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Jan 18, 2007 12:24 AM

ethnic btwn chinatown bus and kennedy center

coming down from Philly for the ballet on Saturday. Hoping to walk from 5th St NW and H St NW to the Kennedy Center and get grubs on the way. Any recommendations for good, cheap ethnic near the bus station for lunch and dinner?

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  1. That will be one heckuva walk. Maybe 25+ blocks. Hope you're not planning on walking back after the ballet.

    China Boy on 6th st. between H and eye has really cheap and good beef chow fun and also crepes (ie. roast pork, beef, shrimp, etc.). It'll be a lunch, not dinner option, b/c they close early.

    Also, right next to the bus station is Full Kee (between 5 & 6 st on H), where you can get some tasty dumplings in a peppery broth. They'll be open for lunch and late dinner. Nothing in these parts will be cheap compared to NYC Chinatown and Philly though.

    1. I'll second Full Kee for Cantonese items like oyster and ginger casserole, duck stuffed with shrimp paste, and pan fried dumplings.

      1. The route between Chinatown and the Kennedy Center is pretty much a wasteland for cheap eats on weekend nights since it takes you through the business district of town. Almost everything is closed except high-end restaurants and some touristy places.
        Best you listen to Steve's and Chownut's recommendations for places in Chinatown. We've loved Full Kee for years - always dependable and interesting. I think they're still cash only.

        Chownut is right about the long walk. Fortunately, the 80 bus goes straight from 5th and H to within 1/2 mile of the Kennedy Center. We're due for our first real winter blast this weekend so it might look like a good option.
        There's some food service at the Kennedy Center but the prices are high.

        1. cool, thanks, I'll try one of those two and take the bus.

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          1. re: Smellchipper

            If you want a lot of options, choose Full Kee. If you just want something quick and simple like chow foon or crepes, go with China Boy.

          2. I agree on Full Kee. Capital Q BBQ is you're up for that too.

            As for the bus, the Circulator is a good option -- costs only a buck. And it may run more frequently on Sat. than the 80 bus. You can catch it up at New York and 5th (a block and a half north of H).

            It will go down K Street across town -- ask the driver to let you off at the closest spot to the KC. (will be about a 5-6 block walk from there).

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            1. re: BuckyinDC

              Circulator is the best deal in town. And it's the easiest way to avoid parking woes in Penn Quarter and Georgetown. Just park anywhere along the route.
              It is correct that it runs much more frequently than the 80 although it will drop you off much further from the KC. If you got to the Foggy Bottom Metro stop, there's a free shuttle to the KC.