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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 http://www.tonicrestaurant.com/fb/din...

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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.

            2. Hmmm. Old Ebbit it is. See you at the show!

              1. On K street (yes, a few blocks further away), there is McCormick and Schmick's. While I normally don't love that place, they have a happy hour deal that can't be beat--$1.95 for a burger. And I'm not talking about a measely tiny patty--I mean a full-size burger I think served with fries. The catch is that there's a 2 drink minimum and the special is only available in the bar area. Oh, and it's been a while since I've taken advantage of this offer but it's definitely worth calling them to confirm. They also had a variety of other items available at a significant discount. Again, give them a call to confirm it's still being offered and what the hours are... (and please post back to the board to let us all know, if you don't mind!)

                McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants
                1652 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                1. re: KWynn

                  KWynn, I've actually been to the McnSchmack's there a couple of times pre shows for the HHR special and can confirm that yes, it's a two drink minimum and that the hhr menu is pretty universal (or at least to the east coast region). The Baltimore MnS has the same deal, $1.95 for their happy hour menu which runs the gamut from fish tacos, to slider burgers to oyster shots (which here @ the Pier 5 restauarant, are pretty darn good!).

                  1. re: aussiewonder

                    I think that we'll probably try Kinkead's.
                    Good Luck Aussiewonder - report back tomorrow and we'll compare notes.

                    1. re: sistereurope

                      The timing gods were not on our side last night...we made it to the show but not to pre-show dinner as planned. Everything was in reverse. Yes! We still went to Old Ebbitts Grille and I'm curious as to the experience of earlier diners.

                      So...the kitchen stays open until 1am. We got there a little after the show (11/11:30pmish?) and the place was fairly busy. The bar was rowdy and there were plenty of parties eating dinner and more coming in. So, good to know there's a place in the area that serves substantial sized plates till late.

                      My friend had the crabcake sandwich w/ fries and coleslaw ($15) and I had a dozen oysters (mixed selection) and a house salad. She enjoyed the cc sammie and the fries were hot n tasty. They have a double happy hour the latter 11pm-1am and all raw bar items are 50%. The oysters were ~ $12/$22 (fullprice) for half doz and doz, of course w/ happy hour prices the oysters were a good deal ($6/$11). Good selection served w/ lemon wedges, minoette and cocktail sauce and oyster crackers. I selected two of each of the six varieties and i honestly can't remember them, but pretty sure they were a selection from mostly west coast (Oregon - Vancouver).
                      Salad was pretty terrible (i know, end of the day, but it was limp and pretty blah) but they didn't have side options and I wasn't really in the mood for the soup special (navy bean and chilli aka: left overs) or a full portion.

                      Service was efficient, although hardly friendly. The decor, menu, vibe etc...was exactly as expected; McCormick & Schmicks meets Clydes (yes, I know they're part of the same family). For what we wanted - a quick bite and a drink pre/post show, it served it's purpose and it's great to know there's a place w/in walking of the DAR that you can eat til late.

                      1. re: aussiewonder

                        Sounds like you made the right choice Aussiewonder. We went to Kinkead's before the show. We sat at the bar (where you can order from the full menu). The prices for the raw bar items were pretty steep (I can't remember them now, but we both thought woohoo, we're not gonna pay that for 6 oysters). Actually I thought that everything was a just bit overpriced for the quality. We decided to just order entrees. I got the grilled salmon and my husband got char (with some kind of horseradish crust and a beet sauce). Mine was simple but pretty tasty and a few of our sides were good (a flan that tasted of creamy corn , some creamy spinach and a slaw that had red peppers and water chestnuts stand out), but my husband said that his fish tasted like it was ready to go "off". Not that it was bad, just that it could have been a LOT fresher.
                        The bread basket was pretty good. We had 3 draft beers between us and a cup of coffee and the bill was $80 with tip. Again, it wasn't that the food was bad, but I really hadn't planned on spending that kind of money (which I don't mind doing at all if the food's good - but it wasn't memorable and we were at the BAR! To me, it's really about price/value, and alas, I didn't feel that it was $80 kinda good)

                        So, next time I think we'll follow your lead. And in the end we enjoyed the show - hope you did too!

                        1. re: sistereurope

                          yes! def enjoyed the show but wish we'd gotten there earlier so we didn't have to suck down overpriced wine ($8 for basically a shot glass!) i plan on going to more DAR shows since the sound was so fantastic, but perhaps will post earlier next time!

                          1. re: aussiewonder

                            We did Old Ebbit before the show and it was jam packed but we were able to eat at the bar quickly and walk to DAR from there.