'Housewives' hangouts: How to do D.C. like a faux-lebrity
Last night's "Real Housewives of D.C." premiere introduced us yet another cast of borderline-personality faux-cialites, but did anyone else notice the intense lip service the show is paying to the scene in Washington - and its status as "It" city du jour?
In just one episode, the five dubious socialites who round out the RHDC cast visited or referenced at least a dozen restaurants and bars. Want to keep tabs on where they're going? Check back here every Friday for a Going Out Guide recap of the housewife nightlife, along with some ideas for your very own housewife night out.
In last night's installment, images of Busboys and Poets and Ben's Chili Bowl flickered briefly across the screen as real estate maven Stacie Scott Turner laid out the rules for what it means to be from D.C.
But actually muck up her Manolos venturing to gritty, common U Street? Never!
No, when these ladies hit the town, they went to dinner at Equinox, the fine eatery in the shadow of the White House (take a good long look, because the Housewives' visit was before the restaurant caught on fire and underwent a renovation). If the choice of Equinox reflects the tone for the whole season, the odds are excellent we may see these ladies who lunch spending coming episodes at nearby Oval Room. (And my money is on a visit to Art and Soul in Capitol Hill -- there is, after all, a Bravo connection; chef Art Smith is a frequent face in the "Top Chef" franchise.)
Want to check out something similar? Nora, the Oval Room and the Bombay Club are all places to see the power set dine.
Cast member Lynda Erkiletian, owner of a modeling agency, and her dapper man, Ebong Eka, made a quirkier choice for date night, stopping at what we're 99 percent sure is Mie N Yu in Georgetown for a romantic dinner, Arabian Nights-style.
When McLean mom Mary Schmidt Amons and Erkiletian met up for drinks in the premiere, it was at the Madison on 15th Street NW. Like many local hotel bars, it's a quintessentially Washington power center. But it's not the area's hippest. For that, they - and you - should head to Quill at the Jefferson Hotel, the lounge at Bourbon Steak in the Four Seasons, and of course, the W's P.O.V. Rooftop Terrace and Lounge.
As much as we'd like to, we can't ignore that Michaele and Tareq Salahi got a fair amount of facetime in the premiere, talking up their involvement in America's Polo Cup and Oasis Winery in Fauquier County. Since none of us wants to make a habit treading in their wake, let's skip straight to the alternatives. For popular area wineries, check out our best bets. And if you want to see polo, there's more than a month remaining for Twilight Polo at Great Meadow in the Plains.
So, now that you know them, it's your turn. Where do you think the 'wives will be spotted in next week's episode? The White House? (Uh, yes, unfortunately.) Museum galas? Posto? The Georgetown waterfront?
-- Lavanya Ramanathan
| August 6, 2010; 9:02 AM ET
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