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Fun restaurants in/near capitol hill?

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My sister recently moved from the Freemont district to Capitol Hill. I'm going to be visiting her from Boston for about 10 days or so and I'm looking for some fun, interesting restaurants that we can go to. We don't want to spend a ton, but we are happy to spend a little more if its really good. We are also equally happy eating some dirt cheap, wicked good pho. Outdoor eating is a plus. We are planning on going to Elemental @ Gasworks (we love it) and so far, thats it! Thanks!

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  1. Dinette is better than really good, and is the restaurant in cap hill where I take all my out-of-town guests. It's also about 2 blocks from the Stumbling Monk which is a fantastic, unpretentious Belgian (& Belgian-style) beer bar.

    Best pho on cap hill is Pho Cyclo.

    Cafe Presse, Quinn's also come to mind as good places that don't cost an arm and a leg. I hear the Pike Street Fish Fry is has good fish but haven't been myself.

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    1. re: terrier

      Terrier, today you and I are on the same wavelength.

      No shortage of places on the Hill, we always take out-of-town guests to Quinn's (Pike / 10th) and Presse (12th / Union), which are both fun and not too expensive, but both can get *really* crowded. I think Presse takes reservations, and at Quinn's you can get on the waiting list and then go across the street to Moe bar, which is worth visiting, too.

      For cheap Pho, your best bet on the Hill is Pho Cyclo (B'way at maybe Mercer), which is good though more expensive and less authentic then down the street in the ID.

      Fish Fry is fun if you like, well, fried fish. The place is nice but very small, but you can order off the fish fry menu at the estimable Moe and have it brought to you (I think).

      Smith is a fun place on 15th -- uneven food, but a nice space. I like Crave for brunch (12th just N of Pine) and Baguette Box for lunch (Pine at maybe Melrose).

      Finally, I like the sandwiches at Honey Hole (Pike at maybe 10th).

      Have fun!

      1. re: terrier

        Quinn's also has a good selection of Belgians.

      2. I really like Dinette as well. There is also Artemis (http://www.artemiscafe.net/#home) and the new Olivar, across from the Harvard Exit.

        1. I second Smith and Cafe Presse!