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Apr 4, 1998 11:24 PM

Dining (and eating) in DC- and Bethesda (Md.)

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I will be going home to parents over the holidays- I
expect some good free babysitting and my husband and I
want to catch up and try out great new places. They
live in Bethesda, but we will be mobile, and I know the
area well. Any suggestions on great chow? Thanks in

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  1. Cashion's Eat Place in Adams Morgan is a fun spot.
    Very good southern influenced food. It can get very
    crowded and noisy on late weekend nights.

    It's a bit more expensive, but one of my favorites is
    Vidalia (19th & M St. NW) If they serve onion
    poundcake with onion ice cream for dessert, go for
    it! It's awesome.

    Go check out Raku in Dupont Circle. It is owned by
    Mark Miller (of Coyote Cafe fame). I hear Kazuhiro
    Okochi, a really good sushi chef, left Sushi Ko and is
    now doing his thing at Raku.

    Lunch at Red Sage is actually quite affordable. You
    can still walk around the restaurant downstairs and
    check out and see what a few million bucks in interior
    design can get you.

    Consider Citronelle (can't remember hotel)in
    Georgetown. Michel Richard moved here from L.A. to
    make this his flagship.

    I have not been to DC in a couple of years, so I'm not
    up on what's new. I'm sure if you go exploring in
    Adams Morgan, you will discover some nice places as

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    1. re: Gary Cheong

      There is really good Ethiopian food in Adams Morgan.
      Unfortunately, I can't remember the name of the
      restaurant. I also have not been for quite some time,
      though, but I am sure it is still good, there's
      practically an Ethiopian enclave in that area!

      1. re: Sandy Paik
        hans petersen

        Excellent fish at Pesce, on P Street near Dupont
        Circle. My wife and I started a thick garlicky salt
        cod brandade. I followed with a sauteed coqia (a fish
        I'd never heard of before -- sort of like a swordfish
        that comes in filets) on a nice wintry bed of spinach
        and pureed sweet potatoes; my wife had a lobster
        risotto with squash (I was skeptical -- risotto always
        seems risky if you don't know a place well -- but it
        was good). Very informal (the place doubles as a
        retail fish market); no reservations taken. Not so
        cheap (high teens for most entrees; $8-$10 for
        starters), but worth it.