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mc22 Jul 6, 2010 08:32 PM

I moved away from DC around a year ago... looking for something new when I come back to visit. Favorite restaurants are Cork, Granville Moore's, Central if we're feeling fancy... anything I'm missing? Would love some suggestions!

  1. woodleyparkhound Jul 12, 2010 07:34 AM

    Brand-spankin'-new is Spike's new place, We The Pizza, which will be opening this week. It's next door to his burger joint "Good Stuff Eatery" which is excellent and has the best shakes in town - and which itself may be new to you. I have high hopes for WTP as GSE is so good.

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      weezycom Jul 8, 2010 04:40 PM

      I've heard pretty good things about Kellari, but I haven't been. Maybe another 'hound can give it a first-hand thumbs-up or thumbs-down

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        hill food Jul 9, 2010 10:06 PM

        not ridiculous, but not for the budget cautious, a def. "thunbs up" for Kellari

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        leah Jul 8, 2010 11:49 AM

        Ripple in Cleveland Park! its only been open for a month or so. a "must visit" food and wine spot.

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          chicken kabob Jul 8, 2010 01:27 PM

          leah- i just read about Ripple! looks interesting. what do you recommend?

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            leah Jul 9, 2010 01:17 PM

            depends on your preference. everything is fresh and seasonal and changes accordingly. I also like their garlic french fries. Love the lamb. Love the fish dishes

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            Raids Jul 8, 2010 01:33 PM

            And what's it like? Is there enough bar space to go just for the bar, or do you need to go for dinner?

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              leah Jul 9, 2010 01:16 PM

              yes you certainly can go just to the bar and feel completely comfortable

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            hamster Jul 8, 2010 11:02 AM

            Since you mentioned Granville Moore's, there are a bunch of new places on H Street, most of which I haven't tried yet. Dangerously Delicious Pies is pretty good for casual sweet and savory pies. There is also Souk (middle Eastern), Ethiopic, Star and Shamrock (Irish bar fusion with Jewish deli), Biergarten Haus (with large outdoor beer garden), and others.

            Heard good stuff about Ted's Bulletin on Barracks Row.

            Was Birch and Barley open when you were here? If you're into beer, supposedly this is an amazing place. It's been getting a lot of buzz. 14th St. and Rhode Island.

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            Dangerously Delicious Pies
            1036 Light St, Baltimore, MD

            Birch and Barley
            1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            Ted's Bulletin
            505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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              Raids Jul 8, 2010 11:14 AM

              Oh right! Birch and Barley is the restaurant downstairs - haven't been, but the bread board and desserts are supposed to be great. The beer lounge is upstairs, and is one of my favorite places in the city. They have upscale bar food also - flatbreads, charcuterie, etc. However, last I checked, it gets really, really busy. It could be better now, but I usually try and get there by 5:30pm on a weekday and 7:00 on a weekend. There are actually lines at other times sometimes. In DC. In Logan Circle. It's bizarre.

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              Birch and Barley
              1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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              Raids Jul 8, 2010 10:16 AM

              Second Kushi and Againn. Both casual, midrange places. The bar at Againn is a nice place to hang out also - there are a few bartenders who are really knowledgeable about whisky. If you go to Kushi you want to sit at the grill counter. I've found the izakuya items to be better than the sushi.

              Mendehlson is opening We the Pizza on the 19th - as mentioned in another thread - next door to Good Stuff, and a Cuba Libre is opening on 9th Street sometime, but I couldn't say when.

              A huge Buddha Bar has opened on 5th NW - it's fun once in awhile for sushi and the people watching, IMO, but it's probably not your thing. If you decide it is, I'd still recommend showing up before 10pm.

              1. ktmoomau Jul 7, 2010 10:04 AM

                I am really smitten with Againn.

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                  Steve Jul 12, 2010 07:38 AM

                  Againn and Lyon Hall, a quick walk from the Clarendon metro stop for innovative Alsatian food, dinner only. Also in Arlington Chez Manelle is a tiny spot near the Courthouse metro for Tunisian food and some unique dishes.

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                  dcandohio Jul 7, 2010 08:35 AM

                  Bistro La Bonne on U Street between 13th and 14th. It's French bistro fare (duh), and very reasonably priced.

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                  U Street Cafe
                  1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  1. woodleyparkhound Jul 7, 2010 08:32 AM

                    How about Kushi? It's new, delicious and different.

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                    Kushi Izakaya
                    465 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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