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Between National Archives and Ave. H

Barry Strugatz Oct 23, 2009 12:41 PM

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

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    MrsWheatie RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 23, 2009 03:00 PM

    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.

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      Crocken RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 24, 2009 08:40 AM

      Penn Quarter has LOTS to eat.

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

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        Elyssa RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 24, 2009 07:44 PM

        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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          Barry Strugatz RE: Elyssa Oct 24, 2009 08:36 PM

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

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            Steve RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 24, 2009 08:44 PM

            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.

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              Barry Strugatz RE: Steve Oct 26, 2009 06:48 AM

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

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                KWynn RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 26, 2009 10:38 AM

                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.

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                hill food RE: Steve Oct 26, 2009 09:44 AM

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

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                  Barry Strugatz RE: hill food Oct 27, 2009 05:46 PM

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

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                    hill food RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 27, 2009 08:48 PM

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

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            hamster RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 28, 2009 06:38 AM

            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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              Barry Strugatz RE: hamster Oct 28, 2009 02:42 PM

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

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                KWynn RE: Barry Strugatz Oct 28, 2009 06:29 PM

                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.

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                  hamster RE: KWynn Oct 28, 2009 07:25 PM

                  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.

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