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DC recos near Marriot Wardman Park

Hey hounds,

I'll be staying in the aforementioned hotel from Wednesday-Sunday, and would love some solid recommendations. Not far from Adams-Morgan, so I'll be hitting that up once or twice, but something close would be great.

In particular, a good sushi rec would be appreciated, and also anything that would not appeal to the CPAC crowd (I'll eat anything if it's tasty) would probably be good.

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    1. In Adams-Morgan, I love Cashion's. But plan ahead and make a reservations, as it's usually quite full. In Woodley Park, I haven't been to New Heights since they brought in a new chef, but have loved it in the past. A bit further north in Cleveland Park, find time for Dino for excellent rustic Italian and killer wine list. I'd also recommend Palena, but I've heard a lot of complaints since they recently renovated.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      New Heights Restaurant
      2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

      1. I would highly recommend New Heights (I have been since the new Chef) and it is probably off the main CPAC map. I would also highly recommend Palena Cafe. I was just there last weekend and the food is stunning. People have been complaining about the decor. Any soup, homemade past or oxtail stew is a must order.

        Dino is also very good, as is, Indique Heights in Cleaveland Park. There isn't a lot of good chow in Adam's Morgan. Bourbon is probably your best bet for comfort food items.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        New Heights Restaurant
        2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

        Indique Heights
        2 Wisconsin Circle, Chevy Chase, MD 20815

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          Excellent. I've lined up New Heights, Dino and Indique for dinner the next three nights, and will fill in the blanks from there. Any other downscale/lunch options would be appreciated.

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          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

          Indique
          3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. re: kevin47

            For downscale lunch options, I like So's Your Mom and Amsterdam Falafel, both in Adams Morgan.

            SYM is take-out only (and cash only). They have a lot of good, well-priced sandwiches. I especially like their bacon, egg and cheese on a bagel for breakfast.

            AF is a couple of blocks further down 18th St. Good, freshly made falafel on pita with an excellent toppings bar. They sell fries too.

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            So's Your Mom
            1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Amsterdam Falafelshop
            2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I cannot wait to hit the convention floor with lunch from Amsterdam Falafel in hand. You have made my day.

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              Amsterdam Falafelshop
              2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

              1. re: kevin47

                Glad to hear it! You might also like Schwarma King (turn left on Columbia Rd., Adams Morgan). Good chicken schwarma - you choose your own toppings -- nice owner.

                Schwarma King
                1654 Columbia Road Northwest
                Washington D.C., DC 20009-3602
                (202) 462-8330

                1. re: woodleyparkhound

                  Old City Cafe is another option on Columbia Road. It has felafel and schawarma and a serve-yourself toppings bar, and I prefer it to both Amsterdam Felafel and Schwarma King.

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                  Old City Cafe
                  1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  1. re: hamster

                    I strongly agree with hamster re Old City (and didn't like Schwarma King the couple times I went there a while ago -- I live really nearby).

                    BUT if the goal is to annoy CPAC, kevin47, you really really should go to Mama Ayesha's (as dcandohio already suggested), Helen Thomas's favorite restaurant -- they even have a salad named after her and she's got a regular booth (I've seen her there a few times, although before her retirement, and I don't go often). It's a short walk from your hotel (closer than most of the places mentioned so far). It is a good restaurant, too! (if maybe not quite the level of your other dinner plans) -- Lebanese, I think perhaps Mama Ayesha was Palestinian?

                    Also, as an fyi, Open City has pretty good coffee and is perfectly good (for the basic diner type food on the menu) and convenient, but conventioneers do tend to go there, since it's right at the hotels.

                    I think the sushi place in Woodley Park is not supposed to be very good (nor any of the ones in Adams Morgan?), but if you do still have the sushi craving, you could go to Spices in Cleveland Park.

                    There's a pretty good Peruvian rotisserie chicken place in Adams Morgan, turn right on Columbia (more or less across the street from So's Your Mom -- I second the SYM rec, too) -- that's for your 'downscale' request. Also Julia's Empanadas, which is take-out, on 18th just past Columbia.

                    Enjoy!

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                    Open City
                    2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

                    So's Your Mom
                    1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

                    Old City Cafe
                    1773 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

                    1. re: mselectra

                      Ha. Not my goal to annoy the attendees. I'm here for a reason.

                      Had dinner at New Heights tonight. Had a nice celebrity spotting, which was cool, but the real celebrity was the bartender. I was extremely impressed by the gin selection, and the quality of the G & T's and martinis.

                      For food, I decided to go with small plates (a scallop "dumpling" and "tempura" rabbit) along with the charcuterie.

                      The charcuterie was delicious. It's all the rage in my home town, but New Heights has a deft hand at this. The rabbit rilette and venison prosciutto were real standouts.

                      The dumpling was phenomenal. Essentially, it is a scallop recreated as a poached egg, with punches of fruit and spice providing context.

                      The rabbit was pretty bad. The meat itself was over-cooked and dry, but the fry-batter had tons of flour residue that overwhelmed the dish. The soft-cooked egg was very nicely done, though the beans added very little. I showed the bartender the floured meat, and she happily discounted it from the tab.

                      That said, this is a destination place for me. A lot of great stuff here. Next time I'll hit up the full restaurant upstairs.

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                      New Heights Restaurant
                      2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

                      1. re: kevin47

                        Isn't the Gin Joint great? No one knows about it - it's such a great hidden gem. And it definitely makes you look at tonic differently.

                        1. re: kevin47

                          I too am addicted to the gin joint.

                2. re: woodleyparkhound

                  Good call. LOVE Amsterdam Falafel!

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                  Amsterdam Falafelshop
                  2425 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

            2. Afghan Grill, on Calvert just a short walk from your hotel, on the second floor of a building housing a nail salon, is tasty. Don't think it would be a big destination for CPAC folks. If you continue on Calvert over the bridge into Adams Morgam, Mama Ayesha's is on the left just over the bridge. Neither get lots of love on these boards, but both offer good food at reasonable prices without any nod toward tourists.

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              Afghan Grill
              2309 Calvert St NW 3, Washington, DC 20008

              1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/638207

                I asked the same question back in August '09. This is my thread. I really liked the Lebanese restaurant, and also Dino was v. good.