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Oct 23, 2009 12:41 PM

Between National Archives and Ave. H

Will be spending time in this area. Any good eats near here? Nothing too fancy.

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  1. I think you mean H Street. The area near Archives is call the Penn Quarter and there are lots of options for eats, you can search the board for lots of recs. If you provide more of your likes or dislikes and price point we can provide more specific ideas. Start by looking at Jaleo and Teaism.

    1. Penn Quarter has LOTS to eat.

      Teaism is wonderful. Cafe Atlantico's deconstructed feijoda is a revelation. Zaytinya is my favorite restaurant in DC.

      1. I would check out Central, Jaleo, Oyamel, and Matchbox. You are also not too far from the American Indian Museum. If you are around for lunch, it's worth checking out their delicious and surprisingly creative cafeteria menu.

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Thanks for all the great suggestions. What are your favorite places in Chinatown? ANd nearby seafood/crab?

          1. re: Barry Strugatz

            The best Chinese restaurant is probably Full Kee. Hong Kong style. My favorites there are the duck stuffed with shrimp paste, the oyster ginger casserole, the shrimp dumpling soup, and the chive flowers.

            1. re: Steve

              Thanks. I'll check it out. How is Michael Chang's Mongolian?

              1. re: Barry Strugatz

                I think you mean Tony Chang's. There are two parts to Tony Chang's, the mongolian bbq downstairs and the chinese restaurant upstairs.

                I find the mongolian BBQ offerings to be limited and overpriced.

                I enjoy Tony Chang's chinese food ("seafood restaurant") upstairs, much moreso over Full Kee, although most people on this board will disagree with me. Tony Chang's chinese food is more Americanized. I've tried Full Kee several times, taken recommendations from individuals on this board, and still never enjoyed my meal. Their soups have an interesting aftertaste that I haven't been able to get used to and the meats are too fatty for me. I guess I just prefer more Americanized chinese food...anyways if you make it to Tony Chang's get their steamed pork dumplings as an appetizer...sometimes we end up getting two orders of those and another small dish to share.

              2. re: Steve

                love Full Kee, don't let its appearance put you off

                1. re: hill food

                  Tried Burma on 6th. It was very good. Hope to try the other suggested places.

                  1. re: Barry Strugatz

                    really? Burma came back? was good once and then went eh. may have to give it another try...

          2. Urfa Tomato Kabob has amazing doner kabob and also serves falafel. I loved it on my visit and thought it was a cut above the rest in DC. It's on 6th and H, hidden among Chinese places.

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            1. re: hamster

              I saw it, it looked good. Is it Turkish?

              1. re: Barry Strugatz

                I ordered in from this place and was not impressed. The meat was tough, and the bread was too thick and stale. When I order this type of food I expect pita bread.

                1. re: KWynn

                  I have to insist that my one trip there was amazing, and my standards for Middle Eastern food are high. Many have reported bad experiences, so certainly there is a problem of consistency. But I was thrilled with the fresh hot bread my doner was served in. The sauces served with it were exceptional. It was the typical Turkish-style bread, which is much thicker than the average pita bread.