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Pgoat Feb 20, 2008 05:35 PM

Hi, DC Food Lovers,

I'm spending a weekend there in March. I'll be staying around DuPont Circle. I'm visiting one of my oldest and best friends; food isn't one of the things we have in common. Last time I came to town for a visit, meals were, to put it politely, less than memorable.

I'd love to checkout newish, smallish, under the radar-ish spots with fun, younger scenes and entrees topping out at $30ish. Can you guys help me? We're adventurous eaters open to any cuisine. Fun bars/night spots suggestions also welcome.

I've already visited and liked:

Matchbox
Jaleo
Etete (Kind of just OK compared to other Ethiopian places I've known and loved)

I've visited and HATED:

Lauriol Plaza

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    CMACDC RE: Pgoat Feb 20, 2008 06:48 PM

    Here's a few that come immediately to mind:
    -- Firefly, on New Hampshire NW just south of Dupont. Small, hip, some inventive dishes.
    -- Sonoma, a nice casual wine bar with very good food on Capitol Hill.
    -- Brasserie Beck, a terrific new Belgian place downtown; loud and bustling but great fun.

    Also, if you liked Jaleo, you'd probably like Zaytinya, its nearby Middle Eastern tapas sister restaurant, as well as Oyamel, a fantastic Mexican place on 7th St. NW in Penn Quarter. I have yet to go to Hook in Georgetown, but you'll find a lot written about it on this board.

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      epicuriousgal RE: CMACDC Feb 21, 2008 06:34 AM

      I second Zaytinya if you liked Jaleo, and I'd suggest Hank's Oyster Bar... it's casual, trendy, young and has a really cool vibe and good seafood. Also a fun area for bars if you want to grab a drink afterwards.

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        Elyssa RE: CMACDC Feb 21, 2008 06:57 AM

        These are all great recommendations--especially Firefly, Beck and Hook (LOVE LOVE LOVE it!).

        Also in the Dupont area for brunch/lunch you might want to check out Bistro du Coin, Tabard Inn, or Hudson.

        Also you should check out some of the great restaurants in the Gallery Place/Chinatown area. I like PS7, Proof, and Oya (who always have a great special running for around $30/person).

        U St. is also a cool place to hang out. I really like Creme and St. Ex is good for drinks and/or brunch. I've also been hearing good things about Marvin.

      2. monavano RE: Pgoat Feb 21, 2008 07:10 AM

        Zorba's for Greek
        Upstairs at Mark and Orlando's
        Cafe Trope (new)

        Be sure to check out the Dupont Farmers Market on Sunday morning! Sample the produce and cheeses-get a pastry at Bonaparte Bakery-some bread from Atwaters....it's a do not miss for foodies!

        http://houndstoothgourmet.com/at-the-...
        http://www.dcfoodies.com/2008/02/atwa...
        http://www.findoutdc.com/restaurants/...
        http://www.markandorlandos.com/
        http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-...
        http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/market...

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          Pgoat RE: monavano Feb 21, 2008 08:33 AM

          Thanks! I almost specifically asked about a farmers market but I figured March isn't the best month for that kind of thing. I will definitely check it out!

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            monavano RE: Pgoat Feb 21, 2008 09:05 AM

            Dupont is one of a handful of markets that are open year round. Even in the winter, Dupont has a terrific energy and vibe. By March, you'll see a vibrant market. Chef out the events and chef at the market on the website. You may hit it when there's something really fun going on!

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          keithdcil RE: Pgoat Feb 21, 2008 08:55 AM

          for "spots with fun, younger scenes and entrees topping out at $30ish" try Zengo in PennQuarter/Chinatown.

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