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plochle Mar 11, 2013 12:22 PM

I'll be in DC (Penn Quarter) with my husband next month, and my parents will be visiting for 3 nights (they're staying downtown). During my parents' visit, we want to hit up one nice/historic restaurant for my history buff father, a power suit steak place, and something more exotic, but I need help with the choices. I'm open to more suggestions. This is what I've narrowed it down to based on other threads:

Historic/traditional: 1789, Monocle, Old Ebbitt Grill
Politico steak house: Charlie Palmer, J&G, Capital Grill, Prime Rib, BLT steak
Non-American cuisine: Rasika, Ethiopic, Etete, Zaytinya

Others that we may try to squeeze in: Central, Marcel's, Corduroy, CityZen, Plume

Lunch ideas: 2Amys, Good Stuff Eatery

For reference, we're from New Orleans and Napa. We love fine dining, but I'm not looking for anything too fussy while my parents are there (i.e. deconstructed white wine). Thanks in advance!

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  1. slowcoooked RE: plochle Mar 11, 2013 12:47 PM

    I love eating oysters and crab cakes and most anything else at Old Ebbitt Grill, love the atmosphere, the drinks, the wood. I miss that restaurant most since leaving for Austin, Texas eight years ago.

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      reiflame RE: plochle Mar 11, 2013 04:48 PM

      Drop Charlie Palmer from that list; it doesn't stand up at all. If you want walnut and brass in your steakhouse, go to Capital Grill or Prime Rib. If you want sleek and new with more options than just steak, go to J&G or BLT.

      I would do 1789 from your historic list. I think Corduroy is a must-eat and if you're in the area, I recently really enjoyed Cashion's Eat Place in Adam's Morgan.

      1. hill food RE: plochle Mar 11, 2013 08:17 PM

        not a bad list, and good advice. I'd go so far as to edit out a few more on the steakhouse list (CG and PR) Monocle has never appealed, but I have no real comment. OEG gets dings, but it is a great room (and oysters).

        do the squeeze-ins on your list! swap the 'musts' into lunches and hit the others and "non-American" ones for dinners. they're a lot more interesting (I know, you have to pick something the folks will like) 701? RIS? inside at Zaytinya is a bit noisy if hearing is an issue, but the terrace is nice.

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          Just Visiting RE: plochle Mar 12, 2013 03:57 AM

          Don't go to Capital Grille. It is all atmosphere (of the over-done type). The food is lousy.

          Also in your "which one doesn't belong in this category" list is Zaytinya. I like it fine but it doesn't begin to compare to Rasika.

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            shake N baik RE: Just Visiting Mar 12, 2013 08:11 AM

            For your non American cuisine I'd go Ethiopian since D.C. has some great options. I would also like recommend Jaleo, Boqueria or Estadio for tapas.

            BLT and Bourbon offers you better apps and sides but Capital Grille's Porcini Rubbed Delmonico is an amazing steak.

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            moosy RE: plochle Mar 12, 2013 08:27 AM

            Charlie Palmer has great food, and has no corkage fee which reduces the cost substantially. There are no leaves on the trees so the view of the capitol is beautiful. IT is true that if what you want to is the chance to sit next to famous politicians The Palm or Capital Grille are better places.

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              kristinndc RE: plochle Mar 19, 2013 02:43 PM

              You've done good research! OEG would not be my top choice, but it is solid and certainly historic, and maybe being across the street from the White House is right up your dad's alley. But my choice for that night would be 1789. Definitely not the Monocle.

              I really like Charlie Palmer, but J&G is another very good option (note it's super close to OEG, which may not be that exciting if you're going to be in the same area 2 nights in a row) and I also love Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons in G'town. Prime Rib is good but very old school. I don't like Cap Grille at all.

              Rasika is absolutely amazing (as is the new Rasika West in Foggy Bottom) but may be hard to get into, even a month ahead. I love both Ethiopic and Etete, as long as you are ready for a very low-key dining experience (completely different from the others on your list). Zaytinya's great, as is Jaleo or Estadio for tapas, or Oyamel for Mexican street food (also in Penn Quarter).

              Corduroy and Central are two favorites of mine. CityZen is wonderful, but definitely a longer, fancier evening (same with Plume).

              2Amys is great if you're going to be up that way. Good Stuff is meh - I work nearby and eat there occasionally but it's not really worth going out of your way for (good if you're going to be touring the Capitol or something though).

              In Penn Quarter as well, I'm a fan of Proof, and not too far away is Bibiana, which I've really enjoyed. One other option that might be fun is Birch and Barley in Logan Circle/14th Street - it's a beer-focused place with great food and tons of interesting drinks.

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