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Mar 27, 2010 09:48 PM

Late night eats in DC

We'll be arriving in DC Friday night and staying at the Sofitel. Was wondering if anyone can suggest any late night casual places to eat? We don't mind traveling by metro and are up for any type of food.

Thank you!

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  1. amsterdam falafel on 18th st in adams morgan (woodley park/ zoo/ adams morgan stop on the redline) is open until i think 4 am on fridays, has an excellent toppings bar and the french fries are delicious as well.
    Ben's chilli bowl on U St (U st metro on the green line) is a DC staple which also happens to be open late; delicious and enormous chili cheese fries and milkshakes

    1. Oohs and Aahs used to have a late night menu, but I'd want verification first that they still do this.

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      1. re: Dennis S

        Full Kee is up til about 2 AM around H near 5 NW
        some swear by the casseroles, I like the HK noodle dumpling soup

        Full Kee Restaurant
        509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. re: hill food

          The HK Wonton Soup, the oyster and ginger casserole, the duck stufffed with shrimp paste, clams in black bean sauce. Had all these recently at Full Kee. Terrific Hong Kong style food.

          Full Kee Restaurant
          509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      2. Bistro du Coin in Dupont Circle is open late and has a great French bistro menu---think steak frites, french onion soup, salmon w/ lentils, and goat cheese salads. Casual and lively.

        Other late night spots you might like: The Diner, Kramerbooks and Afterwards, Pizzeria Paradisio (I think the Dupont location is open until 11 or 12) and Cashion's Eat Place.

        Cashion's Eat Place
        1819 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: Elyssa

          I have to disagree about Bistro Du Coin. Yes, it has a great menu and it is casual and lively, but the food has taken a very bad turn. It used to be a favorite, but the last time I was there, our food came out literally 5 minutes after ordering. I think everything was pre-prepared and microwaved. My chicken looked (and tasted) like it had been sitting around for a long time, the fries were soggy and underdone, and my wife's tartine was rubbery and tasteless. Really disappointing.

          1. re: john651

            When was the last time you were there?

            I go often because I live in the neighborhood and I've never held like the food is microwaved. Perhaps you had an off day.

        2. How late?

          Late: Brasserie Beck
          Later: Bistro du Coin
          Latest: Kramerbooks

          Honestly, I'd strongly recommend staying away from Adams Morgan and U street for late night food. The reason to go to Ben's Chili Bowl is historic, not for the food. Plenty of other junk food places if that's what you're looking for.

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          1. re: georgetownronin

            The new Bistro La Bonne serves a late-night menu 'til close that includes a bunch of bistro classics -- very solid onglet and a wonderful 1/2 roast chicken for $15, plus more. Also, great desserts, a generous cheese plate and a 14 taps of tasty beers. For late night dining on U St, it's the answer.

          2. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!

            Georgetownronin, by the time we are ready to head out for some eats will probably be around 10pm

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            1. re: roxy2007

              and Bistro Francaise in GTown is open VERY late like 3 or something on the weekend

              1. re: roxy2007

                Most of the places listed above should still be open.

                Also in Georgetown is Bodega which serves good Spanish tapas until midnight. (Get the chicken croquettas and clams).