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Comfort Foods during the snow

daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 08:44 AM

Good afternoon,
Help me with the best place to get some comfort foods, hot soup/stew, etc. this afternoon. Make it in the District and maybe with some fun people watching. Price isn't an object because just a soup/stew/comfort dish alone won't break the bank anywhere.

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    dcandohio RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 08:48 AM

    Chilaquiles at Oyamel.

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      Ellen RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 08:55 AM

      One of my favorite things in this weather is a bowl of noodle soup. I just got back from Nooshi on 19th with a bowl of spicy seafood ramen. It was good but I really love their Phuket noodles (really spicy) and peanut noodles. Both very satisfying on a day like today. Nooshi has both a full service restaurant and sushi bar that my satisfy your people watching needs and a separate takeout. Highest thing on the menu is $15.

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        flavrmeistr RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 09:33 AM

        Shrimp dumpling soup at Full Kee on H Street in Chinatown. Great soup, big windows, lots of foot traffic.

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          chowsearch RE: flavrmeistr Jan 27, 2009 09:48 AM

          At Full Kee, add 1/4 soy sauce chicken or the char shiu pork appetizers.

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            flavrmeistr RE: chowsearch Jan 27, 2009 10:37 AM

            Right you are. Why stop at soup? Why not throw in some roast duck or one of those fabulous hot pots and snow pea shoots with garlic?

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          caphil07 RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 09:52 AM

          I tend to like a lot of braised or roasted dishes when it gets cold. Short ribs, pork and rabbit are favorites of mine in weather like this. In that vein I recommend the braised rabbit and truffled linguine at Montmartre. One of my favorite dishes in the city of any restaurant.

          I also recommend the roast pork loin at brasserie beck and if they are still offering it, the pork two ways at the Majestic Cafe in Old Town. Two small cuts of roast loin on top of kale with a cut of pork belly in the middle. Really rich and filling. Awesome for this weather.

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            daves_32 RE: caphil07 Jan 27, 2009 10:08 AM

            How about any of these foods on a happy hour special?

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            Elyssa RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 10:34 AM

            For me cold weather/snowy food tends to be stick to your bones french food...but that's just me. I would go to Bistro D'Oc or Bistro Du Coin and get either french onion soup and a steak frites or maybe a cassoulet-type dish.

            Brasserie Beck is also great for this.

            1. scotcheroo RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 10:44 AM

              Fried chicken with ooey mac and cheese at Levi's on barracks row. that stuff rocks.

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                monkeyrotica RE: scotcheroo Mar 2, 2009 05:48 AM

                Same here. Smothered pork chops also does the trick.

                I usually go for a thick bean soup, either minstrone or Senate navy bean. I'd even settle for "house special soup for two" from almost any Chinese carryout: meat, vegetables, and clear broth. A good sustaining soup.

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                kneelconqueso RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 12:22 PM

                i'd go with bistrot du coin... the rabbit stew there is amazing, full of creamy, mustardy flavor and deliciousness. pair it up with a nice bottle of wine and you'll feel warm and happy.

                1. ktmoomau RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 12:43 PM

                  What about Founding Farmers? Their pot roast is really good and not too expensive, or tomato soup and grilled cheese? I know they have happy hour, but I don't know what the menu is may be on line though.

                  For a splurge the lobster mac and cheese is great very comforting.

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                    chicken kabob RE: ktmoomau Jan 27, 2009 01:11 PM

                    KTMOONAU! It is funny that the 3 foods you mentioned at Founding Farmers were the 3 entrees ordered when I went there last Sat nite-and as I have mentioned on previous posts, they were all delicious- good suggestion for a place for comfort food.

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                      ktmoomau RE: chicken kabob Jan 27, 2009 07:10 PM

                      Really? Fiance had Pot roast the first time we were there and it was great, I stole the leftovers. I can't remember now what I had I posted about it I think he definitely won. Second time he went he brought me home lobster mac and cheese and it was sooo good. Even the part I saved and warmed up the next day. Lately I have been craving things that are comfort foods to me too, I think it must be the weather, and I have been working so much I haven't really had time to make that stuff myself...

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                        daves_32 RE: chicken kabob Jan 30, 2009 06:07 PM

                        I took my friend to Founding Farmers tonight. The pot roast was GREAT!! I have some concerns about the bar operations, though.

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                      mselectra RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 01:17 PM

                      Nice idea for a thread.

                      Perhaps the mug of soup at Commonwealth, along with whatever other hearty fare appeals from their menu. Pub food seems appropriate for the weather. I think the soup changes daily, but I had a beer and cheese version that would be pretty comforting today. If you sit in the window you can watch people working out across the street at the Columbia Heights Washington Sports Center (irony is not dead) and there's a pretty good amount of bustle on that block.

                      I'm not sure what their happy hour deals are, but they do advertise some sort of lunch special with soup (if I remember correctly).

                      Also in that neighborhood, at Riconcito II the seafood soup seems to be their most popular dish, always a lot of guys there (seems to be always guys) eating it. (I'd actually be curious if any of you all have had it and what you think.)

                      1. littlew1ng RE: daves_32 Jan 27, 2009 01:58 PM

                        good story on it: http://thehill.com/todays-stories/foo...

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                          4X4 RE: daves_32 Jan 28, 2009 07:39 AM

                          I know it's not in DC, but I'm definitely going to Pho 88 in Beltsville some time this week. Maybe Saturday afternoon, after my trip to Costco to get ribs and other things to cook on Sunday.

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                            daves_32 RE: 4X4 Mar 2, 2009 04:54 AM

                            Let's reinvigorate this thread and see if anyone has any new ideas?!?!

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                              DCDOLL RE: daves_32 Mar 2, 2009 05:26 AM

                              Yeah since some of us are housebound it would be of the 'dreaming' variety!
                              i would say Pho, from anywhere....if i could get out, that's what i would have! Lucky for me though i made a pot of homemade veggie beef barley yesterday...yummy..

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                                littlew1ng RE: daves_32 Mar 2, 2009 07:59 AM

                                cocoa gallery or mr. yogato for hot chocolate!

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                                  Elyssa RE: littlew1ng Mar 2, 2009 08:08 AM

                                  What is Cocoa Gallery??

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                                    monavano RE: littlew1ng Mar 2, 2009 08:23 AM

                                    ACKC Cocoa Gallery on 14th St., also in Del Ray on Mt. Vernon Ave. Here's a review I did when it first opened.

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                                      Elyssa RE: monavano Mar 2, 2009 08:35 AM

                                      Oh gotcha. I had only seen it called ACKC before. I thought there was a new chocolate place in town :)

                              2. monavano RE: daves_32 Mar 2, 2009 08:30 AM

                                I'm sure glad I made a big pot of chili yesterday. It tastes even better today! Serving it over leftover spaghetti and topping it with lots of cheese and sour cream '-)

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