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Ideas for lunch on Saturday

small fry Dec 7, 2010 06:15 PM

My husband and I are spending the night at the Palomar on Saturday. We already have dinner reservations but are looking for ideas for lunch before we check in. It can be pretty much anywhere in DC, but easy parking would be a bonus. I'm pescatarian and my husband eats meat. Any ideas? (Yes, we know about Urbana next door but would like to try something different:))

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    MrsWheatie RE: small fry Dec 8, 2010 06:04 AM

    Black Salt

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      small fry RE: MrsWheatie Dec 8, 2010 04:32 PM

      Thanks for the idea. After looking at the menu there are too many things I wouldn't be able to eat or would need to change due to food allergies (nuts & capers). Any other ideas?

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      will_5198 RE: small fry Dec 8, 2010 04:47 PM

      Palena just started serving lunch in their expanded space, and it's not too far from the hotel.


      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        Elyssa RE: will_5198 Dec 8, 2010 05:51 PM

        Palena now serves lunch???? Woohoo!!!

        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          Jeserf RE: Elyssa Dec 12, 2010 02:19 PM

          but they totally changed their fry plate, negating any reason for me to go to the cafe again. I'm heartbroken.

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            hamster RE: Jeserf Dec 12, 2010 04:15 PM

            How did they change it?

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        Elyssa RE: small fry Dec 8, 2010 05:50 PM

        Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle is a short walk from your hotel and is a great little neighborhood spot serving New England-style seafood. A nice place for a Saturday lunch (the location listed below is in Alexandria. There is also one in Dupont Circle).

        Another option right down the street from your hotel is Pizzeria Paradisio. Great, fresh pizza and beer.

        If you are looking to get out of the neighborhood you can drive or walk over to the 14th Street/Logan Circle area and head to Cork for small plates and wine (make sure to get the delicious avocado and pistachio dish or the brioche sandwich), Cafe St. Ex, or Masa 14.

        Hank's Oyster Bar
        1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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

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          spinachandchocolate RE: Elyssa Dec 10, 2010 06:32 PM

          Cork is so overrated for it's food. Definitely can find a lot better for lunch. I would also suggest Mourayo in Dupont for good Greek food.

          1732 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20009

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          spinachandchocolate RE: small fry Dec 10, 2010 06:30 PM

          Head over to Capitol Hill area (parking shouldn't be too bad on the weekend) and eat at the adorable/cozy Bistro Cacoa (NOMA) or Cava in Eastern Market.

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            small fry RE: small fry Dec 12, 2010 01:33 PM

            Thanks for all of the suggestions! We went to Pizzeria Paradiso and had a great lunch.

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              Jeserf RE: small fry Dec 12, 2010 02:20 PM

              did you eat at Urbana? If so, can you report? I've never eaten there, but am having my wedding at the Palomar, where all the food will be from Urbana.

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                small fry RE: Jeserf Dec 12, 2010 05:11 PM

                We only ate dessert and breakfast there this trip but we have eaten from their bar menu in the past. The dinner menu always looks great, and in hindsight we probably would have had a better experience there last night than we did at the restaurant we chose. There was a wedding at the Palomar last night and we overheard guests raving about it at breakfast this morning. Stop by and try it out!

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                  Jeserf RE: small fry Dec 13, 2010 03:16 AM

                  yeah, we never get over there but I'm glad there was a wedding while you were there with people talking positively about it! I can't find ANYONE who has had a wedding there to discuss any of it, so that's still something good to hear!

                  We have a tasting in January, that's probably the soonest I'll get there, but we will try to get a full meal in there before the big day.

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                  spinachandchocolate RE: Jeserf Dec 13, 2010 10:18 AM

                  I have had one too many bad meals at Urbana. The food is subpar in an upscale atmosphere. We have ordered a variety of things, but after talking to others, too, they have similar views. I think they are bad at executing, especially when the restaurant is busy or they're under stress. Hopefully a new chef will come on before your wedding.

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                    Jeserf RE: spinachandchocolate Dec 13, 2010 11:05 AM

                    thanks for the input. I don't know anything about the chef, but have generally had good meals at kimpton hotels around the country. hopefully we'll make wise selections Otherwise, oh well!

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