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Oct 30, 2007 05:01 AM

Good eats around DAR

Chowhounders, last minute advice please. Going to a show @ DAR tonight (yeah Ryan Adams!) and just realised that I am a bit out of sorts with what's w/in walking distance for eats. Any suggestions? We'll prob get down there around 6:30/7pmish and would need to be out in a little over an hour or so. Cheap eats? Tapas? Ethnic? We're not picky, but are restricted by budget (def less than $30pp)

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  1. Hey aussiewonder, we're also heading down to DC from Baltimore for the show. I searched the board - after having a disasterous pre-show Warner Theater meal a few weeks ago, I decided to get some input this time!
    It seems that there aren't a lot of places close-by. We were thinking of some seafood at the bar at Kinkead's, or maybe some oysters at the Old Ebbitt Grill...but if anyone else has any additional recommendations I'd love to hear them too. I'd also like to keep things reasonable (those tickets were enough $ :)

    1. The recently opened Tonic at Quigley's might be appropriate. It is at 2036 G Street NW within walking distance of DAR. The menu is at

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      1. re: BookGuy

        If you choose to go to Tonic be aware that they do not have their liquor license yet. They are having all kinds of issues with the Foggy Bottom community and haven't been able to get one, so if having a drink or two is a priority for you, I would stay away from Tonic for now.

      2. Thanks Caphil07. Yes! Getting a drink or two is def a priority bc i know it's going to be more costly inside. Maybe Tonic will be good another time round...

        1. Up a couple blocks in Farragut square there is Bombay Club, Equinox and The Oval Room none of which are cheap eats, but since there are two people on this thread I thought I would write to both.

          Most cheaper places in this area are only open for lunch.

          A cheaper option at 17th and I is Cafe Asia. I like Old Ebbitt for oysters and maybe a burger, but it isn't awesome cuisine. But not bad.

          If you are there around happy hour time tapas and drink are half price at Taberna del Aberdero it is at H and 18th I think. It is not real close, but not too bad. I am used to walking a good bit so you might want to look at it and see.

          Kinkeads is a good choice, too.

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            Is Kinkead's price point about the same as Old Ebbitts? The former doesn't go into much menu detail.

            And is the Tapas place next to Black Cat too far? - my geography of DC is top to bottom and all over the place.

            1. re: aussiewonder

              Kinkead's can be a bit pricier, although I've never eaten at the bar. It's a bit dressy as well--I don't think a jacket is required although most men are in one. Entrees are in the $25-35 range, I believe.

          2. There is a Teaism near there, which would be quick and pretty cheap, but not the funnest atmosphere (not terrible though) -- it's Asian-y. I wonder if Lindy's, for burgers, would be close enough (it's near Kinkead's)? The Corcoran has a restaurant, but I don't think it's very good. Also, maybe Cafe Soleil (I've never been there)?

            800 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

            Lindy's Red Lion
            2040 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

            Cafe Soleil
            839 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

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            1. re: mselectra

              Lindy's is an easy walk to and from DAR, as I have done this for shows before. I also prefer the bar atmosphere to more fine dining before a rock and roll show. It helps set the mood and the pace of the evening. You can also get in and out of the place rather quickly if need be.