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Anniversary Lunch or Dinner Recommendations...

Prs Jul 2, 2012 11:11 AM

We have been MoCo residents for close to two years now....and while we are foodies, our typical eating out adventures have not led us (yet) to fancy places. For our anniversary, I'd like to treat the Mrs. to a nice, long, relaxing meal in a restaurant preferably with a view. This can be in DC or Baltimore.

Couple pointers:
> We love generous portion sizes
> We are vegetarian (no fish, no meat).

Thank you!!

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  1. ktmoomau RE: Prs Jul 2, 2012 12:45 PM

    Hmmm, I know Masa 14 just had an interesting vegetarian dinner, Passage to India has done good ones too. I have also heard amazing things about Rasika's vegetarian tasting menu, although we have just ordered off the regular menu, we were very impressed with the veg dishes we have had.

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      Prs RE: ktmoomau Jul 3, 2012 10:43 AM

      I will look into Masa 14. We tried out Bombay Club last anniversary - so no Indian food this time around! Thanks...
      Just for general information - we found Bombay Club to be a fabulous special occasion place - very relaxed ambiance, live piano and pretty good food. Weekends feature an unlimited champagne buffet which does not break the bank, but is a perfect for those who want to sample a bit of everything.

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      Just Visiting RE: Prs Jul 2, 2012 01:02 PM

      Would you consider a nice drive to Lovettsville? I would recommend Potowmack Farm. They have numerous vegetarian dishes - all local and seasonal - and if you call ahead, they will accomodate special requests. The food and surroundings are ideal for an anniversary, and there are plenty of things to do in the area before you dine. It is maybe 45 minutes, depending where you are in MoCo. So no further than going to Balto or downtown DC.

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        Prs RE: Just Visiting Jul 3, 2012 10:45 AM

        Patowmack Farms looks fabulous. It has everything I am looking for in "a place with a view" including overlooking the water. Can you tell me a bit more about the food and portion sizes? I am also open to more suggestions for restaurants in an urban setting!

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          Just Visiting RE: Prs Jul 3, 2012 12:17 PM

          I don't know how to describe portion sizes other than to say that to me they were just right. I hate feeling stuffed at the end of a meal. I am a believer in quality, not quantity. I believe a dish should be as good at the last mouthful as it was at the first, and that rarely happens when you have just way too much of it. Not to say that the portions are skimpy. They are not. But they are not overwhelming, either. I guess I'd say that I find that in most fine dining restaurants, the portion sizes are smaller than in the cheaper places, and for me, that's a good thing. If you are a big eater, you could order one more app (a good solution when food is this good - you get to try another thing on the menu!).

          As for the food, I suggest you check out the website, keeping in mind that the menu changes each month.

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            Prs RE: Just Visiting Jul 5, 2012 06:26 AM

            That's great - as long as the food is satisfying we will be happy. We've been to too many places where the amount of $$ you spend on "food" is inversely proportional to the quantity you receive....

      2. f
        fontophilic RE: Prs Jul 3, 2012 11:57 AM


        I think Mezze style plates are a bit more intimate than a big plate, (but you can have as many small plates as you like), it makes it longer, more conversational, etc. I'd ask for the second floor when you make your reservation, it's full of windows. End the evening with a stroll down the mall to get those DC sights in.

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          hill food RE: fontophilic Jul 7, 2012 01:06 AM

          IIRC Zaytinya's 2nd floor has no direct windows it just overlooks the first floor, which, yes does have a lot of glass. but I agree it does lend itself to long conversational dining (provided there aren't too many at the table and you can always sit outside if this lousy heat ever breaks)

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