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need perfect restaurant for visitors, birthday dinner

TerriS from DC | Jan 29, 200402:50 PM

Hello all, and greetings from the DC area. I'll preface this by saying I've searched around and read the tipsheet, and still I come to you hat in hand for advice. A group of us (late 20s to 30 somethings) will be in your fine city for a work conference in February; one of us is celebrating her birthday (which always falls during the darn conference.) We are all huge foodies/chowhounds so we need a GREAT place for dinner. What I'm looking for:

* we are staying in Union Square but it doesn't have to be near there; in the city in another interesting neighborhood is fine too
* an eating *experience*
* American/New American or Asian Fusion; French inspired is okay too
* a fun, sophisticated environment
BUT, we are cheapos. It ruins my meal to pay too much for an excellent but overpriced entree. So my challenge to you is to tell me where we can get a fun, delicious, special meal for $15-20 an entree. So many fine restaurants in DC have good food that is just not worth the ridiculous price, so I want to avoid that form of pain and suffering.

On my list so far are the following:

* Plumpjack
* Bizou
* Quince
* Judy Rodger's Zuni Cafe
* Rubicon
* Campton Place
* Azie
* Thirsty Bear
I also remember seeing a place called Le Metro on the Food Network. Thoughts? Am I on the right track, wrong track with these places? Or will they be too pricey for our frugal standards? What gem am I missing?

I beg your assistance and thank you in advance.

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