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Aug 5, 2011 10:36 AM

3 days in DC... A little help

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. 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.

    4) I love the unfortunately named Muncheez Mania (the name in no way reflects the character or the menu of the place). 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. 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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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      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.

      1. re: djs7d

        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

        1. re: mjhals

          What about Hanks Oyster Bar? Looks Great!

          1. re: djs7d

            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.

          2. re: mjhals

            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.

          3. re: djs7d

            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. 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

          1. 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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            1. re: JAC13

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