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Three of us will be at the Doubletree in Foggy Bottom, 801 New Hampshire Ave NW Monday evening. Looking for a moderately priced restaurant (no more than $30/person); the only restriction is no Thai or other spicy food. Any other ethnic or regular American is fine.

Suggestions? Thanks!

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  1. Maybe Tonic at Quigley's? http://www.tonicrestaurant.com/Foggy-...

    West End Bistro would be too pricey but is nice.

    1. RIS is wonderful. You'd have to work to make sure you didn't go over budget though.

      http://www.risdc.com/index.php/site/m...

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      RIS
      2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        It's almost impossible to get out of RIS under $30 unless you just order an app (add on tax and tip).

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        RIS
        2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

      2. Walk over the bridge onto M Street in Georgetown (a five to ten minute walk) and you have tons of options. Clyde's for great burgers. Sweet Greens for salads/ wraps. 2404 might be a short cab ride but worth the few $ (small plates southern food very reasonably priced). J Paul's for burgers/ wings/ steaks/ salads (good choice). For a Georgetown experience, walk a bit further and go downstairs to the Tombs for the Georgetown college experience (and really decent food).

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        J Paul's
        3218 M. St. N.W., Washington, DC 20007

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        1. re: PRFoodieWannabe

          I find both Clydes and J Pauls both overrated your better off going to Five Guys for a burger and fries.

        2. People generally seem to like Founding Farmers which is just down Pennsylvania Ave. Comfort food, nothing scary. I've never tried it myself.

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          Founding Farmers
          1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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          1. re: hamster

            I think you could go to Founding Farmers for under $30 if you stick to burgers or smaller plates - they have a lot of things you can share. I've been twice and thought it was great and reasonable for the good food we had.

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            Founding Farmers
            1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

            1. re: Jeserf

              As the poster said above, you might as well go to Five Guys if you suggest they get burgers. If you want small plates, go to to Chinatown for Zaytinya or Bodega in Gtown.

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              Zaytinya
              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              1. re: spinachandchocolate

                Is there a Five Guys in Foggy Bottom? Founding Farmers is a lot close than the Georgetown Five Guys, if that's what you're suggesting. And Founding Farmers presumably would provide better food and a non-stinky-fast-food experience. Most of my Five Guys experiences come from my standing outside of it when waiting for the bus. There is quite a strong odor. Yes, it's good for what it is, but I don't think fast food is what the OP is looking for.

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                Founding Farmers
                1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

                1. re: spinachandchocolate

                  you're joking, right?
                  The burger and fries at Founding Farmers aren't in the same league as Five Guys. Sure FG serves a purpose but the burger at Founding Farmers is actually good - was just at brunch there and my two friends raved about it.

                  Unless you're classy enough to enjoy the peanut shells on the floor and the unclean/sticky tables. Which if you are, god bless.

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                  Founding Farmers
                  1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    That's correct, FF's burgers are not in the same league as Five Guys. I think they're actually better and this is coming from someone who is a nutritionist by training!

            2. Notti Bianchi is across the street - gets a variety of reviews

              Circle Bistro is quite nearby and good and (if you go in time for the pre-theater menu) reasonably priced though may be more than $30 per person with tax and tip

              Agree that Georgetown may be your best bet, or get on the Metro (less than 2 block away) and head to Virginia or Penn Quarter where there are lot of choices

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              Circle Bistro
              1 Washington Cir NW, Washington, DC 20037

              1. Would second Founding Farmers for your requirements. I was going to suggest Firefly, but I don't think you could out of there for under $30 per person.

                El Chalan for Peruvian may work too.

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                El Chalan Restaurant
                1924 I St NW, Washington, DC 20006

                Founding Farmers
                1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

                1. Founding Farmers (depending on what you order)
                  Grillfish if they are open from remodeling
                  Meiwah for Chinese
                  Bread and Brew

                  If you are going to walk over to Tonic you might as well go the other direction and go towards Dupont.

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                  Grillfish
                  1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  Meiwah
                  1200 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

                  Founding Farmers
                  1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

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                  1. re: spinachandchocolate

                    I don't think I have very good ideas for the OP, but thought it might be worth mentioning that I've been to Meiwah a couple times in the last several months and I think it's really pretty bad -- very gloppy, sweet American-Chinese, not good quality ingredients. It does fill up, mostly I think with tourists. Just don't want the OP to think it's a good "ethnic" choice, although perhaps it would fill the bill as long as you know what you're getting into.

                    Bread and Brew is really casual, but I think it might be a good idea. I didn't like Founding Farmers all that much when I went a while ago, but it also seems like it would fit the request well -- as would Tonic probably (I haven't been to the Foggy Bottom one, though). There are lots more in the south Dupont area (near Bread and Brew), as spinachandchocolate suggests.

                    1. re: mselectra

                      I don't like the DC outlet of Mei Wah either - the Friendship Heights locale is much better.

                    2. re: spinachandchocolate

                      yeah...not really a fan of meiwah. there's much better chinese in the area (hello, sichuan pavilion.) Grillfish is really good food for the price, that would likely be my first recommendation.

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                      Grillfish
                      1200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036