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Mid-week, vegetarian-friendly dinner near Sofitel, White House?

Olive123 Feb 25, 2008 10:29 AM

I understand there is a decent restaurant (Ici?) in the Sofitel, where we are staying, but how is it for vegetarians? We will be a party with non-veggies and a vegetarian. We want very good food that won't take particularly long (an hour is fine, but no tasting menus or anything like that - this is for a post-meeting non-business dinner). I'm blanking on what is nearby and would appreciate any help. I am considering walking to Vidalia, but pretty sure I will be too tired. We would rather not have to take a cab with our bags and such, so walking distance is really preferred. Thanks for your expertise!

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  1. KWynn RE: Olive123 Feb 25, 2008 10:39 AM

    We tried Ici this past weekend and it was decent. Wonderful frites with mayo combos (we enjoyed the parmesan potato skins with basil aioli, parsley frites with garlic aioli, and sweet potato fries with blue cheese). There were definitely some veggie and non-veggie options (someone loved the goat cheese quiche--great as long as the person isn't a Vegan). Another option is DC Coast, just a couple of blocks away for great fresh seafood, and I'm sure they have at least one vegetarian entree.

    D C Coast Restaurant
    1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      katecm RE: Olive123 Feb 25, 2008 11:14 AM

      The Oval Room is nearby. It's a wonderful restaurant with a gorgeous menu.

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        JoshInDC RE: katecm Feb 25, 2008 11:30 AM

        The Bombay Club on Connecticut off of H Street. Super nearby and perfect for a wide selection for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.

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        Elyssa RE: Olive123 Feb 25, 2008 01:18 PM

        Butterfield 9 isn't to far away and they usually have some very nice vegeterian options (I especially like their butternut squash soup---or any soup for that matter). They have a vegeterian tasting menu which is quite good as well.

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          Jacey RE: Elyssa Feb 25, 2008 03:33 PM

          Wow, you must really love this place because you're alway suggesting it. I think it's very overrated.

          Olive123--You can check out Olives on 16th and K, 14K, Palette, Posh

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            Elyssa RE: Jacey Feb 25, 2008 06:58 PM

            It's in the area, has more then 1 vegetarian options and seems to fit what the poster is looking for.

            I like the restaurant quite a bit and find it very consistent and fresh. Plus it's centrally located so it fits a lot of people's needs.

            I'm from Boston originally so I can never get myself to recommend any other outpost of Olives, having such incredible experiences with the original in Todd English's heyday I find the others don't hold up. But I hear the one in DC is good enough.

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          foodiejourno RE: Olive123 Feb 25, 2008 01:45 PM

          You may want to also check out Olives and DC Coast. Both are about a 5-10 min. cab ride from the Sofitel. As someone else pointed out, Bombay and Oval room are close by and are very good too.

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            Olive123 RE: Olive123 Feb 26, 2008 01:32 PM

            Thanks so much for all of the responses! I will pass them along (I am providing options - or really you - and the final decision is out of my hands). I'm hungry already from looking at the menus.

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              Olive123 RE: Olive123 Mar 17, 2008 06:54 PM

              We ended up eating dinner at Ici because it was in our hotel. I can't remember what the others ate, but I had a salad which I very much enjoyed, we shared the parmesan frites and the sweet potato frites - both were quite good, but the sweet potato were excellent, though I would have loved some malt vinegar to go with instead of a mayo-based dipping sauce - and they altered one of the pasta dishes to make it vegetarian. It was tasty, and the pasta tasted like it might even have been fresh. Service was very friendly. I almost booked at the Sofitel again for my upcoming trip just on the basis of the sweet potato fries!

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                hill food RE: Olive123 Mar 17, 2008 07:11 PM

                I find sweet potato fries (relatively) hard to do compared to reg.

                question: did they not have malt vinegar - given the French aren't really known for using it - understandable. or did you ask?

                learned to love malt vinegar just a few years back.

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                  Olive123 RE: hill food Mar 18, 2008 08:08 PM

                  They had a malt vinegar-mayo dipping sauce, but not plain old malt vinegar, so I suppose that means they don't make the dipping sauce in house? I was skeptical about the sweet potato fries, because I, too, think they are difficult to do well compared to non-sweet potato fries. I was overruled by the others, and really happy about it! Having malt vinegar to go with really would have been a nice touch, though.

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                    hill food RE: Olive123 Mar 19, 2008 01:08 AM

                    good to know, thanks. the place looks cool. (only been to the bar a few years back).

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