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  1. If I was you, I'd go someplace with a nice outdoor view on the water. Any of the restaurants on the river in the Navy Yard (Ana at District Winery, Osteria Moreni), the Wharf (Del Mar, Kith/Kin, Rappahannock Oyster Bar), or Alexandria (Blackwall Hitch). They all have the contemporary decor you're looking for and I think a graduation calls for looking out at the bright horizons (instead of being stuck on a crowded city block or in a strip mall or an office park). The Wharf would give you a good backdrop for pictures on the piers with the Washington Monument in the background.
  2. You might try the brick-and-mortar Bladensburg Road location of Roaming Rooster. While you're there, you might as well also check out the Eritrean food next door at Eden's Kitchen.
  3. The cigar bar, on the street of baby strollers. Opening February 2. "District Soul Food Opens on Barracks Row Saturday, February 2" by Larry Janezich on capitolhillcorner.org
  4. Thanks, Mark. I've been to Oxford in the summer months for Doc's Sunset Grille and the Scottish Highland Creamery. But I've never had a meal at the Robert Morris. Might be too much of a drive for the day, but I'll bring it up to the group to see if they would make the trip. You have the same initials as chef partner Mark Salter.
  5. Any new suggestions for something affordable in a scenic country setting for a family of seven? In the past we've been to Comus Inn, Normandie Farm, Mrs. K's Toll House, Cedar Knoll, Old Angler's Inn, and Potomac Point Winery, and we're looking for something in a similar price range (less than about 65$ per person). Goodstone, Ashby Inn, Patowmack Farm would all be ideal surroundings, but they're probably out of our budget. Someone in our group has already been to Field and Main, so we're looking to avoid a repeat and there's not much of a view once you're in the building. Looking to avoid Mount Vernon Inn and any of the Clyde's. Do any of the area wineries/vineyards/cideries/distilleries serve meals? Any place that might have some live music? Anything I'm missing that's on a farm or near water?
  6. Kingbird at the Watergate Hotel is an easy walk.
  7. Non-gringos go to Hyattsville. Best Mexican in the country. But it's not high end.
  8. Thanks very much for the offer, but this was for a Valentine's Day gift for my office so the immediate need has passed. I'm always looking for a place like this though, so if anyone has any other ideas I'd still appreciate the suggestions. I haven't tried Nino's yet near Franklin Square. I'd like to know more about the offerings at Catania because I've rarely been there with their limited hours.
  9. It would be great if DC had more blue-collar Italian bakeries like you'd find in NY or NJ or Philly. I've tried the Pretzel Bakery before but their pretzels tend to get hard and stale if you don't eat them within 20 minutes.
  10. Can anyone recommend a bakery or restaurant that makes good gift trays of cookies, doughnuts, pastries, chocolates, or any other kind snack that a group might like to receive as a gift? I'm thinking something fresh baked to eat right away rather than a gift basket of canned goods. Downtown DC in close proximity to the Capitol would be best.
  11. Someone like David Rubenstein could easily donate enough to the NPS to buy it back now that it fits into the plans for the site. Or the Wharf developers could buy it for the other side.
  12. I wouldn't be surprised if it returns to Hains Point now that it would have an active audience to water taxi over from the Wharf.
  13. The National Harbor/MGM might be the better comparison. They're both easy to avoid and you have to make them your destination if you want to go to them. Adult amusement parks with an entrance fee to park your car. The Inner Harbor on the other hand is hard to avoid in Baltimore even if you have no interest in stopping. If the Wharf is supposed to be a music destination, I hope they come up with something better than the Pearl Street Warehouse. It could use more casual bars with beer joint bands rather than something so programmed and ticketed. If it's going to be so commercial for the tourist trade (which it unavoidably will be), it should aim for something more like Beale Street Memphis or Broadway Nashville.
  14. Sunset Hills Vineyard for the food, entertainment, and atmosphere. I couldn't care less about the wine.
  15. If you've ever been to the H St. Whole Foods at around 7 p.m. on any weekday to see all the white millennials picking up their prepared foods dinners on the way back to their apartment from the gym, you'd know that that the day has already come.
  16. Anybody have information about the new management team and renovations underway at Kenny's? Additional context from a Craigslist ad: "KENNYS SMOKE HOUSE is currently under new ownership is undergoing complete renovations including menu changes to better serve our community with authenticate quality BBQ and smoked meats. We are planning to relaunch an entirely new experience and look before July 4th with redesigned interior\exterior, menu enhancements, beer garden and craft beers. Must be able to start mid June."
  17. They should knock out the small cottage-style windows and put in floor-to-ceiling glass walls so that the whole inside of the restaurant can get a good view of the water outside. If you're on the water, the windows should give you a view. They should take some cues from the other more modern full-length windows at other Navy Yard restaurants like in the area of Osteria Morini and the coming District Winery in Yards Park. The Salt Line windows look very dated and out of place in a new modern building.
  18. Cafe Mozart, 1981 (1964? By way of the delicatessen in the Manger Annapolis Hotel, 1932.)
  19. "Barracks Row: ANXO Craft Cider/Spanish Restaurant Bids to Open at Phase 1’s Former Location" by Larry Janezich at capitolhillcorner.org: "Phase One – the oldest lesbian bar in the country until it closed last year – has been sold, ANC6B Chair Chander Jayaraman informed the Advisory Commission Tuesday night. . . . A potential temporary tenant for the building – the owner of ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar (locations in Truxton Circle and Brightwood Park) – will ask ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Committee for a change of hours of operation next month. "ANXO owner, Sam Fitz, is negotiating to rent the Phase 1 space from the new owner and wants earlier serving hours than the start time of 7:00pm which is a condition of the current Phase 1 license conveyed with the building."
  20. "When Mason Dixie opens at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the first 100 customers will receive a card for one free breakfast sandwich every day for 90 days. Meanwhile, Mason Dixie has partnered with Lyft to give people 20-percent off rides to and from the restaurant when they use the code “MDBC” on April 15 or 16. (Seriously, only in DC would people pay someone to drive them to a drive-through.)" "Mason Dixie's Fried Chicken and Biscuit Drive-Through Opens Saturday with Free Breakfast Sandwiches" by Jessica Sidman on washingtonian.com
  21. Are adults welcome in the restaurant portion of this club? I'll go almost anywhere for kibbe nayee, but all the pictures I've seen of this place make it look like a techno club for the under 25 crowd.
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