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Smiles2008 Jul 27, 2009 08:35 AM

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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    Lolac Jan 3, 2011 05:18 PM

    Peking Gourmet Inn
    Zaytinya
    Spartan's
    Heart in Hand
    Union Street Public House
    Georgia Brown's
    News Cafe

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    Union Street Public House
    121 S Union St, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Zaytinya
    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Peking Gourmet Inn
    6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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      elledeepea Dec 21, 2010 07:16 AM

      Here are a few basic "nice" old favorites and hot spots:

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      La Tasca
      722 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Acadiana
      901 New York Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Clyde's of Georgetown
      3236 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant - DC
      900 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Banana Cafe & Piano Bar
      500 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

      News Cafe
      3056 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Las Placitas
      517 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

      Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
      1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

      Georgia Brown's
      950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Ted's Bulletin
      505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

      Art & Soul
      415 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: elledeepea
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        Lolac Jan 3, 2011 05:20 PM

        I had lunch at Georgia Brown's last week. It was wonderful!

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        Georgia Brown's
        950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        deep smied Dec 19, 2010 09:17 AM

        1. PF Changs Arlington
        2. Potbelly Ballston
        3. Chipotle Falls Church
        4. Ted's Montana Grill Alexandria
        5. Arby's Merrifield
        6. Golden Corrall Arundel Mills
        7. Boston Market Rt 1 Alexandria
        8. Denny's near BWI
        9. Maggiano's Tyson's Galleria
        10. Minibar

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        1. re: deep smied
          biscuit Dec 19, 2010 09:32 AM

          Really? Chain restaurants. Surely, you jest.

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            SandyCat Dec 21, 2010 07:29 AM

            deep smied gets my vote for awesomest post.

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              Soup Dec 29, 2010 04:24 PM

              nice list.

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              Jeremy303 Jul 23, 2010 08:09 AM

              In no particular Order I couldn't stop at just 10.
              1. Komi
              2. Central
              3. Bistro Bis
              4. 2Amys
              5. Rasika
              6. Tosca/Siroc very similar northern Italian fare.
              7. Charlie Palmer Steakhouse
              8. The Prime Rib/Bobby Vans
              9. Rays Hell Burger/Rays the Steaks
              10. 701
              11. Corduroy
              12. Palena
              13. Ravi Kabob
              14. Italian Store/Taylor Gourmet

              notable mentions, Oval Room, Brasserie Beck, Shamshiry, Greek Deli, Nando's, Peking Gourmet Inn.

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              Bistro Bis
              15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Palena
              3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

              Rasika Restaurant
              633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

              Brasserie Beck
              1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              Komi
              1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

              Greek Deli
              1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

              Shamshiry
              8607 Westwood Center Dr Ste 100A, Vienna, VA 22182

              Peking Gourmet Inn
              6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

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              1. re: Jeremy303
                Dennis S Jul 23, 2010 10:08 AM

                Where is Greek Deli that you mention?

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                Greek Deli
                1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

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                  a1234 Jul 24, 2010 04:03 PM

                  Nice list (at least the 14) but I don't believe 2 Amys is the fourth best restaurant in DC by any standard, and certainly does not belong in that company, except maybe for The Italian Store.

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                  Italian Store
                  3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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                    hamster Jul 25, 2010 12:07 PM

                    He did note that it was "in no particular order."
                    And I will stand up for 2 Amy's - a return trip a few weeks ago re-ignited my enthusiasm for it! I love the pizza there. There was none of the soupiness that you always hear about on chowhound. It was all-around awesome. We also had some risotto balls (telefoni?) that were addictive. This was a Sunday night, by the way, maybe 8:30ish.

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                      Jeremy303 Jul 26, 2010 08:16 AM

                      2Amy's is always great! The Doc's pizza's are my favorite, I cant resist the buffalo mozzarellat. The Aranaci balls are always delicious, have you tried the potato frittas? and the potato croquettes? They are both excellent. I need to go there on Sunday for their brunch for bialys and homemade doughnuts that I heard are excellent.

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                      Jeremy303 Jul 26, 2010 08:06 AM

                      I said at the top of my post that my list was in no particular order. Ofcourse 2Amy's isn't the 4th best restaurant in DC. The Greek Deli is at 1120 19th Street NW, go early (before 12 for lunch) or the line will get extremely long, it's a few doors down from Smith & Wollenskys. It's a extremely small restaurant, there are a few tables outside but the Greek Deli is mostly for takeout. The Gyro and the Avgolemono Soup (Chicken Lemon) are my favorite dishes. You can get those 2 in a combo for $9.99 which also comes with a piece of bread. This is my favorite Gyro in the city, I always ask Kosta (The owner) for extra Tzatziki Sauce for my Gyro. Enjoy!

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                      Greek Deli
                      1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

                      Smith & Wollensky
                      1112 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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                        Raids Jul 26, 2010 08:30 AM

                        Is 10 *favorite* restaurants, right? That's a subjective preference, IMHO, not a claim that a place is the "best" by critical standards. This is the best I can do - only 8. I've only been in DC for two years now, and still have a lot of places on my list of places to go (Citronelle, Rasika, Zaytinya, Ray's, etc.). In no particular order:

                        (1) Blue Duck Tavern - because I actually experience cravings for their buttermilk brined chicken and apple pie, and because I love the patio.
                        (2) Juice Joint - amazing breakfast/lunch counter with a serious commitment to healthy ingredients - the tofu mayo is fantastic, but I'm really in it for the mahi mahi sandwhich or the turkey bacon in a breakfast wrap.
                        (3) Againn - Love the brunch with $5 mimosas, I actually like their bloody marys (which is rare), and I had a burger there that was truly out of this world. And they have a great whisky selection.
                        (4) Proof - Everything I have here is great, I get to match wine samples to courses, or create my own flights, and the desserts are spectacular. I really like the lounge during off hours.
                        (5) Jaleo - Okay, besides the paella, there's nothing on the menu I go nuts over, but I just love it here. It's fun, the sangria is good, and the house gin & tonic is possibly the best cocktail in the city.
                        (6) Pizzeria Paradiso (Georgetown) - This beats the other great pizza places in DC for me because of the bar downstairs. Really well chosen selection.
                        (7) Sushi Taro - I did the chef's table, and I've never had better sushi and I probably never will have better sushi. I, like everyone else, miss the old version, but you can't blame them for capitalizing on the fact that their fish is just better and fresher than everyone else's and I get what they're trying to do.
                        (8) Capitol Grille - I reserve the right to swap this out for Ray's once I make it over there, but so far this is the best steak I've had here and compares to any steak I've had anywhere. And if you split the Porterhouse, it's not a total bank-buster. The pineapple cocktails and lobster mac & cheese are great here, also.

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                          Raids Dec 29, 2010 07:11 AM

                          Having tried out a few more places since I wrote this, I'm going to give my last two spots to Birch and Barley and Rasika.

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                      The Food Buster Jun 11, 2010 02:57 AM

                      1. Citronelle
                      2. Ray's Hell Burger
                      3. Blue Duck Tavern
                      4. Rasika
                      5. Cityzen
                      6. Ray's the Steaks
                      7. 2 Amy's
                      8. Tosca
                      9. Etete

                      And that's about it. I've eaten at a ton of places, but I'm just not a huge fan of the DC scene.

