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Va Hound looking for fine dinning recs near 237 Broad (not sure what N-hood) but Downtown

Alexvamike Nov 29, 2011 01:55 PM

Like Seafood and Italian but open to other options. I heard their was a good Lebanese spot nearby?

I will probably go to Oyster House if I no response as my late request makes that difficult

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    Alexvamike Nov 30, 2011 05:13 PM

    Returning to Alex, Va in the a.m.

    Had several good meals based on recs from folks on this board.

    Tonight I had a quick beer and dozen oysters at the Oyster House and that was great. I almost decided to stay there for full dinner but stayed with my plan and went to Estia. Also, very good.

    Thanks to all for recs. I will catch the others on my next trip.


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      Alexvamike Nov 29, 2011 04:16 PM

      Well, that is why I love this site. B-Head, You hit the mark with Barbuzzo.

      Just returned and I give it the highest rating. I guess the rain and the fact that we were a touch early helped because it seemed to be filling up as we left. We did not sit at the bar but at the seats facing the kitchen. As an old cook in my youth, I still love the kitchen restaurant action in motion.

      I guess tomorrow I am leaning toward Osteria or the Oyster House....but I am still open to other suggestions near the Doubletree on South Broad as I now get my orientation in place.

      Thanks again.

      P.S. Anybody coming to Alexandria Va - I am happy to weigh in

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      1. re: Alexvamike
        Beulah Nov 30, 2011 08:40 AM

        Estia would be almost right across the street from the Doubletree (Broad and Locust) and is an excellent seafood restaurant -- Greek but specializes in fish.

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          urbanfabric Nov 30, 2011 11:22 AM

          I prefer Vetri's Amis to Osteria, and it's really close to your hotel. Hit Oyster House for happy hour, maybe, and get a platter of their $1 oysters. I like sitting at the raw bar or in the bar there for oysters and drinks. But, I'd do dinner somewhere else.

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            bluehensfan Nov 30, 2011 03:02 PM

            Estia is great and a bargain for lunch. The Oyster House is very good too. Definitely skip Devon. I have never been to Osteria but really like Amis. My one time at Barbuzzo was hit and miss (liked the antipasto and the Budino but the pizza had slimy Stella-esque crust. I really liked the pasta but nobody else in the party did). I wonder if the OP was referring about Kanella as the Lebanese place which is of course Greek)?

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              barryg Nov 30, 2011 04:23 PM

              Kanella is actually Cypriot though the difference is small.

              Maybe the Lebanese place was Sahara Grill at 13th & Walnut? I've never been there.

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          Alexvamike Nov 29, 2011 02:39 PM

          Thanks for fast response. I have done some board reading and Osteria pops up a lot. I think i will try Barbuzzo and if I can't get in...then back to choice #1 Oyster House.

          thoughts on the Oyster House or Devon's ??

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          1. re: Alexvamike
            cwdonald Nov 29, 2011 03:05 PM

            Devon is a chain. Oyster house is much better, and has a good cocktail list in addition to a great selection of oysters. Try the snapper soup and the fried oysters and chicken salad.

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            Buckethead Nov 29, 2011 02:13 PM

            Since you mention Oyster House I'm guessing that's 237 South Broad. You could go to Barbuzzo, a few doors north of the corner of Sansom and 13th, and sit at the bar for some of the best Italian food in the city. Ditto Osteria, 640 North Broad, which I like better than Barbuzzo. It will probably also be easier to get into on short notice. Barbuzzo is much smaller, newer, and crowded but I've never tried it on a Tuesday so who knows. I'd take a cab to Osteria if you go, the blocks in between are long and not that pleasant to walk.

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            1. re: Buckethead
              barryg Nov 29, 2011 02:15 PM

              Yep the Doubletree is 237 South Broad.

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