Chowhounders, come to my rescue!
In two weeks time my extended family will be getting together for a dinner up in Bethesda. My father and his wife are visiting from Faribault, MN. My aunt and uncle are visiting from Fairhope, AL. Their respective vacations here in DC will overlap for a couple days and everyone thought it would be great to get together for a nice dinner. I have lived in DC for almost two years with my wife and feel pretty wired in to the dining scene here...thanks to plenty of good recommendations from you all.
I spoke with my great uncle (a long-time DC resident) and he said that he's going to "book reservations" at McCormick and Schmick's up in Bethesda. He's been all over the world and has eaten fantastic food that most people can only dream of, so I was dumbfounded. My thoughts when he uttered the suggestion were: "Of all the places in Bethesda, why M&S?! Especially to out-of-town family who wouldn't mind a nice get together in the nation's capital..."
Where I need help:
How to politely suggest to my uncle a change of restaurants? What restaurants do you all recommend?
1.) It must be relatively affordable (forget Citronelle and its ilk); like $20-25/person with a drink or two
2.) Centrally located, either DC or Bethesda
3.) A non-chain restaurant that they can't find in Minnesota or Alabama
4.) Good atmosphere
Thoughts I have so far: Old Ebbitt's, Martin's Tavern, Buck's Fishing and Camping
Any suggestions? Thanks in advance!!