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Old 03-15-2019, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by rbhankins001 View Post
Pete if you haven't already contact your representatives for tours of the capitol and the white house
F'ing sore subject.

Short version: F'ing denied.
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Old 03-15-2019, 11:23 AM
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Skip Dukes then. If they like good whiskey, check out Jack Rose.
LOL. They like wine. The standing joke is that you send them the wine list and photograph of the place to see if they have table linen. If they have a good wine list and table linen, they'll be predisposed to love the place. LOL... It's a joke - sort of.

Wife and I just like food. Good food. If we get good service, then great.

I'll explain it like this. THT told me and my wife, if you like good food go to GW Finns in NOLA -- if you want "fancy" go to Brennan's... We walked into GW's and got the best table in the place up against the rear wall right under the mirror on that back wall -- I joked with the waiter about my little THT story and he said, "How about I show you that we can do both?"

Wife and I dined for 4 hours and had the single best experience ever -- food was off-the-charts good.

The older people we're traveling with? They wouldn't walk into GW's -- they only go to Brennan's.
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Old 03-15-2019, 01:13 PM
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LOL. They like wine. The standing joke is that you send them the wine list and photograph of the place to see if they have table linen. If they have a good wine list and table linen, they'll be predisposed to love the place. LOL... It's a joke - sort of.
This definitely changes the landscape from many of the recommendations made so far. I am not aware of any white-linen, good wine restaurants in the Arlington area that you'll be in. Maybe check Liberty Tavern. Ray's can still contend and should stay on your list. Sequoia on the Georgetown waterfront (already mentioned) is still a good option. Of my earlier list, Del Ray Café and Brabo would still contend. Evening Star has a great wine list plus there is a wine store connected to the restaurant (same owners) and you can browse the store, pick anything you want, and they'll serve it at your table. I'll add Blackwall Hitch in Old Town, which is along the lines of Sequoia in terms of atmosphere - it sits on a boardwalk right on the river - but I cannot vouch for their wine list or food.

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This definitely changes the landscape from many of the recommendations made so far. I am not aware of any white-linen, good wine restaurants in the Arlington area that you'll be in. Maybe check Liberty Tavern. Ray's can still contend and should stay on your list. Sequoia on the Georgetown waterfront (already mentioned) is still a good option. Of my earlier list, Del Ray Café and Brabo would still contend. Evening Star has a great wine list plus there is a wine store connected to the restaurant (same owners) and you can browse the store, pick anything you want, and they'll serve it at your table. I'll add Blackwall Hitch in Old Town, which is along the lines of Sequoia in terms of atmosphere - it sits on a boardwalk right on the river - but I cannot vouch for their wine list or food.
That's OK.* I am more on the prowl for places with good food.* If I want good wine I can drink that at home...*
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If you head into the city and want some if the best food you will ever eat go to the capitol grill. Very expensive but hands down some of the best food in the city. Senators and presidents eat there. But you will pay for it
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Old 03-16-2019, 11:08 AM
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Cava Mezze in Arlington. Someone mentioned Hanks Pasta Bar in Alexandria. That is right next to my office but I prefer A La Lucia which is just a few blocks away.....Italian of course. My fiancé is a Francophile and likes Bistro du coin up on Connecticut Avenue. For Thai, I used to eat at HAAD Thai a lot when I worked in the district. Old Town Alexandria has a lot of good restaurants. Landini Brothers is towards the end of King Street. Oh, and if you really want to gorge yourself, Fogo de Chao is in DC too! The Awakening was moved from Haynes Point to National Harbor which is a good picture location with the kids....plus air force one is over there now too. Then there's The Prime Rib for high end steak. Drinks on top of the W hotel has great views. All the tourists love to eat at Old Ebbitt to say they've been there I guess. Not my favorite. Have fun!

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Holocaust museum if you have never been. Get timed entry passes on their website. If too late to get them for your visit, wait is normally fairly short.
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Marios Pizza-a to go pizza joint. I stop by whenever I'm in town
Heck ya. I grew up in Arlington and man do I miss Mario's. Lefty and Joe, two classic guys with Lefty on the grill and Joe serving pizza. My favorite is steak and cheese with mayo, slaw and onions and getting a slice of cheese from Joe. Arlington was a great place to grow up but I had no desire to go back after graduating ECU. Enjoy your stay.
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Looking for a dive hot dog joint... I read about “Bens” but the reviews are mixed. Anything less known that people like?
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Hard Times Cafe in Old Town Alexandria.
Vienna Inn in Vienna.
Bob and Edith’s in Arlington

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Vienna Inn in Vienna.
This cracked me up - haven't been in years. Used to go with a bunch of guys for chili-cheese dogs & beer

Bet you haven't been in as long as I have - LOL

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Old 03-23-2019, 11:51 AM
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Thanks for all the tips guys...

It was a great trip. Did waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much and saw a lot.

Could write a lot but I'll keep short.

First, Arlington -- love the city. The Metro is fantastic. The food was far better than I thought it would be. We ended going to Mele on Wilson twice - it was that good. Frank was a trip. Very passionate about his food.

We did go to Rays. The short version. Good steak. But the rest was 'meh'. I like real vegetables so the potatoes mashed three different ways was a bit too baby-foodish for me. But that's just me. We ended getting a platter of grilled veggies that made it better.
The deserts were pretty good. It's not a bad place, but I have had better. The big disclaimer here is that I am not a beef person. I *can* tell you that my son had the scallops and they were "the best ever" -- his words. I tried a half of one, and they were, indeed, butter soft. Excellent.

We hit a bunch of other places. There was a sandwich shop in the Trade building, I can't think of the name. Excellent lunch there (soup sandwich sorta place)... Stopped at Luke's (chain) for some lobster, crab, etc. Very good - smallish, but excellent.

On our way up we stopped in St. Augustine. That was fun. On our way home we stopped in Savannah -- which I have to say -- I wished would be different. The people, at least the ones in the tourist area by the river aren't friendly at all. You have to work to be nasty to my mother-in-law... but they managed. Go figure.

Lastly, people in DC and Arlington are some of the nicest people we've met. But... the people working "security" in the government buildings? Gosh -- they have to be the bottom of the bottom of the bottom of the barrel. That's if you could even understand them -- they all spoke some sort of ebonics -- and were beyond nasty. You'd have one screaming (literally) to tell you take your coat off and another to keep it on... then they would LITERALLY mumble in some kind of ebonic language that you were "a fool". I would mention that the person over there said to take it off... and they would scream. Honestly, if I could I would have spit on them - snot included. They were pigs.

Learned a lot of things we never knew... saw things we never saw. I'd go back and see more of what we couldn't see. And eat at many of the places that caught my eye.

Thanks again for the help! Pete & Family
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