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What's the one restaurant you have to try?

I just moved from Los Angeles to D.C. less than a month ago. I've been spoiled by the fantastic, fresh meals of the West Coast, but I'm ready to give D.C. a shot! So my question to all the locals... If there is one restaurant in the city you HAVE to try in the next six months, what would it be and why?

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  1. I've been there, but the one you need to try is Komi

    1. Minibar at Cafe Atlantico; it is not the best resturant in DC but it is unique to DC. Then go to Cityzen, Maestro, Komi, Restuarant Eve, Citronelle, and report back for more suggestions. :-)

      1. For higher end I would say Palena...front or back of the room are both excellent experiences.

        For more mid-range I would say Hank's Oyster Bar or Cashion's Eat Place. Hank's especially since you've been experiencing West Coast seafood for so long that Hank's gives you the best taste of a New England/East Coast feeling seafood joint. And Cashions just because its a wonderful neighborhood restaurant.

        I agree with the other restaurants that people have listed on the higher end. But I wanted to throw out the above places because they don't necassarily break the bank and are still excellent.

        And if you are looking for super traditional DC with an old-school feel and very good food I would check out either 1789 in Georgetown or The Prime Rib.

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        1. Oohs and Aahs. Get the lemon pepper wings, the collards, and the rice with gravy. Sit on one of the five stools in front of the kitchen. Why? Becuase you will feel that life is a pretty amazing thing.

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          1. re: Steve

            I have yet to try Oohs and Aahs and reallly want to! You totally sold it to me with your great discription. Unfortunatly I just started on this annoying "eat healthy/lose weight" kick so maybe Oohs and Aahs will be my reward in a few months. :) I heard its incredible.

          2. Etete for the fastening platter with fish.

            1. Being from California you've probably heard of the French Laundry. On the same par, if not better, is The Inn at Little Washington in Washington, Virginia. Apparently one owner bought out the other so things might change. I was there two months ago. Decadent, fantastic with a little old-fashioned charm to boot. Welcome to DC.

              1. Some of us have been feeling a sense of loss lately. Eastern Market burned this Spring after having been in continuous operation since 1873 leaving more than a few people moaning that they had never gotten over there to try the famous blueberry pancakes or crabcakes. And then Reeves Bakery closed without notice after more than 120 years and a lot folks had never tasted the food that had drawn Presidents' wives, J Edgard Hoover and regular Washingtonians.

                So don't miss these:
                AV Risrorante closes at the end of this month, to be replaced by yet more condos and office space. Surly waiters, great white pizza, a menu with some terrific things and some real klunkers but it's been an institution for more than 50 years. The famous and the plain old folks love it or hate it but it's worth a trip. Order the white pizza as soon as you sit down to keep you busy while you think the waiter has forgotten you. Ask him what to get and trust him; otherwise the menu is incomprehensible.
                The Waffle Shoppe downtown is also on life support. The last of the old-fashioned diners in the center of the business district will be demolished to make way for what DC so desperately needs - more condos and office space, she said sarcastically.
                All the other fine suggestions on this thread will likely be there. These are going, going, soon to be gone forever...

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                1. re: MakingSense

                  Goodness... so sad. I just read about how great the Eastern Market is, but I had no idea it burned down. Are there plans to rebuild it?

                  1. re: nottooshabby

                    I was over there shopping today. Lots of the South Hall vendors are set up under the shed on 7th St, so I got some great stuff. Produce, chicken, fresh mozzarella, terrific fresh bread, fresh pasta.
                    The Saturday market is the biggest day of the week with many more food vendors and the Flea market.
                    Starting July 22, the Market will add live music on Sunday. Blues, bluegrass, jazz, honky-tonk, even some samba.

                    The concrete has been poured for the temporary East Hall and the building should go up next weekend. They're hoping the first of the vendors will start moving in 7/31 or 8/1. That would be some kind of record for DC but so far everything's been OK.
                    There's new wood on the roof of the Historic South Hall. Don't know if that's permanent or to protect it from the weather until they're ready to start with all the restoration. But it will be rebuilt - better than ever.

                    Lots of things going on. Go take a look and be part of it. Great place to buy your food tomorrow.