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                      Etete
                      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                      Rasika Restaurant
                      633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                      Citronelle
                      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

                      Ray's Hell Burger
                      1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

                      Blue Duck Tavern
                      1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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                        Nancee Swartz Apr 20, 2010 04:27 PM

                        Mine are:
                        Kabob Palace
                        Deli City
                        Obelisk
                        Woodlands
                        Greek Deli
                        Cava
                        Levi's Port Cafe
                        Ray's the Steaks
                        La Mexicana Bakery & Taqueria

                        Nancee Swartz
                        Brookline MA

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                        Deli City Restaurant
                        2200 Bladensburg Rd NE, Washington, DC 20018

                        Kabob Palace
                        2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

                        Greek Deli
                        1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

                        La Mexicana
                        13016 Middlebrook Rd, Germantown, MD 20874

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                          toomuchfat Apr 15, 2010 01:41 PM

                          We like:

                          1. Komi. Simply the best, high-end eating in DC. The food is imaginative and fun without being weird.

                          2. 2941. We'll be getting married there later this year. Honestly, the food is not as interesting as Komi but it is very good and the setting is great.

                          3. Minibar. Very creative and (mostly) delicious food.

                          4. Central. My fiance loves the fish and chips. Everything is good here. We first had a French 75 with Gvine here...a revelation.

                          5. Raku. We like it. The chirashi is one of the best bargains in town.

                          6. Rays (either the Steak or Classics)...we love it. Haven't tried Hellburger yet.

                          7. The Italian Store has rockin' sammies...great to take to Wolftrap.

                          8. Jaleo

                          9. Makoto - not enough food though

                          10. To be discovered

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                          Komi
                          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

                          Italian Store
                          3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

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                            dining with doc Apr 13, 2010 04:15 PM

                            my ten are in no order (actually 11)
                            1. LeAuberge Chez Francios
                            2. 2941
                            3. Minibar @ Cafe Atlantico
                            4. Citronelle
                            5. Matchbox
                            6. 2- Amys
                            7. Cieba
                            8 DC Coast
                            9. Rays Hellsburger
                            10 Eat First
                            11. The Palm (cant pass up a huge lobster)

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                            Cafe Atlantico
                            405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

                            Citronelle
                            3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

                            Eat First Restaurant
                            609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                            DC Coast Restaurant
                            1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                              phatty Mar 29, 2010 01:59 PM

                              Wow, surprised that I don't see Sawatdee anywhere on that spreadsheet. Very good Thai place in Courthouse plaza.

                              Some of my favorites (some nicer than others, atmosphere-wise):

                              Sawatdee
                              Ray's the Steaks
                              Founding Farmers
                              Zatinya
                              Tabard Inn
                              El Pollo Rico
                              Kabob Bazaar

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                                siskomartel Mar 28, 2010 09:19 AM

                                Hey - new to the DC board - moving in a few weeks to Alexandria. Bit of a foodie, as well as a data nut, so in request of a spreadsheet...

                                http://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?ke...

                                as of 3/28, 450 votes, 226 restaurants (lots of opinions! a good thing I think). Almost 80% only had 1 or 2 votes. Here's a list of everyone with 5 or more votes (19 total):

                                Restaurant Votes
                                Komi 12
                                Ray's Hellburger 11
                                Central 10
                                2 Amys 9
                                Present 8
                                Proof 8
                                Ray's the Steaks 8
                                Matchbox 7
                                Rasika 7
                                Restaurant Eve 7
                                Sonoma 7
                                Corduroy 6
                                Granville Moore's 6
                                Hong Kong Palace 6
                                Kaz Sushi Bistro 5
                                Palena 5
                                Ruan Thai 5
                                Teaism 5
                                Vidalia 5

                                Sorry for the formatting. Methodology was, download the board, delete everything that didn't look like a list, delete extraneous characters, fix/combine misspellings, and run simple analysis on. Quick and dirty, but it's something.

                                I'm in Austin right now, and glad there's such variety, as well as some really good Asian I'm looking forward to! Be nice to be back on the east coast and get good Chinese, pizza, and bagels...

                                reply if you see any issues, and I can update the spreadsheet.

                                thanks,

                                Jonathan

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                                  chocolatstiletto Mar 28, 2010 02:19 PM

                                  That was fantastic; thanks for pulling it all together! Hopefully it will guide you well!

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                                    woodleyparkhound Mar 28, 2010 05:46 PM

                                    Wow! Thanks for doing this -- it's interesting to see it laid out this way. Looks like a couple of people voted for "Eve" when they probably meant "Restaurant Eve".

                                    I'm looking forward to reading your posts after you move to the area - welcome!

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                                      siskomartel Mar 29, 2010 05:55 AM

                                      Great catch - I've made the change, and now Restaurant Eve is at 9 votes. Thanks!

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                                      Smiles2008 Apr 2, 2010 01:12 PM

                                      Thank you! That was a wonderful gesture and will be useful to many. Welcome to Alexandria! Please go to Restaurant Eve...you will love it.

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                                        mstinawu Apr 13, 2010 01:40 PM

                                        Is 'Central' referring to 'Grand Central' on 2447 18th Street Northwest?

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                                          Dennis S Apr 13, 2010 01:43 PM

                                          1001 Penn - down nearish the White House.

                                          http://www.centralmichelrichard.com/

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                                        baconjen Mar 12, 2010 04:41 PM

                                        Getting back on DC Chowhound after a long absence! This seems like a great thread to start up again. My favorities are below (no particular order) - and by favorites I mean places where I love the food, dig the atmosphere, and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable.

                                        Eve (especially lunch special in the bar, which I can actually afford)
                                        Komi
                                        Dino
                                        Present
                                        Proof
                                        Rabieng (thai)
                                        Central
                                        PS7 lounge area - specifically for the tuna sliders which I could eat every week!
                                        2941
                                        Cafe Atlantico (brunch)

                                        I really wanted to put My Karma in Lorton, VA in the mix, but I think that is too far for "DC Metro" - love that place though!

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                                          ulterior epicure Mar 13, 2010 03:15 PM

                                          @ baconjen: Do you mean Restaurant Eve as your first-named restaurant?

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                                            baconjen Mar 15, 2010 08:20 AM

                                            Yes! I especially love going there with a friend for lunch in the bar. We can each order two things for under $14 and share. It's a great deal for some of the best food in the DC area.

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                                          mjhals Mar 12, 2010 12:50 PM

                                          Nothing too surprising
                                          Minhs
                                          Liberty Tavern
                                          Ray's the Steaks
                                          Central
                                          Brasserie Beck
                                          Oya
                                          Kaz Sushi Bistro
                                          Guajillo
                                          La Bodega
                                          Againn

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                                            Steve Mar 12, 2010 06:51 PM

                                            WHere is La Bodega? Is that the tapas place in Georgetown?

