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The wife and I took the 6 year old to DC for five days (leaving the three younger girls in Illinois) and in between the monuments, the museums and a Strasburg/National's game we managed to eat at nine places in the DC area:

1. Tuesday night: Medaterra. Well, it was near our hotel and it was open and did I mention that it was near the hotel?? It wasn't all bad, the calimari app was pretty darn tasty and the drinks were pretty good (though w a y overpriced, which as most of you know is a DC trademark). The waitstaff was very nice and the outside dining was pretty cool. My wife had lamb chops which she gave a 4 out of ten and I had quite possibly the most ineptly prepared ribeye imaginable. Now the restaurant doesn't exactly scream STEAKHOUSE, but hey it was a special and it was ''spice-rubbed", so I thought a middle eastern spiced steak, why not?? First, it was about a quarter inch thick---who serves steaks this thin not on a bun? Second, the mysterious middle eastern spice rub appeared to be .....salt. The boy ordered the 'flatbread pizza' off of the kids menu and was later brought what appeared to be a soggy microwaved Red Baron single serve---of course the boy still wolfed it all down.

2. Lunch on Wednesday was a very pleasant surprise at the Pourhouse near the Capitol. While the place wasn't exactly surging with patrons, the "World Cup" lunch menu looked decent enough and I like the look of the place. All three of us ordered the Burger and Fries which was exceptionally well prepared. The burger was well-seasoned, juicy and served on a nice kaiser roll. The fries were a triumph: hand-cut, crispy and perfectly salty. The young man tending the place was pleasant and really made our six year old feel special. Kudos!

3. Dinner on Wednesday was also in the Woodley Park area at the little upstairs Asian place called IPOH. The drink selection is minimal as is the ambiance, but my sizzling beef platter was top-notch, my shumai app delicious and the boy's fried banana desert was "yummy". Overall not bad at all for a reasonably priced, conveniently located pan-asian restaurant.

Getting sleepy, so I'll finish up tomorrow with our trips to Sea Catch in Georgetown, Spices in Cleveland Park, Nage in DuPont Circle, M&S Grill and Gordon Biersch downtown (I know chain city) plus one more that escapes me right now.

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Nage Restaurant
1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

Medaterra
2614 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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  1. Boy you did manage to hit all the places in town that I avoid like the plague (except for M&S Grill).

    1. Just curious, were these choices based on a review of this board or some other source?

      1. No agenda, no clue. A man after my own heart.

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        1. re: flavrmeistr

          I'll get to the other restaurants later, but to answer a few questions: Spices was well reviewed on the board, Sea Catch was touted by the Unofficial Guide to DC (have had luck with those before), I've had decent luck with Gordon B's out west and the six year old would walk no further---and they had PBJ's!!!

          I've typically done better elsewhere (NO, San Diego and Chicago), but for better or worse food wasn't my #1 priority on this trip....all in all, I felt that some of these places merited at least a mention on this board (even if to serve as a warning)...looking back with a week to mellow my mind, only Medaterra and Nage were real losers. The rest I'd eat at again, but maybe not real soon.....

          cheers!!

          Chris in illinois

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          Nage Restaurant
          1600 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Medaterra
          2614 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008