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Eating with hands

bd5665 Jan 29, 2007 08:44 PM

Are there any good restaurants, besides Marrakesh, in the DC area where you can eat with your hands? Or some other unique dining experience?

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    svt RE: bd5665 Jan 29, 2007 09:12 PM

    Pretty much any ethiopian place would fit the bill--Duken, Etete, etc. I think that Etete is very good.

    2 Amys has (in my opinion) the best pizza in DC and you can eat that with your hands (though, obviously, it's not that unique).

    1. jpschust RE: bd5665 Jan 30, 2007 07:21 AM

      You can go to minibar and eat with your hands for some items on the menu and then reuse silverware for the rest of your items on the menu.

      1. jpschust RE: cleveland park Jan 30, 2007 10:12 AM

        In terms of your reccomendation I'd also add in the MixTec tostadas for Mexican.

        What the heck, in here I'll throw some additional ones- how about Ben's for the half smoke? Not really good for anything besides that.

        Also Naan and Beyond for good fast Indian designed to be eaten with hands.

        1. Bill on Capitol Hill RE: bd5665 Jan 30, 2007 02:02 PM

          We're probably straying from the intent of the topic (why not mention hamburgers? sandwiches! fried chicken! the great bacon debate!), but I'll add Korean barbecue, in which you wrap the meat in a lettuce leaf. Han Sung Oak in Annandale would be my favorite in that category.

          1. Dennis S RE: bd5665 Jan 31, 2007 01:21 AM

            Can't beat a crab feast. There's another current thread that rehashes the debate about local crabs vs imports. Certainly if you live here you wait till the non R months and head for the bay.

            Find a taco truck, order, move a few feet away after getting your tacos and eat standing up (or sitting on a curb).

            Chili dogs at Vienna Inn.

            Late night chicken and waffles at Oohs and Aahs.

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              jpschust RE: Dennis S Jan 31, 2007 04:33 AM

              As far as the crab feast, what's the place over by the 50 bridge at Ft. Meyer- it's a real dive of a bar, but I know their crab is super cheap when in season.

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                Lowbar RE: jpschust Jan 31, 2007 05:29 AM

                You're referring to the Quarterdeck...the crabs are not particularly cheap but they are at least fairly priced by restaurant standards, and more importantly they do them right.

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                  jpschust RE: Lowbar Jan 31, 2007 05:35 AM

                  That's it! I remember them being cheap based on quantity, but it's been about a year :)

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              meimei RE: bd5665 Feb 1, 2007 08:33 PM

              Marrakesh, which serves prefix 6/7 course Moroccan food. Cool experience.
              Also, Medieval Times in B'more. You know, I just realized as I was typing that both are dinner and show, and great for group gathering.

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