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Boston hound seeking lunch by the Smithsonian

delikado Oct 6, 2006 11:19 PM

I'm posting this kinda late, but I was looking for some lunch recs. My bf and I will be visiting the Air and Space Museum tomorrow (Saturday), and I wanted to have a good lunch nearby. We're open to anything, as long as it's not too pricey (entrees in the -teen's, roundabout). I was considering Belga Cafe for some moules, but reading about the horrid service is making me think twice. Thanks!

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    MakingSense RE: delikado Oct 7, 2006 12:02 AM

    Montmartre on 7th, SE, at Eastern Market. Ate there a few days ago with friends. I had the liver with polenta. Others had the rabbit and hangar steak. Always a great meal there. Entrees $15 to $20 at supper.

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      fenian RE: delikado Oct 7, 2006 12:08 AM

      That's a culinary no man's land. You may want to take a cab somewhere. My favorite restaurant that's reasonably close to there is Jaleo on 7th, which I think is a wonderful lunch.

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        Steve RE: fenian Oct 7, 2006 12:29 AM

        I second the Spanish tapas at Jaleo. I prefer mostly the unique and extremely tast vegetarian selections: patatas bravas, eggplant flan, spinach with raisins, grilled asparagus, trumpet mushrooms, tortilla espanol, aples and manchego, queso de tupi - but meat eaters will enjoy the bacon and date fritters as well.

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          delikado RE: fenian Oct 7, 2006 03:45 AM

          Yeah, that's the impression I was getting after reading through various posts. Jaleo is definitely on my list of places to try while I'm in town, but I was concerned about the wait for a table... Still, the tapas sound good, so I'll give it a go.

        2. davefaris RE: delikado Oct 7, 2006 03:47 AM

          The Museum of the American Indian has a surprisingly unusual restaurant, featuring food from different areas of the country. It's a little pricey, but not your standard museum cafeteria fare. For example, last time I was there, I ate quail stuffed with roasted chestnut and cranberry stuffing, and fire roasted corn on the cob.

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            beets4dinner RE: delikado Oct 10, 2006 08:29 PM

            Second the Indian Museum cafe. Get the lobster roll, ask for it without the roll -- results in a nice bowl of lobster salad. Great veg. sides over by the roasting buffalo -- which is a bit tough. Just make a lunch out of the interesting sides. Pricey but worth it; go late on Sunday to avoid crowds. Leave the tamales alone, and just give yourself twenty minutes for the rest of the museum -- that should be plenty to see how poorly it is done.

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