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                                              mjhals Mar 13, 2010 06:28 AM

                                              yep, that's it. I love their piquillo peppers stuffed with short ribs, and they do a good tortilla de patatas. Sangria is good too, although not as good as Guajillo.

                                          2. gumbrinus Mar 12, 2010 10:26 AM

                                            In no particular order:

                                            Sabai Sabai Simply Thai (Germantown)
                                            2 Amys
                                            Chix (U Street Corridor)
                                            Mama Ayesha's (Woodley Park/Adam's Morgan)
                                            Julia's Empanadas (Adams-Morgan)
                                            Volt (Frederick)
                                            Selam (Eritrean cuisine, U Street)
                                            Al Crostino (U Street)
                                            Urban BBQ (Rockville)
                                            Dogfish Head Brewpub (Gaithersburg)

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                                              usa87 Mar 1, 2010 03:02 PM

                                              (no order)

                                              Thai Luang (Herndon)-Thai
                                              Pho 75 (Rosslyn)-Vietnamese
                                              Dante Ristorante (Great Falls)-Italian
                                              Smith and Wollensky (NW)- steaks/seafood
                                              A. Litteri Inc. (NE)-italian market-subs better than italian store
                                              Geppettos (Bethesda)-pizza
                                              L'Auberge Chez Francois (Great Falls)- French
                                              Dubliner (NW)- Bar Food
                                              Full Kee (NW)- Chinese
                                              Blue Ridge Grill (Leesburg)- American

                                              Those are off the top of my head, I havent been to any Ray's but it sounds like they would be on the list

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                                                Fracis Feb 28, 2010 05:06 PM

                                                In no particular order:
                                                Komi
                                                2941
                                                CityZen
                                                Indique Heights
                                                Equinox
                                                Zaytinya
                                                Sushi Taro
                                                Plume
                                                Kinkeads
                                                Minibar

                                                Have yet to try Volt. Honorable mentions include Taqueria Nacionale, The Palm, Capital grille, Blue Ridge, Good Stuff Eatery, Proof, Brasserie Beck, Bens Chili Bowl, Oceanaire

                                                1. mstinawu Feb 5, 2010 12:48 PM

                                                  We need a poll option..

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                                                    mraamer Dec 11, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                    1)Restaurant Eve
                                                    2)Komi
                                                    3) Central
                                                    4)Churchkey
                                                    5)Sushi Taro
                                                    6)Present
                                                    7) Four Sisters
                                                    8) Palena
                                                    9) Oyamel
                                                    10) Tie: Sandwiches from Cowgirl Creamery or Taylor

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                                                      Dennis S Dec 11, 2009 07:19 AM

                                                      I've never heard of Churchkey - do you mind expounding a bit?

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                                                        mraamer Dec 11, 2009 07:57 AM

                                                        Churchkey is the relatively new bar above Birch & Barley at 14 & T. b The beer menu at Churchkey is outstanding. They have 50 craft beers on tap each day, including a few cask specials. I've had some fantastic beers there that I haven't come across elsewhere. They also do small pours, so you can try a variety of beers w/o getting wasted or spending a ton of cash.

                                                        It's a whimsical bar menu. Sweet bread "poppers," deviled duck eggs with duck panceta, shrimp corndogs, foie "tots." Had a really nice flat bread there recently with gorgonolza and figs.

                                                        I haven't had a chance to try Birch & Barley yet, but the menu looks pretty fantastic. Tom Sietsema wrote a "first bite" column on Wednesday and gave it a very strong review.

                                                        Here's a link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/...

                                                    2. ktmoomau Dec 10, 2009 07:31 AM

                                                      I think it is important for us all to remember the point of this thread. Not to list the ten best restaurants in the area, but our favorite.

                                                      I would never insult someone because of what they choose as a favorite restaurant. It often has to do with your upbringing, where you live, your income and personal experience.

                                                      Some places are on my list because they are traditional places that are incorporated into my Husband and I's life (we used to have a regular schedule while we were dating that included the Italian Store on weekends that we just got to relax and spend time with each other, so now if I haven't seen him for a while or we are super busy I crave that tradition and therefore that food) or a special date spot that means a lot to us.

                                                      2Amy's may be a favorite because many people have kids and appreciate how nice they are to the little ones. Or pizza comforts them. I probably crave pizza more than any other food, except beef. Or Moby Dick's might be something someone gets for work lunch on bad days, or they went their at school in Gtown, or gosh darn it they just like it. You never know why something is someone's favorite. And I appreciate that people listed their favorites so I can learn something about them. So you people that feel like criticizing restaurants that's fine, but please don't translate that into sneering that some restaurant is a favorite to someone.

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                                                        a1234 Dec 9, 2009 02:31 PM

                                                        Amazing that people will rate places like 2 Amys and Moby Dick (are you KIDDING me?) above really good restaurants. We are not talking about value here. Or is this just reverse snobbery?
                                                        Do they really mean to say if price was no object they would rather have a burnt pizza than a four course meal from a world class chef? Probably they prefer MacDonald's to Prime Rib, too.
                                                        Since I have not eaten at that many places, I can only say some that are outstanding include, more or less in order of quality: Inn at Little Washington, 1789, Tosca, Chez Francois, Il Pizzico, Palena, Morton's, Ray's, Persimmon, Aroma (in Olney), Cesco.
                                                        This is not to dis any of the other favs, except maybe Jaleo or Grapeseed, which are not very good, Kincaid, and Cava which I think are OK but overrated, and places like Amys, Joes and Moby, which are OK but simply not in the same league as the others.

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                                                        1. re: a1234
                                                          Dennis S Dec 9, 2009 04:35 PM

                                                          While I certainly wouldn't put Moby Dick's on my list, the OP used the term favorite - which definitely does not mean high tier. Value can indeed be part of it - as I'd view favorite to get to the Gestalt.

                                                          1. re: a1234
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                                                            Steve Dec 9, 2009 05:09 PM

                                                            Let's look at your list a little bit closer: Two of them are steak places. Maybe great steak places. But why is your love of steak better than my love of hong you chao shou? Or chaat papri? Or jerk chicken?

                                                            So if you have a pizza place you'd like to put on your top ten list, by all means tell us. But if you think a pizza place CAN'T be on a list of favorites, then I believe you have not been following Chowhound very carefully. It is one of the most passionate subjects of all.

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                                                              a1234 Dec 9, 2009 08:08 PM

                                                              I have never met a pizza I didn't like. I even like the frozen stuff at the supermarket and can force down a Domino's. But Amy's biggest claim to fame is it supposedly replicates pizza sold in the street in Naples, as if this is some great culinary achievement. Pizza is very easy to make and requires absolutely no skill. Ask the kids at Pizza Hut - with a few fresher ingredients, they could produce a 2 Amys pizza. Although I do like pizza, it is basically junk food. A restaurant that serves mainly pizza is by definition not a great restaurant, just as one that serves mainly fried chicken or chili - which are more real food than pizza - is not. So no, a pizza joint should not be on such a list, especially if it makes mundane pizza and has little ambience, selection and service.
                                                              If your point is such lists are subjective, I will admit you are correct. So maybe somebody likes Twinkies better than the tiramisu at Tosca, or MacDonald's is better than Peter Lugers, Maybe somebody likes pizza more than a full meal at a good restaurant or even at home. That's their taste, and they have a right to it. But I think by any objective standard the two are in different leagues, and most grownups at most times prefer the one to another.
                                                              Furthermore,I think in many cases it is simply reverse condescending foodie snobbery, as in "only I have the sensitivity to recognize the hidden genius in this lowly food, only I am perceptive enough to smell out the best hot dog or bagel". This is "foodie" nonsense. I don't even like the term "foodie", the ultimate in reverse snobbery. Who doesn't like food, but let's have some sense of perspective on quality.

