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scungilli1 Jun 20, 2008 05:06 PM

Hi there. Could anybody please recommend some good places (not too expensive) for lunch by the LOC? Ethnic restaurants are always good!

Thanks.

  1. bboyneko Feb 3, 2010 05:36 PM

    Sonomas, Good Stuff Eatery

    1. j
      Just Visiting Jun 23, 2008 09:52 AM

      Mitsitam Cafe in the National Museum of the American Indian. All kinds of ethnic, not too expensive. As this is tourist season, you will need to plan to go early (or late) to avoid the hordes. But it is really good food, all kinds of interesting stuff from all over the Western Hemisphere, at good prices.

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        Elyssa Jun 23, 2008 03:06 PM

        Good call! This is where you should go if you don't mind walking a few blocks. Otherwise stick to Le Bon Cafe.

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        kaozer Jun 22, 2008 08:00 PM

        I totally agree with Le Bon Cafe as good eats -- but also check out the new Longworth Cafeteria - the old fast-food places have been replaced with healthier options, a good salad bar, and all of the paper products are compostable or recyclable - -the first phase of "greening the Capitol" --

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          fleurgrrl Jun 22, 2008 02:43 PM

          This is a tough one - I spent years doing research at LOC and dreaming of good lunch options which pretty much did not materialize. One cheap and convenient option is the LOC cafeteria on the 6th floor of the Madison building - the food is Aramark or some similar concessionaire, but at least it's quick and there's a salad bar. You can walk a bit and hit Johnny's Half Shell, moderate-priced seafood, or Taqueria Nacionale, cheap and good Mexican takeout, at 400 N Capitol, but on hot days I found the trek to be too far. Le Bon Cafe is fine, not great, and I thought Burrito Brothers was unbelievably nasty. A final possibility is Firehook Bakery on Penn Ave, decent premade sandwiches and pastries.

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            mrhonest Jun 21, 2008 07:27 PM

            Talay Thai on 1st is decent for lunch. The service is quick and friendy, Try the Siam fried rice or Red curry duck. Whatever you do, do not go to the Library of Congress cafetaria, it is terrible even by government cafetaria standards.

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              hill food Jun 22, 2008 01:05 AM

              I find their curries are much better than their stir fries or apps. (tend towards the greasy side) but in their favor they don't dumb down the heat if you specify.

              Jimmy T's on E. Cap (@4th?) is classic diner fare. not sure of the hours/days, went by on a Tuesday once and they were closed but I think that was a one time deal.

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              Ziv Jun 21, 2008 06:57 PM

              For a casual bite, Burrito Brothers on Penn is decent, albeit a chain burrito joint. Grab a good burrito, sit by the window and watch the crowd pass by, not a bad way to spend a few minutes.

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                scungilli1 Jun 21, 2008 06:54 PM

                Thanks, everybody. That helps!

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                  Teddybear Jun 22, 2008 10:10 AM

                  Also right next to Burrito Brothers there is the Asian deli-type place -- also good and quick

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                  Teddybear Jun 21, 2008 08:06 AM

                  Petes right next to Le Bon Cafe has pretty good pretty cheap very quick lunches -- and the specials are usually good. Whatever you do -- DO NOT EAT AT THE GREEK PLACE on Pa Ave.

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                    hill food Jun 22, 2008 01:01 AM

                    TB, what's the gripe with the Greeks? I haven't been in a few years, and the food was never stellar, but never had a complaint. then again I've only been on slow Saturday afternoons for the beer and gyro lunch special.

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                      Teddybear Jun 22, 2008 10:08 AM

                      Many years ago I used to enjoy it -- always had the appetizer plate. Went back this past spring and ordered my usual and was truly disappointed in the quality of the food.

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                      Elyssa Jun 23, 2008 03:05 PM

                      Petes has some nice Asian specials that are suprisingly good. Other stuff are mostly greasy spoon...but good enough.

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                      ChewFun Jun 21, 2008 06:50 AM

                      It's not ethnic, but on 2nd Street just off of Penn. there is Le Bon Cafe'.

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                        Elyssa Jun 21, 2008 08:00 AM

                        Le Bon Cafe would be my recommendation as well. Their Provencal tuna salad sandwich is really good, as is their lavender lemonade.

                        If you walk down a couple of blocks to Eastern Market you can eat at Market Lunch actually in Eastern Market. If you head down 8th Street there is a good Thai restaurant, Old Siam, and a Belgium restaurant, Belga Cafe.

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