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Lunch Near Corcoran Tomorrow

monavano Jan 11, 2008 07:02 AM

Hi Chowhounders- I'm going to the Corcoran tomorrow and would like to get lunch nearby. I'm looking for comfort/bistro foods like burgers, soups etc.Not expensive. Where would you recommend?

  1. ktmoomau Jan 11, 2008 07:31 AM

    Perhaps Tonic it isn't too far of a walk? Is the Au Bon Pain open on weekends they have pretty good soup although not the best atmosphere. I can't think of a ton that is open in that area on weekends...

    BTW is you are going to the Ansel Adams/Liebowitz exhibit and don't have advance tickets go really early. We got in right before it sold out at 2 last weekend and there was a really long line. And it was packed in the afternoon, lucky we ate early lunch that day.

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    1. re: ktmoomau
      monavano Jan 11, 2008 08:04 AM

      thanks for the heads up. We are going to see that. Nothing like waiting til the last minute. Looking for sit down/service for lunch-just not into paying $25+ for a burger and fries ;-)

      1. re: monavano
        ktmoomau Jan 11, 2008 08:24 AM

        Hmm that area is scarce on that unless you are willing to go to TGI Fridays or Johnny Rockets may be open.

        Teaism has a burger if I recall, but not normal. You aren't way too far from Old Ebbitt's are you?

        1. re: monavano
          Steve Jan 11, 2008 08:41 AM

          Don't even THINK of being able to park anywhere unless you beat all the crowds. Tonic is certainly your best bet at 21st and G - or you could try one of the myriad bugers at Lindy's on the corner of 21st and I. #11 The Robert is a classic, but don't be afraid of the Pearl Harbor or even the Carnegie if you want to be outrageous. All are delicious. Upstairs seating at the Red Lion, downstairs is carry out.

          Unless you want to get stuck in food/ bed service hell, do not be tempted by the Cosi around the corner from the Corcoran. You'll spend more time waiting for your food than viewing the exhibit.

          1. re: Steve
            monavano Jan 11, 2008 09:00 AM

            Thanks for the advice. I pass by Tonic ( which I just now realized is in Quiqley Pharmacy) when driving back from the Dupont market and it's always intrigued me (they jus got a liquor license btw). The menu looks really good too. I've heard the burgers at Lindy's are good.
            I appreciate the suggestions!

            1. re: monavano
              Steve Jan 12, 2008 06:20 PM

              As a special, I had an extremely tasty carne asada pizza at Tonic. They really can be surprisingly good.

              So where did you wind up?

              1. re: Steve
                monavano Jan 13, 2008 04:51 AM

                Steve, we took a walk to Tonic based on their extensive and really tasty looking lunch menu. BUT....they only serve "lunch" M-F. On Sat and Sun they serve "brunch" and I was seriously dissappointed at the lack of true lunch items on the menu. After walking there and up 2 flights of steps to the lounge I just went with the Chef's burger (brie, carmelized onions, bacon which was overload so I removed most). It was cooked to med as ordered otherwise unremarkable. My husband had the breakfast burrito which he complained was bland. Home fries were bland and not cooked thru, while being served warm.
                I would give Tonic a try again for dinner, but I am surprised that they offer a overwhelmingly egg driven menu over Sat. lunch hours. I can see Sun-but not all weekend.
                btw...excuse the short off topic-but we walked into the Corcoran witht he 10am crowd, got a membership and saw the exhibit. THAT...was a hit!
                Thanks for all your help, Ch'ers

                1. re: monavano
                  beauxgoris Jan 13, 2008 06:41 AM

                  BREADLINE! Amazing cold sanwiches, hot sandwiches and salads!

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