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Good eats near Washington Navy Yard

I'll be staying there for a couple of days next week, visiting from out west. Where should I eat? I love hole in the wall places, food of all kinds, especailly seafood and mexican.

Mr. BT

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  1. Levi's Port Cafe is a short walk from the Navy Yard. Some of the best soul food in town. Many more choices up 8th Street toward Eastern Market. Cafe 8 has decent Turkish food, and there's a new Matchbox pizza/burger joint across the street. Market Lunch is always good for the bluebuck pancakes and "the brick" breakfast sammitch. Decent Mexican is harder to come by; that area skews more Salvadorean than Mexican. I usually find myself at Tortilla Cafe just because it's filling and relatively cheap. For seafood, the Maine Avenue Fish Market is a fun place for boiled crab and shrimp, but it's outdoor only and in this weather probably not worth it. Mangialardo's is a local legend; they survived the 1968 riots and make a great Italian sandwich. Cops, Feds, and utility workers start lining up at 11:30. Carryout only.

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    Matchbox
    713 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Eastern Market Grocery
    225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Levis Port Cafe
    1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Tortilla Cafe
    210 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Pruitt Seafood
    1100 Maine Avenue, SW #A Washington, DC

    Cafe 8
    424 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Mangialardo & Sons
    1317 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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    1. re: monkeyrotica

      Also on 8th St is Lola's, which is quickly becoming my favorite restaurant in the area. It's a small bar, with beautiful dark wood. The food is very good and affordable. My favorite dish is the Key West Fish Sandwich. The fries are also awesome! Worth checking out.

    2. Good Stuff Eatery is a nice walk down Pennsylvania towards the Capitol: try the herbed fries, and supposedly the milk shakes are amazing.

      1. AVOID, Starfish (caribbean/seafood) and Banana Cafe (latin). Both places have had horrible food each and every time i've gone... which unfortunately is a lot due to work committements.

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        1. re: scotcheroo

          I second both of those and add Matchbox to the list. Was there this weekend with a friend-we sat at the bar. It was loud, crowded and the food wasn't worth putting up with it all.

          If you do want seafood and don't mind a nice walk the Maine Ave. seafood market is a straight shot down M. You could get take away and bring it back.

          You'll find a kick ass cup of coffee at Peregrine on 7th and Penn, a block from Eastern Market. The blue bucks at Market Lunch are also kick ass.

          1. re: scotcheroo

            Yes avoid Starfish and Banana Cafe. Ick!

            1. re: scotcheroo

              I don't get the Banana Cafe hate. They're one of the few places in DC that makes a decent Cuban sandwich and while the Tex-Mex is no better/worse than ChiChis, I really like their pork loin stuffed with mofongo. I think it's one of those popular group work lunch places because, while nothing is really great, nothing's truly terrible either.

              1. re: monkeyrotica

                I've never had remotely decent food there. For example, the last (and final) time I went I ordered soup - thinking it would be the safest bet. When I bit down on an entire, undissolved cube of bouillon I found I was wrong. Utterly horrible.

                1. re: scotcheroo

                  It's never my first or even second choice for a group lunch. I'd much rather go to Cava or Matchbox or Cafe 8, but I always get outvoted by people who don't want Greek, burgers, or pizza.

            2. Yup, definitely agree with Matchbox. Cafe 8, Good Stuff, Peregrine (for coffee/tea) and Lola's.
              I would also add Le Pain Quotidien for delicious tartines, salads, and breads. A great place for breakfast and/or lunch.

              1. Also, for solid French Bistro fare, Montmartre is on 7th, right near Eastern Market, and right next door is a brand spanking new pizza joint by the same owners called 7H; some of the best pies in town come out of its wood burning oven. Finally, across the street and up a ways on 7th is Tunnicliff's, again solid bar food.