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I guess it depends on where I am being exiled – but if say I were being sent to the Fed’s SuperMax it would be:

Komi

Sushi Taro – ‘sushi bar’

Bombay Curry Company for the wings

Prime Rib for a big slab of beef and a crabcake

Marcel’s for boudin blanc

Dino’s for Italian wine

The Broiler for the crappy ass style of pizza that I grew up on

Peking Gourmet for Peking Duck

And for the last meal Bilbo Baggins because it and Overwood are the only places that I can think of that would make me yearn for prison food.

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If I was never ever to come back to DC, I would go to the following in a crazy week-long eating binge.... Oh, I'll change the 3/3/3 rules to 3/4/2

Cheap:

Ravi Kabob - Ravi special with chickpeas

Eamonns - Cod and chips

Hell Burger - Burger of some sort and mac and cheese

Normal:

Rays - Strip steak au poivre, bisque

Central - Onion soup and something tbd

Bombay Curry Co - Butter chicken

Present - Anything

Spendy:

Palena - Anything

Eve - Anything

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Limiting this to places I've been to (if it was a want list, I'd include Komi, Cityzen, etc)

Dirt Cheap-

2 Amys - Etna Pizza, extra crispy

Lost Dog Cafe - Razbo Oscar with a cup of chicken corn chowder

Radius - Fall Pizza (in season)

Regular Priced-

Dino - Grilled Prosiutto wrapped apricots over marscapone with balsamico (in season) and a bottle of wine suggested by Dean.

Cafe at Palena - Burger and Fry Plate (extra lemons)

Rays the Steaks - cup of crab bisque, hangar steak

Spendy-

6 course tasting Menu at Vidalia

Eventide - Buffalo Tartare

Central - Lamb shank over corn polenta

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Wow this is a hard one ok, here we go:

Dirt Cheap:

1. The Italian Store for a Napoli sub if you need it to be sit down then sub in Matchbox for a plate of miniburgers then a pizza

2. Ravi Kabob for Lamb Kahari and chickpeas

3. Ray's Hellburger

Regular Priced:

1. Central for just about anything, but the faux gras and rillettes would be on order.

2. Sonoma for an cheese, charcuterie and risotto cooked in squid ink with grilled squid (I am addicted to this dish)

3. Rasika which might lean on the spendy side, I dunno I don't think it is that bad

Spendy

1. Minibar if you haven't been.

2. Marcel's for just about anything AND the boudin blanc

3. Palena's back room

I haven't been to Komi, yet, so it isn't on the list.

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Dirt Cheap

Radius Pizza – Fall Pizza, Pastas, Soups...anything Chef Wiss puts on the menu, basically

2 Amys – Suppli (when I don’t feel like making them), Abruzzese and Two Amys pies

Mandu – Steamed Shrimp Mandu, Dolsot Bibim Bap, Duk Bok Gi

Regular Priced

Birch & Barley – Bread Board, Beet Risotto, Rabbit Tagliatelle

Sou’Wester – Hush Puppies, Corned Beef Shortribs

Palena Café – Burger, Fry Plate, Chicken

Spendy

Central – Shrimp Burger, Roasted Chicken, but not the onion soup…that was disappointing

Proof - Based off lunch

Uh…apparently I need to eat at some more expensive places?

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Cheap

Tortilla Grill & Cafe - Mix Pupusa platter with plantains

Italian Pizza Kitchen - Roast eggplant pizza

Capitol Lounge - All day beer bender

Mid-Range

Montmartre - Pate and Hanger Steak

Jaleo/Zaytinya/Cafe Atlantico/Oyamel Grand Tour

DR $20 Tuesday Blowout at A&J

Expensive

Komi

Eve Tasting Room

A Joe H Blowout at Laboratorio

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Cheap

Present

Korean barbecue, but I haven't been to enough places to pick a "must go"

Ray's Hell Burger

Regular

Ray's the Steaks

Evening Star Cafe

Central

Spendy

Komi (haven't been there, but I'd definitely go before leaving town)

Minibar (been there, so I wouldn't have it on my personal list, but if you haven't been, go)

Corduroy or Oval Room

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hahaha

pathetically, I've only been to Bilbo Baggins and that was about 13 yrs ago.

I had dinner at the bar, solo, at Bilbo Baggins around that time, and my bill was $1300.

(Note to owners: Yes, it was me who bought your 3 bottles of 1982 Mouton Rothschild and 3 bottles of 1982 Cheval Blanc, and took them to go. My fried tortellini appetizer was also quite good.)

<Ramon Narvaez looks on and smiles...>

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Hmmmm....good one....

At the low end, I would probably nail 2 lbs. of kibbee nayee (of course) at Lebanese Butcher in Falls Church, tear into a duck at Mark's Duck House and polish off a decadent burger with marrow topping at Ray's Hell-burger.

[somewhere between low and middle, there's the happy hour orca at Clyde's or Old Ebbitt, where a $95 pile of fresh shrimp, crab, lobster and oysters is half price.]

In the middle, PassionFish is my first choice, with any of their sushi rolls, or better, all of their sushi rolls. Then I'll take the grilled meatloaf with mashed potatoes at Majestic. After that, tapas at Jaleo or mezze at Zaytinya just about tops it off.

At the high end, give me the chef's tasting menus at Komi, Restaurant Eve and CityZen.

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Well, it would depend on where I would be going to, never to return. For instance, I would not visit Eamonns if I were going to the Isles, or the Italian store if headed to the "Boot". Otherwise:

Radius

Ray's Hellsburgers

American Flatbread

Ray's the Steaks

Brunch at Liberty Tavern

Sushi at Kaz

Komi

and no, GennaroE, don't necessarily need to go more spendy, although Central and Proof are both on the "ToDo" list.

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Thursday 12/10 my list appears to be:

Category I >>> Tommy Marcos' Ledo (for idiosyncratic pizza, natch), El Pollo Rico, GSPOT (heck, I'd make an entire meal out of pies)

Category II >>> Hanger steak at any Ray's, Etete or Queen Makeda for Ethiopian, Cantler's (or comparable crab shack within 1 statute mile of the Bay)

Category III >>> Komi, plus two others I can't really narrow down.

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Not sure if it's cool for restaurant peeps to reply to this but whatever...

Cheap: Italian Store, Pietanza, Delhi Club (Hellburger too, but the limit was 3) :angry:

Mid: PS7's, Rasika, Proof

Expensive (only because when I go, I want to drop some cash--not because you can't get a meal there for a good price): CityZen, Equinox, Volt

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2 amys is not only cheap, it has wonderful food

Dirt Cheap-

2 Amys - Etna Pizza, extra crispy

Lost Dog Cafe - Razbo Oscar with a cup of chicken corn chowder

Radius - Fall Pizza (in season)

Regular Priced-

Dino - Grilled Prosiutto wrapped apricots over marscapone with balsamico (in season) and a bottle of wine suggested by Dean.

Cafe at Palena - Burger and Fry Plate (extra lemons)

Rays the Steaks - cup of crab bisque, hangar steak

Spendy-

6 course tasting Menu at Vidalia

Eventide - Buffalo Tartare

Central - Lamb shank over corn polenta

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