Bachlorette Weekend in DC
I will be in DC for a bachlorette(staying in Dupont Circle @ The Palomar) from May 9-12th. We are a group of 10 which makes it really challenging!! This is what I have so far
Thursday Dinner: First meal together, wanting eat somewhere close to the hotel. Looking for a place with a neighborhood feel, solid food, and tasty cocktails. I was thinking Firefly....thoughts?
Friday AM: Breakfast at either Founding Farmers or Gstreet Food.
Friday Lunch: We are going to be in Georgetown area...thoughts?Open to all types of food...
Friday evening: Graffiato? We want somewhere with energy/moderate pricing/great cocktails/
Saturday Brunch: Ardeo & Bardeo- Loved the idea of $27 prefix brunch with bottomless mismosa's?
Saurday night: Drinks @ The W followed by dinner @ Jaleo
Sunday: breakfast together before everyone leaves for Airport near hotel- ideas?
A little more about the group: We are all late 20's who are looking for a great mix between quality of the food and also atmosphere. Especially for the dinners, energy will be important!!! As far as cuisine I think we are most open to New American,anything Mediterranean, Mexican,Spanish, Italian. The Bride LOVES dessert and Coffee! Also we are big into craft/innovative cocktails!
For Friday Breakfast, I would recommend WTF but it is take out only. If the day is nice and you walk to one of the squares, this might work. I would not recommend Founding Farmers. No int the area, but Florida Grill is old fashioned blast from the past diner with heavy but tasty diner food.
Not a fan of Graffiato, I find the food greasy and done more for looks than great flavors, but it is a see and be seen place. HOGO and RJ's pop up food might be the thing, but I never go on a Friday so I can't comment on the crowds.
Don't think that the Mimosas are anything to go to Ardeo Bardeo for. The sparkling wine is horrible and the OJ is from a plastic jug, If Tabard Inn is open Saturday, it's much better.
Saturday, try Cedar. Small heartfelt place in down town. Reserve. Table in Shaw started out outrageous but seems to have simplified the menu a lot. Pricey. While Mintwood Place gets raves, I also like Cashions Eat Place in Adams Morgan.
Sunday I Would go to Cleveland Park for brunch at Palena or Dino. The former is very refines with lots of superb baked goods. The latter is simple, flavorful foods also from local ingredients. Both offer fresh squeezed OJ in their mimosas and much better sparklers. If you have a sweet tooth, Palena. Meat lovers or veggie lovers, Dino. Dino or Palena Caffe would be great Saturday night stops too as you can craft mall plate meals easily. If you love cocktails and wine, Dino has the edge. Toss Ripple into the mix as well if you like more precious combinations with lots of ingredients.
Here are my thoughts:
Thursday--Firefly is a good idea. Also Urbana (the restaurant in your hotel) is also great.
Friday breakfast--go to G Street over Founding Farmers. Founding Farmers is a big disappointment in my opinion.
Friday lunch--I would go to Peacock Cafe. It's perfect for a group of women. You can sit outside if it's nice. They have salads, sandwiches, pasta...everything. Great crab cakes too.
Friday dinner--Graffiato is a great idea (call now to get a reservation for a group that size). Other ideas: Mintwood Place or Estadio.
Saturday Brunch--Ardeo is great for brunch. Also if you want some place fun with a prefix brunch and all you can drink check out Masa 14. This brunch was practically created for a bachelorette weekend! Great small plates (you can order as much as you want---just go ahead and order the whole menu) and tasty cocktails (plus a cute waitstaff :)).
Saturday night--Jaleo is great for dinner. If you want a non-small plates option you can also try Central. Drinks at the W offers a really good view---other than that, it can be pretty pricey for dirnks.
Sunday--since the bride likes dessert and coffee you can go to CoCo Sala for brunch. Otherwise for something more low-key again Urbana has a nice brunch (and a make your own mimosa bar). The Hamilton is also a solid choice. More casual and closer to your hotel is also Cafe Dupont.
If the bride is a cake and coffee fan try to squeeze in Baked and Wired whilst you're in Georgetown. It's usually quite busy but you can always get take out and sit by the canal which is a lovely spot.
Dolcezza would be good too for great gelato and coffee (the menu changes weekly, there's always seasonal flavours) and there's a branch really near your hotel.
Brunch at Ardeo & Bardeo is great - bottomless mimosas sound perfect for a hen do (as we'd call it in the UK!)
I also would recommend Mintwood Place, we've not been in DC long but it's already a favourite.
I would pick Urbana over Firefly for a group of that size - Urbana is great and 10 people at Firefly would be uncomfortable (in my opinion). I had my rehearsal dinner there and was disappointed. You could also try Pizzaria Paradiso but they aren't very polite in seating a group and I've just given up.
Founding Farmers for breakfast isn't great - I'm a fan of their dinner (I might be alone here, but I'm never disappointed!). You're not far from Le Pain Quotidien in Dupont. I'd pick that for breakfast.
For brunch, I'd do the Masa 14 or El Centro spots - no need to schlep to Cleveland Park. Also on 14th Street, for great good and drinks you could hit up Estadio. Their brunch is excellent, too.
I think you could do better than Jaleo in that neighborhood on Saturday night.
Definitely go to Baked and Wired - I have to not be on that side of the street when I go to GTown because it's SO frickin' good. Coffee is excellent. Get stuff to go, sit by the water. Lovely.
It will be so nice this weekend, try to have drinks before one of your dinners at Sequoia or Tony & Joe's down by the river. When you're in Georgetown, make sure you stop at Paul on Wisconsin for croissants and macarons. If you want a good walkabout experience, try Eastern Market or getting fresh oysters at the waterfront on Maine Avenue.