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Essential eats in DC

Going to be in DC for about 24 hours.

I will definitely be going to Ben's Chili Bowl.

Any other essential eats or institutions I should check out?

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  1. I would definitely find a Five Guys if that's not readily available near you...

    1. Do you have a price range or a particular day you are coming?

      With out the extra info my 2 places are CF Folks for lunch (but only if you will be here Monday-Friday). They post their daily specials on the web at cffolksrestaurant.com and the best bet is to go with one of those---its delicious.

      Also if you are here Monday-Friday I would highly suggest checking out Taberna del Alberdero's happy hour special. Not only is it the best deal in town but its also some of the most incredibly food in the area. All tapas and sangria are 1/2 off (which is great since this place is usually VERY pricey). The deal ends at 7pm but I usually get there around 6:30pm and make sure to order right away. Grab a seat at the bar if you can or if you are lucky there are a few tables in the bar area. I highly recommend the croquettes---I still dream about them! :)

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Elyssa I really love your suggestions. I have been to Taberna, but never for happy hour. Me voy ?? manana.

      2. Dukem, or any other good Ethiopian restaurant in the city. Where will you be visiting from?

        1. DC and the surrounding MD and VA suburbs have a zillion outstanding restaurants, spanning large price ranges, large cultural ranges and a huge geographical area. Post what type of food, for what meals, at what price range and dress up range and I can list for you where to go. Its like saying that you will be in New York and want to to go out to eat.

          1. Yea as soon as i posted this i realized i didn't explain what i was looking for...and I hate those people who are like that... :)

            I'm coming from Atlanta and I love me some Five Guys and I just got one near me so that will be food to bring on the plane :)

            Will be staying in DC proper, 1919 Connecticut Ave.

            I am going to be looking for Lunch and Dinner and maybe one more lunch. Price range kind of cheap, which I know really limits me in DC.

            Don't really want to travel too far, suburbia seems a little much for me, but I think that is just my general prejudice to the Suburbs.

            Really just good food, as vague as that is. I am a pretty adventurous eater and also love good classic food (Spanish is one of my favorites to cook and eat).

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            1. re: edhula3

              If you like Spanish cuisine then you certainly should check out the happy hour special at Taberna. (of course its only offered til 7pm on weekdays I believe, so that might limit you.) If Taberna isn't available, Jaleo is a good tapas spot and out of towners seem to love it since its a Jose Andres restaurant and he does small plates well.

              1. re: Elyssa

                Yeah if you can get there during happy hour it is cheap and doable! I really like Taberna and they just got in newly approved special Iberian ham!!! Yay approval.

              2. re: edhula3

                Ok here it is:
                real cheap: Ben's Chili Bowl, Eat First Restaurant or Chinatown Express both in Chinatown for real authentic Hong Kong style Chinese,
                moderate: Clydes in Gallery Place, Old Ebbitt's grill, Jaleo(tapas), Pizzeria Paradiso(brick oven adult pizza)

                1. re: edhula3

                  I don't know what Ethopian food is available in Atlanta but I'd definently check out one of the places on U St.

                  1. re: edhula3

                    you'll be close enough to Breadline.
                    for lunch.
                    yum.

                    1. re: Jeserf

                      second breadline. Bens is what it is, but cuisine it is not (perhaps queasine....)

                    2. re: edhula3

                      you are staying in dupont circle which is foodie heaven. You are also near Adam's morgan which has alot of restaurants too and are generally less expensvie. Everything from Ethiopian, Greek Indian, Cajun, bistro, you can find in A.M. and decent prices.
                      Dupont is spendier but you are close to Kramer books and afterwards; Raku; Thaiphoon; Zorba's, all of which are reasonable and good.

                    3. Mixtec - Adams Morgan! Ben's is a good choice - we live up the street from it. So dangerous how close we are to its location - it's so good! Also Zorba's in Dupont is really good if you like greek/mediterannean.

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                      1. re: hungryhumboldt

                        You know for cheapy good food the tacos al pastor at pepitos taqueria is very very good. Actually they changed their name, and I can't remember the new name. It is across the street from the Safeway on Columbia road in Adams Morgan.

                        1. re: fishie

                          For a wonderful upscale gourmet dinner, try KOMI.... In Dupont.

                      2. Dukem for Ethopian
                        Ben's Chili Bowl for fast, cheap, local institution
                        Suski Ko for great quality fish
                        Polly's on U st in the winter for a fish taco and a beer
                        Old Ebbitts Grill bar for real downtown 'D.C.' establishment
                        Nora's for excellent seasonal upscale creative dining
                        Bethesda Crab house
                        so many other places......... Silver Spring has a plethora of awesome, cheap, diverse ethnic food