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Washington D.C Dinner/Lunch recommendations

rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 06:59 AM

I will be in D.C 03/09 - 03/12 on business. I'm hoping that D.C chowhounds will be able to give me some recommendations. I don't care for Italian cuisine but I'm game for anything else. Here are some things I would love to try;

1) Sea food.
2) French cuisine.
3) Asian fusion.

I'm staying at Westin D.C City Center. I will not have a car but I don't mind getting a taxi. So anything within 20-30 miles from hotel would be ideal.

I would like to stay under $50 for dinner, under $25 for lunch and under $10 for breakfast but I don't mind spending extra for a good meal.

I will be working couple of blocks away from the Westin so let me know if there are any places close enough for a quick (about 1 hour) lunch.

Thank you in advance!

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    Elyssa RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 07:13 AM

    Seafood--DC Coast, Hook (or it's sister restaurant Tackle Box, for a more casual, order at the front, communal sitting atmosphere).

    French-Bistro du Coin (vibrant, loud French bistro in Dupont), Bistro D'Oc (quieter more quaint bistro experience), Bistro Bis (higher end French cuisine. Food for breakfast, lunch or dinner on the Hill).

    Asian Fusion-Oya (They usually have a $30 3-course dinner and lunch special) and TenPehn.

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      rjayasuriya RE: Elyssa Dec 15, 2009 07:27 AM

      Elyssa - thank you for the recommendations. Sounds like you really know the area. Are there any restaurants that I shouldn't miss during my trip?

      Thanks again.

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        Elyssa RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 09:29 AM

        I totally forgot Central for french (lunch or dinner). How silly of me since that is pretty much my "shouldn't miss" restaurant in your price range. The faux gras, mussel soup, and cheesecake are all delicious. Plus this is the perfect place to get both french cuisine and seafood. I hear the scallops are great and I've also enjoyed the skate and various fish soups, as well as the mussels.

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        mjhals RE: Elyssa Dec 15, 2009 07:42 AM

        I'll second Oya for both fusion and seafood. I always order their salmon no matter what the preparation (I think it's currently breaded in panko) and have never been disappointed. They've been very good about not overcooking it, in my experience. The lunch and dinner price fixe is a great deal and IIRC salmon is one of the selections.

        I'd also highly, highly, highly reccommed Central for French (although some of their preparations veer a little far from true "french"). Everything I've had there from the lobster burger to the scallops w/ fettucine has been excellent. My husband refuses to order anything but the lamb shank because that's what he ordered the first time we went and it was so good he can't bear to try anything new (except what he steals from my plate). Really high quality ingredients.

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        Steve RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 07:59 AM

        Dinner, French - The Lounge at Citronelle


        Take a look at the Lounge menu. It changes seasonally, but for the most part you will find the mushroom cigars and the tuna napoleon on the menu. They put a tremendous amount of attention and creativity in the soups and desserts here as well, so don't miss those. Sauterne by the glass is usually a good idea. Soup-appetizer-dessert-sauterne will run you about $50.

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          rjayasuriya RE: Steve Dec 15, 2009 09:53 AM

          Thank you for all the recommendations so far. Seafood, French and Asian cuisine are some of the things I like but I'm open to try anything (except for Italian).

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            Steve RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 10:39 AM

            Ah, well if you are open to anything, then I could point you to the soul food at Oohhs and Aahhs which is conveniently located across the street from the U St/Cardozo Metro stop on the Green Line. Grilled shrimp, lemon pepper wings and the broiled crabcake are lusty choices. On the side go for the collard greens and rice with gravy. Now there's a meal. Four stools in front of the kitchen or there is a place to eat upstairs.

        2. ktmoomau RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 09:57 AM

          You will be really close to Zentan for Asian fusion, although I prefer Oya, some people really like it so you might search reviews.

          For seafood you might also check out Blacksalt, a bit of a cab, but I think it is the freshest seafood in DC. Hank's Oyster Bar is nice for casual seafood too. Good soups.

          French I highly second Bistro Bis. I think dining solo you could stay in your budget easily. For French-American fusion I really like Central.

          If you like Indian your hotel is a short walk to the Bombay Club for good Indian. And you are about 5 blocks from Nando's Peri Peri which has good chicken.

          I am not great with lunch in that area other than the normal Cosi, Au Bon Pain and etc. I think there is a Julia's Empanada's not too far.

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            Elyssa RE: ktmoomau Dec 15, 2009 12:16 PM

            I forgot about Zentan...also great fusion. I like their noodle dish with scallops and shrimp.

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            jo_mama RE: rjayasuriya Dec 15, 2009 12:50 PM

            Teaism (http://www.teaism.com/) is a great breakfast or lunch option--and they have a few locations around the city (there is one location about 1 mile from the Westin on the edge of Lafayette Park). They have a great Asian fusion food menu and delicious tea and coffee beverages.

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              rjayasuriya RE: jo_mama Dec 16, 2009 08:22 AM

              Thank you for all your recommendations so far...I'm going coast to coast this Jan/Feb on business and I've posted similar postings to different boards. You guys have been the best so far :)

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