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Help me pick a good dinner or two

gprime | Jun 11, 201206:15 PM

I'm going to be in Arlington, VA in mid-July for about 36 hours for a conference. While most of my expenses are being covered, dinner isn't. And, since I'll have my evenings free, I figure I may as well make the most of my time and grab a truly excellent dinner or two in either Arlington or (I assume more likely) DC.

So I'm asking you, the local experts, to make a few suggestions. Requirements/criteria:

- Reasonable to get to without a car (ideally near mass transit, though taxis are fine if necessary)

- I can make a reservation 3-4 weeks out, even for a Friday or Saturday, and be accommodated.

- Has somewhat late hours (since I doubt if I'll be able to do dinner before 8 on Saturday, and I don't really want to show up somewhere 20 minutes before the kitchen closes).

- Has a tasting menu.

- (Less critical) Has a good beer list (I'm not really a wine guy).

Price isn't much of a factor. I'm not really loaded, and I can't drop $100 on a glass of cognac, but I've got enough to splurge once or twice. So I'd rather pay more for top quality food.

Really, I'll entertain any suggestions. From my own research thus far, I'm inclined to consider the following places, so I welcome comments specific to them beyond any additional recommendations you might have:

Birch and Barley
Cafe Atlantico
China Poblano
CityZen
Minibar by Jose Andre (seemingly ideal, but I understand reservations are a nightmare)
Oyamel
Proof
Restaurant Eve
Rogue 24 (Is the 24 course menu worth it?)
Tabard Inn
Vermilion

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