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Last Dinner Before Baby

Our baby is due pretty soon and my husband and I wanted to do a "last dinner before the baby comes". Where would you go? I want to enjoy a long, sit down dinner before we have a little baby we have to tote around everywhere. Preferably in DC or VA.

Any thoughts on something romantic and fun?

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  1. How about lobster and steak at the palm in tysons corner. You can valet so you won't need to walk far, there usually is great people watching, the waiters are funny, clever friendly but very professional and the steaks, lobsters, sides are consistently great. Plus the deserts are great.

    1. Reminds me of our first, we went out for a nice dinner, I had a seafood and asparagus gratin, he had prime rib.

      I was up at 2 am, puking it all up, in labor.

      With our last, I was in labor during dinner.... enchiladas with "the works," the waiter was so nervous he made sure to rush the order.
      Then a couple of hours later, had a hot fudge malt.
      Didn't puke with that one.

      Enjoy your dinner wherever you go!

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      1. re: wyogal

        wyo - you make things sound so glamorous! (sorry, no snark, just joshing)

        1. re: hill food

          Nothing compared to the birth..... hahahaha! Won't go there!

      2. Probably almost to the day I posted a similar request on this board. PollyG, who I've dined with, helped with a different take that rang out to be true. Your dining out days are actually good for about 6-9 months after delivery. Granted you yourself probably won't want to do anything for 3 months, and I don't advise exposing an infant under 3months without good reason. However, starting at 3 months and 1 day, it's all about timing. Feed the baby as close to going into the restaurant as possible and in *most cases, you'll be fine. Worked great for us for our first.

        You'll of course want to reduce colick as much as possible, but that's not just for restaurants, anyway, so stay away from cabbage, peppers, garlic and the like (one reason I could never be a Mother myself).

        Another golden nugget is that in general, Asian restaurants of all ethnicities are very welcoming of young kids. In my experience, I'd save those more for when your baby is closer to a year+, but I'm not kidding that in many cases you should be able to pull off a nice meal for a few months with baby in tow. Just plan it right.

        Oh, and for the last meal before parenthood, my two are BlackSalt or Lightfoot.

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        1. re: Dennis S

          The hospital where my boys were born offered a steak dinner for two on the night after the birth, before you go home. They probably don't do that anymore.

          1. re: Dennis S

            hey Dennis, if it's not too personal what were the other reasons for not being a mom than an affinity for garlic?

            1. re: hill food

              All the incredibly hard work of carrying to term, and then of course labor.

              With the first, my wife was starving and so was I (the whole thing took 22 hours), and so at one point I went and grabbed food and snuck some in for her, but she obeyed doctors orders not to eat. So, add that to the list as well.

              1. re: Dennis S

                oh I'm just joshing as I kinda thought maybe your gender played more than a small role...

                god 22 hours? you're going to scare the OP

          2. Why not one of the tasting menus? You will probably be looking for places that will have you in and out in 90 minutes or less once you have the little one (even the feed before leaving the house, let baby fall asleep in the car, and watch them sleep through the meal has its limits), so Volt or Eve might be good choices. Search on "tasting menu" or "chef's table" here.

            Also, I'm not sure what your limits are on food, if any, other than the usual concerns about raw fish and runny cheeses. I couldn't stand the aroma of cooking fish during my pregnancy. Coupled with my unusually acute sense of smell, this created a problem in a few restaurants with open kitchen arrangements. If you have any pregnancy related food aversions you might want to call ahead and make sure the chef knows that they might need to make some substitutions.

            Also, despite what Dennis says above about a long wait before exposing your newborn to the public, we made it a full 5 days post-partum before we had Naomi, now a healthy, food-loving 12 year-old, out for dim sum. Somewhere I have pictures of me offering fried shrimp heads to a sleeping newborn. (She was full-term and very healthy, obviously if she had any health concerns we would have been more cautious.) My husband was a stay-at-home dad and took her out for lunch almost daily; by the time she was 15 months old she was getting pho broth over ice in her sippy cup.

            1. I would go to Komi or the Source. They are both long dinners with wonderful wine service and top-notch cuisine. It's grown-up and as fancy as you want to make it....you certainly wouldn't bring a baby to either place.

              Enjoy!

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              1. re: Elyssa

                I like both these suggestions. I would add Fiola and Proof. And highly second Restaurant Eve.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  I'd add Birch and Barley or Vermillion in Old Town because the desserts are to diiie for and you can chalk up the calories to pregnancy cravings.

                2. Thanks everyone. We are settling on Willow in Arlington. I haven't been there and heard the food is great. It'll be our last nice meal out for a while so I am really looking forward to it:) Will probably head somewhere else for some desert and (decaf) cappuccino afterwards.