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Jun 18, 2007 02:30 PM

Another solo dining question

Ive read through some of the older posts and they have some great recommendations, but am wondering if anyone has a recommendation (or recommendations) for somewhere that is a little more casual - too hot to keep the suit on tonight!

After two solid weeks of travel and entertaining I am looking for somewhere that I can sit at the bar or a single table and enjoy a nice meal (more than burgers, but not fine dining, under $30 or so). Mabe a bistro or Thai? Like all food except Indian.

In Capitol Hill area - prefer downtown or Dupont areas to avoid too much travel.

Any recommendations that would fit the bill?


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  1. If you are a Belgian beer fan, or just a beer fan in general, and don't mind a haul over to Georgetown, how about a refined but still casual enough take on pizza and beer at Birreria Paradiso? I'm more a fan of the beer selection than this style of pizza, but it seems like it might be good for your purposes (if you like beer)

    1. If you want to stay in the Capitol Hill area there is Belga Cafe (great little patio) and Old Siam (also a good patio and delicious Thai food) that are both on 8th.

      Montmarte is on 7th next to Eastern Market...French bistro, very cute.

      A fabulous solo dining atmosphere is Two Quail on Senate side. The food is only so-so but the atmosphere is killer. Small, quiet tables, Billy Holiday type music...

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      1. re: NK623

        Isn't Two Quail rather expensive? I haven't been by in a long time but I thought it was a pricey spot?

        There is a German style restaurant right next door that I haven't been to in 3 years but last time I was there really enjoyed their classic German dishes (think schnizle or pork anything) and great beer.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Two Quail isn't expensive but the food isn't that great either. The only resaon to go there is the ambiance, at least in the small front room, but that doesn't compensate for the mediocre food.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Would that be the Cafe Berlin? Is it any good?

            1. re: bropaul

              Yes Cafe Berlin. I haven't been in a long time but I use to eat there about 1-3 times a month when I lived near by and enjoyed it. It's not outstanding but good...and there is outdoor seating which is always nice in the summertime.

          2. re: NK623

            NO! NO! NO!

            Whatever you do, don't go to Two Quail. It's just bad. Really, really bad.

          3. Thanks for both suggestions. Pizza and a Belgian (beer that is) sounds great but the travel has been rough on the waistline too. Think I'll try one of the Capitol Hill suggestions tonight!

            Thanks again to you both!

            1. I eat out by myself a lot and also prefer more casual spots with a friendly staff (especially one that doesn't stick me in the corner next to the kitchen or the bathroom because I'm a female dining alone...uh I hate that!)

              I've had good experiences dining by myself in these Dupont Circle Restaurants : Mark and Orlando's on P St (sit upstairs...there is a bar as well), Bistro Du Coin (french), Sakana (wonderful, cheapish sushi on P St), Sette (while it's not the BEST Italian food in the city its good and if you sit at the bar that staff is usually quite friendly), Hank's Oyster Bar, and Heritage (Indian...sit at the bar).

              Also up on the Hill I've eaten at Old Siam...a pretty good Thai restaurant with outdoor seating.