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Good place for upscale casual lunch in DC?

elegantelliot Dec 2, 2011 06:53 AM

Location isnt really an issue. Thanks!

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    Elyssa Dec 2, 2011 07:19 AM

    You don't really say anything about price range or cuisine but I would check out Central, Bibianna, Againn, or The Source.

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      Jeserf Dec 2, 2011 09:05 AM

      PS7 has a great lunch menu. Bibiana is a great spot.

      1. woodleyparkhound Dec 2, 2011 09:08 AM

        You also didn't say what day you will be dining. Lot of places are only open M-F for lunch.

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound
          elegantelliot Dec 5, 2011 07:11 AM

          thanks for the responses! it would be a week day. price range is pretty open and so is the cuisine. just something good and preferably fun, if something like that exists.

          1. re: elegantelliot
            woodleyparkhound Dec 5, 2011 07:22 AM

            I would recommend Central, though the other recs you have gotten above are very good as well. Check out the menus of these places and go whichever appeals the most - you can't go wrong.

            1. re: woodleyparkhound
              elegantelliot Dec 5, 2011 07:49 AM

              Thanks, Central is a go to spot for us, not that you would know that, so I was really hoping for something new and different.

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                woodleyparkhound Dec 5, 2011 08:22 AM

                Another thought is Brasserie Beck - I love the moules and frites there, though someone on another thread said they have recently changed their frites - and not for the better.

                1. re: woodleyparkhound
                  Bob W Dec 5, 2011 11:22 AM

                  That was me! The frites are definitely worse than before -- the three sauces are the same, though, but the fries are thicker and soggier, at least on the day I visited.

                  Some places I'd also think about are Acadiana, Zaytinya, and Rasika. I'm trying Ceiba later this week with my brother and occasional poster Orson W.

                  1. re: Bob W
                    woodleyparkhound Dec 30, 2011 06:52 AM

                    Bob W -- I had a wonderful dinner at Brasserie Beck last night. I shared the mushroom moules with someone. We got the frites. They were as good as I had remembered and the sauces were delicious. I don't think they have changed their frites at all. Perhaps your experience was a one-time thing?? (I hope so anyway.) In any case, last night they were fine.

                    By the way, my other companions got the steak frites (delicious) and the cassoulet. He liked the cassoulet but I found it very heavy and overpowering. In any case, I could never stray from the moules menu there - I love the way they do them.

                    1. re: woodleyparkhound
                      Bob W Jan 17, 2012 06:17 AM

                      Thanks woodley -- as you note, the mussels are always the star, and you can certainly get your carb fix by soaking the excellent bread in your broth. Still, I need to go back and check on the frites.

        2. ktmoomau Dec 5, 2011 11:50 AM

          What about Corduroy?? They are still open for lunch aren't they? I would also consider Bistro Bis.

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          1. re: ktmoomau
            Bob W Dec 5, 2011 01:56 PM

            Last time I checked, Corduroy was not open for lunch. That was my first choice for lunch with my brother.

            Good call on Bistro Bis.

            Another place that seems to fly under the radar (unlike at the beach) is Nage.

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            BrianD Dec 6, 2011 08:58 AM

            I think Fiola would be a great choice. They have a couple of very reasonably priced multi-course lunch deals in addition to a la carte.

            I had a great lunch there last week.

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            1. re: BrianD
              elegantelliot Dec 15, 2011 10:24 AM

              We ended up at Teds Bulletin. I realize its not upscale casual, but I appreciate all of the recs. It happened to be great! Good service, good food, fun desserts and a nice ambience. Would definitely go back.

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              Misha3373 Jan 16, 2012 10:53 PM

              Zola, Potenza, Bibiana, Vidalia. Have fun.

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