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Where to take my big brother to dinner?

Big bro is coming to town from Louisville, KY. He is staying at the L'enfant Plaza hotel and wants to 1) stay pretty close to the hotel and 2) have something he can't get in Louisville, i.e. Chinese, Italian, Steak, chain restaurants. He likes good food but isn't a huge foodie (but we are!). Suggestions?

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  1. Well... if you don't mind spending money:

    Rasika (this would be my choice - probably can't get good Indian in KY and they also have very unique dishes)
    CityZen
    The Source
    Fiola

    1. Without seeing your price points, I actually think that Bistro du Parc would be very convenient for you and the menu should appeal to both of your tastes. Plus, you can walk through the Willard afterward and maybe grab a cocktail in their historic bar.

      1. One of Mike isabella's places: Grafiatto or Bandalero.

        Or one of hte many Jose Andres small plate places: Jaleo, Zaytinya, Oyamel, ect.

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        1. re: drewpbalzac

          Great suggestion! I picked Zaytina. I know he likes Greek food so the menu should be different enough to be unavailable in Louisville, but with enough familiar items not to be scary. Thanks again.

          1. re: mrsphud

            and a walk back across the Mall at night is always nice. those lighting designers DID know their stuff. (I know it sounds scary, but it's not just that last block or so after Independence by the railroad overpass) or take a cab.

            1. re: mrsphud

              Louisville is a huge foodie town. I'd be surprised if there is anything he can't get there that you can

              1. re: sas

                Any recomendations - I Derby there every couple of years and don't get that vibe.

          2. I agree Rasika would be a unique and delicious choice. For Italian I would take him to Bibianna.

            1. So we went to Zaytinas. Food and service were both great, but is there some rule against smiling? I have never seen a more dour staff.

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              1. re: mrsphud

                The one time I went there with some friends, we received the worst service, my friend gave a $0.15 tip.

                1. re: mdpilam

                  mdp - that's a bit harsh and due for a manager comment.

                  although I gotta say waitstaff in DC is often (not always) quite different than in other other cities, bit more formal sometimes.

                  1. re: hill food

                    We didn't have time to wait around for the server (again), let alone wait for the manager.

              2. I know this is late, but I am surprised no one mentioned the Maine Avenue Seafood Market. Right down the hill from L'enfant Plaza, and definately not an experience one would find in Kentucky. A true taste of DC.