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12th and K/9th and NY area help!

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Hi good people,

Am coming in for the American Studies Association conference, staying on 12th and K, conference is at the Renaissance on 9th and New York, and I know I will be at Halo bar on 14th and P this evening. So: recommendations for a good latte near my hotel or the conference? Lunch place near the Renaissance? Dinner place near any of these three addresses?

Thanks so much for any help you can offer.

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  1. Dinner (or larger lunch) - Bibiana (not sure how late it's open) has received good recommendations (11th and NY, but enter on H St, I believe)

    Latte - there's starbucks everywhere, no real indy shops. Avoid Cosi at all cost.

    Lunch - Acadiana (also good option for dinner)

    Other place of note - brassarie beck is right there at 11th and K, I believe

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    Acadiana
    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

    Bibiana
    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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    1. re: Jeserf

      oh c'mon there are places to be found that suck more than Cosi...

    2. The closest good coffee shop to you would be Chinatown Coffee at 475 H St. NW (between 4th and 5th). www.chinatowncoffee.com. At best it's "close-ish" to you - depends on how desperately you want a fix of good coffee and how far you are willing to walk to get it!

      I highly -- no, I mean "HIGHLY" -- recommend Brasserie Beck at 11th and K. A mussels special I had there with ground veal and fried capers, with their great fries and generous basket of hot bread is one of the best dinners I've had in DC - especially in the $20.00 price range. Great beer list as well. www.beckdc.com I think it's a real stroke of luck that you are so near this place. I have also read good things about their potato gratin with pork belly and their lamb sausage with lentils.

      I've read good things about Bibiana - it's on my list of places I want to go, but haven't been there yet. http://bibianadc.com/

      Also, the excellent Pitango Gelato is very near Halo (I love Halo!) - you might want to check that out.

      "Close-ish" to the Renaissance at 5th and K is the brand-spankin'-new branch of the wonderful Taylor Gourmet, which serves scrumptious Philly-style hoagies. http://www.taylorgourmet.com/

      Enjoy!

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

      Taylor Gourmet
      1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

      Bibiana
      1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        Definitely Acadiana and Beck. The broiled oysters at Acadiana are one of my favorite apps in town.

        The Renaissance and your hotel are both within an easy walk to Penn Quarter. Search that here and you'll find plenty of good advice. Halo is close to DC Coast, run by the same crew as Acadiana.

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

        Acadiana
        901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

      2. Oh, I also forgot to mention, there are TONS of good places to eat dinner that are near Halo - all these places are on 14th St..

        Masa 14: http://www.masa14.com/
        Rice: http://www.simplyhomedc.com/
        Cork Wine Bar: http://www.corkdc.com
        Birch and Barley / Churchkey: http://www.birchandbarley.com/
        Bar Pilar: http://www.barpilar.com/

        On the lower end, try Stoney's for a decent burger or grilled cheese sandwich. Stoney's is dead next door to Halo. http://www.stoneysdc.com/

        Whole Foods is across the street from Halo - their hot/cold bars, sushi, soup, etc. is yet another dinner option.

        If you are interested in bar-hopping, you might want to check out Marvin (upstairs), at 14th and U. http://www.marvindc.com/ and or Churchkey, above Birch and Barley. http://www.churchkeydc.com/

        For a chocolate fix, there's ACKC Cocoa Gallery: http://www.thecocoagallery.com/

        I guess I'll stop there... do have fun wherever you go!

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        Cork Wine Bar
        1720 14th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20009

        Bar Pilar
        1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        ACKC Cocoa Bar
        1529 14th St NW, Washington, DC

        1. I'll second Brasserie Beck, Acadiana, and DC Coast. All dependably good.

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

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

          Acadiana
          901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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          1. re: Bob W

            Last month we stayed at Club Quarters at 17th and I (eye). We ended up going to the restaurant in the hotel, Cafe Soleil, for dinner and were very pleasantly surprised with the quality and the value. I had shrimp and grits, my wife had short ribs. Wines by the glass were extremely reasonable. It's not a destination restaurant, but very comfortable, affordable, and (my guess, having only been there once) reliable.

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            Cafe Soleil
            839 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006

          2. Nice bar and decent sushi at Finn and Porter in the Embassy Suites Hotel at 10th and New York Ave., NW. Open for lunch as well.