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raekwonthechef Jul 21, 2010 11:50 AM

i just moved from LA and i grew up east of LA when i was a kid, but honestly where is the food at in DC? are there any privately owned burger places. i been to five guys back in CA so just looking for something new. also 24 hour things? mainly im looking for places to eat that arent restaurants with waiters and all that. any place real unique to dc. i been to bens but its like tommys back home so it wasnt the new experience i wanted.

  1. t
    TenleyExpat Aug 7, 2010 05:28 PM

    24 hours places in dc:

    Steak and egg: chesapeake and wisconsin, NW
    The Diner: 18th st. Adams Morgan
    American City Diner: Connecticut Ave and Fessenden or Garrison st or one of those.
    Georgetown Cafe: Wisconsin and P
    Not quite 24hr, but they are open late and will sell beer after last call: Jackey Cafe, 7th
    and H

    I'm sure there are more, but I can't think of them.

    American City Diner
    5532 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

    Jackey Cafe
    611 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    1. Father Kitchen Aug 7, 2010 04:20 PM

      And for heaven's sake don't overlook Roy's Place in Gaithersburg, one of the greatest sandwich joints in the world.

      Roy's Place
      2 E Diamond Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

      1. r
        raekwonthechef Aug 7, 2010 09:44 AM

        thanks all for the suggestions, much appreciated. i tried good stuff, it was good haha. i liked their shakes and their mayo varieties.

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        1. re: raekwonthechef
          Dennis S Aug 7, 2010 09:51 AM

          What else have you had? Whattya still looking for - or are interested in?

          1. re: Dennis S
            raekwonthechef Aug 7, 2010 10:11 AM

            good shaved ice, Hawaiian bbq and donuts. dunkin donuts seems to have a monopoly on the donut game. i dont really like dunkin donuts. can you help with this random list.

            1. re: raekwonthechef
              Dennis S Aug 7, 2010 01:15 PM

              Can't help you with any of that, sorry. Just like Texas BBQ, NY pizza, and um.....

              1. re: raekwonthechef
                MikeR Aug 7, 2010 02:28 PM

                I can't think of a Hawaiian BBQ/plate lunch place in the area like they have in LA. Probably too far from Hawaii. But then I've tried a couple around LA and didn't find them very exciting. Some bakeries have better donuts, but you're right, except for someone's favorite hole-in-the-wall bakery, Dunkin is the usual source for donuts, and there really aren't all that many of them around here. We used to have a Fractured Prune (fresh donuts made while you wait) in Fairfax, but that's gone - actually replaced by a better Thai restaurant than Prune was a donut shop.

                You're in DC now, so forget LA foods and learn to eat like a native.

                1. re: raekwonthechef
                  flavrmeistr Aug 8, 2010 01:17 PM

                  Baltimore has shaved ice stands everywhere. Forget the Hawaiian bbq and check out the pit beef. Notta lotta donuts, neither.

                  1. re: raekwonthechef
                    Lori D Aug 9, 2010 06:43 AM

                    Slice n Dice, in Crystal City, for donuts.

                2. re: raekwonthechef
                  chowser Aug 7, 2010 03:13 PM

                  Where are you and how far do you want to travel? Do you have a car? That would help narrow it down.

                  What kind of shaved ice? There is plenty of bing soo here, one place does Taiwanese shaved ice that I can think of. Donuts are a sore spot, hard to find a good place. I have not seen any Hawaiian barbecue places here.

                3. h
                  hamster Jul 22, 2010 12:25 PM

                  I think Rogue States (gourmet burgers) near Dupont is open very late.

                  Not sure about the hours for these places, but these are some of my favorite casual spots in DC proper:
                  Taylor Gourmet for good sandwiches, either Mount Vernon Square or H Street locations.

                  Dangerously Delicious Pies - pricey but good. Also H St.

                  Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill.

                  Breadline or G Street Foods at lunch time, near the White House.

                  Felafel from Maoz (south of Dupont on M and 19th) or Old City Cafe (Columbia Rd. in Adams Morgan).

                  Maybe try the new Empanadas place on P St. near Dupont.

                  Florida Avenue Grill for diner food, DC institution. Late hours I believe.

                  There are some Caribbean places around the city, though I'm no expert. Negril, Tropicana, are a few that come to mind.

                  Florida Avenue Grill
                  1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  Dangerously Delicious Pies
                  1036 Light St, Baltimore, MD

                  Taylor Gourmet
                  1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

                  Good Stuff Eatery
                  303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

                  Old City Cafe
                  1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  G Street Food
                  1706 G St NW, Washington, DC 20006

                  1. f
                    flavrmeistr Jul 22, 2010 09:49 AM

                    I know what you mean. LA has about four non-chain burger joints per block and an equal number of donut shops and taquerias. Lots of decent diners and places like Hoff's Hut that are informal, but have good food. Well, this ain't LA. Welcome to DC. Inside the Beltway, it's $12 burgers, $20 breakfasts, $10 drafts. There are a few here, but you gotta dig for 'em.

                    1. m
                      mymomisthebestcook Jul 22, 2010 07:27 AM

                      Theres a 24-hr, hole in the wall, but extremely yummy, kabob joint, Kabob Palace.

                      Kabob Palace
                      2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

                      Kabob Palace
                      2315 S Eads St, Arlington, VA 22202

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                      1. re: mymomisthebestcook
                        dinwiddie Jul 22, 2010 08:50 AM

                        For locally owned burger joints, Urban Burger MD and Ray's Hell Burger in VA.

                        Ray's Hell Burger
                        1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

                      2. s
                        Steve Jul 21, 2010 06:22 PM

                        Never a waiter:

                        In the same neighborhood as Ben's is Oohhs and Aahhs, a coastal carolina soul food joint. 4 stools in front of a tiny kitchen. Not as cheap as it looks. Go for the grilled shrimp, the broiled crabcake and the lemon pepper wings. Greens ans rice with gravy as sides.

                        Pimento Grill, East of the River, has great oxtail brown stew and chicken curry. Cabbage adn rice with peas fpr sides. Jamaican place. They also make great drinks like carrot lime juice.

                        Taqueria El Charrito Caminante in Arlington for the goat tacos.

                        In Falls Church, Song Que in Eden Center for great Banh Mi, and they have seats to eat in.

                        Order at the counter at Joes' Noodle House in Rockville. Wontons in red hot sauce.

                        Good Stuff Eatery for the toasted marshmallow milkshake. The sunnyside burger - with egg and bacon - is very good.

                        That should get you started.

                        Eden Center
                        Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

                        El Charrito Caminante
                        2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

                        Good Stuff Eatery
                        303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

                        Pimento Grill Restaurant
                        4405 Bowen Rd SE, Washington, DC 20019

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                          Raids Jul 21, 2010 01:50 PM

                          It is much easier to find good restaurants with waiters and all that. It would help if you'd say what neighborhood/suburb you're in.

                          1. viperlush Jul 21, 2010 12:53 PM

                            I highly recommend that you read this board and search since your request is so broad.

                            Some links to get you started:


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