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L.A. foodies need to know: Proof? Corduroy?

We have read up and eliminated Citronelle and Marvels. Had to narrow it down! Also eliminated OvalRoom. No tapas, please. Would love a great and memorable location...outdoors maybe even? Staying near Dupont Circle, although with public transportation readily available (hooray!) Not limited on location. Would love advice. Lastly, want to be dressed up....in a trendy 30 something way. Thanks in advance for help!

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    1. proof. definitely. stellar wine list, creative food, go, go, go.

        1. We don't dress very trendily here - beware. Consider adding Blue Duck Tavern to your list.

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          Blue Duck Tavern
          1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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          1. re: DC in DC

            huh? granted DC leans more towards Brooks Bros. and Prada rather than Issey Miyake or LaCroix, but people are quite stylish, just understated. but then again if your coat, no matter the source, isn't tailored right and puckers in back, you might get snickers.

            1. re: hill food

              DC is Hollywood for ugly people. Not.

          2. Sounds like Proof is a hit! Can't wait to try in two weeks. Thanks so much!

            1. I love both Proof and Corduroy, but while they both have good food (and of course wine) they have a slightly different vibe. Proof's main dining room is quite open and is not realy separated from the bar. Corduroy is in a renovated townhouse so the dining rooms are smaller and more intimate. Corduroy has a pistachio bread pudding that is one of the best desserts I have eaten anywhere.

              Agreed that DCers can dress pretty stylishly if they want. If I see smartly dressed 30 somethings on the metro you know you can find them at Proof and Corduroy.

              1. I would hit Birch and Barley if you can get in, then after dinner (and dessert) head up to Churchkey to hang out - it's where the kids go. Or move up the street to other places, like Masa 14 or Black Cat, depending on your idea of "trendy" (I loved the black cat when I drank - great bar, good music, but now I'm old..)

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

                Masa 14
                1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009