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Aug 25, 2008 10:07 AM

Now with another cupcake place opening up in DC?

Do we really need another cupcake place? Can't we be original and not follow the national trend? Cakelove was so 90s. I am disappointed in the dismal DC food scene. First that burger place in Capitol Hill ... and now with more cupcake places popping up everywhere in DC. Really pathetic!

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  1. uh, clearly you havent been keeping up, as we have some awesome restaurants popping up all over the place. Komi, CityZen, and Restaurant Eve are still relatively new and have taken the DC food scene by storm. Ray's Hell Burger is a must eat as is his steakhouse, Ray's the Steaks. Etete still isnt that old and is very unique to the city, Creme, Oohs and Aahs, Brasserie Beck, Central, and Commonwealth are all welcome additions as well.

    Yes, all the places I listed (aside from RHB) aren't new as in a couple months old new, but theyre all "relatively" new to the DC scene.

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    1. re: MarcDC

      Some of those restaurants you mentioned are in a different league. The others are hard to get into. Expensive destination restaurants, high decibel levels, etc., are not what DC needs more of. To be a real food town, we need more family-run places with authentic food, that serve reasonable house wine in carafs, and where you can get to know the staff if you are a regular.

      But then, they'd be so popular waiting in line would be impossible.

      I agree with Etete. Add Mandu to the list. Also like Regent Thai on 18th. 2Amys is noisy, but it rates high on the integrity scale when it comes to Neapolitan style.

      I can't take a place with the name "Oohs and Aahs" seriously. Does the food really make you ooh and aah?

      Brasserie Beck ... it's hard not to love little underrated Belgium. Actually, if you want French food better than you'll get in Paris, go to Belgium.

      Burgers ... food you can make at home if you get good chuck. I understand Rays uses steak-grade beef ... overkill when chuck with 20% fat content is adequate.

      Komi is theater, and not for the common diner. If the chef gets to be spontaneous with his flights of fancy, we, alas, have to think way ahead and reserve a month in advance.

    2. I said the same thing about coffeeshops 25 years ago when the number of coffeeshops in downtown DC reached about ten.

      1. Its economics.... if people with $$ want something, it will be made and sold. Doesn't matter where you live. Anyway as long as the cupcakes are good I'm all for it, they aren't taking anything away from me.

        1. DC is generally understored.

          But there are plenty of commercial spaces all over the city. Put together the financing, and i'm sure you can find a cook/chef that will do something else.