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We're from NY and have 4 days to spend in Washington. Staying at 2 different hotels - in the Embassy Row (Marriott) area and then near the Capital (Hyatt Regency). I have seen the postings for Dupont Circle. Anything new there? What about Vietnamese in DC (not the subrubs - we will not have a car)?

Thanks to all!

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  1. What sort of places do you like? I'd definitely recommend Tabard Inn for a nice meal nearish the Marriott. Leave time for a drink before or after dinner in their lounge, where you can relax on a sofa in front of the fireplace. Firefly is another good find nearby, or if you have a hankering for excellent Southern food, Vidalia. For lovely breakfast or lunch, try Teaism, on R, and make sure to get a salty oat cookie.

    On the Hill, I like Sonoma and Montmartre. For good politico-sighting, have lunch at Charlie Palmer Steak. Bistro Bis is also lovely.

    I'll have to leave it to others for help with Vietnamese within the district.

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    1. re: katecm

      We like everything- particularly love the idea of Southern food (hubby's originally from Louisiana).. We don't care much for super noisy places, and sometimes feel a bit claustrophobic in cramped restaurants. Thanks for your help.

      1. re: cather

        For Southern in the city Creme Cafe, or Ooh and Aahs normally gets the votes. There are recent threads on Southern too I think. I am biased I don't really like Vidalia, it feels more like a New Yorker making Southern food, than what I think of from home/growing up/the south, but he keeps winning awards and other people really like it. I also like Georgia Brown's brunch if I don't have to move much afterwards, but I haven't been for any other meal, and if I wer eyou I would try Creme or Oohs and Aahs.

        1. re: cather

          For southern try DC Coast (14th & K near the Marriott).

          1. re: cather

            You can get to N. VA via metro to get some really delicious viet food...clarendon (arlington) has some good ones. i agree w/ the Bistro Bis rec for when you are on the hill. Try Veritas wine bar if you like wine, it's in dupont at CT and FL aves. And i will probably get flack for this but if you dont like noisy places avoid Central and Beck (although if you sit away from the bar at Beck you are usually ok).

          2. re: katecm

            I agree with both Vidalia and Bistro Bis - I've had excellent meals at both.

            1. re: dcfoodie13

              Thanks to all for the great tips. We thought the food at Firefly was amazing, although the noise factor was breaathtaking, and the service left a lot to be desired. And Bistro Bis was totally wonderful. We also enjoyed Hank's Oyster Bar in the Dupont area for a light meal. And, the real surprise, was lunch at the Museum of the American Indian. Native food from various regions. A truly unique place.

          3. Here are some great recent threads:
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/499098
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/502248
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/499668
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/500433 (this one has a lot of other threads I compiled on this subject)

            1. For vietnamese you gotta go to the suburbs. Nage is pretty new and is in the Courtyard Marriot Embassy Row (which is not really on Embassy Row), is very good for seafood. The hot new places in DC right now are Brasserie Beck, Central and Hook. On the hill I usually recommend: Charlie Palmer Steak, Bistro Bis, Locanda and Sonoma.

              1. the best Vietnamese is in the 'burbs, but Miss Saigon in Georgetown is pretty good (M before Wisconsin near the stone house)