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Bay Area guy visiting Virginia/Maryland/DC area for a week...restaurant recs.

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My girlfriend and I are visiting the area in August and I was hoping to get a few restaurant reccommendations. Would love to try some great places that uses a lot of local ingredients and just overall amazing food. Only thing I have planned is a dinner reso for the bistro at restaurant eve. Also a cool bar/lounge for drinks would be awesome. Thanks in advance!

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  1. PX serves some of the best cocktails in the area. Society Fair's tasting room is big on local ingredients as well. Same owners as Eve.


    1. Are you staying in DC or other places also? Will you have a car?

      Blue Crabs -
      Cantler's Inn outside of Annapolis
      In DC I guess one of the vendors at Maine Avenue Fish Market

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      1. re: jimg28

        Quarter Deck in Arlington also does MD crabs. Most of the vendors at Maine Avenue sell crabs from Louisiana and Sri Lanka.

        1. re: jimg28

          Definitely would try Cantler's near Annapolis for Maryland steamed crabs. Gunnings near BWI airport also is good.

        2. Little Serow, Komi, and Rogue 24 should be on your list.

          Maybe Minibar, as well.

          1. Dino always uses a lot of local ingredients, Corduroy, CityZen, Green Pig Bistro, Equinox as well. What attractions are you visiting as it may be easier to plan things not too far away?

            Barmini, Hogo, The Passenger, Society Fair all have good cocktails, as well as the previously mentioned PX. Dino and Green Pig make a good cocktail too.

            If you can get into Komi, it still is really great. If not I would definitely go for Little Serow.

            1. go to bangkok golden for lao food -- seven corners in falls church, virginia ( a close-in DC suburb). their crispy rice salad special (incorporating the lao sausage) is one of the BEST things you'll ever eat.

              1. I would try to plan an evening in and around 14th St. You can start with dinner at Birch and Barley, Estadio, etc and end the night at the The Gibson which is a speakeasy. I love their version of an Old Fashioned.

                1. Wow...thank you for everyone's help. Looks like I have some researching to do but thanks for giving me a head start on it. We haven't booked our hotel yet so not sure where we're going to be near but for sure I'll be in Maryland on the weekend for a wedding. Anyone been to Kent Manor? Anything I should try around there?

                  1. I would try to hit Table. Not for cocktails but for atmosphere and food. There's also a great roofdeck, which is a good thing because it means that during the summer more tables are available!

                    1. Komi is my strongest rec. we had a fantastic meal there. We can't wait to go back.