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Lunch in Penn Quarter, Dinner in Dupont

I am pretty familiar with the DC dining scene as I lived in DC a couple years (10 years ago, but still....) and travel there for work a coupel times a year. What's new and great in these areas? I am looking for a Penn Quarter lunch spot and a Dupont dinner. Taking my boyfriend who hasn't been before to DC. So, somplace romatic-ish in Dupont would be great, and maybe a glass of wine and grazing on some light stuff for lunch in Penn Quarter.

Thanks for any ideas or input!

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  1. Rasika would be great for lunch - don't miss the palak chaat! For what's "new and great" in Penn Quarter, nothing could come closer to fitting the bill, IMHO.

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    Rasika Restaurant
    633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

    1. For lunch I would go to Rasika or Proof.

      For dinner, if you don't mind heading up a little north of Dupont I would suggest Cashion's Eat Place, closer to Adams Morgan. Otherwise Darlington House might be good.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        I have actually been to both Rasika and Proof! Is Zatinaya good for lunch? Haven't been there yet.

        Darlington looks great, and I have always wanted to eat at Cashion's!

        Oh, the choices!!

        1. re: Chargenda

          I think Zaytina is very good for lunch. I think it's a rip off at dinner, but lunch is very good due to portion sizes.

          1. re: Chargenda

            I'm personally not a fan of Zaytinya (which is why I didn't recommend it). If you've been to Rasika and Proof maybe you would like to check out PS7. If you like the small plates idea, I much prefer Jaleo or CoCo Sala.

            1. re: Elyssa

              CoCo Sala is a far better lunch than Zaytina, but I think Zaytina is still a good lunch option - less rushed, and actually quiet. I wouldn't go for dinner.

            2. re: Chargenda

              I really like Zaytinya for lunch, especially because they have a nice variety of veggie, meat and seafood dishes. And their warm, fresh pita is really good.

              You could also do Cafe Atlantico they have some good stuff on the menu. Zola Wine Kitchen also normally has some good lunch specials you might check out.

              1. re: ktmoomau

                My brother and I got the RW lunch at Zaytinya yesterday. The food was very good, and the pita was outstanding! Fresh, hot, and much thinner that most pita, so you can eat more of it, which is good because so much of the food is made for eating with pita.

          2. Another romantic Dupont dinner option is Tabard Inn: http://www.tabardinn.com/restaurant

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            1. re: WashDC33

              Yes...not sure why I forgot about Tabard Inn...another good choice.

              1. re: Elyssa

                I just had dinner last night at Urbana on P Street in Dupont Circle. It was my first time there and the meal was quite good! They do a brunch too which I think I am going to try as well.

            2. lunch at either Jaleo, Zlatynia or Matchbox
              how about dinner at the Palm?

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              1. re: dining with doc

                Matchbox mini burgers and a salad sound great to me!

              2. Proof has an excellent lunch option; otherwise, I'd go to Zaytinia for lunch.

                For a romantic dinner, I would suggest Restaurant Nora.

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                1. re: irishgem79

                  ooh, i have wanted to go there. Anyone got more info on Restaurant Nora?