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DC Chow challenge: Restaurant needed for newlywed guests

takajin | Feb 27, 200805:39 PM

Friends are visiting from the midwest in a few weeks. Recently married and we want to take them out to dinner to celebrate on a mid-week night. She's a vegetarian (including no fish). They're Muslim, and while Halal is not a top priority, he is careful that any meat is well-cooked. Obviously, no pork or drinking for them, so not interested in taking them to a place where the focus is as much about alcohol as it is about food (e.g., not Brasserie Beck, or Sonoma, etc.).. I'd like it to be metro accessible so as to provide them greater flexibility.

Some initial thoughts:

Maybe a "middle-eastern" place like Tabaq, Zaytinya, etc. But this cuisine isn't especially novel for them.

Ethiopian: maybe could fit the bill on a few points, but we're not terribly familiar with some of the Ethiopian places in town. (this could be our chance to try again....)

Italian, maybe Bebo Trattoria or are they still having problems? Dino? But Italian is perhaps the most ubiquitous "ethnic" food in the midwest. We don't go out for Italian often so appreciate thoughts on this one.

Not usually stuck on restaurants in the area so looking forward to your recommendations.

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