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WestIndianArchie Mar 29, 2008 05:07 PM

I'm looking for something outside of the typical, buffalo wings/fried mozzarella/spinach artichoke dip.

I think I understand the Tapas and Mezes markets in DMV, but is there anything particularly interesting or really good you can think of?

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    foodandwinesnob May 13, 2008 03:18 PM

    Eat Bar, at Tallula, in Arlington. VERY cool atmosphere, and a varied arrangement of apps. Plus, great wines. The best part: they have a new bartender there who is an "experimentalist" - she infuses her own alcohol (think lavender vodka, and cucumber gin). SO worth the trip!

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      Ericandblueboy Apr 3, 2008 09:01 PM

      those are appetizers at typical american family restaurant/bars. Each ethnic restaurant has their own appetizers. I happen to like foie gras, escargot, and pate at french restaurants. I also like jellyfish, pigs ear, chicken feet at Chinese joints. If you provide more as to what you like, I can possibly suggest a few things to try.

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        katecm Apr 3, 2008 07:47 AM

        I've been thinking about this question more and more, and I have to say, I don't think there are many places in DC where your only options are typical wings, dip and fried cheese. From the Welsh rarebit at Martin's to - well - the entire menu at Zengo, most restaurants now have very creative appetizers - enough so that I often order two of them instead of an entree.

        How lucky we've become in DC!

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          Aphioni Apr 3, 2008 06:27 PM

          Not Your Average Joes in Lansdowne (off Rt 7, near Inova hospital- have an amazing mango buffalo calamari with bleu cheese sauce drizzled on top...

        2. Smiles2008 Apr 2, 2008 11:33 AM

          What about a different take: thai appetizers? Bangok Joe's in Georgetown
          Also, Raku's in Dupont-Asian Fusion.

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            Elyssa Apr 2, 2008 04:55 PM

            Bangkok Joes is hit or miss depending on what you order. But I really enjoy the concept and I've had some good dumplings there in the past (which? I can't remember...sorry). Make sure you order things different enough, with different sauces because they can end up tasting similar.

            Raku is Dupont is good because of the outdoor seating. The calamari is pretty good, along with their summer rolls. It's not fantastic though. I hear the one in Bethesda (?) is very good and has different owners.

            Spices has pretty good appetizer options. And during their "Crazy Hour" Happy Hour the drinks are 1/2 off and great! I had a champagne mojito the last time I was there. I think it was like $5.

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              Dennis S Apr 4, 2008 03:50 AM

              Spicy squid salad at Thai Square.

              Vietnamese - the salmon soup at Nam Viet.

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              katecm Mar 31, 2008 08:38 AM

              The Source has excellent bar food. We have made fantastic meals out of appetizers there.

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                KWynn Mar 31, 2008 08:45 AM

                What's been your experience with the bar/lounge at the Source? Specifically, waht time did you arrive and what kind of wait was there to get a table? I'm talking about the lounge (where they don't take reservations) versus the formal dining room--my husband and I have wanted to check it out since it opened.

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                  katecm Mar 31, 2008 09:41 AM

                  We went on a Wednesday night at around 8:30 after happy hour at Poste and got a table for four with no wait. It was only about half-full!

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                FoodieGrrl Mar 30, 2008 07:49 PM

                Maybe a really good cheese plate or charcuterie? A lot of restaurants seem to have those now, and I just love being able to "graze" with a good glass of wine. Sonoma and Central both have good charcuterie.

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                  JAC13 Mar 31, 2008 10:19 AM

                  So does Veritas in Dupont (in fact that is all the food they serve) and does this well also.

                2. ktmoomau Mar 30, 2008 01:48 PM

                  DMV? All the acronyms... I just can't keep up.

                  In Northern Virginia Tallula or it's bar Eat Bar have great little bites, appetizers. The mini-burger, risotto ball and etc are good.

                  Also Eleventh St Lounge has great small plates they are half price some nights, though note it isn't smoke free.

                  I have heard Gua-Rapo (sp?) is good for that sort of thing from a good friend, but haven't been yet.

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                    WestIndianArchie Apr 2, 2008 04:47 PM

                    DC
                    Maryland
                    Virginina

                    I like it much more than DC/NoVa/MD

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                      Dennis S Apr 4, 2008 03:49 AM

                      And since we generally sit in lines in our cars so much, it's appropriate.

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                    Elyssa Mar 29, 2008 07:54 PM

                    I would check out PS7. They have great appetizers especially the tuna tartar sliders and the mini 1/2 smokes and hot dogs. Really delicious and fun.

                    Also Ceiba is great for appetizers. I could make an entire meal out of their guacamole or queso (not your typical questo...has pieces of steak to dip in the cheese, practically a meal in itself). Plus they have a ceviche sampler which is fun if you like ceviche.

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                      Elyssa Mar 30, 2008 01:56 PM

                      I forgot to mention that at Ceiba if you go for their happy hour they give you free appetizers and certain drinks are highlighted for 1/2 off. There is a list of what the appetizer and drink will be on their website. It's a great happy hour deal...when I went we had free chorizo in a delicious chimichurra sauce and discounted caiprihana (which were STRONG). The little lounge area is really nice.

                      http://www.ceibarestaurant.com/news.html

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                        Jacey Apr 21, 2008 05:39 PM

                        Do they rotate what they serve each week or do they stick with the same app/country for each of the weekdays? Have you ever been on Wednesdays for Peru when they serve ceviche? That's a pretty expensive freebie.

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                          Elyssa May 13, 2008 03:56 PM

                          I've only been on Tuesday so I'm not sure about the rotation. But I want to check out other days, so I'm curious what others have tried.

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