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daves_32 Mar 2, 2011 12:09 PM

I need a recommendation for a lunch near Penn Quarter/Chinatown. I have eaten at most of the restaurants around there but never for lunch. I need a mid-priced place (example: Rasika is a touch expensive for this) for a working lunch. I was thinking Jaleo or Zaytinya. We wouldn't be doing tapas so I need recommendations on the sandwiches or salads. How about Zola? Or another idea? I need to be able to make open table reservations because we can't risk having to wait.

Thanks!

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

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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    Raids RE: daves_32 Mar 2, 2011 01:13 PM

    I'd vote for Againn, but it's into downtown on 11th and New York. Other ideas in Chinatown/PQ would be Matchbox, PS7, and Poste.

    If you do go to Zola, report back, because I haven't been since the overhaul and I'm very, very curious.

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      daves_32 RE: Raids Mar 2, 2011 01:30 PM

      I have written Poste off after a couple of bad experiences, over a year apart. I do like the PS7 idea and never thought of it. I have only had drinks at Againn. Is it a good spot for lunch?

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      PS7 Restaurant
      777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        Raids RE: daves_32 Mar 3, 2011 04:38 AM

        Oh yes. Every sandwich/burger I've ever had there has been absoluetly fantastic and it's not very busy either. I also think the atmosphere feels very appropriate for a working lunch.

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          Elyssa RE: daves_32 Mar 3, 2011 06:53 AM

          Againn is GREAT for lunch.....especially if it's a business lunch. Sandwich options are great (the corned beef is delicious) and the presentation is neat.

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        justaddwater RE: daves_32 Mar 2, 2011 03:44 PM

        I've actually had sandwiches at both Jaleo and Zaytinya; Jaleo is the better place for them without a doubt. They come with their homemade potato chips. The environment might be better also as far as more conducive to talk and work, Jaleo is rarely more than half filled at lunch. Another good non-tapas choice here is the chef's favorite lunch, shrimp in garlic w/ a bowl of gazpacho.

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        Zaytinya
        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          spinachandchocolate RE: justaddwater Mar 2, 2011 04:49 PM

          I would actually recommend Cafe Atlantico over Jaleo or Zaytinya if you're looking for sandwiches/salads and not small plates.

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

          Zaytinya
          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          Jeserf RE: daves_32 Mar 3, 2011 03:17 AM

          I've been to Zola wine kitchen and haven't had to wait, but I understand wanting a reservation.

          Matchbox doesn't take reservations and gets PACKED at lunch.

          PS7 has a nice looking lunch menu. Only been for happy hour and dinner, but I've liked the food.

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          PS7 Restaurant
          777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            Elyssa RE: daves_32 Mar 3, 2011 06:52 AM

            There are tons of options for lunch in that area, but I think your best bet would be Zola, PS7, or Poste....especially if you are not looking for small plates. If sushi is ok, Sei is great as well.

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            PS7 Restaurant
            777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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