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lexvegas Feb 22, 2011 07:06 PM

Coming to DC area for weekend and would like to try a local specialty/cuisine that's particularly great in this neck of the woods. Have car, will travel, open to all kinds of foods. Your advice much appreciated!

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  1. woodleyparkhound RE: lexvegas Feb 22, 2011 07:15 PM

    That would be Ethiopian. The corner of 9th and U NW is the epicenter of this. Etete is my favorite, but there are several other good ones as well. I like Queen Makeda and Dukem and Ethiopic on H St. has gotten very good comments, though I haven't tried it yet.

    Parking isn't easy around U St., especially on a weekend night. You'd be better off taking the Metro if you are able (green line to U St., 10th St. exit).

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    Etete
    1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Queen Makeda
    1917 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      MikeR RE: lexvegas Feb 23, 2011 03:11 AM

      Ethiopian, Peruvian (and thereabouts) rotisserie grilled chicken, and half smokes (if you consider a half smoke "food").

      There really isn't a "native" DC area food like salmon in the Northwest, pastrami and bagels in New York City, etc. and now the famous Maryland crabs might come from anywhere, not just the Chesapeake Bay.

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        Elyssa RE: lexvegas Feb 23, 2011 06:16 AM

        I think you should check out some of the Ethiopian restaurants in DC. Etete is my personal favorite.

        Another fun thing might be to go on one of the DC Food Tours. They have a special one for Little Ethiopia: http://www.dcmetrofoodtours.com/ethio...

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        Etete
        1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          Lori D RE: lexvegas Feb 23, 2011 07:48 AM

          Depending upon where you are coming from, Vietnamese would fit the bill. We have one of the largest concentrations of Vietnamese people in the US (but behind California), and the biggest Vietnamese shopping center on the East Coast - Eden Center.

          If that interests you, search the board for a lot of discussion.

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          Eden Center
          Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

          East Coast Cafe
          44 Calvert St, Annapolis, MD 21401

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            tabicket RE: lexvegas Feb 23, 2011 08:33 AM

            I would second Ethiopian and Vietnamese. If you want Ethiopian that's a little off the beaten path (or nice mix of Middle Eastern Food in general), try the Build America strip mall in Northern VA. The address of one place in here is 813D S George Mason Dr Falls Church, VA 22216. There are tons of interesting restaurants here. If you're not feeling adventurous or want something a little classier go with U st.
            I would also add Korean to the list. All of the good ones are in Annandale, Va.

            1. GraydonCarter RE: lexvegas Feb 24, 2011 12:22 PM

              I was thinking that compared to the rest of the country, the only thing that D.C. specializes in is politicians, and as they say, where does your congressman go for lunch? It depends on who's paying. The only thing they won't eat is crow.

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                Stacys RE: lexvegas Feb 25, 2011 04:33 AM

                Third or fourth Ethiopian. I prefer Etete and Ethiopic - both for their food and atmosphere/decors. Etete is small and the tables are close together. I'm not sure if they take reservations. Ethiopic does and their is more space around their tables, if that matters to you.

                In any case, get a vegetarian platter and add a meat dish. That's enough for 2-3 people.

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                Etete
                1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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                  elgringoviejo RE: lexvegas Feb 25, 2011 02:22 PM

                  In addition to the other excellent suggestions, if you are in northern Virginia there are some excellent Korean restaurants.

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                    lexvegas RE: elgringoviejo Feb 25, 2011 02:52 PM

                    thanks everyone for all of your suggestions - i love ethiopian food so am excited to try out the options you've listed!

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