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DuPont Circle

Coming to DC in about 10 days. Looking for recs near DuPont Circle. Not expensive. Ethnic good.

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  1. Too general. Dupont is kind of huge for restaurants. Give cuisine/atmosphere suggestions.

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    1. re: spinachandchocolate

      Looking for good and tasty. Not too expensive but not really cheap. Not Chinese or Thai. Get that here in NY. Oh and not Italian.

      1. re: Aliigator

        Not a ton of ethnic eats directly in Dupont (except Heritage which is good for Indian).

        My suggestion would be to head over to U Street (a short walk or taxi ride) and get some Ethiopian at Etete. I also checked out DC Noodles (for Asian noodles) last week and really liked it.

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        Etete
        1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        U Street Cafe
        1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. re: Elyssa

          Plenty of ethnic in Dupont, even if you take out Chinese, Thai and Italian. Mandu (Korean). Raku (everything Asian). Sacrificial Lamb (cheap Indo/Pak). Heritage (Indian). New Kabob place on P. (Plus Moby Dick, Kabab-ji, and Levante's -- last one is the best). Malaysia Kopitiam. Zorba's (Greek). Do the Mexican/Tex-Mex places count?

          1. re: masonuc

            You think Levante's is the best?? What do you get there? I ate there years ago and thought it was solidly mediocre. Haven't been back in 10+ years despite living almost across the street.

            Agora is great for turkish/middle eastern small plates.

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            Levante's
            1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

            1. re: Elyssa

              Levante's is slightly above mediocre if you don't count the bread -- which is fantasticly good, best bread in the city. And frankly that's half the meal if you are talking Turkish/middle eastern food.

              Speaking of which, the new kabob place on P Street is out of this world, in a good way. They might put Moby Dick and Levante's out of business (okay mostly Moby Dick, Levante's is sort of a different market and more sit down, formal, and has a great patio).

          2. re: Elyssa

            Not directly in Dupont but walking and delivery distance: my favorite Chinese restaurant in DC (and in my opinion the only good one) is Sichuan Pavilion on 18th and K Street.

          3. re: Aliigator

            Short walk to many many Ethiopian places on U street and in Adams Morgan. That is a food that you can find more easily in DC than in NYC, and it is tasty and not expensive.

            I love Pizza Paradiso, but you've said no Italian.

        2. Bistro du Coin for informal French is the best spot. Go for the smoked mackerel salad and the croziflette.

          Kramerbooks and Afterwards for casual American as long as you don't order anything too demanding. Very good value.

          At 19th and M is Nooshi for pan-Asian. Noodle dishes are the most promising.

          Teaism is counter service light Japanese meals. Get a bento box. There are a few of these in the area, but this location is the best.

          Get the laksa at Malaysia Kopitiam. Can't go wrong with the tuna and egg noodle version. Order it spicy.

          This is not a good area for cheap and delicious. The first rec is the only really solid one.

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          Teaism
          2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

          Malaysia Kopitiam
          1827 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Nooshi Restaurant
          1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC

          1. Pizzeria Paradiso on P St. is one of the better pizza places in town. I like the Atomica. They have a very good beer selection as well.

            For very cheap and pretty good Greek food, try Zorba's -- (counter service).

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            Zorba's Cafe
            1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            1. Kabob House on P Street has really good Afghan kabobs, nice fresh bread.
              http://www.foodcornerkabob.com/

              Sweetgreen for very fresh salads and frozen yogurt. Chopt also has good compose-your-own salads.

              Make sure to get gelato at Dolcezza on Connecticut Avenue. The best gelato in town, really a destination place.

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              Sweetgreen
              3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. On top of these others, if you're looking for lunches I'd throw in Greek Deli on 19th, just don't plan for seating since there isn't any.

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                Greek Deli
                1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

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                1. re: katecm

                  Note this is only open at lunch on weekdays, but good nontheless.

                2. If you're tallying votes, I'll second Kramerbooks & Afterwords, Greek Deli (lunch only), Bistro du Coin, Dolcezza.

                  Malaysia Kopitiam I've only been to once, but I liked it. I also really enjoy the pho at Saigon Bistro, but am wary of recommending it because the most recent time I had it, the broth was a giant pool of salt... But every other time it was super yummy!

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                  Greek Deli
                  1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

                  Malaysia Kopitiam
                  1827 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
                  1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  1. Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe and Heritage India Brassiere (both ON Connecticut Avenue).

                    1. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch at the Dining Room at the Darlington House:

                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750685

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                      Darlington House
                      Washington, DC, Washington, DC