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Good god.

Just browsing the restaurant section makes me want to cry... and somehow amplifies JoeH's very interesting point that the truly excellent dining options in DC need to bang the PR drum a little harder. Seriously -- Maggiano's? Ruth's Chris? I will now go hang my head in shame.

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I see that Ray's the Steaks came in a respectable 2nd place in the steak category. I don't know how many locations Ruth's Chris has , several I believe, which probably accounts for the higher vote count.

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Bangkok 54 number 10 for Thai food with such luminaries as Thaiphoon in front of it????

I am also happy to read that the top sushi restaurant has a full chinese menu, and that Cafe Asia ahead of Sushi-Ko and Kaz for sushi.

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I've got into serious trouble for my unsolicited thoughts (!) on topics like this but I can't help but note that Italian does not include Maestro (there! I said it!), ice cream does not include Vienna's Neilsen's(which is as good as Kopp's in Milwaukee and Michael's in Madison, WI for its basic vanilla and makes a concrete better than Ted Drewes in St. Louis which invented them) and Phillips which was a great crab house in its only 200 seat location in Ocean City-in 1963-is ranked 3rd for crabs. Isn't Phillips crab meat Indonesian, Venezualan or some other even uglier crustacean that no one has ever seen alive?

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Maybe this is the big news: People wouldn't know what was actually good if it sat on their face.

SURPRISE!!! :P

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Good god.

Just browsing the restaurant section makes me want to cry... and somehow amplifies JoeH's very interesting point that the truly excellent dining options in DC need to bang the PR drum a little harder. Seriously -- Maggiano's? Ruth's Chris? I will now go hang my head in shame.

Ha ha ha...the Melting Pot as second most romantic restaurant behind the Inn at Little Washington. That's freakin' hilarious! Who ARE these people?

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Who ARE these people?

They are our neighbors, LolaDC....they are our teachers, and bus drivers, and check-out clerks, and people who stand on the left side of the Metro escalator. They are all around us. They are everywhere, and they are nowhere. Nowhere good, apparently. :P

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Ha ha ha...the Melting Pot as second most romantic restaurant behind the Inn at Little Washington.  That's freakin' hilarious!  Who ARE these people?

Well it's aptly named! :P

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I am also happy to read that the top sushi restaurant has a full chinese menu, and that Cafe Asia ahead of Sushi-Ko and Kaz for sushi.

I had quite the chuckle at that. All Japanese restauranteurs should be up in arms. Edited by ustreetguydc

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I had quite the chuckle at that.  All Japanese restauranteurs should be up in arms.

Benihana can't be pleased.

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Who ARE these people?

I'm assuming people whose idea of romance includes gettin' busy to the lingering scent of burning oil and melted cheese. Mind you I'm not discounting this as a turn on for a significant portion of the populace.

My biggest memory from my only visit to a Melting Pot was not the food but the adherence of eau de fondue to my jacket, one that persisted for days. Four hours in a smoke-filled dive bar ain't got nothin' on 2 hours surrounded by various forms of grease in vapor form.

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What on earth is the point of nominating a chain anything (restaurant, bookstore, day spa etc) as a "best bet of washington DC?" I shudder to think that a visitor looking at this list would think that the list was all this city had to offer. Very upsetting.

It reminds me of a conversation I was having the other day about going to places "where the locals eat, " and that sometimes the locals may not have good taste! Of course, the survey is unscientific, and prone to being influence by lobbying campaigns of restaurants, but is nonetheless a bit disturbing.

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These things happen because of volume. Someone who votes for Inn at Little Washington because they've "heard it's good" counts just as much as someone who's actually been to 63 different restaurants in the Washington area and really waffled for hours on whether Eve or Komi better fits the bill. A lot more people fall into the first category than the second.

I can only sigh and shrug. And think about how I went to the Red Lobster for prom.

Jael

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Four hours in a smoke-filled dive bar ain't got nothin' on 2 hours surrounded by various forms of grease  in vapor form.

So true! I really don't mean to sound like a snob (okay, yes I do), but I just can't see what is romantic about that place. If I want to spend a romantic evening eating food I have to cook myself, I sure as hell would rather do it standing in front of my own stove wearing jammy pants and drinking my own stash of good wine. Now THAT'S romantic! :P

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These things happen because of volume. Someone who votes for Inn at Little Washington because they've "heard it's good" counts just as much as someone who's actually been to 63 different restaurants in the Washington area and really waffled for hours on whether Eve or Komi better fits the bill. A lot more people fall into the first category than the second.

I can only sigh and shrug. And think about how I went to the Red Lobster for prom.

Jael

OK, I'll admit...I used to love those Red Lobster rolls they used to give out. One time, in law school, I had a craving and called them up to see if they'd sell me a few "a la carte." I walked away with a bag of 4...suffice it to say, I should've left those sleeping dogs lie. Not quite what I remembered them to be...especially on the 4th one.

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"Mike's American Grill" is listed seventh for crabs. Decent joint if you're stuck in Springfield. But no crabs.

Now Mike's on the South River south of Annapolis is decent enough for crabs, but sure enough, it says "Mike's American Grill."

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I shudder to think that a visitor looking at this list would think that the list was all this city had to offer.

Well, that's what happened to me last summer when I first moved here. I looked at the Best Bets (because in Chicago the analogue is actually quite accurate), and I saw Ruth's Chris and OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE as two of the top ten. I was shocked to say the least. But at least I realized that the survey might be stupid.

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And District Chophouse ahead of Charlie Palmer Steak. I didn't know that, to the Washington Post, "steak" actually means "corn chowder."

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Best pick up spot #8: Mister Days Sports Rock Café. :P

And the Top ten "Kid-friendly" places make me want to slit my wrists - with the exception of #7.

1. Generous George's Positive Pizza & Pasta Place

A sensory bonanza of flamingo pink and grasshopper green, this kitschy fun house pleases picky little eaters with pizza, macaroni and cheese and the popular chicken dinosaurs (in other words, the same shit on every kid menu in town).

2. Rainforest Café

3. California Tortilla

4. Silver Diner

5. Chuck E. Cheese's

6. Austin Grill

7. 2 Amys

8. Red Robin

9. Fuddruckers

10. McDonald's

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Hey, don't knock Generous George's so hard just because the description the Post gave was inane. It's a useful joint for carbo-loading. And now that the Annandale location has been replaced by an Ilmee, there are exactly the right number of them.

(Seriously, though, this is a jones joint for my wife and not all that hopeless for me. And all the kids around us seem to be having fun).

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The Melting Pot is very romantic... to me, anyway, because my now-husband proposed to me after a dinner there.

As for the other choices, well, the amusement factor is high. Phillips ranking so high in the crab category is not nearly as chortle-inducing as the placement of Joe's Crab Shack in the #5 spot.

Hell, I'm almost stunned that McDonald's and Burger King didn't make the top ten list for burger joints.

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I have to agree that Old Town Alexandria is a perfect first date place. My husband and I had our first date there, many dates there, wedding proposal there, and alas wedding there. Needless to say I'm endeared to it. With Eve and Majestic et al it keeps getting better.

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Actually my wife and I (almost 13 years now-she's still my best friend) had our first date there, too. Remarkably, while we've been back to Old Town many times we haven't returned to the Chart House where we went that night.

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