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Mar 25, 2011 04:43 PM

DC Food Blitz Starting this Sunday! Am I doing it right?

Ok Chowhounds, I'm visiting DC for the first time since I moved away in 2001! I've heard such great things about the food scene and reading your posts is a GREAT Source. I'm flying in/out of BWI here's what I'm planning.

Eastern Market brunch
Dinner: Founding Farmers

Lunch: LobsterRoll Truck
Dinner: Palena Cafe OR Corduroy OR Someplace amazing near Clarendon??

Lunch: Sonoma
Dinner: CityZen

Crab at Gunnings in Baltimore near BWI

I know Komi is amazing, but I'm worried it's too long of an event and perhaps too $$ this trip. Ok weigh in, am I doing it right or are there better options?

CityZen Restaurant
1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Sonoma Restaurant
223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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

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  1. Just my two cents worth, but there are better choices than Sonoma for lunch. What about any of the Ethiopian places, Brasserie Beck, Acadiana, Jaleo, Zaytinya...unless you need to be in that part of town I just don't think Sonoma is a solid option. I would also substitute Dino. Rasika or Bombay Club for Founding Farmers. Dino's sourcing, etc. is what FF CLAIMS to be, and there are some amazing deals to be had on Sunday. You can't go wrong with Palena or Corduroy.

    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

    Brasserie Beck
    1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    Bombay Club
    815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

    Sonoma Restaurant
    223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

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

    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: dcandohio

      Thanks for the feedback. Sonoma was suggested by two friends. I'll be playing tourist and will likely be around the Hill at that time of day. Other recs for that area?

      Sonoma Restaurant
      223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

      1. re: Clairechat

        On the Hill I also like Bistro Cacao (on the House/Union Station side of the Hill) or Cava (Near Eastern Market).

        Bistro Cacao
        320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

        1. re: Clairechat

          What about Bistro Bis? It's been a couple of years since I've been there, but it was very good.

          Bistro Bis
          15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

      2. I need to try the crab at Gunnings myself. Almost did yesterday but I was closer to Andy Nelson's and so did that (which was great and not on your radar - North of B-More).

        I would like to reserve the right to suggest Grace Garden first for your Wednesday meal. Great Sichuan in a slightly altered style. Family operation. Looks like crap on the outside but you can easily find a thread with over 200 favorable posts.

        Otherwise near the airport go to Snyder's Willow Grove to take a time trip back to the 1950's or so. Good solid food. Great overall experience.

        And again, not knocking Gunnings, which I need to get to.

        Where have you been since 2001? For instance if you've been in SF, I wouldn't rec Vietnamese. But if not, maybe I would. Also - what did you like and visit when you were here?

        Grace Garden
        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

        Snyder's Willow Grove
        841 N Hammonds Ferry Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

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        1. re: Dennis S

          If you go to Gunnings, don't ignore the codcakes.... as it can take 45 minutes for the crab on a busy day, you might need something to eat in the meantime.

          1. re: Dennis S

            Thanks so much for the input. I lived in LA after DC for a few years and Charleston, SC for the past six years. I loved Restaurant Nora, Cafe Milano, Jaleo, Four Seasons burger and many others back in the day.

            Restaurant Nora
            2132 Florida Ave., N.W, Washington, DC 20008

            Cafe Milano
            3251 Prospect St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            Four Seasons Cafe
            50 S Pickett St Ste 23, Alexandria, VA 22304

          2. Lyon Hall in Clarendon, serving Alsatian food, is one of the best places in the area. However it is very popular and be prepared that it can be loud and dark. Pate de campagne, beet-cured car, trout, choucroute garnie, potato and prune dumplings are among the highlights.

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            1. re: Steve

              Eastern Market does not have their awesome pancakes on Sundays-only Saturdays-and it closes at noon-there are lines, but they go fast, and worth the wait.

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