Will be in DC for a few days for work, mid-February, and have to figure out where I will eat!
I will be staying a few blocks east of Dupont Circle (I guess you would say that is towards Downtown?) , and may be dining alone a good part of the time. I have a few ideas already, based on the boards and previous trips, but had a few questions too:
First question is, just how expensive is Palena? It looks very appealing but the website doesn't give a clue as to what I will pay for dinner there. If I decide just to eat in the bar in the front room, which I understand is somewhat cheaper since it isn't a tasting menu (?), will I be able to get a spot on a week night without a reservation? Thoughts on any recent visits to Palena would also be welcome.
Secondly, on my last visit we really enjoyed Sushi Ko. However, I think it is bit of a haul and didn't appear to be easily Metro accessible (?). OTOH, Kaz Sushi Bistro is very close to where some of my meetings will be. Is it comparable? I am not a big fan of trendy rolls; I much prefer more traditional sushi rolls and small hot plates (which were particularly good at Sushi Ko).
I also loved Thai Square but am not sure I will have the time this trip to trek out to Arlington. OTOH, really good thai food isn't that easy to come by in SF....so, is there any possibility that any new, wonderful thai restaurants have opened up a bit closer to downtown?, or should I bite the bullet and think about heading out there again....
and just one more question: I love Southern cooking, and again, not that many good choices in the bay area. I have made a note of Oohs and Ahs and probably will check that out. I am assuming/hoping it is open for lunch: is that correct? and if I wanted high end Southern influenced cooking, where should I go?
Thanks for the help; I promise to report back!