Hidden gems...hole in the walls....
I live in NYC. Travel up here and I'll tell you the best place to get a slice of pizza. The best scallion pancakes. The best dumplings. Hankering for cupcakes? Want a taco at 4AM? I know the place.
I need this for D.C.
Im going to be in DC tomorrow for one day and would love to eat at some real good places. I'm not looking for fancy restaurants, but regular places that will offer me the best indian appetizer, or chinese dumpling, or hamburger, etc.
2 Amys - Margherita pizza - no slices though
Vace for slices, but ask for olives, onions, and red pepper
Rita's - polori (fritters) with pickled tamarind sauce
El Rinconcito Dos - Carne Deshilada (get this with egg)
Pyramid - Carrot Salad (or anything they serve - Moroccan)
Thai X-ing: Salmon Red Curry
City Deli - Pastrami and Corned beef combo
Jaleo - tortilla espanol, patatas bravas
Oohs and Aahs (soul food) - lemon pepper wings, rice with gravy, greens
Nam Viet: Bun Cha with grilled pork
In the burbs:
El Pike (Falls Church, VA) Saltenas, Humintas
Ba Le (Rockville, MD or Springfield, VA) Super Combo Banh Mi
Than Son Tofu (Falls Church) fried tofu, vegetable cakes
La Union Carry Out (Arlington) Veggie Enchilada
Taqueria El Charrito Caminante (Arlington) Goat or Chorizo tacos
Punjab Dhaba (Falls Church) - Dahi Vada
Bombay Curry Company (Alexandria) - Bhel puri
Woodlands (Langley Park, MD) Mutter Paneer, paper dhosa served plain.
Hong Kong Palace (Falls Church, VA) Chengdu noodles
The Lebanese Butcher (Falls Church, VA) mini-sausages, kibbe
Heidelberg Pastry Shoppe (Arlington) bauernwurst
Need to know more, but it's one day in DC and I'm guessing that day is Saturday - which cuts out a few options (such as C.F. Folks, Breadline).
Steve and I think very similarly it seems, but of his list I'm going to second Nam Viet the most. For a list for a weekend it would only be on the list. Given you're from NY City, we don't know exact location, it isn't during the week, and only in for a very short time, I'd like to guide to good and consistent. I've posted my own recs so many times it skips - but I've also never known for there to be a bad meal from there.