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May 9, 2011 08:59 PM

Where to eat??? Please help!

My family and I will will be visiting Washington DC in a couple of weeks for a family vacation/ graduation present to my little brother. I am definitely a foodie and will try anything twice, however my family is not big seafood fans but will try practically anything else. I have done some research but there seems to be so many fantastic restaurants. Which places are the must try places without completely breaking the budget? Thanks so much for your Help!

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  1. What exactly is your budget? What neighborhoods are you interested in? Which are the places that jumped out at you when you did your research? More information would be helpful.

    1. I would put Jaleo squarely in your category. It is Spanish tapas. But to keep prices down, order only three at a time for your family of four. You are less likely to over-order or overeat that way.

      I love all their vegetables, and they are the least expensive items on the menu. Grilled asparagus, baby wrinkled potatoes, spinach with raisins, garlic mushrooms, roasted eggplant and red peppers. Cucumbers stuffed with tomato and cheese, beet salad with citrus, patatas bravas.

      Also, at the Crystal City Jaleo, they have a Paella Sunday for a fairly low fixed price. They offer two types, at least one without seafood.

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      1. re: Steve

        Depending on where you want to go and how much you want to spend, you can stay in DC or go to MD or VA (ther are really close by). I like mexican and latino food places. One of my favorites is Abi Restaurant. They are well know they have the best pupusas. I agre more information would be helpful.

        I found this site with more restaurants

      2. You definitely need to try one of the many Ethiopian places in DC. Currently Ethiopic in the Atlas District, Dukem on U Street, and Etete on 9th Street seem to be the ones that are most highly recommended. (I like them all for different reasons.)

        Jaleo is a good choice, but then so is Zaytinya which is a couple of blocks away. Also a Jose Andres restaurant, slightly different emphasis, but very good. Same advice applies, that Steve gave about ordering.

        Moving a little up the scale, Central or Palena Cafe (not the dining room) for a great burger. Rasika is a little more expensive, and harder to get into, but had fantastic Indian food that is several cuts above the ordinary.

        If you can get out that way (upper Connecticut Ave.) try Comet Ping Pong for some very good and different pizza and play a couple of games of ping pong while you are there.

        1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        Comet Ping Pong
        5037 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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        1. re: dinwiddie

          Add to the above list Taylor Gourmet (great subs), Matchbox (upscaled bar food, wood burning pizza, sliders), PS-7 (upscaled small plates and bar food), Pizza Paradiso (adult wood burning stone pizza), 2-Amys (adult wood burning stone pizza), Rays Hellsburger (in arlington just over the potomac from Georgetown, fantastic hamburgers), We the Pizza (Spike mendelson), Good Stuff Eatery (Spike Mendelson), Clydes (bistro american), Old Ebbetts Grill (bistro american, oysters),

          Taylor Gourmet
          1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

          Good Stuff Eatery
          303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC