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recommendations for tonight

Rainy weather - we want to go out, but stay close to home. We live at NH and 18th, looking for a recommendation that we might not otherwise visit (getting tired of our regular places - Regent, Straits of Malaya mostly)

Can anyone point us to someplace new in the area? Maybe a 3-4 block or so radius since it's so ugly out?

Requirements are not so expensive ($50 or so for 2, without tip...we don't drink) and have to have at least one vegetarian option. And not Ethiopian. Or Rosemary's Thyme. :)

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Hanks? They have a veggie plate for an entree and some sides.

    1. Anna Maria's? Grill from Ipanema? Raku? Zorba? all close by you, all rlatively inexensive, good, casual..;.

      1. How about Sette Osteria or the new Pizzeria Paradisio? Seems like a good night for a bowl of soup and some pasta or pizza.

        Another option would be Heritage for Indian.

        1. Do you like Mandu? I think it's in that radius and lots of vegetarian possibilities there.

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          1. re: mselectra

            ah yes - always busy but we don't like Korean or Japanese food.

            Zorba's is great. We've given up on Heritage - I think Ive said that for about $10 more, we can go to Rasika. it's not bad, but not great.

            We're leaning towards Teaism tonight if we go out. this rain just won't let up! Pizzeria Paradisio is another possibility - I always forget it's right down NH ave and larger now.

            1. re: Jeserf

              Raku or Pizzeria Paradiso seem like good options to me. I could go for an udon soup at Raku myself :)

              I hear you about Heritage India. I gave up on the Dupont location a long time ago, but always have great experiences at the Glover Park restaurant.

              1. re: Gigi007

                If I were to schlep to Glover Park, I'd go a bit further to Passage to India in Bethesda - which I think is the only other place I can think of going besides Rasika.

                We've been to the Raku in Bethesda and it was horrible. I gather the DC one is better?

                1. re: Jeserf

                  I'm a fan of Passage to India too, but wind up at Heritage India in Glover Park more often as it's more convenientlly located.

                  I've been to Raku in Bethesda a few times and didn't like the service or noisy atmosphere, but the food was good. I like the Dupont location better for atmosphere and service, but really haven't noticed much of a difference in food quality. It depends on what you're looking for. On a cold rainy day, I'd probably go for the udon noodle soup and some warm sake. Compared with the Dupont Teaism's menu, I guess I like.Raku better unless you're looking for a very light meal with tea.

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    I thought the Dupont Raku was supposed to be worse and the Bethesda one good? But I don't know, I haven't been to either.

                    What do you tend to order at Teaism (esp since you don't like Japanese food, I'm just curious).

                    We're ordering delivery, lazy cold day.

                    1. re: mselectra

                      Ha we got delivery, too, in the end! LAZY!

                      At Teaism, I order the curry/indian type dishes - saag, the lentil soup, etc. Japanese food is fine, but there's little point in going to a Japanese restaurant when you don't eat fish - veggie tempura does not a meal make, as tasty as it can be.

                2. re: Jeserf

                  The new Pizzeria location is really nice. I love how much bigger it is!

                  1. re: Elyssa

                    Is there not the crazy long wait any more? I haven't been there in so long, good to be reminded about it.

                    1. re: mselectra

                      The wait is much shorter now with the new location because there is almost triple the room now. The one time my bf and I went we only waited about 3 minutes. But it was later in the day---around 3pm or so.