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Nov 19, 2009 12:26 PM

Capitol Hill

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).

      I've always had pretty good experiences at Sonoma at lunch time (never been for dinner).

      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.

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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.