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                                                                Steve Dec 10, 2009 05:48 AM

                                                                If you have anything to say about pizza in general, then by all means post it on the General Topics Board for all Chowhounds to participate.

                                                                Just to keep this OT:

                                                                Every margherita pizza I've had at 2 Amys has been stellar. The last one I had, about the middle of the summer, was the best single pie of my life. I also love their polpete, suppli, rapini, and most other things I've had their including various salads and small plates. So what's a fella to do?

                                                                Here is a post about 2 Amys from Ed Levine, author of a pizza book and major domo of Slice, the foremost pizza website:

                                                                http://slice.seriouseats.com/archives...

                                                                I didn't even put 2 Amys in my top ten. But if someone does, I'm certainly not going to object.

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                                                              repete Dec 9, 2009 08:22 PM

                                                              Moby Dick isn't even close to the best kabob place in the area. I've tried different locations over the years to understand the fascination, but just don't get it.

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                                                                Dennis S Dec 10, 2009 05:23 AM

                                                                I agree and would put Reston Kabob, Charcoal Kabob and Shamshiry on the list but for different reasons (the kabob itself, the sides, the rice, respectively). Caspian Sea in Germantown would also make the list along with Mayur on K around 12th.

                                                                What other places would you put on the list ahead of MD?

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                                                                  repete Dec 10, 2009 06:26 AM

                                                                  I'd rank both Kabob n' Karahi (which is a ways out (Cloverly on New Hampshire) and Sam's Market on the Rockville Pike ahead of MD with Kabob n' Karahi clearly the tops. Great place and the smothered "chat" samosas are also top-notch.

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                                                                    deangold Dec 10, 2009 06:33 AM

                                                                    I love the Lamb Kabob and the Sheek. Not a fan of the chicken sheek kabbob but botht he bone in and boneless chicken are superb. Still for under $10 for the kebobs and the naan and really good raita (plus a few welcome shreds of iceberg and onion), this is a super bargain!!

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                                                                WestIndianArchie Dec 10, 2009 06:55 AM

                                                                Oh no , another contrary opinion!

                                                                What are we going to do?

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                                                                sarcasmsk Sep 19, 2009 08:48 AM

                                                                Anyone have thoughts as to a modification of this list...what about 10 best food finds...places you can't live without

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                                                                1. re: sarcasmsk
                                                                  ktmoomau Sep 21, 2009 06:25 AM

                                                                  I think we should start a new list (in a new thread) and have it Todd Kilman style where you list places you would spend your own money.

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                                                                  marcbjohnson Sep 16, 2009 03:13 PM

                                                                  (1) 2 Amy's (NW DC)
                                                                  (2) Mark's Duck House (Falls Church, VA)
                                                                  (3) Present (Falls Church, VA)
                                                                  (4) Magnolia at the Mill (Purcellville, VA)
                                                                  (5) Fireworks Pizza (Leesburg, VA)
                                                                  (6) Four Sisters (Merrifield, VA)
                                                                  (7) Pho 75 (Herndon, Virginia)
                                                                  (8) Hooked On Seafood (Sterling, Virginia)
                                                                  (9) Urban BBQ (Rockville, Maryland)
                                                                  (10) Any of the Great American Restaurants (Sweetwater Tavern, Arties, Coastal Flats, etc.-Several Northern Virginia Locations)

                                                                  Too many honorable mentions or other restaurants that could also be on this list.

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                                                                    Dennis S Sep 17, 2009 04:47 AM

                                                                    Any of the GAR chain except Jackson's in Reston.

                                                                    Can you say a bit more about Hooked on Seafood? I haven't heard of the place but am intrigued.

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                                                                      Fracis Mar 2, 2010 07:23 AM

                                                                      Urban is the best bbq in the area.

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                                                                      2007 Chapman Ave, Rockville, MD 20852

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                                                                        flavrmeistr Mar 3, 2010 09:14 AM

                                                                        Sad, isn't it?

                                                                    2. Mulan Sep 12, 2009 12:42 PM

                                                                      Maybe I don't get out and about as much as others, but these are my favorites from the restaurants I have been to (in no order):

                                                                      1. Willow
                                                                      2. Crystal Thai
                                                                      3. Argia's
                                                                      4. Piola
                                                                      5. Cafe Oggi
                                                                      6. Liberty Tavern
                                                                      7. Mourayo
                                                                      8. Cafe Assorti (samsas and pierogis)
                                                                      9. Carlyle Cafe
                                                                      10.Palena

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                                                                        CoconutMilk Sep 12, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                        Is cafe oggi really good? I went there years ago and wasn't impressed.

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                                                                          Mulan Sep 13, 2009 06:10 PM

                                                                          We generally go Saturday night--sometimes I notice with restaurants they are "on" for the big nights, but not so good on the weeknights. Anyway, what we usually get are osso bucco, spaghetti with seafood, fried calamari, fried zucchini. It is all very good. Frankly, I find the food better than the trendy Sette Bello, although the atmosphere is a bit tame as it is filled with older folks.

                                                                      2. greedygirl Sep 12, 2009 09:16 AM

                                                                        I'm visiting DC from London in a few day's time and have found these lists to be useful in my research. I was wondering what places you would recommend for a foreigner in central DC (we are staying in Logan's Circle). On my maybe list are:

                                                                        Matchbox
                                                                        Sonoma
                                                                        Bistro du Coin
                                                                        Bar Pilar
                                                                        Central
                                                                        Jaleo
                                                                        Rice
                                                                        Vidalia (for lunch special)
                                                                        Teaism
                                                                        Rasika (but wondering whether it's worth it given that London is great for Indian)

                                                                        Many thanks.

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                                                                          Gigi007 Sep 12, 2009 09:31 AM

                                                                          Hi greedygirl, of the restaurants on your list, most are very good, but I especially recommend Sonoma, Bistro du Coin, Bar Pilar, Central, and Jaleo (one of my personal favorites). Haven't been to Rasika, but friends and a lot of people on this board enthusiastically endorse it. But as you said, you have a lot of great Indian restaurants in London.

                                                                          For a unique experience (and if you don't mind venturing into a few different neighborhoods), you might also look into Minibar, Cafe Atlantico (Latino Dim Sum brunch), Obelisk, and Mendocino Wine Bar & Grille. Cheers.

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                                                                            steve h. Sep 12, 2009 05:10 PM

                                                                            sunday brunch at cafe atlantico is a ton of fun.

