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  • AMLJML Apr 16, 2006 12:47 PM
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Another pair of tired middle aged parents doing the college tour with two teenages (one not too adventurous when it comes to food) and would like some recommendations for moderate priced restaurants near AU or within a short metro ride from there.

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  1. Ugh, my reply was just eaten by the internet. But here's what I said in a nutshell

    AU Area:
    Chef Geoff's- chefgeoffs.com
    right down the street from AU on New Mexico. Good for non-adventurous eaters.

    2 Amys - no website.
    Would require a cab ride or long walk to get there (down Mass AVe, left onto Macomb). However, this is a DC institution. Neopolitan brick oven pizza, great salads, other dishes, fab ice cream.

    Tenleytown area
    Neisha Thai - neisha.net
    Thai food.
    Guapo's -
    Mexican. It's alright.

    Cleveland Park area (on the Red Line)
    Dino- dino-dc.com
    Italian.
    Palena- palenarestaurant.com
    Website woefully out of date. Front cafe's menu is $10 for each item.
    Spices- spicesdc.com
    Pan Asian.

    There's also the blah Subway, McDonalds, food court and the lovable TDR for food *on campus*. If you had to do 2 dinners in town, I'd vote for 2 Amys and probably Palena (they always have a burger on the menu for the picky eater). I say this as an AU grad student with no money who likes to spend restaurant money wisely ;)

    6 Replies
    1. re: skysplitter

      oh, i love neisha thai. it's definitely funky; the inside is decorated like a cavern. whenever i come back home i make it a point to eat here. it's right on wisconsin ave near whole foods.

      1. re: skysplitter

        I loved the choices that skysplitter recommended but I noticed that this information is four years old. Any updates or changes since then, anyone?

        1. re: Linda W.

          Do a search for Tenley or Tenleytown and you'll see a recent relevant thread.

          Neisha Thai is not worth going to. Spices, Dino, Palena, 2 Amys are all still around. There are some new places in Tenleytown worth investigating: Masala Art, Pete's A Pizza, and others in the aforementioned thread.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          Masala Art
          4441 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, MD 20016

          1. re: hamster

            Have you been to Pete's yet?

            1. re: Chocolatechipkt

              No, though the City Paper gave a good review of it. He mentioned an expanded menu.
              http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/bl...

          2. re: Linda W.

            even though your initials are AMI, I suggest you go to 2 Amys. Great rustic italian specializing in wood burning stove adult pizzas that are sooooooo gooooodl, casual, not expensive,,,,,,delicious food. just the right ticket

        2. Tired parents would also enjoy DeCarlos restaurant off Mass Ave just down the street from AU. 4822 Yuma St NW 202-363-4220.

          1. OK, how about a more upscale, great food, cool and funky venue. Bringing my new AU student down for orientation from NYC. Want to have a great DC meal in a hip restaurant with great food. Doesn't have to be right near AU, but not a 1/2 hour away....any suggestions?

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            1. re: Valerie

              It's not upscale or hip, but Cactus Cantina is right off campus. Seems pretty popular with the college crowd.

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              Cactus Cantina
              3300 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016

              1. re: Valerie

                I haven't been to many restaurants near AU that would fit your interest in funky venues, but the food at Indique Heights and Sushi-Ko -- just outside of the Friendship Heights Metro station -- is decent. That would be a five minute subway ride from Van Ness or Tenleytown.

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                Indique Heights
                2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

                1. re: konbaba

                  You may not have realized it, but you're answering a post from 2006

                2. re: Valerie

                  For Valerie:
                  SEI, Rasika, Oya or Zaytinya might fit the bill for cool and funky with great food.

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                  Rasika Restaurant
                  633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                  Zaytinya
                  701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001