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Will be visiting friends in Rockville next week, including probably some day trips to the mall in DC. Looking for casual, innovative, fresh, non-chain breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Any cuisine and price range is fine as long as it isn't super expensive. Full bar a plus. Thanks in advance.

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  1. You'll want to check out the dumplings at China Bistro. Tiny, tiny place that specializes. You'd have to travel very far to find better than these.

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    China Bistro
    755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD

    1. Ok so breakfast in the DC area is pretty slim pickings, especially near the mall, your best bet is probably Poste in the Hotel Monaco. Or if you are near Dupont Luna Grill and Diner. On Capitol Hill there is Art and Soul. There isn't a whole lot of casual breakfast, except Teaism which is a chain, or one of the many little lunch grill/buffet places in office buildings none of which are great.

      For lunch some options are the bar lunch at Proof, Zaytinya, Central (during week) they are all sit down. If you want more causal than that if you are near the White House there is Breadline or Roti. If you are closer to the hill there is Cava, Good Stuff Eatery, Market Lunch, Tortilla Cafe.

      Dinner some of the same options except Proof, Zaytinya and Central aren't quite as casual at night. I am not extremely familiar with Rockville, but I know there are a lot of good ethnic eats that I never get myself to. The bar at PS7 has great upscale bar food. I am sure you will get lots of other suggestions.

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

      Teaism
      2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Good Stuff Eatery
      303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

      Market Lunch
      225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

      Art and Soul
      415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Teaism is not a "chain." There just happen to be two establishments. One in Dupont Circle and the other by Archives/Navy Memorial. I recommend Teaism for breakfast, love the french toast there and tea-cured salmon!

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        Teaism
        2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. re: erinnf

          There is a third Teaism location at Lafayette Park. I like Teaism too - especially for the salty oat cookies. I love the upstairs space at the Dupont Circle location, which is very convenient if you happen to be going to the Phillips.

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          Teaism
          2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      2. If you like Sichuan food, don't miss Joe's Noodle House in Rockville, especially for the shredded radish appetizer and the wontons in red hot sauce.

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        Joe's Noodle House
        1488 Rockville Pike Ste C, Rockville, MD 20852

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Thanks for tips, everybody. And keep 'em coming if you think of others.

          1. re: woodleyparkhound

            Joe's is great.

          2. You might want to check out Rasika, one of the best upscale-casual restaurants in town. It's highly innovative, based on Indian cuisine, but much more creative and different than any other Indian you've had. I wouldn't call it cheap, but especially if you stick to the vegetarian entrees (don't miss the palak chaat!) it isn't too bad. Great cocktails, too. It's just off 7th, about 10 mins. walk from the mall. Check out the menu on their website and see what you think.

            www.rasikarestaurant.com

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