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Unique Appetizers?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Elyssa

      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

      1. re: Elyssa

        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.

        1. re: Jacey

          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.

    2. 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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      1. re: ktmoomau

        DC
        Maryland
        Virginina

        I like it much more than DC/NoVa/MD

        1. re: WestIndianArchie

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

      2. 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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        1. re: FoodieGrrl

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

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

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          1. re: katecm

            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.

            1. re: KWynn

              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!

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

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            1. re: Smiles2008

              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.

              1. re: Smiles2008

                Spicy squid salad at Thai Square.

                Vietnamese - the salmon soup at Nam Viet.