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What are your Top 3 monthly "go to" places in the D.C. Metro area?

Uptown Dave Oct 10, 2010 01:39 PM

O.K., so you're a foodie, and your friends are foodies. It's Thursday night and you decide that you and Carol want to go out for a good dinner and a nice bottle of wine. So you call up your friends, Ted and Alice and say, "Hey, we're going to _______ for dinner tonight, wanna join us? What is _______?

In other words, I am looking for a list of your Top 3 "go to" places -- the places you go at least once a month and possibly even once a week. The places where you are friends with the kitchen, the service staff, and the management. Not a foo-foo 12-course dégustation, or a place that requires you to bust open your piggy bank. Just good food, good wine -- no brainer.

  1. ashleyrar Oct 22, 2010 01:00 PM

    bar pilar
    red rocks

    1. Mississippi Snopes Oct 22, 2010 09:56 AM

      Cava (Capitol Hill)
      Ray's Hell Burger (Arlington)
      El Charrito Caminante (Arlington)

      El Charrito Caminante
      2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

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

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        Energy09 Oct 20, 2010 08:59 PM

        1. Hanks
        2. Taj of India (Georgetown)
        3. Cava Meze

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          Steve Oct 19, 2010 10:38 AM

          Nowadays I am most likely to be 'recognized' at Pupatella and Taqueria El Charrito Caminante (both in Arlington) and Queen Makeda in DC.

          El Charrito Caminante
          2710 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201

          Queen Makeda
          Washington DC, Washington, DC

          5104 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22203

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            SandyCat Oct 19, 2010 08:20 AM

            I don't go out a lot, but when I do, here's where I go for no-brainer cheap eats:

            1.) Etete
            2.) Pollo Sabroso
            3.) Kramerbooks & Afterwords

            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
            1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

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            1. re: SandyCat
              Elyssa Oct 21, 2010 07:51 AM

              Where/what is Pollo Sabroso?

              1. re: Elyssa
                SandyCat Oct 22, 2010 05:27 AM

                Pollo Sabroso is a Peruvian chicken place (much like Crisp N Juicy and all those). There are a couple in the Mount Pleasant area of DC (near the National Zoo). The chicken is awesome and so inexpensive. A lot of people complain about the tiny side salad they give you (it's not good), but uh... not really sure why they're wasting valuable stomach real estate when they could be shoving more chicken in their bodies.

                Mount Pleasant Cafe
                6001 Hillen Rd, Baltimore, MD 21239

                1. re: SandyCat
                  Elyssa Oct 22, 2010 08:16 AM

                  Is it anything like El Pollo Ricco (aka crack chicken)?

            2. c oliver Oct 18, 2010 08:27 AM

              Great thread! We're going to be in DC in about a month and this is coming with us.

              ETA: Just noticed that there's no map on the right side showing any of these places. Is that typical of DC?

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              1. re: c oliver
                Dennis S Oct 18, 2010 09:54 AM

                Usually it shows up. Not sure why not this thread.

                1. re: Dennis S
                  c oliver Oct 19, 2010 08:32 AM

                  Hey, this map etc. is there. Yay.

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                pineapple sage Oct 16, 2010 06:32 PM

                Radius Pizza (which deserves more attention around here)
                The cafe at Palena

                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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                  marianna trench Oct 16, 2010 07:20 AM

                  In NoVa now, so my 3 go-tos are:
                  Natta Thai
                  Dogfish Head
                  Sweet Ginger

                  If I still lived in MD, they would be Urban BBQ/Urban Burger; Nava Thai, and Dogfish Head. And Ray's the Classics at the bar, when the preschooler is not with me.

                  Ray's the Classics
                  8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

                  Nava Thai Restaurant
                  11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

                  Sweet Ginger
                  120 Branch Rd SE, Vienna, VA 22180

                  Natta Thai Restaurant
                  153 Glyndon St SE, Vienna, VA 22180

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                    PollyG Oct 14, 2010 09:10 PM

                    A&J -- where they give us grief if we show up without the kid!
                    Honey Pig
                    Thai by Thai

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                      Giggling Gourmand Oct 14, 2010 02:39 PM

                      Central (bar)
                      Liberty Tavern

                      The Liberty Tavern
                      3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

                      1. ktmoomau Oct 12, 2010 11:24 AM

                        The Lounge at Eventide- Steve the Bar Manager is a really great bartender mixologist, and I love the soft pretzels, bison sliders, locavore salad and so many other things.

                        Liberty Tavern- Nice selection of specials and seasonal ingredients at good prices. Nice thoughtful wine list. This is one of my all time favorites and I am so glad they are close.

                        Lebanese Taverna- something different, nice service.

                        Although my list has changed dramatically the past couple months after finding a gluten sensitivity, and we haven't been out as much this summer because we have been away so much this summer, we have only been home about 1-1 1/2 weekends per month. Plus a lot of places we frequent are more casual with no liquor license: Lebanese Taverna Market, Italian Store, etc.

                        If I lived a little closer the bar at Trummer's on Main would definitely be on this list.

                        Italian Store
                        3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

                        Lebanese Taverna Market
                        4400 Old Dominion Dr, Arlington, VA 22207

                        The Liberty Tavern
                        3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

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                          Elyssa Oct 11, 2010 08:42 AM

                          There are not many places that I go on a weekly basis. But the Top 3 places I tend to dine at a lot are:

                          1. Sichuan Pavillion (the 18th and K Street location)
                          2. PS7 (almost always at the bar)
                          3. Central (also usually at the bar)

                          Also since I live in Dupont Circle and dine a lot on my own, I tend to eat at Kramerbooks and Afterwards a lot. It's a good place to get a decent meal and a beer anytime of day, and they don't mind if you sit there for awhile with your book.

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

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                            DCDeb Oct 11, 2010 06:19 AM

                            I'm pretty casual when I am not at "foo-foo" places.

                            1. New Kam Fong
                            2. 2 Amys
                            3. Urban BBQ

                            You are also very likely to find me and BF at a cooking class at CulinAerie.

                            Urban BBQ
                            10163 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20903

                            1131 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005

                            New Kam Fong
                            2400 University Blvd W, Wheaton, MD 20902

                            1. Mister Big Oct 11, 2010 05:45 AM

                              Fresh Grill, Nava Thai, Mandalay.

                              Nava Thai Restaurant
                              11315 Fern St, Silver Spring, MD 20902

                              1. DanielK Oct 10, 2010 09:26 PM

                                In central MoCo, my regular 3 are:
                                1. Ray's the Classics
                                2. Spice Xing
                                3. A&J

                                Ray's the Classics
                                8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

                                Spice Xing
                                100-B Gibbs Street, Rockville, MD 20850

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                                  cambridgeMike Oct 10, 2010 05:15 PM

                                  dino. always love it. reasonably priced. good food and good wine.

                                  also, a table at the bar at rays the classics. amazing deal there and super friendly staff.

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