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we are coming to visit daughter at GW and are looking for good place to take family and roomies to dinner w/o refinancing the house...foodies from NYC so need good food ...party of 10
Love founding farmers,blue duck,etc but looking for alternative to carmines..
suggestions? chinatown? georgetown?

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  1. If you want to stick to the GW-area I ate at the new District Commons a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Seems like there is something for everyone there. I had the brick chicken, which was excellent. Also make sure to get dessert (especially their version of Boston cream pie!).

    Also in that area I really love Ris.

    In Gallery Place/Chinatown you might want to try Sei or Jaleo.

    1. I think Burger Shake and Tap has gotten some good reviews. You could also try Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown or Dupont

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      Pizzaria Paradiso
      3282 M St NW, Georgetown, DC 20007

      1. I'm not suggesting taking the whole mob, but If you get a chance, grabbing lunch at Union Station can be a culinary adventure. It's been a few years since I've been there, but they used to have some very good booths in the food court including one that specialized in Caribbean food.

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        1. re: PotatoHouse

          Very far from a culinary adventure these days. A lot of booths are gone since the food court has been placed under new management.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Dang I hate to hear that. As a truck driver I used to drop my trailer at the truckstop in Jessup MD and bobtail to the Greenbelt Station and take the train into DC.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Yeah, today Union Station is no more a culinary adventure than any food court at a mall. There is still a wide variety of ethnic food for a food court, but most places are average at best and/or chains.

          2. Two Amys: excellent italian bistro/foodie wood burning stove pizza near the national cathedral
            Bistro Du Coin: french bistro
            Brasserie Beck: belgian bistro mussel house
            Jaleo: tapas
            chinatown: Eat First Chinese
            Granville Moores: american bistro
            Etete: Ethiopian

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            Etete
            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Two Amys
            3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

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

            Eat First Restaurant
            609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            1. re: dining with doc

              I would hesitate with many of these options for a group of ten people. Several of the places do not take reservations and or are tiny. Granville Moore's is a place I would not recommend trying to get 10 people there (not to mention it is not easily accessible by public transportation). Bistro Du Coin is fun for a group but can be very packed and very loud - may not be the best for really talking with a large group. Etete would be a fun place, but I would ensure it can take a party of 10 - it is quite small. The suggestion of Pizzeria Paradiso is good, but I would ensure that you can get the reservation for 10.

              Other places I would consider (which would depend on what you want to spend): Zaytinya, Rasika, Agora, Central, Siroc, and Firefly (which you may be able to sit at the private room).

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              Etete
              1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

              Zaytinya
              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Pizzeria Paradiso
              3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Siroc Restaurant
              915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005