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MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 08:10 AM

A friend & I have a couple of hours to kill before an event near 14th & T so we are looking for dinner suggestions. Can be casual and would be great to have some veg options on the menu. So far I have come up with:
Creme
Cafe St-Ex
Bar Pilar
Cork
Creme
Marvin
Dukem
Busboys & Poets (her choice)
Vinoteca
Eatonville (too far?)

Am I missing anything?

Thanks!

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Vinoteca
1940 11th street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bar Pilar
1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Eatonville Restaurant
2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Busboys & Poets
1390 V St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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    hamster RE: MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 08:32 AM

    Eatonville is actually closer than Busboys, so I don't think it's too far.
    I am not a fan of Creme or Cork.

    I *love* Bar Pilar's food. That would be my choice. Though depending on what day of the week it is, it is often hard to get a table there.

    My second favorite is DC Noodles, which has surprisingly carefully prepared Asian noodle dishes - somewhat of a Thai bent but all sorts of stuff. 14th and U.

    For super casual, Point Chaud crepes opened up recently. It's at 14th and R, I believe. Pretty solid, but nothing fancy.

    Estadio, the new Spanish tapas place being opened by the Proof people, may be opening this week, but you should check their website to confirm. It's at 14th and Q'ish. I'm sure the food there will be amazing.

    You could also consider Posto, which has fancy Italian. It's at 14th and P. It has the feel of a high-end Penn Quarter-type restaurant.
    Coppi's is a yuppie pizza place, 14th and U. I think this place is pretty reliable, and very cute atmosphere (dark, cozy, narrow).

    There's also Masa 14, small plates Asian-Latin fusion at 14th between S and T. I think it's overpriced for the portion size, but what I tried there was pretty tasty. Also a high-end trendy vibe.

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    Bar Pilar
    1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Eatonville Restaurant
    2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Coppi's Restaurant
    1414 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Masa 14
    1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      Steve RE: MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 08:34 AM

      It's worth it to go another couple of blocks (especially if you have a couple of hours), bypass Dukem, and go to Etete or Queen Makeda on 9th between T and U Sts, NW. Plenty of recs already on this board about the two - certainly very good veg options.

      Of the others, Bar Pilar offers your best opportunity for veg small plates in a hip yet totally downscale bar setting. A bit pricey for what you get, but fine execution.

      http://www.barpilar.com

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      Etete
      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Queen Makeda
      1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Bar Pilar
      1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. woodleyparkhound RE: MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 08:51 AM

        I haven't been to Eatonville, but I have heard negative comments about their food.

        If the weather is nice and if you have the time, you might want start off by having a drink on the deck upstairs at Marvin before heading off for dinner elsewhere.

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          hamster RE: woodleyparkhound Jul 14, 2010 09:15 AM

          Good idea on Marvin. Another option is the Gibson. I finally tried the Gibson (next door to Marvin) a few nights ago and was surprised to see they have an outdoor patio as well. I was blown away by my (very expensive) cocktail, the Tidal Basin Picnic. Wow. This place has such an interesting menu of unusual and very carefully crafted drinks. Very cool.

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            foodtrip RE: woodleyparkhound Jul 18, 2010 08:29 AM

            I can confirm those negative comments about the food at Eatonville. We went there for dinner about a month ago prior to a show at the Lincoln Theater, primarily because it was very close to the theater. The food was solidly mediocre. There was nothing about the experience that I could recommend.

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            Eatonville Restaurant
            2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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            Elyssa RE: MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 11:46 AM

            Since you are looking for veggie options maybe Ethiopian would be a good choice. I've never been to Dukem, but I hear good things. I personally love Etete.

            Cork also could work (make sure to get the avocado dish and the brioche sandwich (maybe you can ask for it without the meat for the vegetarian). There are a number of non-meat items there though.

            You might also consider Ulah.

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            Etete
            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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              MrsWheatie RE: MrsWheatie Jul 14, 2010 12:07 PM

              Wow thanks for the great replies!! It seems to be getting nicer outside by the minute. Will we have trouble getting a table around 6-6:30 this evening?

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                vanillafoodie RE: MrsWheatie Jul 17, 2010 04:42 PM

                MASA14 - 1825 14th St. Was there last night. Out of this world and Manhattan vibe crowd (if possible in Washington;-)) Try the duck confit flat bread, the grilled octopus, the oysters...I could go on. Want to go back now. Really really great food - best experience in town for a long time.

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                  chicken kabob RE: vanillafoodie Jul 17, 2010 05:09 PM

                  I have only been to Marvin and Creme. I prefer Creme. They have the best mushroom appetizer and coconut cake.

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                  MrsWheatie RE: MrsWheatie Jul 18, 2010 10:28 AM

                  Thanks for all the recs!! We ended up staying at Marvin until the event. Food was meh, but a serviceable Hendricks G&T.

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