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Need a date place that's not a date place. In D.C.

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Former SF Chowhounder here. I recently moved to DC and looking for a good place to take a date to this Saturday. Parameters:

-- Cuisine: Authentic and/or unique. Good beer selection important. A place like Churchkey that is not Churchkey and maybe skews a little
-- Neighborhood: Ideally, Columbia Heights, H Street, maybe 8th Street corridor. But I have a car and am open to anywhere.
-- Atmosphere: Fun, trendy, not stuffy, not too young (Adams Morgan makes me break out in hives). Divey yet upscale is the dream.
-- Price: Not a concern.

Suggestions?

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    1. Forget trying too hard, go to any of the Teaism branches, do not order noodles.

      If you just want to have drinks or just a snack, you can do that. If you want a meal, you can do that there, too. Good atmosphere to just talk, too. You can both pay separately or one of you can pay for the other when ordering your food. Not too much pressure either way.

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      Teaism
      2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      1. I didn't even know they served brunch and, given the Asian fusion theme, I wouldn't expect that would be their best meal. I think they are a good option for lunch-- salmon ochazuke, esp. on a cold day, or a bento box.

      2. How excellent does the beer selection have to be? The only places I know of in the District that rival Churchkey are the Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown, Brasserie Beck, the recently reopened former Brickskellar - Bier Baron, and maybe the Biergarten on H St?

        1. Granville Moore's. It's on H Street, lots of Belgian beers, good food (famous for the moules frites), and very cozy in a dilapidated way.

          Other options without the beer element: Souk (also on H Street), Moroccan small plates, very good food. Dark atmosphere.
          Ethiopic (also on H Street) - good Ethiopian, could be fun to eat with your hands.

          I had one other idea: Domku in Petworth. It has a funky Brooklyn-y feel to it. Polish/Slavic food, not sure about the beer selection. It's the kind of place that has funky decorations and none of the furniture matches, but it's up-scale.

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

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          1. re: hamster

            I was thinking Granville Moores too (except for the issue of them not taking reservations).

            1. re: Doh

              I always forget about that place because I still haven't been there, but it sounds great for the OP. And the OP asked for somewhere like Churchkey and they don't take reservations either.

            2. re: hamster

              Granville Moore's was the first place I thought of, as well. If the date goes well, Church & State (next door, above Fruit Bat) would be a great place stop after dinner for a cocktail.

              1. re: lilkimbo

                I'd also say Granville Moore's or, on Barracks Row as you mentioned, Ted's Bulletin.

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                Ted's Bulletin
                505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

              2. re: hamster

                Hamster, you are a STAR. Solid suggestions all around, but Domku sounds near-perfect. Thank you!

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

              3. Another vote for Granville Moore's. H St., divey, yet upscale (moules and frites and 2-3 beers per person came to $80-something for two), good beer selection, "fun, trendy, not stuffy" ...

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                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  Granville Moore would be perfect, but the one time I went there (on Saturday) the wait was two hours. I may give it a go anyway, because I've heard awesome things and this thread affirms my interest.

                  1. re: bjr26

                    Granville Moore's is sooooo good. Realy fun date place, go, be prepaired to wait, get on the list, and wait it out in The Pug - The bar just a couple doors down... good beers, divey kind of place, they have board games you can play and the locals are fun. all in all that is a good night out.