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klebb Feb 22, 2011 10:45 AM

I'm coming to DC in mid-June for 3 nights and am trying to map out my eating schedule. Unfortunately I only have dinner open which is on Friday night but I have all 3 lunches open.

I'm wide open as far as lunches go on price, ethnicity, etc... I just want something original and great.

For dinner I would like to check out Minibar but I don't anticipate being able to get a reservation. So any advice on fun fine dining would be great.

I've been to Citronelle, Oyamel, Zittynia (sp?) and a steakhouse whose name escapes me and while the first 3 I named were great I plan on changing it up.

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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    ViolentScarlet Feb 22, 2011 11:01 AM

    Where are you staying while in DC? I might try Jaleo for lunch - is owned by Jose Andres who also does Oyamel and Zaytinya, which you enjoyed, but is Spanish tapas. A nice scene, good sangria, and yummy if not world-changing tapas. If you're there on the weekend, I might also try the Latin Dim Sum Brunch at Cafe Atlantico...it's certainly original, not cheap, but I found the creativity and the taste to be worth the price. Jaleo and Atlantico are both near Chinatown.

    If you can get out to NoVa, the bar at Restaurant Eve's lickety split lunch is, IMO, the best lunch deal in town.

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    Restaurant Eve
    110 South Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

    Zaytinya
    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      KeithW Feb 22, 2011 02:18 PM

      Rasika is very popular with good reason, so that's one good option.

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

      1. woodleyparkhound Feb 22, 2011 06:58 PM

        There are several good lunch places that are only open Mon. through Fri. What are the days you'll be looking to have lunch?

        For dinner I highly recommend Komi - it's the single best meal I've had in DC. You would need to reserve well in advance though, like now, especially for a weekend night.

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        Komi
        1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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          klebb Feb 23, 2011 04:03 AM

          I'll be there for lunch friday through sunday.

          Komi is near the top of my list after doing some research. I hate they don't have a sample menu online but it seems to only get good praises so I can handle going in blind if it's that good.

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          Komi
          1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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            woodleyparkhound Feb 23, 2011 04:52 AM

            For lunch on Fri., i agree with VS above that the Lickety Split lunch is an unbelievable deal if you want to go upscale and don't mind traveling to King St., Alexandria. (Metro to King St., then take a free shuttle or walk 20 mins.). Eve is one of the best restaurants in the city (another place to consider for Fri. dinner if you won't be doing lunch there that day). The LS lunch is two divine courses of your choice for $13.50.

            http://www.restauranteve.com/menu/lic...

            For the best sandwich in town IMHO, and Fri. lunch is the only time it's served, try the pulled pork BBQ on ciabatta at Breadline (near the White House).

            Lots of people recommend CF Folks for M-F lunch (order from specials board only), but I haven't been yet. The Latin Dim Sum Brunch at Cafe Atlantico is highly recommended; I think it's Sunday only.

            Ray's Hellburger would be great for Sat. lunch. You haven't mentioned being tied to a particular area for your lunches. Are you?

            If you can get into Komi, I would definitely make it my top choice for dinner. Rasika would make a great Plan B. Reservations are tough there too, but not nearly as difficult as Komi -- especially this far out. Obelisk is also excellent.

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

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

            Komi
            1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

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          Steve Feb 27, 2011 12:43 PM

          Zaytinya is the correct spelling.

          For dinner you might want to consider Thai X-ing. Only 2 tables, so reserve well in advance. Dinner only. Casual, like eating in someone's basement apartment. An idiosyncratic place; I am not exactly sure what their dining policy is right now, but if you have a choice of what to order, go for the red curry salmon and the pad kana. It is possible that there is no choice......

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          Zaytinya
          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          1. ktmoomau Feb 28, 2011 07:47 AM

            Some ideas: I believe Palena is open for lunch, that would be an extraordinary lunch, but I don't know if they do it on weekends.

            I second Rasika.

            Weekend lunch can be tricky as funny as that sounds. Blue Duck has a good brunch with a lot of options.

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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