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Jan 23, 2008 09:10 PM

new to capital hill

what restaurants are worth trying? good pub food anywhere? high end recommendations? neighborhood restaurant worth regular visits?


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  1. Montmartre for French, Tune Inn for beer and burgers, Levi's Port Cafe for soul food, Mangialardo's for the G Man sub, CVS for antacid.

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      I would also add Le Bon Cafe for delicious sandwiches, coffee and a cute little Parisian atmosphere.

      Also I like Sonoma for just a glass of wine and cheese or a full meal. And then of course there is Eastern Market and all its goodness.

      1. re: Elyssa

        Love, love, LOVE Le Bon Cafe.

        super yummy sandwiches and very tasty soups.

        I personally think the salads are a bit of a rip off, but a panini and a small soup - perfect lunch.

        1. re: Jeserf

          I'm in love with their provecal style tuna salad sandwich and the lavender lemonade. They play french music on the cafe...just a just place to enjoy a long lunch in the afternoon.

    2. There is also Tortilla Cafe I think it is called for mexican, Tuncliff's for breakfast/brunch.

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      1. Locanda is a promising modern Italian place - upscale pricing but not exorbitant. If you're jonesing for Peruvian/Mexican, Las Placitas isn't too bad. I like to have a drink at Mr. Henry's. And Tunnicliffs has tasty pub fare. Have a drink at Banana Cafe but skip the food. Sonoma is good for cheese/pasta/wine but I find the service to be a huge detriment. And for private, guilty pleasures...there's Popeyes. Just don't go there during lunch or everyone in your office will know EXACTLY where you've been by that distinctive grease smell.

        1. Explore H Street, NE. Best fried fish in the city at Horace and Dickie's - carry out only. Two great coffee house - Sidamo Ethiopian Coffee and SOVA with free wifi. Granville Moore's excellent mussels, burgers and frites and wide range of Belgian brews. The Argonaut just changed its menu to more local and seasonal foods without budget-busting prices plus widened its range of beers to some really interesting choices. The Palace of Wonders is in a class of its own - the freak show and burlesque doesn't save the pedestrian food. Rock and Roll Hotel offers amazing indie bands and bar food. Napa 1015 has Happy Hour specials and a full menu that's getting high praise, although I haven't hit it yet.
          The frozen tropics blog keeps everyone up to date on what's happening. There's a list of the restaurants with addresses and hours.

          1. My favorite neighoborhood place is La Plaza - good El Salvadorian/Mexican and a super friendly staff. Try the Pollo ala Holla on a cold day, it's delicioso.

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            1. re: scotcheroo

              thank you all so much, I have checked out several of your suggestions and can't wait to try them. I'm especially intrigued by the Palace of Wonders!!!