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For some reason, many restaurants that don't "burn out" after a few years eventually hit a point where they are no longer the hot new thing, and everybod forgets about them. And yet they endure. And then one day, you're in the neighborhood, and you see the place, and you realize that you haven't heard or thought about the place in years, and that it's been even longer since you'd actually been there. So you go, and you discover that the place is still as good as you remember, and you ask yourself "Why the heck did I ever stop coming here? How did I forget them?"

Today's oddball thread starter - what's your nominee for this sort of "What ever happened to...?" place that either you've rediscovered on your own, or that reading this post makes you want to go back and check out?

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  1. After reading your post, I want to go check out Nam Viet in Clarendon again. I used to frequent that restaurant quite a bit when I lived in the neighborhood. Delicious (and cheap!) Vietnamese food.

    It makes me hungry just thinking about it! Maybe I'll make a special trip to Clarendon this week...

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    1. re: dckw

      Morning Edition-- I know all the complaints, but I still love its funky soul. Trouble is, they no longer do ANY dinners, just brunch on Friday (when I work) Saturday (farmer's market) and Sunday (that was the day you had to wait ages if you didn't get there early). So can anyone else inspire me to go back and try Brian's "Vermont cooking" again?

      1. re: crowsonguy

        It's been 15 or 16 years since I've been to Morning Edition, and I live walking distance to it. Their service was so downright glacial that it didn't matter how good the food was (I no longer remember whether or not the food was good).

        I haven't gone back, as I periodically hear reports from others that it still takes forever and a day to eat there.

        1. re: crowsonguy

          I was there in October. I had friends in from out of town. We tried to go to Three ... for brunch and found they didn't open until noon. (To me, that's lunch, but I suppose that's neither here nor there.) Anyway, the waiter at Three ... suggested we go around the corner to Morning Edition. I hesitated having heard such awful things about the service, but away we went. I can say that at that time of the morning (around 11:15 on a Sunday), we were seated almost right away. The service was all that I had heard about. Took a good 10 minutes to get coffee, another 5 to 10 for someone to take our order, we had to ask for the complimentary banana bread we saw being served to other tables, took about 45 minutes for the food to arrive, had to ask each and every time we wanted our coffee refilled, etc. But, the food was great. I loved my omelet, and the bites I had of my friends' food (pancakes, eggs benedict, french toast) was all really good. So I say definitely go back on a morning when you are feeling particularly easy going. In the end, for us, it was still a nice morning because the slow service just gave us more time to catch up.

      2. Pierpoint. I used to love that place but haven't been in 8 years or so.

        1. Al Tiramisu in Dupont (on P Street). It used to be great. Luigi, the owner and chef, is awesome. His brother open a restaurant on U Street not long ago that was pretty decent though I can't recall the name. I never go to Tiramisu any moer -- I never remember it.