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Ideas for Georgetown and Adams Morgan, ethnic preferably

NY Foodies heading to DC for a trip to visit colleges. Though I went to school in DC years ago, I fear I've not kept up with the food scene, except wishing Jose Andres would open a spot in NYC.

Anyway, do you have a recommendation for someplace with good food in either location? Most any kind will do, even American "local." We just want someplace hopping, more or less and may give us some feel for the local food scene. The two neighborhoods mentioned are so that we could walk around before or after diner. Dupont Circle too would be fine.

Although not in either neighborhood Is Jalo one such option? Is there an equivalent to the Old Ebbitt Grill in Georgetown, but with good food?
Thanks.

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Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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  1. It's hard to do better than Jaleo, so here is my cheat sheet:

    cucumber stuffed with tomato and cheese
    baby wrinkled potatoes
    spinach with raisins and apples
    beet salad with citrus
    garlic mushrooms
    roasted red peppers and eggplant
    bacon and date fritters
    grilled asparagus

    1. Thank you. Jaleo is a given then. Frankly, good Spanish food in NYC is very hard to find.

      Is there a good informal french spot in Adams Morgan, I remember there used to be a few many years ago. A good Italian spot with simple but good pastas?

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      1. re: comiendosiempre

        There are still numerous French places on M Street. La Madelein is very simple and a la carte. Good Crepes.

        1. re: comiendosiempre

          Bistro La Bonne isn't far from AdMo, and is quite tasty and inexpensive. I also second Etete in the U St. Area.

          In Georgetown, I love Neyla (Lebanese). Pretty decor and awesome and authentic food.

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          Etete
          1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          1. re: comiendosiempre

            It's not in one of your target neighborhoods, but Acqua al II is a great place for simple pastas. The pasta sampler is excellent. I usually get the pasta sampler as kind of a starter and then either the blueberry or balsamic filet. This neighborhood is actually a cute neighborhood to walk around in, too. There are quite a few newish interesting restaurants a few blocks away, on Barracks Row.

          2. I like Oyamel better than Jaleo - I go about every 6 months and it just seems sort of blah to me. The dishes aren't that exciting and half the items seem to be served at the wrong temperature.

            Also, in terms of walking around, I would nix Adams Morgan and do Chinatown/Penn Quarter, which is where Jaleo and Oyamel are. The Portrait Gallery is open late and there are a lot of other restaurants in the area you could peak in to.

            1. Well there is the Tombs, owned by the same people who own Old Ebbitt and if you are visiting Georgetown it is the Georgetown hangout. For a bit more upscale 1789 is nice and historic if that was what you were looking for. I guess Daily Grill is also similar, it's a chain.

              In Georgetown I would also recommend Hook for seafood.

              Adams Morgan is a tough one, there are a ton of bars, but the food isn't really the reason to visit that section of town. A bit up the street is Cashion's which is very good. Bourbon is ok for bar-ish food.

              Nowadays Chinatown/ Penn Quarter is where a lot of the food scene in DC is focused and 14th and U area...

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              Daily Grill
              2001 International Dr, Mc Lean, VA 22102

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              1. re: ktmoomau

                You could try Bodega in G-Town for tapas

                3116 M St NW Washington, DC 20007, USA

                Adams Morgan area is more of a bar scene especially on weekends

                1. re: ktmoomau

                  I agree, Adams Morgan is definitely not a go-to place anymore. You should either go to Penn Quarter or U Street instead, I absolutely agree.
                  On U Street for French, consider Bistro la Bonne; or even better, take advantage of the amazing Ethiopian food here and go to Etete on 9th St. Instead of Jaleo, you could also consider Estadio on 14th St. for superior tapas (though maybe more expensive) - very popular spot so it's hard to get a table.

                  Georgetown is also not a great food scene either. The Tombs is mediocre bar food, not recommended except for beer and to appreciate the Georgetown undergraduate scene. If you're in Georgetown, I would go to Leopold's, Pizzeria Paradiso,or Pain Quotidien, all on M Street.

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                  Etete
                  1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

                2. Il Canale in Georgetown for pizza, calamari and antipasti.

                  I second Bodega - a nice big pitcher of their cava sangria on the back porch is fabulous on a hot day.

                  Clydes in Georgetown is basically the same thing as Old Ebbitt Grill - owned by the same conglomerate group.

                  Leopold's Cafe in Cady's alley for Austrian food. They also have a lovely little patio for these lovely spring evenings we've been having.

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                  Old Ebbitt Grill
                  675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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                  1. re: Flaxen_Vixen

                    FYI

                    I would call ahead any restaurant close to the water in Georgetown may still be closed due water damage from rain last weekend

                    1. re: agarnett100

                      Leopold's terrace was perfectly fine on Tuesday afternoon this week! Great place.

                      1. re: agarnett100

                        None of the restaurants I mentioned are anywhere near the water. All are at least 500 feet above sea level. Il Canale is near the canal in Georgetown but not flooded. Leopolds is also near-ish the canal, but again, 500 feet above sea level.