Kosher in DC
I always hear that there is no good "kosher or Jewish" food in DC, you have to go to NYC to get the real deal. Although i am a Christian, i love all kinds of ethnic food and would love to try some here in my town (and i know it would have to be pretty great to compare with what i had in NYC, although it was just one time). I did have one great friday night dinner in Adams Morgan in DC a few years back at Felix; he serves brisket & matzo ball soup once a week. I thought it was really delicious but i'm hardly qualified to say if it was the real deal! In fact up til then i didn't even know what a matzo ball was! :)
Anyway, any good rec's for the DC/N. VA area for good kosher/ jewish/israeli type of food would be welcomed as i would love to expand my pallet!
Eli's Deli in DC. We ate there a few weeks ago - service was super fast and friendly, food was good to excellent.
For what it's worth, 'kosher' is not a cuisine; it's a set of rules. Food of any region can be kosher as long as it's prepared according to the rules, and you can easily make non-kosher chicken soup, brisket, etc. 'Israeli' food is different from the old-school Eastern European food you mention, too - it's more Middle Eastern, with falafel, schawarma, grilled meats, etc.
That said, Eli's is probably your best bet in DC proper; there may be other options in the general region, such as Silver Spring (MD), but I'm not so familiar with the area.
thanks. it seems as though this type of food i can get at a variety of places that call themselves "middle eastern". It was food such as deli/brisket/matzo ball soup/chicken soup/etc that i was specifically thinking of when i did the original post. If i am in college park however i'll check out your suggestion!