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

brip Jun 17, 2013 12:05 AM

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. monkeyrotica RE: brip Jun 17, 2013 05:43 AM

    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.


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      jimg28 RE: brip Jun 17, 2013 06:07 AM

      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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        monkeyrotica RE: jimg28 Jun 17, 2013 07:19 AM

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

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          dining with doc RE: jimg28 Jun 20, 2013 05:35 PM

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

        2. ipsedixit RE: brip Jun 20, 2013 07:24 PM

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

          Maybe Minibar, as well.

          1. ktmoomau RE: brip Jun 25, 2013 02:02 PM

            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. alkapal RE: brip Jun 25, 2013 04:51 PM

              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.

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                shake N baik RE: brip Jun 25, 2013 06:45 PM

                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.

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                  brip RE: brip Jun 26, 2013 07:54 PM

                  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?

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                    ejr RE: brip Jun 27, 2013 06:15 AM

                    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. ccbweb RE: brip Jun 30, 2013 02:30 PM

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

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