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We heart food, in a serious and significant way. It's our first time to be sprung from the kids in a year. We are looking for places without a kiddie menu. We can blow the bank for one meal, the rest should be reasonable. Two dinners, two brunches. Perhaps a late night bar with excellent mixology skills open very late (in town for the husband's performance).
I have Thai X-ing on the list, but I'm hitting a wall. Thoughts??
Lots of good suggestions above. I would add the back room at Palena, Rogue 24.
If you don't do Palena then you could do Palena Cafe which is worth a visit too. Bibiana, Fiola, Proof, Blacksalt all good options for more reasonable dinner. Columbia Room is a great cocktail spot too. Mintwood Place is new but getting good reviews.
For brunch their is the dim sum on Saturdays at the Source, Sou'Wester has a nice Southern brunch, Palena has brunch, Masa 14, El Centro, etc etc, depending on what you want.
What about the tasting menu at Restaurant Eve followed by drinks at their speakeasy PX Lounge? I can't comment on the tasting menu at Eve, but their regular menu is phenomenal and the drinks at PX Lounge are all perfect. The atmosphere is cozy and intimate. I think they are open until at least midnight. You have to make reservations two weeks in advance (to the day).
For your big blow out meal I would consider Komi or The Source.
For brunch I really like to go to Tabard Inn, Darlington House, or Bistro Bis.
For your other dinner I would consider going to Graffiato, Estadio, or Masa 14. All 3 restaurants have small plates (but different cuisine at each), has an energetic/hip vibe and certainly has a fun, "we have a babysitter" night out type of feel.
Agree with Komi for your high end choice. Rasika would be a great choice for your second dinner -- very inventive and unusual Indian-based food. Reserve ASAP for both.
I love the Tabard Inn for brunch. Reserve ASAP.
I haven't been yet, but have heard great things about the Columbia Room and especially about their mixology skills. Reservations required.
A speakeasy with great cocktails that I have been to is The Gibson. Highly recommended. http://thegibsondc.com/