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Jan 14, 2011 05:17 PM

Foodie Family staying in DuPont Circle...need fave spots!

My husband, and 2 kids (14 and 11 who LOVE to eat!) are coming to DC in early March to be tourists but would love to have great spots to eat at...please help!! We love ethnic, burgers, anything and everything. thanks...

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  1. We just had dinner at Estadio last night and everything was phenomenal! It is a small plates restaurant, and can be a bit pricey, so check the menu to make sure it is what you're looking for. My husband is a chef, so we are quite critical of DC Restaurants but had nothing but positive things to say for Estadio. Space is small, but comfy. Lots of options for the more adventurous (foie gras mousse, sweatbreads) and some options for the less adventurous (spice grilled chicken, tortilla espanola). Everything was 100% delicious!

    1. My favorite place when I lived in Dupont Circle (I left in 1999) was Obelisk, on P Street west of the Circle.

      It's expensive. It's prix fixe (or used to be). And it continues to get good reviews in the internet age:

      1. Cheap and very delicious:

        Papusas, tamales, and carne deshilada (with egg) at El Rinconcito at 11th and M Sts., NW Salvadoran.

        Peri Peri chicken - order the quarter dark spicy at Nando's Peri-Peri, near 7th and H Sts. Mozambiquan.

        Duck stuffed with shrimp paste and oyster and ginger casserloe at Kull Kee (Cantonese)

        Breadline, sandwich shop near the White House. Midweek lunch only. Italian Sausage Sandwich, felafel, egg salad sandwich.

        Toasted marshmallow milkshake at Good Stuff Eatery, a humburger shop on Capitol Hill. Next door at We the Pizza don't miss the homemade sodas, sour cherry or vietnamese coffee (with an extra shot).

        If you want to get fancier, then go hit Central Michel Richard for innovative combination of French and casual American cuisines. Food is very rich here, so go easy on the ordering. They have charcuterie, burgers, and everything in between. Banana Split dessert is meant to share, but you won't want to.

        Central Michel Richard
        1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

        Nando's Peri-Peri
        819 7th St NW, Washington, DC

        Good Stuff Eatery
        303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

        Rinconcito Cafe
        1129 11th St NW Ste Lowr, Washington, DC 20001

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        1. re: Steve

          And their "faux gras" is one of the best things I've EVER eaten.

        2. Within walking distance of the Circle:
          Tabard Inn (book soon if you want to have brunch, also a good place for breakfast)
          Pizzeria Paradisio
          Bombay Club

          2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

          Bombay Club
          815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

          1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Tabard Inn
          1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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          1. re: nytdct

            Mourayos for Greek

            1732 Connecticut Ave NW Ste 100, Washington, DC 20009

          2. Bistro du coin for french/belgian bistro food. go to the website and look at the menu and you will go there. on the circle.

            Pizza Paradisso on P street 1/2 block west of the circle for wood burning stove gourmet pizza's.

            Penns Quarter/ Chinatown is easily and safely a 5 minute subway ride away. Take the red line metro from dupont circle towards Silver Spring and exit at Chinatown/Gallery Place. good choices there include 1. Zayania (greek/ middle east small plates) 2. Jaleo (excellent tapas)
            3. Matchbox: gastropub with very good sliders with onion rings, wood burning stove gourmet pizzas and more 4. Acadiana: Cajun 5. Sunday latin tapas brunch at Cafe Atlantico 6. Eat First- get the clams in black bean sauce, XO shrimp, roasted duck and roasted pork, hongkong style wonton soup with noodles and shrimp dumplings, clay pot chicken with ginger and mushrooms, the best lo mein anywhere. alternative with much of the same is the Chinatown Express. 7. Philly style subs at Taylor Gourmet

            Cafe Atlantico
            405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

            Eat First Restaurant
            609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Taylor Gourmet
            1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

            Chinatown Express
            126 Carroll Island Rd, Baltimore, MD 21220

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

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              1. re: chicken kabob

                Coco Sala-near Penn Quarter. Several dessert tasting menus, specializing in chocolate, and small plates for dinner (i.e mac & cheese w/ choc. covered bacon.)