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Mar 12, 2008 10:35 AM

Woodley Park Ideas

Hello Hounders -
As a result of a low Priceline bid, my 10 year old daughter and I will be staying at the Omni Shoreham, which looks to be on the edge of town near the Woodley Park Metro. While we'll be sure to have meals elsewhere in DC, I'm wondering where we should eat near the hotel. I'm interested in avoiding chains/corporate eateries and especially thinking breakfast and late dinners, given that we should be elsewhere midday. From searching the board, it looks like Lebanese Taverna, Saken Club, Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Restaurant, Open City Cafe, and Regent Thai are all recommended. What else would you suggest?
Thanks in advance for your ideas. If you're looking for suggestions in Portland, Oregon I'd be happy to return the favor.

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  1. Regent isn't really close. If you really want to stay RIGHT NEAR the hotel, my choices would be open city and lebanese taverna. Open City would be good with a kid.

    However, if you want to walk up to cleveland park, there are tons of choices. My favorites being Spices and the front cafe of Palena.

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    1. re: Jeserf

      don't forget new heights, next door to open city

    2. You can also walk East on Calvert to Adams Morgan, a very quirky neighborhood that will appeal to a 10-year-old - just go during the week, since it's pretty packed on weekends. There, I'd consider taking her to Napoleon, Black Squirrel, or Cashion's.

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      1. re: katecm

        L'Enfant cafe would be fun in Adams Morgan, also. If you don't mind a very quick metro ride (in case walking is not on the agenda), you are one stop away from Cleveland Park (mentioned above). There are lots of choices, from pizza to Pan-Asian to Greek to French...and most of those places are extremely child friendly, as CP is a real neighborhood.

        1. re: katecm

          I would second heading over to Adams Morgan. Woodley Park doesn't have too many great options.

          Kate's suggestions above are excellent. I plug Cashion's a lot, but it really is one of my favorite places in the city. It can be a little pricey, but well worth it for an excellent dinner.

          I'd also add Meze or Rumba Cafe in there. Both are tapas-style places with some fun and tasty options (Meze is Turkish and Rumba is Argentinian I think).

        2. Leb Tav is great. you'll love it. Also you are a short walk from Cleveland park, one of hte best restaurant areas in DC. It's actually one metro stop up from Woodley or a short (uphill) walk. If you go to the zoo, you are almost there (it's further n. on CT ave). It has several great eateries: Lavandou (french); Palena (italian, formal back room or casual front room); Indique (indian); dino (italian); ardeo (american); Yanni (greek) and if you want something really unique, Pho 79 (vietnamese). Plus a couple of irish pubs. enjoy your trip!

          1. I love the Afghan Grill, on Calvert St. crossing Connecticut from the Woodley Park Metro side. The food it always delicious, and Afghan food is a treat for those who have never tried it before. If you go, try the Kadu Buranee (pumpkin dish)!