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panoz Jul 17, 2007 11:25 AM


I will be spending a little time working near the Farragut North station in DC. What is there good to eat for lunch and dinner? Lunch, I'm probably going to look for more to-go friendly food. For dinner, something that is more solo diner friendly (like dining at a bar).

Usually I like to look for regional dishes (if there is such a thing in DC), then probably Thai and French in that order.

Thank you!

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    dbound Jul 17, 2007 11:30 AM

    There are many places to go if you wall up Conn. Ave a few blocks.

    Panache is good for an after work drink, and though I have never eaten there I have heard the food is also good. It is located on Desales St and has a decent amount of outside seating.

    1725 Desales St., NW, Washington, DC 20036

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      Jeserf Jul 17, 2007 11:35 AM

      My favorite place around the area is the juice joint. Take out, or you can sit outside at one of their tables...healthy, fresh, reasonably priced.

      But, if you want to spend money, I love Olives. It rocks. And I had expected to not think so. But nope - it's fantastic.

      1. ktmoomau Jul 17, 2007 11:41 AM

        For lunch 1 block down on 17th St. is Firehook bakery they have good to-go sandwiches and salads (and cookies) for lunch. Teaism isn't too far away and that would be good too. I don't think Penang is very far away either and that would be thai.

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        1. re: ktmoomau
          snowminkee Jul 21, 2007 02:11 PM

          penang is actually malaysian.

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          WestEnderJMU Jul 17, 2007 11:56 AM

          My favorite spot by far is the Greek Deli on 19th between L and M right next to Nooshi (also popular for quick sushi). Very home cooking type feel carry-out place.

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          1. re: WestEnderJMU
            katecm Jul 17, 2007 12:22 PM

            I was going to recommend Greek Deli, too. It's such a (not-so-hidden) treasure.

            Lots of good dining at the bar places nearby, like Vidalia (on M), Daily Grill (on 18th and M), and Morton's (go on Mondays for free appetizers and cheap martinis).

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            gyozagirl Jul 17, 2007 12:20 PM

            Around that area, I like the happy hour specials at McCormick & Schmick's and Cafe Asia

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              mnwdc Jul 17, 2007 12:37 PM

              There is no shortage of restaurants around Farragut N. For lunch, Breadline (near 18th & Pennsylvania Ave) has good sandwiches. And Crepeaway (near 20th & L St) does cheap and cheerful crepes to go. Moby Dick (I think it's around Connecticut Ave & N St) is quick Persian.

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              1. re: mnwdc
                Jeserf Jul 17, 2007 04:39 PM

                crepeaway? what? where? who?

                this is good news to me.

                I'm at 12th and K, so that is not far and Crepes are a good thing in my book.

                Moby Dick is good, but can get so busy it can border on annoying.

                Crepes! Will need to go!

                1. re: Jeserf
                  Elyssa Jul 17, 2007 05:15 PM

                  Ya I'm in that area all the time for lunch time meetings. I never knew there was a Crepe restaurant in the area. Only good place I know for Crepes is L'Enfant at around 18th and U. (awesome place btw!)

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                Steve Jul 17, 2007 08:06 PM

                Breadline. 1700 block of Penn. Sandwiches. My everyday favorites are Italian Sausage, Felafel. Cuban on Thursdays, BBQ on Fridays (ask for this on a ciabata), Philly Cheesesteak Mondays. Egg salad. BLT on a ciabatta. Anything with fresh tomatoes summertime.

                cf folks: on 19th above M St. Sit at the counter and order from the blackboard. Peach cobbler for dessert.

                Dinner: 1/2 price Happy Hour until 7pm At Taberna del Alabardero, 18th below I st., NW. Get the patatas bravas and the pate de conejo. Sangria to drink.

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                  MakingSense Jul 17, 2007 09:02 PM

                  The winner for lunch in the neighborhood is CF Folks. They're really good about having their daily menu up on their website so you can check the specials and if they have crabcakes, you're going to get one of the best in town. http://cffolksrestaurant.com/index.htm
                  For dinner, Pesce has some of the most reliably fresh and best prepared seafood in town as well as excellent desserts. You can eat at the bar too.
                  Montsouris near Dupont Circle is a terrific French Brasserie and also has desserts worth saving room for.
                  Sesto Senso is a comfortable Italian restaurant with a neighborhood feel where you can be quite comfortable dining solo.
                  Although you'll have to use the Metro, one of the nicest bars for dining is Mo's at 701 at the Archives Metro. Good food and a piano, a bass added for good jazz on weekends.

                  Pesce Restaurant
                  2016 P St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                  2002 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  Sesto Senso Italian Restaurant
                  1214 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  701 Pa Ave Restaurant
                  701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

                  1. DanielK Jul 17, 2007 09:15 PM

                    My favorite in the area is Restaurant Kolumbia at 18th and K.

                    While the lunch (and definitely the dinner) menu can be pricy, they have a $9 bar lunch special that is one of the best bargains in town. And at happy hour, they also have a bar menu with some great bargains on it.

                    If you're looking to splurge, this is also a great place to do it.

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                      synaesthesia Jul 20, 2007 05:56 PM

                      I would suggest Naan and Beyond on 17th and L for Indian. Mio (Vermont Ave.) is not a bad choice for lunch, but avoid the cured meats. It's also a decent choice for dinner. I also like Julia's Empanadas on Connecticut, but nearer to Dupont Circle.

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