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Mar 28, 2008 01:42 PM

Solo bite in Penn Quarter/Chinatown

Okay, so I live in the area, but don't dine alone often. If I do, I tend to go for sushi at Wok & Roll or Sushi Go Round.
Any other solo-dining rec's in the neighborhood while my husband is out of town?

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    1. re: hill food

      I've tried Full Kee several times and never enjoyed it. Maybe my palate isn't refined enough or something...I just am not a big fan of pork, and I prefer white meat chicken or not-too-fatty beef. Perhaps I'm too overly-conditioned to like Americanized Chinese food?
      What do you like at Full Kee?

      Thanks to everyone else for the other suggestions.

      1. re: KWynn

        some things put me off too, but I swear by the shrimp dumpling soup.

        makes a nice lunch.

        1. re: KWynn

          Full Kee does very good Hong Kong style noodle soups which, in addition to being tasty and filling, are amongst the cheaper items on the menu. I like the roast pork and noodle soup, but if you do not like pork you might want to try the shrimp dumpling soup instead.

          Other favorites of mine at Full Kee include the kung pao chicken and the garlic shrimp. The pan fried noodles with seafood are quite good, and I know a lot of people who love the clams in black bean sauce and the oyster casserole. The duck is also very tasty, although it is rather messy as they serve it with the bones still in it.

          Other solo possibilities in the area: the bar at either Rosa Mexicana or Oyamel for high end Mexican food (Oyamel is probably better and you can get an array of tacos, but Rosa's bar area is a lot bigger and will likely be easier to grab a table or seat at), Matchbox for pizza or miniburgers, Five Guys for a full-sized burger, Clyde's for chili and a beer. Bistro d'Oc might not be a bad place to dine solo, but you'd likely want to bring a book or something.

          1. re: Ootek1

            I eat at Bistro D'Oc by myself all the time...I bring a book (but I always bring a book when I dine alone). No need to sit at the bar or anything, they will give you a table and usually the one near the window.

            1. re: Ootek1

              KWynn: Full Kee used to also do a nice white-meat-only Kung Pao Chicken when asked, since you mentioned that that was your preference. Their soups are good, as is their Chow Foon, but for Chinese noodle dishes, I'd recommend going around the corner to Chinatown Express (also a good spot for singletons).

        2. If you can get there in time, the pre-theater menu at the bar at 701. Excellent.

          1. The bar at PS7 or Acadiana would be good choices. And then of course there is always Cal Tort :)

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            1. re: Elyssa

              Cal Tort? jeez Elyssa, just send her to McDonald's...

              La Tasca (while a small chain) does pretty good tapas, not Jaleo but very straightforward with a large bar and a variety of small tables.

              1. re: hill food

                Cal Tort is in no way McDonalds!!

                I LOVE Cal Tort and I will 100% stand by it as a delicious local chain. (Just don't eat at the one at the airport expecting it to be the same quality because its not) It practically has a cult following among some people. I would choose Cal Tort over La Tasca (bleck) any day. If you are looking for tapas just walk down the street to Jaleo.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  sorry, as an ex-Cal my ideas differ, but then Mexican can mean SO many things...

                  eating alone, I like a low profile place that I don't feel self conscious patronizing.

                  we are just joshing, right?

                  1. re: hill food

                    Trust me...I never qualified Cal Tort as a genuine Mexican restaurant---but it's about as Mexican as I usually get since I'm not the biggest fan of that genre. Plus---I order the blackened chicken cesar salad burritto---not exactly classic Mexican cuisine :)

                    Plus how can you dislike a restaurant that has you leap around on Leap Year Day and get free queso or gives you a free Poptart on Weds just because :)

                    1. re: hill food

                      Like Elyssa, I have a deep-seated and inexplicable love for CalTort. Part of the trick might be that I don't think of it as in any way Mexican; they just happen to use tortillas. But for dining alone, they're perfectly fine for a quick nosh. (Potbelly also serves the same purpose.)

                      The bar at Cafe Atlantico has also done well by me for solo dining in that area. (The service is actually more consistent there than in the restaurant itself.)