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spending two days in July in D.C. with the entire family. Some are meat-lovers, some seafood. Have not lived in D.C. in 20 years, thought about Blackies, but that is gone. Any ideas that will not break the bank with two teenage boys who eat like there is no tomorrow? Also, any ideas of things off the beaten track to do, we hit some of the hightlights in November.

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Blackie's
, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. El Rinconcito for papusas, carne deshilada, and tamales. (They have fish too.)

    Fast Gourmet is a sandwich shop inside a gas station (!) The Chivito and Cubano are great.

    Nando's Peri-Peri for spicy grilled chicken.

    Etete for Ethiopian food.

    Oohhs and Aahhs for soul food. Crabcakes, grilled shrimp, lemon pepper wings are best bets. Also good meatloaf, turkey chop, and short ribs. A total dive.

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    Etete
    1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    Nando's Peri-Peri
    819 7th St NW, Washington, DC

    Rinconcito Cafe
    1129 11th St NW Ste Lowr, Washington, DC 20001

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    1. re: Steve

      I think one or more of the Ray's establishments -- Ray's the Steaks in Arlington/Roslyn or East River; Ray's the Classics in Silver Spring; and or Hell Burger, also in Arlington, will be exactly what you're looking for. With the teens I'd also recommend 2 Amys, Jaleo, and the Cafe at Palena.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Ray's the Classics
      8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

    2. Tortilla Cafe at the Eastern Market.
      I think Brassserie Beck has huge portions.
      Dino might also be a good choice, normally good value.
      One of the Cava's.

      Have you been to National Basilica on Catholic University? It is beautiful and the largest Roman Catholic Church in North America, and one of the ten largest churches in the world. (I went to Catholic and was really happy to have seen it) There is NOTHING to eat in that area, however.

      If you haven't been to the National Cathedral it is neat too. TwoAmy's is right there.

      Spy Museum? Museum of Crime and Punishment?? I second Nando's they have good family meals.

      Georgetown? There I like Tacklebox, although it can get pricey depending on what you order. There is also Pizza Paradisio, Moby Dicks for Kebabs and I know there is other stuff I am just not thinking of.

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      Moby Dick's
      721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

      1. Morso Express in Georgetown. Has a fast food-type feel (you order at the counter, sit down, then they bring your food to you.) VERY good value for the money. I love the pide.

        http://www.morsoexpress.com/images/me...

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        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          Bad news, woodleyparkhound. Morso Express is CLOSED :( I read that it was closed maybe a month ago, and I finally walked by about a week ago to confirm myself. It's closed. Very very sad.
          I went to Muncheez Mania instead, which is also good but not the same level of amazingness,

          1. re: hamster

            Huge bummer - so few good, reasonably-priced places in Georgetown (or anywhere in DC for that matter!)

            Is Morso closed as well?

            1. re: woodleyparkhound

              I think Morso is closed as well.

              Another gtown option is Moby Dick. Would be good for lunch if you are in that area.
              http://www.mobysonline.com/

              Bayou is close to Gtown and has good Cajun food. Most of the menu is reasonably priced. They also have live music a couple nights each week.
              http://www.bayouonpenn.com/www/food-m...

              Shake Shack is opening in DC next week. I've been once in Miami and it was delicious. Definitely something your boys will like.
              http://www.shakeshack.com/

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              Moby Dick's
              721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

        2. Consider Carmine's for huge portions of family-style Italian. Cava for small plates. Ray's the Steaks for reasonably priced cuts of meat. Matchbox for sliders and pizza. Tackle Box for seafood.

          1. Hi. Where will you be staying and will you have a car or use metro? In regards to things to do, what about kayaking? You can rent kayaks in GTown at Thompson's Boat Center. You could paddle over to Roosevelt Island and check it out. If you are here for the 4th, there is the Folklife Fest on the Mall.