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Dec 16, 2010 07:33 AM

Lunch near spy museum?

Hi all -

Any recommendations for lunch this Friday near the spy museum (9th St NW and F St NW)? Not particular re: price point, just something delicious (could be fancier sit down or whole in the wall take out). Only things we don't want are Indian (doing Rasika that night) or Ethiopian.


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

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  1. There are lots of options in that area. I would go to Poste for New American cuisine, Jaleo for Spanish tapas, Acadiana for creole food or California Tortilla for cheap burritos and tacos.

    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: Elyssa

      I have found that Cal Tort to be going down the hill in the past year. So sad because I used to really like it.

      1. re: spinachandchocolate

        Really? Just the Gallery Place location? I think it continues to be consistently good. I love that place!

        1. re: Elyssa

          They are franchises, and yes, this one has gone downhill. The other ones are still pretty good. What other locations do you go to to make this judgment?

    2. If you want to go somewhere *really* convenient, or you're just as freezing as I am, try Zola next door. Plus, it's a 1,000 point opentable reservation. Last time I ate there was before they changed the menu (and chef?), so I'm not certain how it is now, but the buzz seems good. Before the switch, I had a fish entree that was kind of...meh. So maybe avoid any white, flaky fish options. Everyone else's entrees were great.

      1. Proof, Jaleo or Zaytinya. Zola and Poste aren't as good as these.

        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: Marty L.

          Hmmm...I'd say Proof is better than Jaleo and Zaytinya, then Poste, then Zola. But it's close in the middle. You could probably take any two random dishes from Zola and Proof, and the one from Proof will be better, but I had the capretto at Poste and it was as good as if not better than anything I've had at Jaleo. However, I do go to Jaleo more often and generally like it better there, and Zola would still be a solid pick.

          1. re: Raids

            Certainly better then Zaytinya...but I'm personally not a Zaytinya fan.

            701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        2. Chop House. A plus to the great food is the home brew micro beer. I love the old style bar and good groups of local office staff that are dropping in after a 9-5.

          1. I usually recommend Matchbox, but I recently had pretty lousy service there. Still good for pizza, burgers and drinks, and worth checking out. Maybe I was just there on a bad night.