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Top 5 Places You'd Take An Out-Of-Town Friend (Not Upscale)


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The title says it. I'm not looking for fancy dress-up places (well, maybe one, but only one), just darn good food. The max we'd dress up would be smart casual.  Especially since this will be July and too hot.

They don't have to be unique cuisines of DC but having a handful of such would be nice.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Well, FWIW, these are the places I *do* take out-of-town friends (most frequent five on top):

Little Serow

2 Amys

Seki

Thip Khao

Jaleo

Maketto

Bar Pilar

Daikaya Ramen

Rose's (time constraints permitting)

Eden Center

Peter Cheng's will probably make this list, too--as should Sichuan Jin River

And you don't need to worry about what you're wearing at a single one of them.

The title says it. I'm not looking for fancy dress-up places (well, maybe one, but only one), just darn good food. The max we'd dress up would be smart casual.  Especially since this will be July and too hot.

They don't have to be unique cuisines of DC but having a handful of such would be nice.

Thanks for any thoughts.

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Well Marty L. took two of my suggestions:  Seki and Bar Pilar.

I would add:

Montmartre (for your smart casual place).

Ripple (for your other smart casual place).

Zenebech Injera (for your come as you are store front experience).

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Agree with Rose's, Seki, Zenebech Injera, Daikaya Ramen, and Red Hen.  I'd throw in:

Maketto

Ocopa

Estadio

Le Diplomate (depending on where your friend is coming from...If they are coming from a big city, I'd skip it, otherwise it will likely impress.)

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Plenty of great ideas already, and it certainly depends on what your guests are likely to enjoy.

Rasika or Rasika West End

Fiola or Fiola Mare

Old Ebbitt Grill (Don't hate me--it can be a great spot depending upon your needs)

Hill Country Barbecue

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While I would second Red Hen, Rose's, Montmartre, and Jaleo, here are some alternatives:

Granville Moore's

Soi 38

Central

Oyamel

Mintwood Place

Bonus: Seventh Hill Pizza (at least for sandwiches)

Granville Moore's was the 1st place I was brought to eat at in DC. I second that rec.

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