I need feedback on your favorite restaurants in the Baltimore Washington N. VA area

I an updating a list for a website with information on Baltimore, DC, NVA restaurants and would like your help. If you live in the area please let me know your favorites and maybe a line or two as to why they are special. I prefer no chains like Mortons, Capital Grill, ... independently owned (can have a couple restaurants)

1) Special Occasion Restaurants
2) If company came to town where would I take them
3) Ethnic Restaurants
4) Hidden Treasures

Tags: Baltimore, DC, Maryland, Norther, Restaurants, Suburbs, Virginia, reviews, washington

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If Hogates is still around in DC, it's one of the best seafood restaurants I've ever been to.
Dear Matt:

My goodness that was fast...it just went up. Tell me what you liked about Hogates...I will research and see if they are still in business.

Dara
Sometimes we of FohBoh can be Johnny on the Spot! ;-)

What I loved about Hogates was that it was a large, open restaurant with a great atmosphere; but the menu selection was extensive, and every item I've ever had there was uber fresh. I love seafood, but great seafood has to be really fresh! King Crab Legs in Anchorage, Lobster in Maine. Everything, and I mean everything, at Hogate's was awesome, couldn't be fresher, and first class all the way.

I hope they're still in business. I haven't been to DC in a decade, but the impression they left was obviously indelible.

Good luck!
I get to D.C. once a year and the last time I was there, I had a great meal at Oyamel in downtown D.C. I realize the restaurant is part of a large restaurant group, with many other cuisine focused spots. The food was fresh and had a great combination of traditional and progressive flair. I would recommend it as a great place for dinner or lunch. Just being there on business, I am sure I have many great spots to find ... but this was a pleasant surprise.
Dear Matt:

I appreciate your response. Oyamel is part of a local chain. National chains are ones I don't want so this was great.
Oyamel, Zaytinya, Jaleo, Cafe Atlantico same restaurant group...all excellent.

Thank you again.
Carol:

My goodness, aren't you thorough with contact information...you get 4 gold stars. Thank you so much. I will have to make it down your way one day. Much good fortune in all your endeavors.

Dara
Marcel's is my favorite by far. It is a french-belgian restaurant that is really out of this world. From the greeting at the door, any lady can feel like a princess, to the cuisine (absolutely perfect,) it is a gem that is not to be missed when visiting the district and in need of a fabulous fine dining venue.
Pho 75. Just great Vietnamese soup. I eat at the Falls Church location about 2 times a week.

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