Where should we eat?
First time to D.C. in a very long time...spur of the moment trip June 7th-10th. My husband and I love good food, price is not really an issue. I would prefer to skip the really stuffy places this trip, though fine dining is fun as long as it's in an interesting atmosphere. Do that even make sense? :)
We both love seafood and would eat it every meal if possible.
OK, did a little work on this last night...this is based on "best" lists, FB recs from friends and CH, so go easy on me.
Wednesday Dinner-- thinking the lounge at Citronelle...do they take reservations for the lounge?
Thursday Dinner-- Old Ebbit Grill...this is a friend rec.
Friday Lunch- Pearl Dive
Friday Dinner- Fiola
Saturday Brunch- Jaleo
Saturday Dinner- BlackSalt
No reservations taken for the Lounge, and I have never needed any.
Just say 'no' to Old Ebbitt.
Get whatever risotto is in the menu at Fiola. If they have two, get both.
The verduras are king at Jaleo: go for the patatas bravas, spinach with raisins, beet salad with citrus, roasted peppers and eggplant, grilled asparagus, baby wrinkled potatoes, garlic mushrooms.
Three great places for seafood...
Black Salt - more high end. Requires a car, taxi, or bus as it's in an Metro unaccessible neighborhood.
Pearl Dive Oyster Palace - great oysters on 14th St. No reservations and very popular, so arrive early or be prepared to wait at least an hour.
Hank's Oyster Bar - cheaper than Pearl Dive and also excellent. (Dupont Circle neighborhood.) Love their oyster poor boy and onion rings. No reservations - arrive early or expect to wait. (You can call 30 mins. before arrival to put your name on the list.)
Three places for mussels and frites...
Brasserie Beck - my favorite and the most expensive ($26 for a full serving that will feed two). Great sauces with the frites. Great Belgian beer selection. Downtown.
Granville Moore's - great neighborhood spot on H St. NE, excellent Belgian beer selection.
Bistro du Coin - Dupont Circle. Good quality mussels, sauces are rather less interesting.
The Lounge at Citronelle for high end yet casual. Go for the mushroom cigars, the tuna napoleon, and the lamb with jalapeno-cumin sauce. Desserts are a highlight.
Other favorites include the serious Irish restaurant, Againn. Jaleo for their verduras, 2 Amys for margherita pizza and Italian small plates, or take the metro to the Clarendon stop in Arlington for the Alsatian-inspired Lyon Hall.