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May 22, 2010 07:42 PM

back in DC after long absence - are my old favorites still good?

I lived in DC for most of the 1990s and am returning next week practically for the first time since then. Are any of my old favorites still worth a visit, and if not, what would the best current substitutes be?

Cafe Atlantico
Lebanese Taverna
The upstairs pasta place on 17th just east of Dupont Circle, you know the one I mean, the place that had great duck ragu, but I can't remember what it was called...
The great Ethiopian place on 18th in Adams Morgan

I'm staying in Woodley Park so suggestions in Woodley, Cleveland Park, Dupont, or Adams Morgan would be most welcome. Thanks!

-- A former Red Line hound

Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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  1. There is a Little Ethiopia near the Green Line Cardozo/U St. Metro Stop. There are about 5 places on 9th St between T and U and a few more within 2 or 3 blocks. Etete is far better than the places in Adams Morgan.

    1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    1. I've only eaten at the Andres restaurants on your list anytime recently. Jaleo's still pretty good, but Cafe Atlantico has, dim sum brunch excepted, gone fairly far downhill.

      Cafe Atlantico
      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

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      1. re: fuzzy510

        aren't they re-tooling Atlantico to be an expanded (and simplified, less interactive) version of Mini-Bar? if so, it's no wonder they're letting it slide for now, although not good for the re-launch IMHO.

      2. Agreed that the epicenter of good Ethiopian food has shifted from Adams Morgan to 9th and U. Etete is a great place to start.

        Cashion's gets mentioned a lot in the context of good Sunday brunch, more than a good place for other meals. You might want to do brunch there.

        For a good, casual, cheap and fun lunch in Adams Morgan, check out Amsterdam Falafel.

        I don't know the upstairs pasta place you are talking about. While my lack of knowledge is no proof that it is no longer in business or has gone downhill, it raises a bit of a question mark in my mind. Huge lines form on the street outside Pasta Mia in Adams Morgan just before its opening time on weekends, which makes me want to try it.

        I've only been to Cafe Atlantico once, about 5 years ago. I remember it as good, but not great. You might want to give it a miss, unless you can get to their dim sum brunch.

        I think LT is arguably the best restaurant in that Woodley Park strip (New Heights is said to be good - I haven't been). If you want to stick really close to your hotel, that would be your best bet, though there are better places a few blocks north in Cleveland Park (Palena, Indique). For a better take on Mediterranean food, try Zaytinia (4 Metro stops away at Gallery Place).

        I like Jaleo. I've eaten there several times, but not in the past year.

        Have fun re-discovering DC!

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Thanks so much for your feedback and guidance!

        2. Palena is great and is in Cleaveland Park. For an italian sub if you want higher end you might go to Obelisk, for medium price range Dino.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. The great Ethiopian place on 18th street you may be referring to burned down a couple of years ago and is now some awful sports bar. I don't think there is any good Ethiopian left on 18th street.

            Cashion's - it depends. Ann Cashion no longer cooks there or I think, owns it. She sold her interest in it a year ago?