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Mar 14, 2009 04:28 PM

GWU/Foggy Bottom - Steak/Burgers plus...

Coming from Howard Co. to GWU in May to see a show. Likely taking the metro into the GWU/Foggy Bottom stop. Seeking recommendations for places close by to grab dinner before the 7:30 show. My dining companion is a strictly meat and potato guy, while I love seafood but don't eat red meat or poultry. Quality of food is more important than price, so we can go for steak or burgers for him. Thanks for the help!

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  1. For burgers there is Lindy's! It's pretty good and a really casual place-so where is the 7:30 show? Kennedy Center? If so, then I am not sure if this would be the right place. This is basically a small neighborhood place.

    2040 I Street NW
    (between N 20th St & N 21st St)
    Washington, DC 20006
    (202) 466-6000

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    1. re: Smiles2008

      Look, I have fond memories of Lindy's, as a GW grad from the early 90s, but it's a straight up dive bar, and there's probably nothing on the menu other than fries for a non-red-meat eater.

      In the same building, Kinkead's is pretty good. They can be inconsistent, but for a reasonably-priced and quick meal, eat at the bar.

      1. re: DanielK

        Fair Enough. Last time I was there they had quite a few items for non red-meat eaters and vegetarians. But I do think it's pretty consistent for the GW/Foggy Bottom Area for burgers.

    2. You might check out Founding Farmers it would suit both of you. Although it might be a little high class for what you are looking for Tonic might also work, too.

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        I think FF can be a hit or miss for the food and depending on who is working there that night.

        1. re: ktmoomau

          Agree. A group of about 25 of us had dinner at FF. Seemed like jiust about everyone liked what they ordered, and, combined, the orders were really diverse.

        2. I've always been a huge fan of Marshall's, around 24th or 25th on Pennsylvania. I used to lunch there all the time when I worked in the West End. Nice, simple menu - they have a really great roasted chicken with mashed potatoes, a tasty steak sandwich, etc.. There's also italian-american classics (think chicken parmesan, fettucine alfredo). They have a dining room downstairs, and a little patio in front, and there's seating at high-tops in the bar upstairs. Solid little nieghborhood-y place of the variety that can be difficult to find in DC.

          1. There are actually quite a few choices. I agree with ktmoomau I think Founding Farmers is a good choice. I love the sliders. Tonic has decent bar fare, and is not a dive. Circle Bistro is another decent choice, as is West End Bistro.

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            1. re: chaofun

              I second the Westend Bistro. Great atmosphere and pretty good food.

              Westend Bistro
              1190 22nd Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

              1. re: Gigi007

                Does anyone know when Eric Ripert is generally in the kitchen as Westend Bistro? I have been once to the bar but didn't eat. I read a while back that he was visiting and working in the kitchen consistently every 3rd Friday (or whatever the day was). Does anyone know if seeing him is predictable? I love his recipes and discussions on television and Mens health. Right now, Le Bernadin is a bit out of range for me. I was hoping to get a somewhat similar experience at Westend. Any suggestions?

                  1. re: daves_32

                    I got the impression he wasn't there that often, but I am sure they would answer that call. If you get the answer do post though please?

                    1. re: ktmoomau

                      I just phoned. The woman I spoke to said that his schedule is not available to them.

                      1. re: daves_32

                        This sounds like a good Ask Tom question... he could get a response, I guess you could call Le Bernadin and ask when he normally goes to his DC restaurant? Since he is there more regularly or you could ask the next time he will be down, but that seems kind of consistent with what I thought which is he is rarely, rarely here, I think I got that impression because he came down when things were doing badly, to get things back on track then went back to NY. I don't know where I read that, possibly again Ask Tom.

                    2. re: daves_32

                      Friends of mine and I go to the Westend Bistro pretty frequently, and there have been no Eric Ripert sightings. However, some NY friends have met him at Le Bernadin more than once in December. I don't think he gets to DC all that often. Sorry I can't be of more help. If I hear anything, I'll post the info here.

                1. Thanks for all the suggestions. Heading out this Thursday; any last minute additions? Many thanks!

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                  1. re: poohbear315

                    It's been three years or so since I spent worked in FB, but I was a fan of Circle Bistro. Loved the calamari. Always wondered why it remained an under-the-radar place. Great happy hour, lots of things 1/2 off.

                    1. re: pomme de terre

                      Just ate at Circle Bistro. Excellent, reasonable prices.