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Mar 8, 2011 05:18 PM

Lunch, U Street? Somewhere else you love?

Moved (back) to DC few months back. Don't really stomp around U Street much these days so haven't reacquainted myself with the restaurants in that neighborhood. Am having lunch with a friend on Monday and thought it would be a good time to become reacquainted. Suggestions? Or is there somewhere else that has a totally wonderful lunch vibe? Definitely NOT interested in K Street, Georgetown, Foggy Bottom business-type destinations. More a good eats (and maybe a beer) kind of place. Thanks.

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

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    1. what about Cafe St Ex down 14th?

      Cafe St Ex
      1847 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. For lunch it's a bit tougher. Generally I grab Fast Gourmet or DC Noodles. Fast Gourmet is yummier, but DC Noodles is a good place to chat with a friend. Busboys and Poets would also be a good place to chat. Eatonville is also a good place to chat, but I've only been there once. The food wasn't bad.

        Eatonville Restaurant
        2121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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        1. re: SandyCat

          Good ideas here. Fast Gourmet is literally in a gas station, so not the most comfortable place to hang out for hours. But the food is tremendous and worth the trip.
          Busboys is a great place to hang out and I love the bustling feel over there. Food is just ordinary, however.

          I would recommend you consider Bistro la Bonne on U Street. Very cozy, warm atmosphere and all the French classics. Also pretty serious about beer.

          For a more "take out" atmosphere, there's also Pico Taco on Florida and U. Very good tacos and tortas. But it's very simple decorated, etc., and I'm sure they won't have more than one or two beer options.

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

          1. re: hamster

            How could I forget about Pica Taco? I love Pica Taco. They are very fast-food-y, though, but they have unique and delicious sodas.

            1. re: SandyCat

              Tell me about Metro stations close the Fast Gourmet and Busboys.
              We won't have a car

              1. re: tattud_gurl

                The U Street/Cardozo stop is the closest - it will be a few blocks to walk to any of those places.

          2. re: SandyCat

            I went to DC Noodles a few weeks ago with a friend and really, really liked it. A good option with a full bar and affordable prices.

          3. There are lots of good options around the U Street area. If you like Ethiopian food I would go to Etete. Get the delicious vegetarian platter and a cold beer and you'll be full and happy.

            Around 14th and U there is Cafe St. Ex which is good. I also like Creme for more homestyle/Southern cuisine (not sure if it's open for lunch though). Also Ulah is pretty good, although it's been awhile since I've been there. I remember a very good turkey burger and affordable prices.

            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

            1. Yeah, I think Fast is your best option, especially for Monday lunch, when most of the best U St. options (e.g., L'Ocolat, Bistro La Bonne, St. Ex) are closed.

              And frankly, if you're in the mood for a killer sandwich, Fast might be the best option any day of the week (although L'Ocolat makes some delightful paninis). But if you're back in the neighborhood in the future, definitely try the aforementioned places, and throw in Bar Pilar, for good measure.