no way reflects the character or the menu of the place). http://www.muncheezmania.com/home/ I love the "Nana's Original". This place fits all your stated requirements.

    Old Ebbitt Grill is a tourist trap, but has a good raw bar - which is the only reason to go. There are countless better places.

    Consider Rasika - a modern take on Indian food. It is phenomenal, really - and very, very different from your basic Indian restaurant. http://www.rasikarestaurant.com/ The black cod I think would be perfect for your girlfriend. They are open for lunch.

    Rasika Restaurant
    633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

    707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      djs7d RE: woodleyparkhound Aug 5, 2011 09:39 PM

      Thank you!

      Is Muncheez Mania a sit down restaurant? Do you have any other suggestions for lunch?

      Also, I am looking for a restaurant for Tuesday night. I am meeting my cousin and am looking for some place that has a fun atmosphere with good food and reasonable prices. It doesn't need to be inexpensive, but I don't want anything overly expensive.

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        mjhals RE: djs7d Aug 6, 2011 07:24 AM

        Hi djs- for an alternate suggestion in Georgetown, I'd recommend Bodega, a tapas place right on M street. I've never had a problem walking in after a movie, without reservations, and it's a sit-down place, but casual. I love the food (great tortilla espanol, short rib stuffed piquillo peppers, and their bread and olive oil is tremendous- and I'm not a big "bread person"), and the sangria is great too. I've never had a miss there; I think it's a good option for the heart of Georgetown where otherwise you can run into some real touristy duds.

        For a fun place on Tuesday, I'd recommend Brasserie Beck for awesome food and a nice range of prices (I can make a meal of their mussels and frites and keep the total down, but they can also have some pricey specials). Fun, bustling atmosphere (I'd recommend a reservation). Alternatively, if you don't hit Bodega, I'd recommend Jaleo- Jose Andres' original tapas place. Since it's small plates you can keep the total down, although I always end up ordering a ton and then it gets pricey. Worth it though!

        Have fun, you've got some great choices.

        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          djs7d RE: mjhals Aug 6, 2011 09:10 PM

          What about Hanks Oyster Bar? Looks Great!

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            hill food RE: djs7d Aug 7, 2011 06:20 PM

            Hank's is cool, but unless they've changed policy they don't take reservations, although if you call maybe 20 or 30 minutes ahead they'll put you on the list. weeknights are usu. never a problem and tables turn fairly fast.

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            Flaxen_Vixen RE: mjhals Aug 8, 2011 10:13 AM

            I second Bodega in Georgetown as a tasty, simple choice. I would also recommend Il Canale in Georgetown as a closer and delicious pizza alternative to 2Amy's.

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            woodleyparkhound RE: djs7d Aug 8, 2011 10:55 AM

            At MM you order at the counter, then they bring your food to your table. My other two favorite cheap/casual places in G'town that I loved recommending have both closed. Moby Dick and Quick Pita are two other cheap options, but I think both are just OK - not particularly exciting. Baked and Wired is a very good coffee house / bakery that would be great to go after lunch for dessert if that appeals.

            I second the recommendation for Il Canale for pizza. Pizzeria Paradiso is also good, though I prefer their Dupont Circle location to the G'town one.

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Quick Pita
            1210 Potomac St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Moby Dick's
            721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

        2. ktmoomau RE: djs7d Aug 5, 2011 01:03 PM

          Central is an excellent choice.

          There are a ton of great choices depending on the food you want. I just had a great meal at Fiola. I love Palena. Proof is a good option. Blacksalt is also very good. All would have a simple, but well executed fish or chicken dish. Palena Cafe has a fantastic roast chicken.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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            JAC13 RE: djs7d Aug 8, 2011 06:13 AM

            Georgetown doesn't really have any must-do restaurants IMO but if you are willing to go a little north on Wisconsin, you could go to 2 Amys, one of my favorite meals in DC. It is most well-known as a pizza place, but I think that they do their small plates (think an Italian tapas-style meal) the best and we often skip the pizza altogether. The plates often highlight the freshest, seasonal ingredients in a very simple way. If you go, just keep in mind that they don't take reservations so get there a little early and enjoy one of their great cocktails or reasonably-priced glasses of wine before dinner.

            I agree that Rasika is great choice for your list, and I would also consider Proof, where I think the food is just consistently great and its a fun DC scene. If you like sushi, consider Kaz, which is in Foggy Bottom and walking distance from Georgetown.

            I would skip Old Ebbitt, which is really just a tourist trap, unless you are doing the half-price raw bar happy hour (I think its 3-6pm and 11pm-1am on weekdays).

            Rasika Restaurant
            633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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              agarnett100 RE: JAC13 Aug 8, 2011 10:19 AM

              Old Ebbits half-price raw bar is Mon-Thurs 3pm-6pm & 11pm-1am and Sun 11pm-1am

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