Philly Foodie Visiting DC
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:
Etete (Kind of just OK compared to other Ethiopian places I've known and loved)
I've visited and HATED:
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!
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!
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.
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.