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One Week in D.C. - Seeking comments, suggestions on Final Draft

maryclaire1 | Mar 15, 201502:08 PM

Hello again, D.C. Chowhounds!

I posted about a month ago, after looking through this Board and looking at a few other blogs. (UHockey’s blog is really quite good.) You gave me some really good feedback, and now I should make some final (but always subject to change…) decisions and reservations for my trip, which is the second week of April. I would love any final thoughts and suggestions.

Quick summary about me: No car, love to walk, will cab or public transport, but would prefer to stay in 5-8 mile radius; will be in Arlington first half of trip, Dupont Circle remainder of trip. I prefer seafood over meat; prefer French, American, Italian cuisine.


Saturday (arrive late afternoon): Dinner at Proof

Sunday: am - Dupont Farmer’s Market; Lunch at Pearl Dive Oyster; Dinner at Fiola Mare

Monday: am – Society Fair Market (will be hanging out in Old Alexandria); Conference rest of day, w/Group dinner at Athena (very high probability will just have cocktail and then skip out with one or two folks and go to Jaleo in D.C.)

Tuesday: Conference all day, w/ Group dinner at Virtue Feed and Grain (mandatory…)

Wednesday: Conference ½ day; Lunch - Red Hook Lobster Food Truck; Dinner at Red Hen

Thursday: Lunch at Central Michel; Dinner at Corduroy

Friday: All day bike and boat to Mount Vernon – pick up sammie at Cheesetique; Dinner at Marcel’s

Saturday: Lunch at Estonia, leave late afternoon

Thanks again for all your comments. I really appreciated your insights! Regards, Mary

p.s. Please allow me a week or so after I get back to post reviews.

p.p.s. I had to pass on lots of good options. Wish I had a few more days! Here are a few I considered but they didn’t make final selection: Blue Duck Tavern and Eat The Rich (both lost chefs); LeDiplomate (lost chef and learned it is quite large, whereas I prefer a smaller bistro style ambiance, like Bar Pilar and Ghibellini, neither of which are currently on final draft but think both would be good alternates); Seki and Rose’s Luxury (no reservations); Rasika (understand it is arguably #1 but menu just didn’t grab me); Sushi Taro Omakase (will try for reservation Thursday night exactly 30 days prior to my visit, but I understand they are difficult to get); Rogue 24 (interesting, but I’d want to go here with a few people so that we could dissect each course, and I will be solo this trip).

Fiola Mare,
Red Hen,
Mount Vernon Marketplace,
Mount Vernon Stable & Saloon,
Blue Duck Tavern,
Bar Pilar,
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