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                                                                            Steve Sep 12, 2009 05:07 PM

                                                                            Rice - Certainly not worth going out of yuor way for, and maybe not going to at all.
                                                                            Matchbox - nothing special. Good mini-burgers
                                                                            Sonoma - quite good, especially if you will visit Library of Congress (and you should).
                                                                            Bar Pilar - only ok.
                                                                            Central- v. good to great.

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                                                                              greedygirl Sep 19, 2009 01:16 PM

                                                                              We went to Central the other night and it was indeed v. good to great. My simple green salad was impeccably dressed and the cassoulet fabulous. Good wine list too - they even had one of our favourite wines fwhich we discovered this year via our usual wine supplier in France! I thought it was lacking in atmosphere though.

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                                                                                Steve Sep 19, 2009 05:25 PM

                                                                                Thanks for your report. Fabulous cassoulet is hard to find, so I'm glad you mentioned that.

                                                                                Now you don't need to waste your time with Bistro d'Oc. Jaleo for Spanish tapas would be a next v. good stop. Especially the grilled asparagus, spinach with raisins, patatas bravas, tortilla espanol, chorizo, dates with bacon, and anything else that strikes you.

                                                                                Though I can't claim it will make you forget about Barcelona.

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                                                                                  greedygirl Sep 22, 2009 03:07 PM

                                                                                  We're long gone I'm afraid - in Charleston now. In DC, we made it to Ray's Hellburger (great), Matchbox (wanted something casual as we were jetlagged on our first night), Market Lunch and Regent Thai (local option - tired after walking for miles and miles and miles and miles!).

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                                                                            rarotonga Aug 24, 2009 05:24 PM

                                                                            Oops, missed this thread earlier... well, anyway. In no particular order -

                                                                            Woodlands (THIS is the best Indian - Langley Park)
                                                                            El Tapatio (Bladensburg)
                                                                            Mandalay
                                                                            Proof
                                                                            Granville Moore (only been there once so far but I adored it)
                                                                            Poste
                                                                            Etete
                                                                            Sonoma Wine Bar
                                                                            Dolcezza (finally, good coffee in Bethesda)
                                                                            And lastly, I'm going to vote for the Sunday special dinner at the General Store in Silver Spring because everyone else is always hating on it.

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                                                                              Marty L. Aug 24, 2009 04:34 PM

                                                                              OK, if the question is "favorites," not best, then my top dozen (as of this moment, anyway) would include (in alphabetical order):

                                                                              Ba Le (Rockville)
                                                                              cf folks
                                                                              Full Kee (DC)
                                                                              Jaleo
                                                                              Joe's Noodle House
                                                                              Komi
                                                                              Nava Thai
                                                                              (the Bar at) Palena
                                                                              Ravi Kabob
                                                                              Ray’s (all three -- I cheat)
                                                                              Teaism
                                                                              2 Amys

                                                                              Too far for any definition of "Metro" -- Town House (Chilhowie)
                                                                              Late, lamented: Colorado Kitchen

                                                                              Runners' up would include (in no particular order):

                                                                              Taqueria Distrito Federale
                                                                              Taqueria El Charrito Caminante
                                                                              Corduroy
                                                                              Hong Kong Palace
                                                                              Ruan Thai
                                                                              Huong Viet
                                                                              Pho Hot
                                                                              Kotobuki
                                                                              Deli City
                                                                              Grace Garden (broad reading of "Metro")
                                                                              Myannmar
                                                                              Oohs and Aahs
                                                                              Queen Makeda
                                                                              Obelisk
                                                                              Sushi-Ko
                                                                              General Store
                                                                              Dairy Godmother
                                                                              Thai X-ing

                                                                              Regretting that I haven't tried them yet:

                                                                              Spice X-ing
                                                                              Cork
                                                                              La Caraquena
                                                                              Bar Pilar
                                                                              Eve
                                                                              Teaism
                                                                              Granville Moore’s
                                                                              Volt
                                                                              CityZen
                                                                              Proof
                                                                              Teatro Goldoni
                                                                              New Heights (w/Logan Cox)
                                                                              Vidalia (since the new lunch specials)
                                                                              Sushi Taro (since the omakase renovation)

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                                                                                Marty L. Aug 24, 2009 04:36 PM

                                                                                sorry, Teaism in the last category is a typo; it belongs in the first

                                                                              2. Mississippi Snopes Aug 24, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                                ten places I enjoy the most right now

                                                                                - Hong Kong Palace
                                                                                - Present
                                                                                - Vidalia
                                                                                - Rocklands (haters of this place baffle me)
                                                                                - El Charrito Caminante
                                                                                - Ray's Hell Burger
                                                                                - Oyamel
                                                                                - Ravi's Kabob
                                                                                - Village Bistro
                                                                                - Minh's

                                                                                (ten very close runners up include Lebanese Butcher, Etete, Belga Cafe, El Pollo Rico, Kaz Sushi Bistro, Zaytinya, Jaleo, Nava Thai, the Majestic, and Hank's Oyster Bar)

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                                                                                  vega4933 Aug 19, 2009 06:24 PM

                                                                                  What a list and great resource. Who wants to do the spreadhseet;)

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                                                                                    jamiechiri Apr 14, 2010 02:02 PM

                                                                                    HA i was thinking the exact same thing!! i might tackle it tomorrow if im bored at work

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                                                                                    lindsayblake Aug 19, 2009 12:13 PM

                                                                                    Rays the Steaks
                                                                                    Hanks Oyster Bar
                                                                                    Central
                                                                                    Tie- Brasserie Beck for food/Bistrot du Coin for atmosphere
                                                                                    Komi
                                                                                    Rasika
                                                                                    General Store (Colorado Kitchen RIP)
                                                                                    Blacksalt
                                                                                    Belga Cafe
                                                                                    Cork

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                                                                                      WestIndianArchie Aug 13, 2009 05:55 AM

                                                                                      Ray's Hell Burger - burgers
                                                                                      Lalibela - Taye Kitfo
                                                                                      City Deli - Pastrami
                                                                                      Loeb's - Pastrami
                                                                                      Nando's Peri Peri - 1/2 chicken extra hot

                                                                                      Amsterdam Falafel
                                                                                      Granville Moore - Fromage Blue Mussels
                                                                                      2 Amy's - Pizza
                                                                                      Present - pretty much anything
                                                                                      Ba Le in College Park - Banh Mi
                                                                                      Golden Krust - Patties

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                                                                                        Dennis S Aug 13, 2009 06:00 AM

                                                                                        What and where is Golden Krust? Never heard of it and I'd like to hear more.

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                                                                                          WestIndianArchie Aug 19, 2009 04:57 PM

                                                                                          1) Franchised Take Out Jamaican, I prefer it to Tropican Eatery, Naby, Negril, Rita's, and a few of the other closer Jamaican spots. It's not Brooklyn (which isn't JA), but it's closer.

                                                                                          2) 3500 E West Hwy, Hyattsville, MD

                                                                                          Generally I wouldn't call it transcendant or revolutionary, just good cheap food that reminds me of home.

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                                                                                            Steve Aug 25, 2009 06:07 AM

                                                                                            Not related to the Golden Krust in Brooklyn?

