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Locanda recently?

Jeserf May 19, 2008 12:41 PM

I am thinking of making reservations at Locanda for the 30th before we head over the 8th and I to see the Evening Parade. I think the restaurants there are pretty dismal, so my first choices were Locanda and the Indian Place.

So if anyone's been to Locanda lately (or has a better recommendation), please advise.

We're both vegetarians, but he eats fish (not seafood).

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    joann.hill12 RE: Jeserf May 19, 2008 01:12 PM

    Locanda is wonderful...I am Sicilian and the arancini are very similar to the ones my mom and aunts make. We dined with a vegetarian and I remember him being pleased with the dinner options.
    Another great place in the area is Montmartre...they have outdoor seating if the weather is cooperative...not too sure about the vegetarian fare. It is French, so you may want to check the menu first.
    The Indian place (Capitol Hill Tandoor Kitchen, I think) on 8th is also really good but much more casual (and cheaper) than Locanda and Montmartre.
    Hope this helps!

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      Elyssa RE: joann.hill12 May 19, 2008 01:58 PM

      For an alternative I like Old Siam, a good Thai restaurant with lots of vegeterian and even vegan options on 8th St.

      There is also Belga Cafe...not sure how many vegeterian options there though.

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        Jeserf RE: joann.hill12 May 19, 2008 02:05 PM

        casual, dressy, it doesn't matter. Just want some place that's tasty, not so loud, and close to the barracks.

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          Elyssa RE: Jeserf May 19, 2008 04:31 PM

          Theres also always Sonoma which I really like.

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        Jeserf RE: Jeserf May 19, 2008 04:52 PM

        hm the pizza at sonoma looks like a nice option, but it might not be in the area enough, as we have to start making our way into the barracks around 7:30.

        Has Matchbox 2.0 opened?

        You say the Indian and Thai places are both good though, right?

        Cafe Belga and the Montmartre are not vegetarian friendly at all. I wish Spike's place were open! I bet they'd have veggie burgers and milkshakes. That's our speed sometimes!

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          joann.hill12 RE: Jeserf May 19, 2008 05:22 PM

          Since Montmartre and Belga are out b/c they're not veggie-friendly, I would do Locanda. There are a good amount of veg options w/pastas and fish. Also, the atmosphere is intimate and not too loud.
          Don't get me wrong, the Indian place is good, I just think Locanda is much better.
          I've eaten at Siam a few times and thought it was pretty good...nothing great, but good.
          There's also Cafe 8, which is Mediterranean. Can't remember if they're veggie friendly but I know they have a variety of Turkish "pizzas". Great little back patio too if it's nice outside.

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            Jeserf RE: joann.hill12 May 19, 2008 05:24 PM

            I hope it's nice outside, as the Marine Corps Evening Parade is all outside!

            I'll try to make reservations at locanda. I think it'll work

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              JustinS RE: joann.hill12 May 20, 2008 12:28 PM

              Cafe 8 had quite a few vegetarian friendly options. Food was good and service was a little less than good, but it's a nice alternative to have in the area. I can't really call it Mediterranean - Turkish or Middle Eastern almost.

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              Elyssa RE: Jeserf May 19, 2008 05:35 PM

              Matchbox hasn't opened yet.

              Old Siam is good. I haven't been to the India restaurant in years though...I ate there once and then was warned against it by a former co-worker for a variety of reasons.

              But probably your best bet is Locanda. I haven't been but the menu looks excellent and its something new in the area. You can get Thai anywhere :) Plus if its nice out, you can request a seat by the open windows.

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                Jeserf RE: Elyssa May 19, 2008 05:47 PM

                right on. I think that's what we'll do.

                Or, that's what i'll organize because, you know, he can't do that stuff:)

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                hill food RE: Jeserf May 21, 2008 02:13 AM

                Spike - you mean Top Chef Hat Boy? - like there aren't enough decent burgers in that stretch of Penn... what a waste of air and space.

                but Locanda is good. and veggie friendly (not vegan).

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