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DC food "scavenger" hunt best neighborhood food

I am looking for a way to have fun with my friend during her last weekend of her summer internship.
we want to do a food "scavenger hunt" to find the best items and to make a progressive dinner out of it. The requests currently are Grasshopper tacos and Half-smokes from Ben's. our thought is that we would do it over the course of a couple of hours and enjoy the neighborhoods, too. One rule: each dish would only be about $4 or $5 a piece. one exception to that is we may do Central's Faux gras.

Help me with ideas!

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  1. How about pancakes or empanadas from Eastern Market?

    1. Central's Faux Gras tastes nothing like foie gras. I personally didn't care for it and I love all kinds of pates and terrines (and foie gras). If you've had it and you love it, that's fine. I just thought I'd let you know.

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      1. re: Ericandblueboy

        Just to be the Devil's Advocate, I also had the Faux Gras and really liked it. Besides, it's a great excuse to take your friend to Central, and it won't blow your budget.

        1. re: Ericandblueboy

          I disagree. I thought it was delicious and I'm a little addicted to the rillettes that comes with the faux gras. I went to Paris recently and thought Central's rillettes were better!

          I'm not sure what neighborhoods you want to hit up but I would try:

          *Croquettes at Taberna
          *Empanadas from Julia's
          *Coconut Cake at Creme
          *Truffle fries (and drinks) at Poste

          I'm not sure if these all fit into your price range but none should be over $10 that's for sure. And for the croquettes, depending on what night of the week you are planning on doing this, you can hit up Taberna's Happy Hour Monday-Friday.

        2. Wood fired wings at Johnny's Half Shell.

          1. Grasshopper tacos? Really? We toasted grasshoppers over a fire on a scout camping trip when I was a kid, but they tasted kind of like peanuts. This must be a food name, not a food.

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            1. re: MikeR

              I'm pretty sure they have the actual thing at Oyamel.

              1. re: Elyssa

                I had them on Friday. A neat idea, but Oyamel overseasons them.

                1. re: FlaHopper

                  I want to try the ones at Oaxaca in A-M.

            2. If you are going for DC-neighborhood fare you might want to try:
              1. A slice of pizza at Vace in Cleveland Park.
              2. A falafel sandwich at Amsterdam Falafel in Adams Morgan.
              3. A litteri sub sandwich from the Florida Avenue Market.
              4. A friend fish bowl from the seafood market on Maine Avenue.
              5. Some baked good from Sticky Fingers in Columbia Heights.
              6. Something greasy and fried that comes with a slice of white bread from the Florida Avenue Grill in U Street area.
              7. Some sustainable seafood from Tackelbox in Georgetown.
              8. Mint iced tea, salty oat cookies, or cilantro scrambled eggs from any number of Tea-ism locations (Dupont Circle, Penn Quarter, Farraghut).
              9. Peri Peri Chicken in Gallery Place Chinatown.
              10. Watermelon juice from Taqueria Nacionale on the Hill.

              I could keep going. These seemed like a good place to start. Happy wandering!

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              1. re: LizG

                Don't forget the wings with mambo sauce - various locations.

              2. ethiopian...one dish of tibbets or something? dukem u st. it's a dc. must have.