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                                                                                              WestIndianArchie Sep 22, 2009 07:27 AM

                                                                                              Same franchise

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                                                                                        mnadel Aug 12, 2009 10:36 AM

                                                                                        Volt
                                                                                        Marcel's
                                                                                        2941
                                                                                        The Source
                                                                                        Cityzen
                                                                                        Tosca
                                                                                        Proof
                                                                                        Inox

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                                                                                          FoodieMcGee Aug 2, 2009 05:34 PM

                                                                                          great post! Here are the 10 that I could think of when reminiscing about wonderful meals in the past year:
                                                                                          Palena
                                                                                          La Canela (peruvian)
                                                                                          Co Co Sala
                                                                                          Sweet Basil (thai)
                                                                                          Passage to India
                                                                                          Vidalia
                                                                                          Bistro D'Oc
                                                                                          Mia's in Bethesda
                                                                                          Me Jana
                                                                                          Prailine

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                                                                                            woodleyparkhound Aug 12, 2009 10:01 AM

                                                                                            Komi
                                                                                            Ray's Hell Burger
                                                                                            Vace
                                                                                            Mia's Pizza
                                                                                            Comet Ping Pong
                                                                                            Rasika
                                                                                            Nava Thai
                                                                                            Ruan Thai
                                                                                            Amsterdam Falafel
                                                                                            Teaism
                                                                                            Burger Joint (Bethesda)
                                                                                            Dino's
                                                                                            Amma Vegetarian Kitchen
                                                                                            Granville Moore's

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                                                                                            cassidym Aug 2, 2009 05:33 AM

                                                                                            In no particular order:
                                                                                            Restaurant Eve
                                                                                            Kincade's
                                                                                            2941
                                                                                            Haandi
                                                                                            L'Auberge Chez Francois
                                                                                            Proof
                                                                                            Le Chamiere
                                                                                            Me Jana
                                                                                            Schmankerl Stube (Haggerstown)
                                                                                            Montmarte

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                                                                                              masonuc Aug 12, 2009 07:32 AM

                                                                                              I think that Haandi is so far and away the best Indian restaurant in the area, it amazes me that everyone else doesn't agree. Note: the Bethesda location is much, much better than the Fairfax one. I rarely go, because it is so far and Heritage is so close for me (Dupont)... but when I make the trip I wonder why I ever go to Heritage.

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                                                                                                ktmoomau Aug 12, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                                                                You do realize this thread is about people's top ten favorites, not what is generally considered the top 10 of all dc right?

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                                                                                                  djr222 Sep 22, 2009 03:27 AM

                                                                                                  Im from the UK, live in New england right now , I tried the Haandi,(Bethesda Location) last night and have to say that its the best I have had in the USA, had the lamb Vindaloo, and it was just great, Im not a real big rice lover but I asked and got the way they cook it

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                                                                                                    piafoodie Jun 11, 2010 03:06 AM

                                                                                                    I have to respectfully disagree. Haandi is just awful. Do you see any Indians eating there? Never. Do you know why? Not only is the food mediocre, but they treat Indians very poorly. I've actually experienced eating there in a large mixed group of Indians and non-Indians and they actually treated us differently at the same table!! I'm from an Indian family and nobody I know who is Indian ever dines there!

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                                                                                                    Haandi
                                                                                                    1222 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046

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                                                                                                MDoodle Aug 1, 2009 07:06 AM

                                                                                                In no particular order, some for particular mealtimes only or for certain dishes:
                                                                                                Matchbox
                                                                                                Equinox
                                                                                                Firefly
                                                                                                Alero – Dupont location only
                                                                                                Chadwicks – Old Town location, Brunch
                                                                                                Spider Kelly’s (the spider kelly burger)
                                                                                                Liberty Tavern
                                                                                                Pizzeria Paradiso
                                                                                                Jackson 20
                                                                                                And…
                                                                                                Georgetown Cupcake.

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                                                                                                  masonuc Aug 11, 2009 04:27 PM

                                                                                                  I can't possibly imagine anyone having Alero on their Top 10 list... ever. That's pretty unbelievable. In fairness I have never been to the Dupont location but the one in Cleveland Park was equivalent to Mexican food you might expect at a chain restaurant in Des Moines. It was abysmal. Made Lauriol Plaza seem like Topolobampo.

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                                                                                                    Dennis S Aug 11, 2009 07:06 PM

                                                                                                    I won't defend chain restaurants, but Mexican food in Iowa can be pretty darn good. My mom showed me a place in Atlantic that would be a stand-out here.

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                                                                                                      MDoodle Sep 12, 2009 09:54 PM

                                                                                                      Haha gee, thanks. I think Lauriol Plaza is terrible, btw. I don't know what it is about Alero in Dupont. Its odd, I know. Their location on U street is not great either. Just Dupont. Or. its just me. Or, the margaritas. Hey, its my personal opinion, and my list, right?

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                                                                                                        flavrmeistr Sep 14, 2009 12:58 PM

                                                                                                        The mistake people make at Lauriol is ordering the "Mexican" dishes. They are not good. The Carribean dishes are actually pretty decent, though.

                                                                                                    2. maoj Jul 29, 2009 10:44 AM

                                                                                                      1) Vermilion
                                                                                                      2) Rasika
                                                                                                      3) Central
                                                                                                      4) Ray's Hell Burger
                                                                                                      5) Ray's the Steaks
                                                                                                      6) Bangkok 54
                                                                                                      7) Los Tios
                                                                                                      8) Rio Grande (sorry, I love the fajitas)
                                                                                                      9) Teaism
                                                                                                      10) La Casa

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                                                                                                        Steve Jul 29, 2009 09:42 PM

                                                                                                        Where is La Casa?

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                                                                                                          maoj Jul 31, 2009 07:42 AM

                                                                                                          Duke Street. It is a pizza place, plus some greek and italian.

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                                                                                                            sashab10 Jul 31, 2009 09:29 AM

                                                                                                            not in any order...

                                                                                                            rasika
                                                                                                            neyla
                                                                                                            morayou
                                                                                                            blacksalt
                                                                                                            zaytinya
                                                                                                            sonoma
                                                                                                            rice
                                                                                                            la taberna
                                                                                                            mandu
                                                                                                            blue duck tavern

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                                                                                                        masonuc Jul 29, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                                                                        Komi
                                                                                                        Kaz Sushi
                                                                                                        Kotobuki
                                                                                                        Makato (yeah, I love sushi)
                                                                                                        Haandi
                                                                                                        Breadline
                                                                                                        Proof
                                                                                                        Bourbon Steak
                                                                                                        Cafe Atlantico
                                                                                                        2 Amys

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                                                                                                          sekelmaan Jul 29, 2009 06:15 AM

                                                                                                          Ravi Kabob (Karahi, kabobs, nihari on weekends)
                                                                                                          Hong Kong Palace (Most anything on the traditional menu)
                                                                                                          Eamonns (Irish fish and chipper in Alexandria)
                                                                                                          Present Vietnamese (Spicy & sour seafood soup, not on menu)
                                                                                                          La Placita (Bladensburg taqueria)
                                                                                                          La Fondita (Bladensburg as well. Lamb soup.)
                                                                                                          Rays Hellburger.
                                                                                                          Rays the Steaks
                                                                                                          La Caraquena (Venezuelan. Black bean soup.)
                                                                                                          Pho Tay Ho (I think. On 7 in strip mall between 7corners and baileys XR. Pho and cha gio).

