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any suggestions for deliciousness down there? not fancy, but not pizza on the corner either. :)

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  1. I really love Creme. It feels like really good homestyle cooking, with a bit of a Southern bend. They make a great roast chicken, shrimp and grits, etc. You should also get the mushroom appetizer and the coconut cake. I could make a meal out of both! :)

    I also like Cork for small plates and wine. St. Ex is good for both brunch and dinner.

    1. There are so many great options on U Street now. In addition to Elyssa's recs, Vinoteca is really great. I also really like Oohs and Ahs (not fancy, but delish!) and Etete. Also, if you're ever in the mood for great Greek takeaway, The Greek Spot does a fantastic chicken gyro.

      Finally, I think Marvin is really good too. Good bistro fare and fun scene! Have fun exploring U Street!

      1. Bar Pilar has become one of my favorite restaurants, almost all small plates, very seasonal. But there's so much around there....

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        1. re: mselectra

          I heartily second Bar Pilar. I was put off for a while (a couple of years) for some reason - something about the front just isn't welcoming or something. And I used to go to St. Ex pretty frequently (same owners, maybe? I think?). But recently, St. Ex has been absolutely atrocious - the menu hasn't changed since I started going around 2005/2006, the food is prepared without any care whatsoever, the service is juvenile and indifferent, the place seems to need a HEARTY scrubbing... all things that alone are forgiveable, but combine to stirke the place off my rotation for a long, long while. Bar Pilar keeps pleasantly surprising me, on the other hand. I've had really good lentils and sausage, a very flavorful small steak w/ latkes, a lovely bacon and fried egg salad, among other things (the only mediocre thing so far has been a boring corn soup). The bartenders are unobstrusive, but warm and attentive and I've had some excellently mixed cocktails. Very nice place to start/spend/end an evening...

        2. My gf and I find ourselves returning to Coppi's Organic every few months. I used to go with a bicycle-obsessed friend because of the old Italian cycling theme. It's known mainly for its hearty, homemade pastas but they also have far-better-than-corner brick oven pizzas. The menu rotates frequently so you can work through their offerings. The location is central and the size of the dining area is just large enough to feel comfortable without becoming Lauriol Plaza. My only complaint: sometimes they have the music way too loud in the early evening.

          I also like Simply Home, a couple doors away. Downtempo minimal dance music + modular furniture + thai food that is *slightly* glitzy but still has very filling portions. It's never crowded when I've been in there, and the relaxed atmosphere includes a little shop next door with various Asian trinkets and home products.

          1. Queen Makeda for Ethiopian food, bvery much a family-run operation.

            Also, Oohs and Aahs for true hole-in-the-wall soul food. Four stools in front of the kitchen. Go for the grilled shrimp with greens and rice with gravy as sides. Lemon pepper wings are a great alternate.

            1. Went to Marvin last night. Our waiter recommended seared scallops; liver 'n onions (made with foie gas), chicken and waffle, and seared halibut. Everything he recommended was perfectly cooked. I usually can't stand chicken breast (because it's dry and flavorless) but their chicken was both crispy and juicy. It's not fancy but it ain't really cheap either.

              1. 1905 at 1905 9th Street is good

                1. I definitely second Simply Home (it is like a hidden treasure and never crowded!). I think it is owned by the same people as Rice, so the food is similar. Cork, Marvin and St. Ex (for brunch rather than dinner, though) are excellent as well. I think Marvin has become a great addition to the area. I love the moules frites, with dipping sauces, and the nicoise salad with seared tuna. The chicken and waffles were a huge hit at our table as well.

                  I would also add Al Crostino, which, I think, has excellent Italian. It is not your pasta and red sauce Italian though. Think bronzino, duck breast, and mushroom ravioli.

                  If you are willing to stray a few blocks off (14th and P), I would recommend Lalibela for Ethopian. In my opinion, it is the best in the city, although I know there has been a lot of discussion re: Eithiopian cuisine in DC on these boards. It is also a big hit with the Eithiopian taxi drivers in my unofficial poll! ;)

                  1. I invite you to come check out Indulj Restaurant & Lounge, we will be open in about 2 weeks and our specialty is gourmet southern cuisine. We also have a great lounge upstairs, we're located on 13th & U across from Bens Chili Bowl.

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                    1. re: chefchrista

                      This must be the big trend in DC these days. There are so many gourmet southern...founding farmers, georgia brown's, creme, vidalia, etc

                    2. Ulah bistro is actually okay, and significantly more affordable than other options in the neighborhood.
                      I personally love Etete and also enjoy Coppi. Check out Locoat for their amazing waffles, although little else has impressed me there.
                      Last night we tried Thaitanic for the first time (14th closer to downtown) and it was surprisingly good - very freshly prepared and quite satisfying. I actually think that's my current favorite for budget dining in the area.

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                      1. re: hamster

                        Is Locoat new? I don't recall hearing about it.

                        I also like Ulah. Very affordable. I had a great turkey burger when I went about a month ago.

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          I second CREME - especially for it's mushroom appetizer and warm coconut cake!!!

                          1. re: chicken kabob

                            We like cafe st.ex - although the food can vary depending on who is cooking (I'm guessing).

                            1. re: chicken kabob

                              3rd Creme. Add to the recs the braised pork entree - absolutely delicious! The only downside is the service is hit or miss there...

                            2. re: Elyssa

                              Oops, I meant Locolat. I reviewed it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/538262

                              Went back with friends a few weeks ago and the crispy waffle was still exceptional. However, other things ordered, especially an extremely overpriced macaron, were not that great. It is a nice coffee shop though, with tables interior and exterior, if you can get over the strange smell which I find overpowering there.

                          2. Curried goat at The Islander. Just do it.