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Nov 15, 2010 04:41 PM

Georgia Avenue Between Shepherd Park

Every once in a while, I drive down Georgia Ave from Shepherd Park to Petworth. There are many small ethnic restaurants along the road that look interesting but I have never stopped to try. Before I move from the area, I want to try at least one of them. (I am making a list of places to try in the region before moving in 2.5 months.)

Are there any restaurants on Georgia Ave between Shepherd Park and Petworth that I should try?

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  1. How about Domku for Scandinavian fare in a charming location?

    Domku Bar & Cafe
    821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

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    1. re: katecm

      I have been to Domku and love it. Actually that is when I see these restaurants mostly is when I am driving down to Domku or the pizza place in Columbia Heights. They look interesting but I have not tried them yet. There are a number of international restaurants that look to have authentically prepared cuisine.

      Domku Bar & Cafe
      821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

    2. you should check out Tacqueria Distrito Federal on 8th and kennedy. their main location is in columbia heights but the kennedy street location is just as good

      1. My husband and I live in Brightwood, just below Shepherd Park. Here are some to think about:

        Chez Auntie Libe is 'Senegambian' food--West African. It's at 6115 Georgia Avenue (between Quackenbos and Rittenhouse); phone number is (202) 531-2561. When my husband and I went there, the lady behind the cash register was doing everything--waiting tables, cooking--it's very 'homey' and pleasant, but just don't be in hurry for your food. Folks who have spent time in Africa (former Peace Corps, etc.) seem to love this place.

        Fusion (4815 Georgia Avenue; (202) 726-2210) is *absolutely first-rate* Indian food. The chef-owner is a doll--lovely guy--and my husband and I love the food. I believe the chef-owner worked at Rasika before opening his own place--he lives right around the corner from his restaurant so he is really committed to the neighborhood. We go frequently, because the food is great and we want to support him; there is simply nothing else in its class in the immediate area, in our opinion. It's at the corner of Ga. Ave. and Delafield Place.

        Right next door to Fusion is Moroni & Brothers (4811 Georgia Avenue (202) 829-2090)--it's a good pizza joint.

        Nile Market and Restaurant (7815 Georgia Ave., right across from Morris Miller liquor store) is Ethiopian and according to some friends, quite authentic. It got some nice reviews on Yelp.

        Teddy's Roti Shop (7304 Georgia Ave.)--a couple of blocks from Walter Reed--just up from the intersection of Geranium and Ga. Ave. I'm vegetarian and really liked the vegetarian roti that I ordered, plus they serve this really great ginger drink.

        While not on Ga. Ave., one area cafe I like is Senbeb (6224 3rd St., N.W.). It's close to Coolidge High School and an easy walk from the Takoma Metro. The chef, Khepra Anu, is a raw foodist and makes really creative raw food meals as well as cooked vegan meals. This place is a cafe, not a sit-down restaurant, and no booze, but I love the food and think Khepra is a real asset to the community.

        While not a small ethnic restaurant, if you haven't tried the Brightwood Bistro (corner of Ga. Ave. and Missouri), you might want to give it a visit. The chef made me a fantastic vegetarian meal that was easily the equal of what I used to get at Vegetate, and my husband liked his pork chops.

        Domku is charming too; we go there frequently.

        Hope this helps.

        Rasika Restaurant
        633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Domku Bar & Cafe
        821 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011

        Senbeb Cafe
        6224 3rd St NW, Washington, DC 20011

        Teddy's Roti Shop
        7304 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20012

        Brightwood Bistro
        5832 Georgia Ave. NW, washington, DC 20011

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        1. re: eam531

          It's great to know Chez Aunty Libe is still around! Last time I spoke to her, about a year ago, times were tough.... I happen to love the yassa chicken (mustard and onion), the manioc (cassava leaf stew), the maffe (peanut sauce), and the whole fish. This is a place worth taking a group to. Some of the flavors are quite strong, but they are really worth sharing. I love this place!

          Nex time you get food from there, call a day in advance and see if she can make her thiackry for dessert. Fromage blanc with millet, vanilla sugar, and orange blossom water. Like a liquid cheesecake. Phenomenal.

          What have you had at Senbeb?

          Chez Aunty Libe
          6115 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20011

          1. re: Steve

            Just the raw/living food--raw 'pizza', raw 'lasagne', a terrific marinated kale salad. You need to call and ask what he has available, as I think he makes what he feels like making on any given day. I've also bought fresh coconut water from him as well--he whacks open the coconuts and sells the water by the pint/quart, IIRC.