Agenda for DC is 90% set, save for a Friday lunch. Taking my 70+ year old aunt who I've not seen in ~5 years out for lunch and while she would likely be okay with a 'nicer' chain place like Red Lobster, etc. I would not be.
She notably lived relatively close to NOLA prior to her husband's passing a number of years back it as it seems American and 'southern' are the two styles she gravitates to, at least from my limited knowledge, all the spots above came to mind.
From my perusal of the menu I like Oval Room and Vidalia a lot, and the desserts at Blue Duck (plus, obviously the duck confit.) I've been told though that Blue Duck is a better dinner spot and that it is better with a group. Also been told that Vidalia is just 'heavy' these days and lacks some of the finesse it once had.
Thoughts are appreciated.