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Good food near Wardman Park Marriott (DC)?

Do you know of a good restaurant near the Wardman Park Marriott (in Washington DC)? We’re visiting from North Carolina just for the weekend. I looked at some of the previous postings, and many suggested getting out of this area, perhaps to Dupont Circle (which is doable).

Here are some of the things we are looking for:

• Yummy food. This might be Vietnamese, sushi, or bistro food. We prefer tasty over showy.
• Relaxed atmosphere. We’ll all be happier at a low-key place than at a fancy one.
• One of us is a vegetarian.
• Not too pricey. $15-20 total per person max is best.
• Walking distance or a short Metro ride away. My map tells me that the Wardman Park Marriott is near the Zoo stop on the Metro and close to Dupont Circle.
• Dinner with six people on a Thursday night (8p-ish) next month.
• A place taking reservations could be helpful, but may not be doable given out many other needs.

Thanks for any suggestions you have.

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  1. Lebanese Taverna is a 1/2 block from there, and quite good. I believe they take reservations for a party of 6 or more, but I wouldn't swear to it. Lots of veggie options, and very relaxed atmosphere.

    Another popular suggestion on this board is Dino's. It is up one metro stop (opposite direction from Dupont). I haven't eaten there, but I hope to in the near future.

    1. From Wardman Park Marriott: Walk or take the red line metro north and get out at Cleveland Park for lots of yummy choices. I like Indique for Indian in a rather frenetic atmosphere. The food is good and reasonably priced, even if service can be uneven. Dino, as stated before, is great. Reservations probably necessary. Ardeo, and the next door bar, Bardeo, offer good food in a relaxed setting.

      If you want to walk downhill (Toward Dupont) you also have lots of great options. Bistrot du Coin is a casual, loud French bistro. Sette Osteria is good for vegetarians. Also very casual. Everyone will recommend Pizza Paradiso. Prepare to wait.

      You can also take the red line right to metro center, which puts you within walking distance of lots of great options: Zaytinya, Poste, Zola, Acadiania, Zengo, Jaleo, Matchbox...

      Enjoy

      1. Go to the Afghan Grill. It's a couple minutes' walk from the Wardman Park and fits your criteria perfectly. It has a comfortable atmosphere, it's delicious, and it's dirt cheap.

        We went there on Saturday night and they were down a couple of people, so service was extremely slow. But the place was packed the kitchen was still on top of its game; their appetizer sampler of various dumplings and things is wonderful.

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        1. re: CMACDC

          I went to the Afghan Grill I think (is it up a flight of stairs, in a building on the way to the bridge to Adams Morgan?) last summer. Really liked it. Service was a bit slow, but nothing killer. Others liked the pumpkin dish (never remember its name) more than me, but most everything we ordered we enjoyed. It's been too long for me to remember standouts, but I would return.

          1. re: Smokey

            I third the Afghan Grill. I've only been there once, but the whole party really enjoyed it. It's pretty inexpensive, quite close to your hotel, has plenty of vegetarian options, and is very tasty.

        2. I stayed at the Marriott last spring and I ate most of my meals down the street in Georgetown. The first night we went to Clydes, the food was great with great seafood and steaks, I think it's one of the older restaurants in the city. We also ate at a Tapas bar across the street from clydes and had a great Paella, but I forget the name.

          Lastly for the best fish and chips in the world go to the Dubliner in Downtown. The secret is order them with tater tots instead of chips and a glass of Guinesss, hmmm I can't wait to go back.

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          1. re: irishkevbo

            kevbo, I'd suggest that Georgetown isn't very walkable from Noel's hotel and not the most Metro-accessible place in DC. And the residents like it that way! Its at least a 20 minute walk from Foggy Bottom station, but there is a good bus service from downtown and there's the Georgetown University bus too.
            Also, (sorry kev), I'd suggest the Dubliner's fish and chips isn't the best in the world. It might not even be the DC area's, there's a place in Alexandria that's just opened up that folks rave about called "Eamonn's A Dublin Chipper." I haven't been yet tho.
            Noel, for brunch on Sunday you might try Petits Plats, which is just opposite your hotel.
            Up the hill in Cleveland Park, I'd recommend Nam Viet, which is fairly cheap and big on size of meal and flavors.
            Of the other places recommended on this thread, I'd second/third etc Ardeo and Indique, although both might be at the top of your price range.
            If you are heading any further north on the red line, get off at Tenleytown station and walk north on Wisconsin for Guapo's for pretty good but not great Mexican at a reasonable price and Le Chat Noir for great galettes at a really good price. LCN is about a 10 minute walk up Wisconsin.

            1. re: KGinDC

              So The Dubliner isn't the best Fish and Chips because you heard of a place that's in Alexandria but haven't been there? Well that convinced me...
              P.S. It took me 5 minutes in my rental car to get to the restaurants in Georgetown.

              1. re: irishkevbo

                The Dubliner isn't the best place for fish and chips because the dubliner isn't really very good food. Fine place for a beer, definitely. But the food? Nah.

                1. re: irishkevbo

                  I've tasted much better fish and chips too many times to count in the UK where I'm from was my main point. And it may not be the best fish and chips in DC was a sidebar...

                  1. re: irishkevbo

                    The OP did ask for walking distance or a short metro ride from the Wardmann. So, restaurants that are "5 minutes in [a] rental car" away don't really meet the originally requested criteria. I think it's likely the OP won't have a rental car.

                    And, I agree, I don't think much of the food at the Dubliner. To each their own.

                2. Another vote for Dino!