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Jul 27, 2009 08:35 AM

Your 10 favorite DC Metro restaurants

I am just trying to get new ideas and see what is current for our DC Metro restaurant scene -so I decided to throw this question out. Doesn't have to be in any particular order and thank you for sharing!

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  1. Some of these may not qualify as "restaurants," per se.

    1. Komi
    2. Restaurant Eve (Tasting Room)
    3. City Zen
    4. Black Salt
    5. Central
    6. Obelisk
    7. Ray's Hell-Burger
    8. Taqueria Nacionale
    9. Eamonn's
    10. Pizzeria Paradiso

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    1. re: biscuit

      Founding Farmers
      Granville Moore
      Moby Dick

      1. re: biscuit

        (In alphabetical order)

        1. Brabo Tasting Room (best lunch ever)
        2. Chinatown Express (best fried rice and noodles ever)
        3. Fontainne Caffe & Creperie (best crepes and brunch ever)
        4. Levantes
        5. Los Tios (best Mexican/salvadorean food ever)
        6. Mama Ayesha’s (very affordable, beautiful interior and fun white wines to go with the amazing food)
        7. Pizzeria Paradiso
        8. Potenza
        9. Rasika
        10. Zatinya

        1. re: bboyneko

          Yikes, CE for "Best noodles ever" makes me think you've lived a sheltered life. Even if the noodles were good, they are served with a ton of oil. Not too many good noodles in the area, though. So far I'd have to say the Chengdu noodles at Hong Kong Palace and also the Dan Dan Mien at Peking Village get the texture right.

          Where is Fontainne Caffe & Creperie? Are all the crepes served with the same batter?

          1. re: Steve

            i believe fontaine is in old town, don't know about the batter, though. there's a crepe place downtown that looks interesting....crepeaway or something like that. hoping to try it soon.

            1. re: Steve

              Fontainne is in old town, its amazingly delicious and a sort of hidden gem. I highly recommend dropping by.

              1. re: Steve

                I believe fontaine has at least two batters, because I had a whole wheat crepe and normal crepe. They are near Alexandria J&DR court so a good choice when Eve is packed for lickety split. I thought the crepes were pretty good, they had a nice variety of fillings. And not too expensive for lunch. For me a crepe isn't necessarily amazingly delicious as the fillings tend to be pretty normal, but it is a good nice lunch.

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  A few years back when I was in San Francisco, there was a crepe fad going around. Maybe still is? I was amazed how many crepe places there were. I had always thought it was one of those 70s "Magic Pan" gimmicks. Every household all of a sudden had their own crepe-making pan. Anyway I never thought much about crepes until I ate at Ti Couz in the Mission District, and I realized what I had been missing, Especially the buckwheat crepes served with a savory (as opposed to sweet) filling. The sweet crepes had a different batter, and I believe they made at least four different batters regularly. Now I am pretty well disappointed with most crepe places that are supposed to be serious but aren't really.

                  My guess is that if I were to travel to Brittany, I would find some pretty amazing crepes.

                  1. re: Steve

                    Spot on, Steve. I just went back to Paris for a visit and had an amazing savory crepe (just the standard: cheese, ham, egg on a buckwheat batter) which reminded me of why I am constantly disappointed by crepes in the US. I wish we had a place that could do it right. I've always been puzzled since it doesn't seem like it should be that hard. The ingredients are simple, it's not a complicated technique. But for some reason, it hasn't happened in DC. I almost tried Ti Couz last time I was in SF but the wait was too long. I'll make sure to try it on my next visit.

                    1. re: Steve

                      I was an exchange student in Brittany- I think I am just not that wowed by crepes, as we went to some good places around there and they were good, but... This place does have pretty good crepes I would give it a shot really- not to expensive and good. I love buckwheat pancakes and sausage- don't remember if they had buckwheat. Like I said I am just in general not a huge crepe person but this is definitely worth a try.

                      1. re: ktmoomau

                        That's too bad. Well, their website claims that they offer "Gluten free 100 % buckwheat flour crepes" so maybe there's hope. I am a little turned off by the overly fancy filling options, though, and $12-15 is just too much for a crepe in my book. I'm just too cheap to live in this area ;)

                        1. re: ktmoomau

                          Thanks, next time I'm in OT, I'll give it a shot.

              2. Not sure about my top 10 but some of my favorites are: Central, Corduory, PS7, Hank's Oyster Bar, Cafe Atlantico, Bistro D'Oc, Brasserie Beck and Restaurant Eve.

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  I forgot Equinox! How could I forget Equinox!? I use to also have Cashion's on my list but I haven't been there since the new chef so not sure anymore.

                2. cool thread!

                  • proof
                  • mourayo
                  • sonoma
                  • oval room
                  • beck
                  • zola
                  • kaz
                  • granville moore's
                  • the greek deli :)

                  1. Not my top 10 (don't know if I have such a list) but my top restaurant in each category.

                    Komi - multi-course tasting
                    Hong Kong Palace - Sichuan - my favorite dish is the cumin fish
                    Passage to India - got the chef to make crab masala with a whole dungeness crab, that was fantastic
                    Ray's - steak
                    Bourbon Steak - expensive celeb chef steak
                    Obelisk - Italian
                    Corduroy - adventurous American
                    Present - Vietnamese
                    Bacchus of Lebanon - love their fried smelt

                    1. My list started per the OP but kinda went the way Ericandblueboy went.

                      Ray's Hell
                      Hong Kong Palace
                      El Charrito Caminante
                      Caribbean Grill
                      Thai Luang
                      Pho Reston 75
                      Black Salt
                      Passion Fish

                      The Deli (Herndon), Bungalow Billiards), and Jimmy's, and all make the list for specific things that drive me back repeatedly (respectively these are The Hot Sicilian, Wings, and for Jimmy's the Fish fry, wings, and the cheese steak).