My birthday is coming up and I will have the great fortune to celebrate with my family (in town from Louisiana) out in Baltimore, and again with my GF that weekend out in DC. My usual Baltimore Birthday dinner destination is Charleston, but with the current economy I have decided on Woodberry Kitchen instead, where I have enjoyed many a meal with the GF.
While I consider my knowledge of the Baltimore dinning scene to be pretty on point, I confess I am fairly ignorant of the DC save for the big names and places for brunch, haha. As I hope one can tell from my Baltimore selection, and without getting into a Charleston vs. Woodberry debate, I am favoring a foregoing a more formal atmosphere and high-dollar ingredients for a more relaxed albeit hipper vibe, and less showy food. I believe this what I am looking for in my DC pick as well, top-notch interesting food at better price point than the top tier.
Some places I found that seem to fit the bill are Central, Blue Duck Tavern, Palena, Obelisk, PS7, and Corduroy perhaps in that order. And in a possibly different vain, I am also considering Jaleo or Rashika. I would love some guidance on these places as well as any others off my radar, perhaps one the higher rated seafood places. Oh, and we will be staying somewhere in DC for the night, so location in DC isnt much of an issue. I am looking for a special (delicious) birthday night for me and my girl. Thank you thank you.