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adi Jan 8, 2013 11:06 AM

Hi all
Having a birthday outing with some girlfriends to see Pink and looking for dinner suggestions. We will have transportation but would like to be nearby the verizon center. We are looking for fun atmosphere and drinks along with middle of the road cusine- no Asian or sushi probably American/Italian/Tapas heavy apps would be best. Its an occasion so we can be flexible with the price point.
TIA
Adi

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    Elyssa RE: adi Jan 8, 2013 11:40 AM

    Sounds like fun! I think Jaleo or Coco Sala would both be great options. Just make sure to make a reservation.

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      dining with doc RE: adi Jan 8, 2013 05:49 PM

      jaleo, zaytynia, grafiotto all fit your needs

      1. tommyskitchen RE: adi Jan 9, 2013 04:46 AM

        I Second Graffiato, it's a fun place, the portions are tapas-size (except for the pizzas) so you can try alot of dishes and it is a nice, casual place with solid food. Anything out of the wood oven is delicious and it is right across the street from Verizon...

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          Elyssa RE: tommyskitchen Jan 9, 2013 06:36 AM

          I agree, Graffiato is a great choice.

        2. hill food RE: adi Jan 9, 2013 07:14 PM

          be sure to call ahead (so they can get your party started)

          I too was thinking Zaytinya (esp if there are enough to fill the "big table") but they can be odd about reservations depending on the time and night of the week.

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            DCDOLL RE: adi Jan 15, 2013 09:09 AM

            We had tapas and sangria at La Tasca right across from the VC one time before an Eagles concert...was decent, nothing that would cause a Chowhound post but decent and certainly convenient...not too expensive either...

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              Elyssa RE: DCDOLL Jan 15, 2013 12:00 PM

              If you are in that area and feel the need to eat tapas though why wouldn't you just go to Jaleo? SOOOO much better.

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                JoanArkham RE: Elyssa Jan 15, 2013 12:45 PM

                Agree. LaTasca is minimally ok for a cheap happy hour, but that's about it.

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                DCDOLL RE: DCDOLL Jan 23, 2013 11:16 AM

                Agree totally...that's why my post was luke warm..but it IS convenient and sometimes getting into Jaleo on the fly isn't that easy.

              3. miller_time RE: adi Mar 15, 2013 10:20 AM

                I'm not the OP, but my girlfriends & I also went to the Pink show & took the advice to go to Zaytinya.
                It was fantastic!! and we were raving the entire meal!

                After starting with the hot & fresh pitas, with the delish olive oil, we enjoyed the hommus, htipiti, baba ghannouge, brussel sprouts, crispy potatoes (they were french fries), spanakopita, kotopoulo youvetsi (chicken orzo dish), beef & lamb meatballs, & the lamb special that was wrapped in phyllo dough. Each dish was outstanding, and there wasn't anything that we wouldn't order again, but the true standouts were the brussel sprouts & the lamb special - both of which we ordered a second dish of, and I am still dreaming about today.

                For dessert - we shared the Turkish Chocolate Cake and the Turkish Delight...the Turkish Delight, with the walnut ice cream....perfection!!!

                Great cozy upscale atmosphere w/o being pretentious. The bench seat that we were sat in was uber comfy & the fireplace warmed us up! Service was very good, even though he was weeded. Dishes came out with lightning speed, and the table was cleared in a timely manner. We never felt rushed, even though there was an obvious wait for tables. Including about 3 cocktails each, the bill was $242. I can't wait to return!

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                  dining with doc RE: miller_time Mar 17, 2013 07:35 AM

                  Glad you enjoyed it!

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