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                                                                                                            foreverfoodie79 Jul 29, 2009 06:41 AM

                                                                                                            komi
                                                                                                            tosca
                                                                                                            corduroy
                                                                                                            zentan
                                                                                                            blue duck tavern

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                                                                                                              CoconutMilk Jul 29, 2009 06:46 AM

                                                                                                              Rabieng
                                                                                                              Huong Viet
                                                                                                              Ravi Kabob
                                                                                                              Rays Hellburger
                                                                                                              China Bistro
                                                                                                              Super Pollo
                                                                                                              Present
                                                                                                              The Italian Store
                                                                                                              Minhs- just for the grilled pork

                                                                                                              Honorable mention "cafes": Yas Bakery, Cafe Arax (the mamouls!), Kasha's Kitchen inside Kennedy's Natural Foods store (lentil burgers and cookies)

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                                                                                                                sekelmaan Jul 29, 2009 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                Ooh. I forgot Super Pollo in Ballston. I love that place.

                                                                                                            2. JeffCraddock Jul 28, 2009 10:00 PM

                                                                                                              Nava Thai
                                                                                                              Dino
                                                                                                              Passage to India
                                                                                                              Spice X-ing
                                                                                                              Ghar-e-Kabab
                                                                                                              Ruan Thai
                                                                                                              Bobby's Crabcakes
                                                                                                              Mia's (pizza)
                                                                                                              Two Amys
                                                                                                              Samantha's

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                                                                                                                Steve Jul 29, 2009 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                Nice list!

                                                                                                              2. steve h. Jul 28, 2009 08:30 PM

                                                                                                                obelisk and tosca are two restaurants that always put a smile on my face. central works at so many levels (snacks, bar food and wine, terrines, soups and so much more).
                                                                                                                cafe atlantico is maybe the coolest place in town for sunday brunch. sit on the top floor overlooking the activity below. don't shy from challenging the barkeep.

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                                                                                                                  pineapple sage Jul 28, 2009 04:44 PM

                                                                                                                  2 Amy's
                                                                                                                  Taqueria District Federal
                                                                                                                  Central
                                                                                                                  Ray's-Steak/Classics/Hellburger
                                                                                                                  Palena
                                                                                                                  Old Ebbitt raw bar during HH
                                                                                                                  Cava on Capitol Hill
                                                                                                                  Vidalia-their $19.00 3 course lunch special is the best deal in the city right now
                                                                                                                  Addis Ababa
                                                                                                                  Dolcezza

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                                                                                                                    vega4933 Jul 28, 2009 06:08 PM

                                                                                                                    Just moved here from Seattle. These lists are gold! Thanks.

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                                                                                                                    hamster Jul 28, 2009 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                    Kabob Palace
                                                                                                                    Nava Thai
                                                                                                                    Taqueria Distrito Federal
                                                                                                                    Restaurant Eve
                                                                                                                    Ray's Hellburger
                                                                                                                    Etete
                                                                                                                    Saigon Cafe (the one across from Eden Center)
                                                                                                                    Hong Kong Palace
                                                                                                                    2 Amy's
                                                                                                                    Pret a Manger

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                                                                                                                      Steve Jul 28, 2009 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                      Joe's Noodle House
                                                                                                                      Ruan Thai
                                                                                                                      Oohs and Aahs
                                                                                                                      Myanmar
                                                                                                                      Jaleo
                                                                                                                      Lounge at Citronelle
                                                                                                                      Nha Trang (Eden Center)
                                                                                                                      Bay Lo (Eden Center)
                                                                                                                      Chez Auntie Libe
                                                                                                                      Thai X-ing

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                                                                                                                        hamster Jul 28, 2009 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                        Have you been to Chez Auntie Libe recently? What do you recommend there? I sampled their wares at a Francophone festival and was completely blown away.

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                                                                                                                          Steve Jul 28, 2009 08:19 PM

                                                                                                                          Yes, I've been there recently. It's best to go with about four people if you can. Yassa Chicken, Whole Fish, Manioc (cassava leaf stew), and Maffe Lamb are among the highlights. Manioc is my favorite, but it is also the most challenging dish if you are not used to it. Maffe is served as a thick peanut stew, and all the food here is very rich, so a little goes a long way.

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                                                                                                                          flavrmeistr Jul 28, 2009 01:00 PM

                                                                                                                          Lotta my faves in there, Steve. As people consider Volt a DC restaurant (the waaay north end), I suppose I could throw in a few of my own Frederick favorites:

                                                                                                                          Tasting Room
                                                                                                                          Bangkok Kitchen
                                                                                                                          Lucky Corner
                                                                                                                          Monocacy Crossing
                                                                                                                          Taco Michoacan

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                                                                                                                            Steve Jul 28, 2009 08:16 PM

                                                                                                                            Taco Michoacan?!?! I like the sound of that!

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                                                                                                                              Ericandblueboy Jul 28, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                                                                                              I think it's been closed for at least 1 year. It was a great taco joint out in Centreville.

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                                                                                                                                flavrmeistr Jul 29, 2009 06:43 AM

                                                                                                                                This Michoacan is in a small strip mall at the west edge of Frederick right near the US 40/Alt. US 40 split. Their tacos are first-rate, especially the lengua. Next door is a great Mexican grocery with a carneceria that features great sausages and skirt steak. I believe they also have a place in Gaithersburg.

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                                                                                                                                  Ericandblueboy Jul 29, 2009 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                  That clears up the confusion. I've been looking for good tacos.

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                                                                                                                            WestIndianArchie Aug 13, 2009 05:50 AM

                                                                                                                            Chez Aunt Libe..Have you been to Roger Miller?

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                                                                                                                              Steve Aug 25, 2009 06:03 AM

                                                                                                                              Yes, I went there once with a couple of other Chowhounds and tried a few items. We didn't have anything delicious, but I'd be willing to go back and explore more. RM features some interesting items cooked with seeds. But so far I have found the cooking more interesting than good.

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                                                                                                                            MrsWheatie Jul 28, 2009 08:34 AM

                                                                                                                            In no order
                                                                                                                            Corduroy
                                                                                                                            PS7s
                                                                                                                            Moby Dick
                                                                                                                            Sardis
                                                                                                                            Pizza Paradiso
                                                                                                                            Ruan Thai
                                                                                                                            Grace Garden
                                                                                                                            Sonoma
                                                                                                                            Matchbox
                                                                                                                            Lebanese Taverna (Congressional Plaza location)

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                                                                                                                              monkeyrotica Jul 28, 2009 10:08 AM

                                                                                                                              I was going to add Grace Garden (had their amazing fish noodles yesterday), but I figured Odenton was too out-of-the-way to be considered "DC Metropolitan area."

