Are we locked into Lauriol Plaza? Â I looked at the menu today and there's not a whole lot that strikes my fancy. Â If we are it's no big deal, I'll just eat a little before I show up.
You're going to be surrounded by a ton of Mexican/Spanish restaurants for the next four years, so you might as well learn to enjoy the cuisine now. Â
The more people in a party, the more difficult it is going to be to find a restaurant that everyone is going to enjoy. Â Italian would probably be the safest choice, but the Italian restaurants in D.C. are for the most part formal, sit-down type places that are not (in my opinion) ideal for a large group of people who have never met before. Â LP, I think, strikes the best balance between ambiance and cuisine. Â Plus, nothing says "bring on the weekend" like a big pitcher of frozen margaritas.