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Oct 2, 2006 08:22 PM

In DC for 3 me a FOOD itinerary!!

Heading to DC this weekend and will be on the hunt for good food Saturday afternoon, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday morning.

Yeah, DC has museums and government stuff and memorials...but what FOOD should we not miss? Where should we go for a cheap breakfast, a fun lunch, a nice dinner, a unique meal, etc.?

All suggestions are very much appreciated. Anything reachable by public tranportation is fair game.

Thank you!!

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  1. Citronelle in G town is really good, although has a lot of detractors.

    Bistro Francias for steak tartare at 3 am.

    1. Also I love Krupins deli but havent been for years and I dont think Mel is the main gun over there any more.

      1. Cheap breakfast: Colorado Kitchen, Luna Grill & Diner
        Fun lunch: Colorado Kitchen, CF Folks, Breadline, Jaleo, Belga Cafe, 2 Amys, Pizzeria Paradiso, Domku, cafeteria at the American Indian Museum, Taqueria Distrito Federal
        Nice dinner: Palena, Corduroy, Vidalia, Charlie Palmer Steak, Montmartre, Kinkead's
        Unique meal: One of the Ethiopian restaurants in the 9th Street NW area

        5 Replies
        1. re: CMACDC

          Although I don't disagree with many of these recommendations, I have to say that Colorado Kitchen and Luna Grill don't belong in the same post, let alone the same sentence. CK is one of DC's gems, it's out of the way (not metro-accessible, but on the bus line or a cab ride) but totally worth going to. Luna Grill isn't particularly offensive, but that's about the best I can say for the bland food there. It isn't even the best restaurant on that stretch of Connecticut Ave.

          Etete and Pyramids are excellent choices for dinner.

          1. re: alopez

            Colorado Kitchen is a gem - excellent food in a homey setting.

            Iamadonut: please note CK has limited hours (e.g., no weekday breakfast and only serves lunch on Friday). Weekend brunch is great (killer donuts, grilled shrimp & cheese grits, waffles one day - pancakes another), but early seating is for "Type A" folk. No reservations.

            Chef Clark doesn't have a website, but here's a link that includes CK's latest eNewsletter (with hours, address, and seasonal menu items). Phone number:(202) 545-8280


            1. re: Lydia R

              Oh that's right -- aren't they also closed Monday and/or Tuesday evenings? Best call to check before heading up there if you decide to go.

            2. re: alopez

              Yes, yes, yes. However, CK is not a likely walk from any tourist hotel. Dinners and lunches are often worth a trip - but many people want their coffe and breakfast right away. For someone who wants decent coffee, french toast, pancakes, eggs, bacon, etc. there are not many other options like Luna Grille in the areaa a visitor is likely to be stationed.

              I like all the other CMACDC rec's as well except the highly over-rated Museum of the American Indian cafeteria. And Montmartre is great for lunch as well as dinner on "Capitol Hill touring day".

            3. re: CMACDC

              For a nice dinner (make that *really* nice), I'd go for Equinox.

            4. A strong vote for dinner at Butterfield 9.

              1. Fun lunch: On Monday, head to cf folks on 19th above M St. for crabcakes or whatever looks good on the blackboard. Peach cobbler for dessert if available. You should sit at the counter. A Washington institution. Not open on weekends.

                Nice Dinner: the lounge at Citronelle (no reservations taken or needed). Mushroom cigars, tuna napoleon, vegetable pearl pasta.

                Unique experience: Etete for Ethiopian food. Fastening food platter, add the fish, and order the derek tibs.