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Aug 17, 2010 10:57 AM

Kosher IN DC?

Not in NOVA, not in Maryland but IN DC please. Casual is fine.

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  1. Eli's Deli is in Dupont Circle in DC. The DCJCC also near DuPont Cirtcle used to have a cafe but it has been opened and closed a bunch of times - not sure of the current status. George Washington University in Foggy Bottom also has a kosher cafe of some kind.

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    1. re: dfsny613

      Oh i MAY be near! Thanks!

      1. re: Prettypoodle

        The cafe in the DCJCC has been closed for some time. There are many, many Kosher choices in the Rockville, MD area, some are even metro accessible. Let us know if you would like info on these choices.

        1. re: mrsphud

          I will be in Georgetown and will not have a car, so DC itself is so much prefered, but thanks!

          1. re: Prettypoodle

            Eli's is wonderful and actually much better than the places in Rockville. You will not be embarrassed to take a non-kosher friend or colleague.

            You can walk there from Dupont Circle. They have a web site so you can check out the menu. Just note that the sales tax rate in DC is very high so plan accordingly.

            1. re: SoCal Mother

              Thew menu made me want to go there, it looks great. it will only be me this trip, but it is good to know I coudl take soemone there and not cringe.

              I sadly know about he tax rate in DC, but thanks for mentioning it. I used to live in NOVA and went to DC weekly.

              1. re: Prettypoodle

                I usually tip by doubling the tax (unless DH is with me because he can actually do the math.) Since we were a pretty demanding bunch I assumed that the high tax rate was there to help me...

      2. re: dfsny613

        The DCJCC cafe is currently closed. Still is tourist season so might want to make a reservation for Eli's. Went for dinner a couple of weeks ago on a weeknight and had to wait about 20 minutes for a table, It had been about a year since I'd last gone and I thought the food had significantly improved. I got a pastrami sandwich and chili. The only complaint was about grilled chicken breast, they thought it was dry (I tasted it and agree). Eli's also has a falafel/schwarma hole in the wall next door to the restaurant. It's ok, nothing special. Depending on how you feel about its kashrus, Maoz might also be an option. It's on M St. between 18th and 19th in Dupont.

        1. re: elmoz

          I wont be there until November, but thanks for the heads up. As for my personal level of kahruit... I want people on the board to still like me. Lets just say I was raised C consdider myself C but keep a pretty strict kitchen. <g> I do like to try to support the local to where I am Kosher palces and had this place been open when I lived in NOVA i would have been "an as often as I could" regular.

      3. Trader Joe's, Safeway and Whole Foods has a ton of kosher stuff. I've stayed in Dupont many times and just wound up going to the supermarkets

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        1. re: pitagirl

          I will just be there for the day but thanks for the tips.

          1. re: cappucino

            The menu looks FABULOUS! I really hope I can swing by there when i am down there. I have to go both in November and in December. I may not make it there until December (I will be carrying way less on the early part of that trip) but it is on the "do try" list!!

            1. re: Prettypoodle

              I find Eli's pretty blah. The service can be incredibly poor. Walk right out if there is a big busload of people, which is fairly common. Stay with the simple things like burgers and meatloaf. The chocolate cake is quite good. I actually prefer their take out shwarma place next door.

              1. re: SimonF

                Oh no. I am not a big fan of burgers and have not had meatloaf since 1975! (seriously) I do love a good shwarma though and will ONLY eat one at a Kosher place.

                1. re: Prettypoodle

                  Oh dear. I was going to recommend exactly that - the burgers and the meatloaf. Our waitress was even kind enough to find some gravy to put on my meatloaf. (I told you there was a reason I tip generously...)

                  The kid who ordered the burrito and the matzah ball soup was happy.

                  Look - you don't order deli in a place that doesn't make it on site. You'll get the same old Aaron's like every other place in the US. Get something cooked. If you want deli, come here to California and I'll take you to Jeff's on Pico in LA, or go to Brooklyn and go to wherever Essex on Coney moved to.

                  1. re: SoCal Mother

                    Essex became caraville and they closed. I've gone to Mendy's but it's just not good! Would you believe there is no good kosher deli in brooklyn!