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The REAL thing: Chez Auntie Libe

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Steve Oct 10, 2003 08:36 PM

A while age, a Chowhound by the handle of 'bjd' posted about this West African place near Georgia and Military and made it sound too good to be true. I just went there for the first time, and I want to go back right away. The kind of home cooking you wish you could find everywhere. I had the Yassa chicken, which is marinated in lemon juice and sauteed with a ton of onions. There was only one dessert listed, and I got it: Like the best Creme Fraiche you could hope for with couscous mixed in. I went at an off hour, and she could hardly serve me because she was preparing a large order for the State Department. A few people wandered in for take out while I was there, and I asked each person what was their favorite thing on the menu: everyone picked something different. I look forward to seeing what else is Chow worthy.
Inside, some efforts have been made to make the place look homey, though no major surprises.

North on Georgia just before Rittenhouse. Open Mon-Thurs 11am to 9:30 or so, and until 11:30pm on Fri and Sat. Sunday open noon-8pm. But in any case, I suggest calling first. 202-291-6454

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    Joe H. Oct 10, 2003 11:26 PM

    Steve, this sounds like it should be a group meal one afternoon.

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      Bonz Oct 11, 2003 07:20 AM

      Count me in for a Chez Auntie Libe
      ChowLunch. How else am I going to taste the whole menu in a single setting?

      Thanks for checking this one out, Steve. I do remember the earlier post, but never got over there . . .

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      Max Oct 11, 2003 11:49 AM

      One of my favorite places! Next time try the thiebou djien, its the Senegalese specialty. And get the sorrel (bissup) juice drink, its one of the most refreshing drinks ever.

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        Lauryn Oct 17, 2003 01:38 PM

        How exactly does that taste?

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          Roe Oct 17, 2003 11:45 PM

          I think you need to interpret that for yourself...

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        flavrmeistr Oct 11, 2003 06:25 PM

        Steve, count me in for a chowlunch on this one.

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          sbs Oct 15, 2003 11:57 AM

          Do you remember if there was anything vegetarian on the menu?

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            Steve Oct 16, 2003 02:56 PM

            It's a small menu, and nothing is listed as being particularly vegetarian, so it would be best to ask (for example, I don't know if their black eyed pea dish is vegetarian). BTW, the vegetable dumplings in broth at Nam Viet/Cafe Saigon are wonderful. So is the Cashew Tofu.

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            bjd Oct 17, 2003 12:31 PM

            Steve,
            I'm really glad you liked Chez Auntie Libe's! Not only is the food good but everyone who works there is always so welcoming. Hopefully, all the chowhounders will enjoy their lunch there next week.
            -Brendan

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