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Aug 5, 2007 09:45 AM

Brookland-CUA Metro Stop

My friends and I are going to a performance at Dance Place at Brookland-CUA metro stop. Where should we have dinner before hand? I have never been to this stop and have no idea what it is like. If there is nothing around we'll probably eat in Chinatown.

Thank you!

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  1. There isn't really anything good around. I eat at Colonel Brooks from time to time it's a greasy spoon type, but I would recommend stopping off in Chinatown.

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      I wouldn't call Colonel Brooks a greasy spoon -- food is certainly ordinary, but it is a pleasant neighborhood place. Don't know if Island Jim is still part of the enterprise, but it can be fun as long as convenience, not cuisine, is the goal.

      1. re: Teddybear

        I think that some of the specials elevate the place out of the greasy spoon category although they also have decent bar food. The selection of beers also elevates it as most spoons tend to have something akin to a choice of Bud or Bud Light. I do think that the Colonel's is quite a bit higher in quality that most of the places in Chinatown.

        One warning: the exit for the Colonel's, readily viewable from the station, is by going right out of the station. Catholic University is reached by going left, so to reach Catholic from the Colonel's, go through the station (outside the faregates) to get to the other side.

        1. re: BookGuy

          Colonel Brooks in nowhere near Chinatown in quality. Sorry, but no. I am a law school student and I eat and drink at Brooks a lot because it was there, but if I could go to Matchbox, Zola, Poste, Zaytinya and all the other great places in Chinatown instead I certainly would. They have a few non-greasy spoon dishes, but nothing compared to Chinatown.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Sorry but Matchbox, Zola, Post, and Zaytinya are listed as being in the Penn Quarter which is apparently a name devised to take them out of the territory of the Chinese restaurants in what is called Chinatown. When someone says Chinatown, you presume it is Chinese food. It is possible to find better restaurants on the Red Line toward Brookland than near the Galley Place stop.

            1. re: BookGuy

              Well Penn Quarter happens to be right across the street from the openings of Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stops apparently so I classify them a bit differently I guess. I classify everything by it's metro stop, unless it is Georgetown, or not metro accessible.

              I don't know about the new places to eat, if they have opened since May I look forward to seeing them because other than Col. Brooks and the tiki bar next door they have there is nothing and Col. Brooks is considering closing if the tax hikes go through and they don't get an exemption. I also would pay attention to the time you are eating in that area. I wouldn't walk a long distance if it was late in the evening to eat somewhere there as it is rather unsafe (of course am young and female so I pay attention to this more) but before a show you should be fine if you decide to take that route. When CUA is in session there is a little more of a police presence so maybe they will be there for the shows because I know they are very popular.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                PennQuarter has its own Metro station. It's the one shared with Archives/NavyMemorial and it opens right into the plaza in front of 701 and about a block from Teaism, close to Jaleo, Rasika, Central and a whole different set of restaurants than you find at the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop.
                It's easy to walk between the two but the names are different.
                BookGuy's right. As long as the OP is on the Red Line, there are lots of Metro Stations with many choices.

    2. Hard to believe this is a conversation on Chowhound. I'm guilty too because this isn't that far from where I live and someone I know is head of the Brookland Main Streets program, and I still haven't been up there recently. I do know something about the neighborhood around the subway stop though.
      The Main Street program is advertising some new coffee shops and stores and I've heard that there are some new places to eat too. There's a farmers' market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays that's open until 7pm and they have some prepared food - it's right at the Metro stop.
      Maybe it's worth taking a CH gamble and going up there. You always have Col. Brooks as a fallback. Ever been there? It's always worth exploring some of DC's old neighborhood classics. Why stay stuck in the same old Chinatown/Penn Quarter Rut? It's August. Try something different! It's one meal...

      Main Street progams need our support. Barracks Row used to be a 7-11 and a few liquor stores and now it's one long sidewalk café. H Street is coming back and Granville Moore's opened this week - finally a good restaurant. Once upon a time PennQuarter didn't exist - they actually made up that name, you know. Look at U Street and Columbia Heights. The pioneers in any Main Street or revitalizing area need us to "discover" them.

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      1. re: MakingSense

        Granville Moore's Frittes, Ales, & Moules looks to be an excellent addition to the neighborhood. I look forward to giving this place a try.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          You won't be disapointed with H Street's Granville Moore's! Great food, beers, service and ambiance! Our table was able to share a large portion of the menu. Everything we tasted was wonderful: Endive salad, Charcuterie Platter, 2 different Moules (Belgian Tripel & Harissa Broth), Mushroom risotto, Pacific snapper and of course the frites w/ tasty sauces. All great!