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Visiting my son and college this weekend and might be taking him and a few of his friends out to dinner. I think some are of drinking age. Staying in the DuPont circle area but will travel. Any suggestions, Italian, sports bars etc. ? Thank you in advance.

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  1. How about Carmine's Italian in Penns Quarter which is a a few Metro redline stops away. Another good choose would be Brasserie Beck.

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    1. re: dining with doc

      Best Sports Bar in Town try Penn Quarter Sports Tavern close to Carmines

      1. re: agarnett100

        I'd add Hill Country to the list, since BBQ seems like college boy food. Dupont is also pretty much burger central now in DC, so if you want recommendations about which burger joints are preferred, we could help with that.

    2. Graffiatto - Young enough crowd to seem hip to college kids, but not so young you will feel out of place. Good selection of food options with choices for a more established palate and pizzas for college kids who may not be ready for explore their inner foodie.

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      1. re: drewpbalzac

        Graffiato is a great choice as long as you are OK with the cost. I agree with everything drewpbalzac said about it. It's excellent and has a great vibe but the portions are very small. Two of us spent $80 and left hungry - and sober. (That is including cocktails).

        Pizzeria Paradiso in Dupont Circle is very good - and has a great beer list.

        Carmine's and Hill Country are good choices on the very casual side. The food at both is good, but won't knock your socks off.

        I love Brasserie Beck - especially for their moules and frites. They have a great Belgian beer list - but it's expensive.

        Churchkey has a great beer selection, probably the best in town. They have pretty-good bar food. You will have to get there very early to get seated near one another though. That place gets really crowded.

      2. Ray's East of the River for the smoked then fried chicken. Holey moley that is killer stuff. Also really good ribs.

        http://rayseastriver.com/