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cute, character, cheap.

Looking for a cute, with character place to eat with a friend in downtown dc, foggy bottom, or arlington that isnt super expensive. I already know a host of places but I am looking for somewhere I havent already been. I have been to and like: Mihns, Kotobuki, Lebanese butcher, Cafe parisian express, Les Halles, Nirvana, Heritage india, Pizzaria paradisio, Ammas, East West Grill.

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    1. re: dcs

      Been there, its good, not sure if I'll be in the mood for mexican inspired this week. Thanks though.

    2. there's a little Greek place in Dupont Circle, the name of which I can't remember. It's downstairs, several tables, but you pick up from the counter.

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      1. re: weezycom

        Are you thinking of Zorba's? They have outdoor seating as well.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Zorbas!
          that place rocks!

          Not the weather for it, though.

      2. Nam Viet would fit the bill. So would Thai Square.

        You've also got about a month left for AV Ristorante - hard to have more character than that place.

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        1. re: Dennis S

          The Clarendon Nam Viet sounds like it would fit in nicely with the OP's aesthetic. I recommend the vietnamese steak, the roast quail, the soft shell crabs, and the stuffed grape leaves.

        2. Define cheap?

          I really love Hank's Oyster Bar, Sakana for sushi on P St., Vapaiano is pretty good for groups, or Grill from Impanema in Adams Morgan for Brazillian food.

          1. I haven't eaten there, but I did happen to walk by the new Tonic @ Quigley's Pharmacy at 21st & G NW, and it looked like an interesting space. It might be more casual that you are looking for, however.

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            1. re: dcs

              The original Tonic was quite good for bar type food...and they serve tater tots!! If its the same menu you should check out the mac and cheese...I remember it being quite good.

              Also another place to think about along the good food/bar scene vibe is Bourbon...also has out door seating--at least in Adams Morgan.

              1. re: Elyssa

                What about cafe st ex or bar pilar? I know that the chefs both went to hook, but it was a good time and hopefully they havent changed for the worst yet.

                1. re: cleveland park

                  I wouldn't say st ex or pilar are "worse;" they've just evolved into what they neighborhood is willing to pay money for. They certainly have character, but I can't say they're cheap (this is more a function of DC raising small business taxes). st ex seems to have become a bit too precious, and pilar has gone from neighborhood dive to boutique tapas place. The food's still good though, and I think they both meet the "cute" qualification.

            2. Bangkok 54 in Arlington. Yum.