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                                                                                                                                Dennis S Jul 28, 2009 10:53 AM

                                                                                                                                It's a good thread for me b/c it reminds me I need to get to Grace Garden and also try Thai X-ing (dcandohio and Steve).

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                                                                                                                                  Jeserf Jul 28, 2009 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                  the Thai X-ing on Florida?

                                                                                                                                  I REALLY want to try it, too, but the convenience factor of driving there, looking for parking, etc....but it always seemed like such a great place to try...

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                                                                                                                                    Steve Jul 28, 2009 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                                    I've never had trouble parking about a block south of the restaurant. And I have been turned away once because I didn't want to wait or there's nowhere to wait for a table. Although in nice weather you could eat outside in their front 'garden.'

                                                                                                                                    It is quite the experience.

                                                                                                                                    This is a place where it pays to pick and choose carefully. The red curry salmon is a MUST ORDER, and go for the tofu soup and the pad kana. If you want another dish, try the larb gai. But I have to say the pad thai here is dreadful and the chicken vigitisbot (named after the chef) is nothing special.

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                                                                                                                                      Jeserf Jul 28, 2009 11:41 AM

                                                                                                                                      I've heard, though, that if you call ahead to order, you can be waiting for a LONG time. That's why I've never gone (it's on the way home from the animal shelter on ny ave, and I've always wanted to try but that's the reason I never have!). Is it really that bad?

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                                                                                                                              dcandohio Jul 28, 2009 08:25 AM

                                                                                                                              In no order, for lots of different reasons:

                                                                                                                              Komi
                                                                                                                              Bistrot du Coin
                                                                                                                              Regent Thai
                                                                                                                              Bar Pilar
                                                                                                                              Bombay Club
                                                                                                                              Rasika
                                                                                                                              Thai X-ing
                                                                                                                              Oyamel
                                                                                                                              Corduroy
                                                                                                                              Kaz Sushi Bistro

                                                                                                                              1. monkeyrotica Jul 28, 2009 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                Restaurant Eve (tasting room)
                                                                                                                                Kabob Palace
                                                                                                                                Deli City
                                                                                                                                Obelisk
                                                                                                                                Woodlands
                                                                                                                                Greek Deli
                                                                                                                                Cava
                                                                                                                                Levi's Port Cafe
                                                                                                                                Ray's the Steaks
                                                                                                                                La Mexicana Bakery & Taqueria

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                                                                                                                                  DCDeb Jul 27, 2009 09:43 PM

                                                                                                                                  Corduroy
                                                                                                                                  Equinox
                                                                                                                                  Kaz Sushi Bistro
                                                                                                                                  Ray's The Steaks/ The Classics
                                                                                                                                  Restaurant Eve
                                                                                                                                  Marcel's
                                                                                                                                  Hank's Oyster Bar
                                                                                                                                  Matisse
                                                                                                                                  Willow
                                                                                                                                  Parkway Deli--just makes me happy...

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                                                                                                                                    amfulay Jul 27, 2009 01:07 PM

                                                                                                                                    Not in any order, and a couple aren't "restaurants" in the strictest sense of the word, but all good eats:

                                                                                                                                    Kotobuki
                                                                                                                                    2 Amy's
                                                                                                                                    Hank's Oyster Bar
                                                                                                                                    Ben's Chili Bowl
                                                                                                                                    Matchbox (Barrack's Row)
                                                                                                                                    Zaytinya
                                                                                                                                    Mama Ayesha's
                                                                                                                                    Creme
                                                                                                                                    Paper Moon
                                                                                                                                    Rockland's

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                                                                                                                                      littlew1ng Jul 27, 2009 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                                      paper moon in georgetown by the movie theater? i have long wondered about this place but never heard anything about it. what's it like? what's good there?

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                                                                                                                                        Ericandblueboy Jul 27, 2009 09:26 PM

                                                                                                                                        Middle Eastern dance parties were Paper Moon's specialty when I lived in G'town n the late 90's to early 00's. The food was Italian, nothing exciting.

                                                                                                                                    2. ktmoomau Jul 27, 2009 12:37 PM

                                                                                                                                      These are my current places that I crave might not be my all time top ten:
                                                                                                                                      Minibar
                                                                                                                                      Central
                                                                                                                                      Italian Store
                                                                                                                                      Restaurant Eve (the $13 lunch special is a steal)
                                                                                                                                      Taqueria Poblano (I like the Del Ray location the best for some reason)
                                                                                                                                      Eventide
                                                                                                                                      Rays Hellburger or the Steaks
                                                                                                                                      Liberty Tavern
                                                                                                                                      Matchbox
                                                                                                                                      Sonoma

                                                                                                                                      I don't have a lebanese restaurant even though I really crave this a lot because I go to different ones depending on what I want. I might sub in Passionfish somewhere, but I don't know what to take out...

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                                                                                                                                        ktmoomau Jun 11, 2010 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                                        It is funny looking at this list there are many things I still wouldn't change... Liberty Tavern, Italian Store, Restaurant Eve, Eventide, Rays... but I think I would add Againn and Trummer's on Main and sub out Sonoma and Taqueria Poblano. I have a feeling this next week after trying Pizzeria Orso and Pupatella store I will have a new favorite over Matchbox for pizza, but we will see.

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                                                                                                                                        Restaurant Eve
                                                                                                                                        110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

                                                                                                                                        Italian Store
                                                                                                                                        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                                                                                                                                        Sonoma Restaurant
                                                                                                                                        223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

                                                                                                                                        The Liberty Tavern
                                                                                                                                        3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

                                                                                                                                        Taqueria Poblano
                                                                                                                                        2400 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

                                                                                                                                        Pupatella
                                                                                                                                        5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

                                                                                                                                      2. Dennis S Jul 27, 2009 11:40 AM

                                                                                                                                        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
                                                                                                                                        Lightfoot
                                                                                                                                        Hank's

                                                                                                                                        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).

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                                                                                                                                          Ericandblueboy Jul 27, 2009 10:51 AM

                                                                                                                                          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. littlew1ng Jul 27, 2009 10:02 AM

                                                                                                                                            cool thread!

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

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                                                                                                                                              Elyssa Jul 27, 2009 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                Elyssa Jul 28, 2009 08:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                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. biscuit Jul 27, 2009 08:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                                  chicken kabob Jul 27, 2009 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                  Proof
                                                                                                                                                  Matchbox
                                                                                                                                                  Founding Farmers
                                                                                                                                                  Granville Moore
                                                                                                                                                  CocoSala
                                                                                                                                                  Komi
                                                                                                                                                  Moby Dick

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                                                                                                                                                    bboyneko Sep 14, 2009 11:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                    (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

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                                                                                                                                                      Steve Sep 15, 2009 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                        littlew1ng Sep 16, 2009 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          bboyneko Sep 16, 2009 08:22 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            ktmoomau Sep 16, 2009 08:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                              Steve Sep 16, 2009 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                hamster Sep 16, 2009 10:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                  ktmoomau Sep 16, 2009 12:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    hamster Sep 16, 2009 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    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 ;)

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                                                                                                                                                                      Steve Sep 16, 2009 06:23 PM

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

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