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Casual restaurant for first night in town (Monday)

laredo Mar 22, 2014 03:45 PM

Could you kindly recommend a casual place for me and my husband for our first night in town. Somewhere within an easy metro or cab ride of the National Portrait Gallery or Dupont Circle.

Quiet and relaxing would be perfect. We will have had a long day and will be facing a hard day Tuesday.

American or French are preferred.

Thank you very much.

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    KeithW RE: laredo Mar 22, 2014 07:29 PM

    District Commons is a short walk from the Foggy Bottom metro stop on the blue line. It's got some energy so not very quiet, but if you ask for one of the booths along the window that should be relaxing. Service is good.

    Two things I like are the Roasted Duck “Low & Slow” and the mussels with Limoncello. My wife really liked the shortribs "burger" but I didn't try it. I've been a couple times and the only thing I suggest you avoid is the brick pressed chicken.


    1. ipsedixit RE: laredo Mar 22, 2014 07:37 PM

      BistroBar (part of Menu MBK)

      Love the space.

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        Elyssa RE: ipsedixit Mar 23, 2014 07:23 AM

        Ooooo I haven't even heard of this place. Is it new? The menu looks good.

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          ipsedixit RE: Elyssa Mar 23, 2014 10:20 AM

          Believe open for about 3 months or so?

          When I am back in town I promised myself dinner at Kitchen.

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            Elyssa RE: ipsedixit Mar 24, 2014 07:16 AM

            I'll need to check it out when I'm back in town as well.

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          bropaul RE: ipsedixit Mar 25, 2014 06:21 AM

          Wow. That place looks really cool.

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          Elyssa RE: laredo Mar 23, 2014 07:22 AM

          In Dupont Circle Hank's Oyster Bar, Ris, DGS Deli or Mourayo (if you are not 100% tied to the American/French) would work.

          In Gallery Place I would recommend Clyde's or Bistro D'Oc.

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            mscoffee1 RE: Elyssa Mar 23, 2014 08:19 AM

            Hank's is quiet and relaxing? I have not been on a Monday.

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              Elyssa RE: mscoffee1 Mar 24, 2014 07:16 AM

              When I lived nearby this was my neighborhood spot during the week and I didn't have a problem with it---especially if you can sit outside. Then it is really relaxing and nice.

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            Worldwide Diner RE: laredo Mar 23, 2014 09:31 AM

            Blue Duck Tavern near DuPont fits your request.

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              Elyssa RE: Worldwide Diner Mar 24, 2014 07:17 AM

              But do you think Blue Duck Tavern is casual? I kind of consider it a little more higher end....personally I probably wouldn't wear jeans there.

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                Worldwide Diner RE: Elyssa Mar 24, 2014 07:22 AM

                It's casual. It's not cheap, but the OP didn't ask for cheap. Implicit in all requests is good food, which Blue Duck has, and it's relatively quiet, with great service.

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                  Elyssa RE: Worldwide Diner Mar 25, 2014 08:49 AM

                  I guess I never really considered Blue Duck Tavern "casual." Every time I've gone there I've worn either a dress or black pants and have seen people business or business casual.

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