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Advice for a visitor (especially for lunch and late-night eats)

I'm an LA foodie who will be visiting DC for a very short business trip. I was last there in March and had some great food. I will be staying at the Grand Hyatt and would love some great recommendations close by. Last time I was in town, I had crab cakes at an adorable 2 story restaurant pretty close to the H&M (I don't know the name). I need places to eat lunch (Sunday, especially), and places to go after a long night.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. You are very close to Penn Quarter which has a lot of options. Do you have any price range or types of food you really want to eat?

    The lounge at PS7 is really good for later int he evening, I like the lounge better than the restaurant even. You also have Zaytinya not too far away and Proof.

    I also really like Rasika for Indian.

    For lunch I like Nando's Peri Peri (although a little messy as it is chicken so might not be great if you are sporting a suit and tie, unless you are neat eater, or have a tide to go pen). I also like eating burgers or pizza at Matchbox for lunch. And Zaytinya has a nice lunch menu, so does Rasika. You are also extremely close to both Brasserie Beck and Againn, both of which I like, although I like Againn more. I think BB has Sunday lunch, I think Againn is dinner only. Tosca is nearby for good Italian too, although more formal.

    Crabcake place might have been corduroy? Old Ebbitts has a nice raw bar, although not a huge fan of their normal food, it is ok, but very normal.

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    PS7 Restaurant
    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

    Brasserie Beck
    1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    Zaytinya
    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Oh Againn is definitely not dinner only - they have a really fantastic brunch, and the lunch options aren't bad at all either. On par, pricewise, I'd check out Bibiana for lunch, which is right by you (the panini are really interesting), and also Jaleo, which is a little further, but fun. I also second pizza at Matchbox, and Oya. I like Zengo a lot also.

      For (cheaper) lunch options, check out Thai Chili in Gallery Place.

      For late night? Hmmm....Clyde's? Five Guys? The food at RFD is edible?

      1. re: Raids

        Is Five Guys really worth it? I've heard there's some debate about it, especially from people who grew up with In 'N Out (like me).

        Thanks!

        1. re: yummyy

          There's debate about everything, and for you, it depends on how you define "worth it." If you're looking for a gourmet hamburger, there are several of those around. It's the debates between Ray's Hellburger and Five Guys that I don't get. Five Guys is a classic lunch counter burger like what was the standard (and which nobody compared) from the 50s. If you're in an In 'N Out mood while you're in town and there's a Five Guys nearby, give it a try. But don't drive across town for it. When I'm in California and I'm in a Five Guys mood, I'll occasionally go to an In 'N Out, but I always wish it was a Five Guys. Your experience, if you choose to have one, is likely to be similar but opposite. I doubt that you'll become a convert over one burger.

          Unless you're expecting a fine steak on a bun, you wouldn't be disappointed with a Five Guys burger. It's not the same (neither in a good or a bad way) as In 'n Out - no fancy sauces, no "creations." You get a choice of one patty or two, with or without cheese, with or without bacon, and the usual plus some unusual toppings. I've settled on a single with cheese, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, and green peppers - sounds kind of like a pizza without the tomato, doesn't it? - and I've always been satisfied about what came out of the bag. Quality differs a bit between the shops as there are a lot of them now, most franchised rather than company-owned, but as far as the basics are concerned, there really isn't a lot that can be different, and isn't.

          For me, the fries at Five Guys are a standout, and even a "regular" order (that's the smallest) is enough for three people. If there's one thing I could change about Five Guys it would be that they offer a one-person sized order of fries.

          1. re: MikeR

            I second everything MikeR said about Five Guys - I was applauding in my head all the while as I was reading it! Well, I get different toppings than he does, but there are lots of choices. Oh and he is so right -- if only they offered an order of fries for one person, I would get fries when I go there alone. As it is now, I never order them.

          2. re: yummyy

            In 'N Out is better than Five Guys, but Five Guys is still pretty good.

            1. re: Raids

              Fuve Guys is better than In 'N Out, but In 'N Out is still pretty good.

              1. re: MikeR

                here we go again....

                take it outside folks (smirking)

      2. i second Brasserie Beck, they have a late night happy hour 10pm to closing Thur, Fri, and Sat. The Belgian beers AND raw bar (best in city) 1/2 off. Nice bartenders (been comped a few times) and nearby.

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        Brasserie Beck
        1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: Jelyna

          I third Brasserie Beck - wonderful mussels and frites, among other things and a great - but expensive - Belgian beer list.

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          Brasserie Beck
          1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        2. I think that must have been Bistro D'Oc. Zaytinya and J&G Steak in the W have some great lunch deals that are worth checking out IMO. If you eat in the bar at proof you have have a glassof wine and an entree for $12.

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          Bistro D'Oc
          518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

          Zaytinya
          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          1. re: Giggling Gourmand

            GG: I agree that must have been Bistro d'Oc. can't think of anyplace around there that's 2-story and described as adorable. Slick, sleek, etc, sure. but 'adorable'? nah.

          2. I think Full Kee is open until 3 AM or so. I like it, but it gets mixed comments from others - H street around 6th

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

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            1. re: hill food

              Thank you all SO much! Unfortunately I didn't get to go to all of the places suggested, but I visit D.C. quite a bit. Thanks again!

            2. i know Central is open fairly late (probably until 10pm or so). A good place to eat at the bar and have an enjoyable meal after a long day.

              You are also not that far from the wonderful Bibianna. I think their pasta dishes can cure just about anything after a long day of work. I believe they serve until around 10-10:30pm. Brasserie Beck and Bistro D'Oc are also a great recommendations.

              For lunch you should check out Acadiana, Taylor's Gourmet, or Matchbox. I also hear good things about Againn, although I haven't been personally.

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              Brasserie Beck
              1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              Bistro D'Oc
              518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

              Acadiana
              901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001