Birthday Dinner for 19 yr. old and family?
Hellooo fellow Chowhounders!
My boyfriend's younger sister is turning 19 and we were trying to think of a good spot to take her and her boyfriend tomorrow (Saturday) evening. She's a freshman at GW, but lives on the Vern so somewhere easily accessible to Foggy Bottom is very important. I'm thinking probably staying in NW DC. She's still not to comfortable commuting to Maryland or Virginia (don't ask).
My boyfriend is leaning more on the Busboys and Poets side because she is a bit of a picky eater and we love going there just because of the fun environment and friendly service. As a native New Yorker, it pangs me, however, to go to Busboys yet again. Their food is fine but I'm always a little disappointed especially at the prices.
I've only lived in D.C. for less than a year so these suggestions would also just be great to have in the future. La Tasca is also the kind of place I think would be a great fit for her, but it might be too expensive if we're paying for 4 people. I also really love Ping Pong (for my occassional dim sum fix) and Lauriol (but it's gonna be super packed on a Saturday night).
Thanks again, ery'body!
Right around the corner form Lauriol is a tiny Belgian place, Locolat, that specializes in savory waffles topped with things like grilled vegetables, chicken and mushrooms in a cream sauce, carbonnade, and has a menu of sandwiches, salads, and other informal Belgian specialties. They also make world-class chocolates, especially the buttercreams and the ones with sea salt. You will eat well.
Matchbox or 2 Amys might be other options -- 2 Amys has really good small plates, and they both have good options for a picky eater.
I second the rec for Jaleo. Graffiato might be a little on the adventurous side if she's a really picky eater (they have good basics, but some of the more complicated things on the menu make the picky eaters in my family think it's too 'gourmet' for them. sigh.).
If you like La Tasca I would go to the newly redecorated Jaleo instead. FAR better tapas than La Tasca and a fun environment. It's on the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop.\
In Foggy Bottom area you could try Founding Farmers. I think the food is hit or miss sometimes but others seem to love it and there is usually something for everyone on the menu. I also really love the new District Common in Foggy Bottom.