HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Are you making a specialty food? Tell us about it

DuPont Circle

Aliigator Feb 22, 2011 02:58 PM

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

  1. s
    spinachandchocolate Feb 22, 2011 03:09 PM

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

    7 Replies
    1. re: spinachandchocolate
      Aliigator Feb 23, 2011 05:04 AM

      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
        Elyssa Feb 23, 2011 06:15 AM

        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.

        1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

        1. re: Elyssa
          masonuc Feb 25, 2011 09:26 AM

          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
            Elyssa Feb 28, 2011 07:43 AM

            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.

            1320 19th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036

            1. re: Elyssa
              masonuc Mar 4, 2011 10:38 AM

              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
            Elyssa Feb 28, 2011 07:42 AM

            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
            LulusMom Feb 24, 2011 02:08 PM

            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. s
          Steve Feb 22, 2011 05:42 PM

          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.

          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. woodleyparkhound Feb 22, 2011 07:05 PM

            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).

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

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            1. h
              hamster Feb 23, 2011 04:59 AM

              Kabob House on P Street has really good Afghan kabobs, nice fresh bread.

              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.

              3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              1. k
                katecm Feb 23, 2011 09:16 AM

                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.

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

                1 Reply
                1. re: katecm
                  spinachandchocolate Feb 26, 2011 08:53 AM

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

                2. s
                  SandyCat Feb 23, 2011 01:49 PM

                  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!

                  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. e
                    elledeepea Feb 24, 2011 05:06 AM

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

                    1. c oliver Feb 24, 2011 02:05 PM

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


                      Darlington House
                      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

                      Show Hidden Posts