I know what you're thinking... why put Corduroy next to these other 2 potential picks when it's not in the same category? Here's the scoop.
We do a "Guy's Night Out" once a month the first Thursday. It's usually 6-14 guys depending on the pick. Last night did Ray's The Classics in SS, MD and it was fantastic and 11 of us showed up. Everyone was happy and the food and price were great for the type of food. The put us in the party room in the back and it was perfect. In the past we've done Roy's Place (cheap eats), Kinkeads, Vidalia, Pizza Paradiso, Oya, Zengo, Teaism, LaAuberge Francois, Cafe Milano, Cafe LaRouche, Obrycki's & Louisianna (both in Baltimore), Cali's Court in Baltimore, Zatinya, Zola's, Cafe Lepic, Heritage India, Rocklands DC, etc. ad nauseum.
We've been doing these for 10 years now. Some are moderately priced, some are expensive. We've done alot of expensive ones lately and was told to TRY to pick a moderate place if possible, but it's not a requirement. I wanted to pick Corduroy as I've been wanting to try it, but thought I'd try to find a cheap eat that could fit all of us, even if it's 6 to a table and 6 to another.
I've eaten at Ben's Chili Bowl once and thought it was fun, but the food was only fair. It WOULD be cheap though. I've walked past Amsterdam Falefel and I LOVE falafel but heard in reviews here that the pita's aren't that large to fit stuff into and they fall apart quickly. Then there's the "no basket" thing. Did they correct that yet? Has the situation improved there? My wife thought it would be too small to drag in a group of 12 people.
Any other thoughts? Or just say screw it and pick Corduroy. At least with Corduroy it would be a nice sit down meal where we could all chat, relax, and most likely be at the same table. Or, maybe somewhere else moderately priced, so not as cheap as Ben's but not as expensive as say Black's Bar and Grill. It could be anywhere around the Beltway but be fun and different. We've done N. Virginia a few times but we all live in MD or DC so that's preferred. We usually meet at 730pm, 8pm or 830pm at the specific restaurant if that changes anything.
Thanks in advance,
Silver Spring, MD