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Mailbag: Parents in Town

My parents are coming to town this weekend, and I’m looking for a good restaurant for dinner on Friday night. Last time they were here, we ate at Founding Farmers, which was very well received. We’re pretty open to a variety of cuisines, and it can be a little pricey but not too extravagant. I work by Farragut West and live in Crystal City, so pretty much anything in the south half of DC and anywhere in Arlington is fair game.  Any recommendations? Thanks!

I have plenty of recommendations! First off, again, there’s always Micah’s mother’s excellent guide to eating the District with parents.

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Mailbag: Adams Morgan Business Lunch Edition

Only one question to answer today.  Keep sending them in!

Courtesy of Yelp

I have a client near the Woodley Park metro station who recently had a big work accomplishment, and I want to take him out to lunch to celebrate. Where in the area do you recommend?

The way I see it, there’s three main things going on here. 1: location is important, since you don’t want the client to have to leave the area. 2: this is both a celebration and a business affair, so you want to pick a place that will impress.  3: you’re eating with someone you probably don’t know that well, so it’s best to choose something on the safe side.

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Mailbag: Orange Line Edition

Welcome to our first edition of the Eat the District mailbag! Today I tackle two questions: one Orange Line related, and one bakery related. Please send any questions to micah@eatthedistrict.com, or just leave a comment here!

I need a place for a weeknight dinner for two that’s close to the Orange Line where I can snag a table on one night’s notice.  Interesting food is a major plus, and moderately priced (not too expensive but not a bargain bite) is ideal.  Any thoughts?

Oof. The Orange Line.

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Welcome to the (Untitled) ETD Mailbag

Good afternoon everyone. We wanted to introduce a new feature to the site today. Since we’ve started this blog, lots of people have been coming to us asking for restaurant recommendations, food recommendations, and general questions regarding DC dining. So we thought to ourselves, how can we turn this stream of questions into something productive? The answer (with, I have to admit, some helpful input from my dad), was easy: Write an Eat the District food advice column!

So here’s what we’re going to do.

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The Morning Roundup 7/02/2012

Happy Monday everyone. I hope that you survived the storm, and have power. The men of Eat the District are powerless, but that doesn’t stop the deals.

Must Buy: There are a lot of places that bill themselves as Modern Asian or Asian Fusion and a lot can’t pull it off. Many are pretty good and some are very good. Today’s Scoutmob falls somewhere in between pretty and very good. 50% off to Zabb Modern Asian (1836 18th St., NW) offers you up to $20. This will get you a really good amount of food for a low price.

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The Rammys 2012

Staying Hydrated Rammy's Style

On Sunday night the DMV’s food community gathered at the Rammys, DC’s restaurant-industry awards gala, to celebrate the best in the business. A lot of pride was at stake and there were more than a few notable events.

One of the big names honored last night was former DC Mayor Anthony Williams. Mayor Williams was the man who brought the Nationals to DC and was also instrumental in reviving DC’s restaurant scene. I caught up with him in a buffet line. When I pressed him for one of his favorite spots he backed us on Liberty Tree, stating that it is one of his “go to” spots in the city.

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Open Door Dining: A Brand New DC Dinner Club

The words “open door” require no explanation; they’re instantly warm, friendly, and inviting, imploring you to drop by at any time and see what’s going on. That’s exactly how Clementina Russo wants you to feel. Clementina is the brains – and everything else – behind Open Door Dining, a new dinner club in DC hosting its first meal this Friday night. The outgoing chef at Big Bear Cafe, Clementina chose the name “as kind of a throwback to my living situation in Maine, where the back door was always open which led into my kitchen.

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Drinking It Up with American Summits’ Philip Lajaunie

Every year the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington puts on an annual awards show. The Rammys, as they’re known, is a night to celebrate the best in DMV dining. It will be a night to celebrate the best in DMV dining. The big names will be there, the food will be good, the drinks will flow. Every year the award show has countless sponsors and this year is no different. They are some big names at the top of the list: the governments of Chile, Spain, and Australia are all involved. And then there’s one near the top you might not recognize.

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Sticky Rice: Millenium +12

We here at Eat The District talk about sushi a lot. I have a small theory as to the nature of not only our personal infatuations with this cuisine, but with our love of sushi as a community; not just as a metropolitan community, not as an American community, but as a global community. The reason that we, as a race, love sushi is because when it is done right, it is arguably some of the best food on planet Earth. Sushi is a testament to simplicity and how far we can go with just fresh ingredients. Put simply sushi rocks.

MMMMM...

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Flying Fish: Pleasantly Confused

A sushi bistro speakeasy? Who is that bartender in suspenders and a bow tie hanging near the sushi chefs?  Is that Karaoke I hear starting.  These are just some of the questions you will have upon your arrival at Flying Fish in Alexandria.  This place is confusing.  Perhaps you would say that it is ‘confused’, that this restaurant isn’t quite sure what it wants to be.  It throws your mind into a bit of a jumble.  The dissonance of restaurant genre is disconcerting.  But after my visit, I walked out thinking mostly, that I had just had some of the most interesting maki rolls that I have ever tried.

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