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Feb 23, 2012 06:35 PM

Fine dining and mid-range suggestion, DC next week.

I'm coming to DC next week and planning to try as many fine dining and local favorites as possible. Cost isn't an issue although I find stuffy oldfashioned food places unappealing and like small local places too.

I'm going through older posts and doing searches but any additional suggestions are great.

Looking for both fining dining places which are like French Laundry or Eleven Madison Park as well as cheaper local places. Like places that are creative and interesting rather just expensive place for business dinner.

Want to try lots of local east coast seafood and regional specialties. Probably don't want to go to Mexican or Japanese as I eat a lot of that on the west coast. I'll probably being eating most lunches and dinners out.

Also what's the dress code at most fine dining places? Most places on the West coast including Morimoto Napa don't require jackets.

I'll be getting around by public transit or taxi and staying in the city.

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  1. For seafood, check out Pearl Dive on 14th St. They don't take reservations and it gets really crowded, but I love it, esp. for oysters.

    Black Salt is also excellent for seafood - you will need to take a taxi to get there.

    Fine dining: Komi, if you can get a reservation. Restaurant Eve is another option.

    Don't miss Rasika for a creative take on Indian food.

    1. fine dining and creative Citronelle (michelle Richard)
      fine dining Italian Fiola
      stuffy old school fine dining that requires a jacket: The Prime Rib (may have best crab cake in town)
      local places: Etete (Ethiopian), Dino (rustic italian), Rasicka (upscale indian), Graffiato (Michael Isabella italian bistro), Eden Center (shopping center in Annondale, Virginia with tons of vietnamese restaurants), Maine Ave Seafood Market (outdoor floating barges with fresh seafood), Rays Hellsburger (just over bridge from Georgetown, over the top burgers, my fav is pepper encrusted with melted brie, homemade pickle relish topped with Foi gras on brioche roll), Ben's Chilli Bowl(iconic chili topped half smoked sausage and hot dogs), Two Amy's (great wood burning stove creative pizza)

      1. For regional specialties, I would head to Oohhs and Aahhs for Coastal Carolina Soul Food. Get the shrimp and grits, collard greens, lemon pepper wings, and the broiled (do not order fried) crabcake. Worth the wait. This is a dive with four stools in front of a tiny kitchen plus a small dining area upstairs.

        The Passenger is a low key bar with a selection of small bites. I don't know what's on the menu now, but they regularly have a half-smoke (a regional specialty sausage) served on a bun. A good locals-only place to know about.

        For upscale, the Lounge at Citronelle is informal. No reservations, a la carte. Go for the tuna napoleon, the mushroom cigars, and the lamb in jalapeno-cumin sauce.