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My husband and I finally bought a house and are moving across town - from Logan Circle to Capitol Hill. Aside from the standard good places in Capitol Hill, e.g., Montmartre, Matchbox, Peregrine, etc. What are neighborhoody type places that are good/reliable for a quick bite? If I want a fancy meal I know where to go, but if I'm just grabbing a weekend breakfast or dinner out during the week, where should I go?


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  1. Weekend breakfast: the best is in Eastern Market itself, at Market Lunch. Saturdays only. Get there early for the blueberry pancakes and the "brick" breakfast sandwich.

    Pizza: The best is now offered by 7H, right next to Montmartre, owned and operated by them as well. It makes Matchbox a disgrace.

    Belga across from Matchbox is offers good Belgian.

    Mangialardo's, at 1317 Penn Ave, SE has some of the best subs in the city, but they are only open until 2pm on WEEKdays. A true gem.

    Everything else is middling, for the time being.

    1. Totally agree with the Market Lunch and Mangialardo's recs.

      I like Le Bon Cafe on 2nd Street for great carry-out breakfast and lunch (their soups and quiches are great). http://www.splendidfare.com/about/leb...

      I've always had pretty good experiences at Sonoma at lunch time (never been for dinner). http://www.sonomadc.com/

      I like Le Pain Quotidien for breakfast too.

      Johnny's Half Shell runs a fabulous taqueria called Taqueria Nacional that is only open on weekdays for breakfast and lunch. No seats, just carry-out, but the tacos are cheap and fabulous.

      And of course there's Good Stuff for burgers and really good milkshakes. http://goodstuffeatery.com/

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        1. re: leslielj

          It's right next to Johnny's Half Shell at 400 North Capitol. I believe they're open Monday-Friday, 7am-3pm.

      1. You must try Cava and get the grilled octopus. Sonoma has great wine and impressive food. I really do like Tune Inn for quick bites when I'm feeling like pigging out; same goes for Ugly Mug.

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        1. re: littlew1ng

          I like Cava and I LOVE octopus but the one time I had it there it was a little overcooked. I'll need to try it again, though. Sonoma, on the other hand, I found it disappointing. It was okay but didn't live up to all the hype. Maybe it's so looked high upon because there aren't many other places like that in the neighborhood.

        2. Tortilla Cafe. Good, solid, cheap.

          Levi's Port Cafe for soul food, mac n cheese, fried fish and chicken, porkchops, collards. Also good, solid, cheap.

          Levis Port Cafe
          1102 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

          Tortilla Cafe
          210 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

          1. Cava, Market Lunch, Levi's Port Cafe, Sonoma, Good Stuff Eatery, Albertos, Le Bon Cafe, Old Siam, and Lola's.

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            1. re: Elyssa

              I second all of those except Old Siam - I haven't had one meal or menu item there that was even sort-of good.

            2. You have so many good recs above- I would just add Tuncliff's for your normal bacon and eggs type breakfast or a good standard burger.

              And the crepes at the Eastern Market on the weekends are pretty tasty.

              1. I second tortilla cafe. Where on the Hill are you? You should certainly explore H street. Granville Moore's, Taylor's. The Argonaut has food about a half step above regular pub grub and good beer.

                Sitting outside in the summer and having a burger at Mr. Henry's is an honorable Hill pastime.

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                1. re: caphilldc

                  Belga is great on 8th especially for vbrunch. They serve a sea bass with lemon spinach on the regular dinner menu that is great; the steak and fries is also wonderful. Market Lunch for breakfast especially; they seem to now have pancakes everyday but only blueberry buckwheats on Saturdays. No breakfast on Sunday. Great fried oysters, fish, and crab cakes. The crepe guy at the market on weekends is also good, though it is stand up food. Tortilla Cafe across from the market is reliably good; i usually get the breakfast burrito with spinach (you have to ask) and 2 extra salsas. I think Le pain Quotidien is overpriced but their bread is fantastic. Jimmy T's is great for cheap, filling brekafast -- a combo of belgian waffles, eggs, sausage and endless coffee for under $6... plus sass from the owner's teenage daughter. Taqueria Nacional is fantastic and I go whenever I am on the senate side of the Hill at lunch time. SOnoma I always enjoy but havent been there for a few months. 10 cent wings at Capitol Lounge on Tuesdays... sliders at Ugly Mugg can be seriously good if its not too busy. 7th Hill pizza is good but not great - I still rpefer Pizzeria Paradiso. Cava has many good things to eat. I also love Aatish -- tandoori shrimp (medium hot) , raita, plain naan...delicious. Mr Henry's on Friday nights sells great fried chicken. I used to work at Le Bon Cafe and trust the qwuality of the foood -- the salmon salad is consistently delicious, soups are great, baquettes wonderful, baked goods generally made in house...at least baked there anyway. i havent been to Park Cafe in awhile but used to love it. And you can get Polyface farms chicken and Tinkling Springs creamery milk at the store on the 11th street side of lincoln park, which is good to know.

                  1. re: pam h in dc

                    Pam: Aatish can be good, it's just they employed such a truly unfortunate choice of paint.