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goodeaterz Nov 1, 2011 04:04 PM

hello fellow diners! I'm going to be in DC this weekend and need some help choosing a restaurant for Sunday night. I've been skimming the DC board and I'm having a hard time making the right choice. I am looking for a great restaurant, American/Modern American, farm to table in style. As much as the food is important, I would also like a great atmosphere.

I've narrowed my choices down to three:
- Birch & Barley
- Virtue Feed & Grain
- Vermillion

Which would you choose? Or is there another one?
I'm staying near Aurora Highlands and I will have a car so I don't mind driving up to 30 mins.

Thanks for your help!!

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    Jeserf RE: goodeaterz Nov 1, 2011 06:30 PM

    I would pick vermillion because Birch and Barley on Sundays is all day brunch.
    I would also consider adding Rustico to your list - less "fancy" then Vermilion, also in Alexandria. Their fall menu looks great, too.

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    Rustico
    827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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      goodeaterz RE: Jeserf Nov 1, 2011 07:12 PM

      I didn't notice the 'all day brunch' on Sunday at B&B - thank you for pointing this out! Although the restaurant looks very interesting, brunch is not what I'm looking for at 7pm. So I guess I'm scratching this one off the list. I'll save it for another trip!

      Rustico looks interesting but nothing speaks to me on the menu. Pastas, pizzas, chicken, I'm sure are all delicious, just a little typical and I could find a similar menu in any town.

      Also trying to find a 'not-to-miss' kind of restaurant...

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        Jeserf RE: goodeaterz Nov 1, 2011 07:23 PM

        Have you looked at Rasika? It's amazing.

        You could also try the cafe at Palena or Dino - both in Cleveland Park. I haven't been to Palena in a while, but I know Dino has a focus on local ingredients.

        Another suggestion would be Firefly or Urbana - both in Kimpton hotels but with excellent food emphasizing local. Poste is the same, but I was very disappointed with Poste so I personally cannot recommend it.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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          Elyssa RE: goodeaterz Nov 2, 2011 08:49 AM

          If you are willing to drive in to DC I think you might find some more likely "not-to-miss" restaurants. I agree Rasika should be on that list...I also would consider Central or The Source (if you are looking to go higher end.)

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

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            will_5198 RE: Elyssa Nov 2, 2011 09:26 AM

            Rasika, The Source and Central are all closed on Sundays (and Palena has a very limited menu that night).

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              Elyssa RE: will_5198 Nov 3, 2011 05:45 AM

              Really!? Oh so sorry about that.

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        Steve RE: goodeaterz Nov 1, 2011 09:08 PM

        Vidalia is spot-on right now. Although the menu reads heavy, the dishes are created with a modern, light touch. They are designed to wow.

        http://www.vidaliadc.com/

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        Vidalia
        1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

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          GroovinGourmet RE: Steve Nov 2, 2011 12:58 PM

          2nd that emotion for Vidalia... a fave for sure.

          As is brunch at Cafe Atlantico... the Nuevo Latino dim sum is small plate versions of everything from the menu.

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          Cafe Atlantico
          405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Vidalia
          1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

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            Jeserf RE: GroovinGourmet Nov 2, 2011 01:01 PM

            Cafe Atlantico does not exist anymore

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            Cafe Atlantico
            405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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              Elyssa RE: GroovinGourmet Nov 3, 2011 05:46 AM

              Cafe Atlantico has become America Eats Tavern---certainly a fun alternative.

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              Cafe Atlantico
              405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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            Elyssa RE: goodeaterz Nov 2, 2011 08:47 AM

            I went to Virtue Feed and Grain with some friends a few weeks ago for my birthday and really enjoyed it. We also went on a Sunday and it was crowded (might want a reservation) but we were able to sit at one of the communal tables upstairs. The atmosphere is really great---cool decor and upstairs there are chair swings---which I loved.

            As for the food---it was very good. My duck confit was great (not the best in the town...that honor goes to Bistro D'Oc) and they had fun appetizers including their more gourmet version of pigs in a blanket and the delicious mac and cheese. They also have fun cocktails that also use beer.

            The only odd thing was they were out of a bunch of items---including the deviled eggs...which basically means they had no eggs. Strange. I thought maybe it was because it was 8pm on a Sunday but I've heard from others that they were out of items when they went other nights as well.

            I haven't been to the other places so I can't really compare.

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            Bistro D'Oc
            518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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              goodeaterz RE: Elyssa Nov 2, 2011 09:11 AM

              Thank you for all the suggestions. I think I've narrowed down the choices and I am ready to make the reservations. Thanks chowers!

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                Elyssa RE: goodeaterz Nov 3, 2011 05:46 AM

                Please make sure to report back :)

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              dcgdc RE: goodeaterz Nov 2, 2011 09:49 AM

              I would go to palena - I think they are doing dinner on Sundays now. If you like meat, the nose to tail dinner is the best meal in DC. You need 6 people and have to call in advance.

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                Jeserf RE: dcgdc Nov 2, 2011 10:05 AM

                Palena cafe is open on Sundays

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                Palena
                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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