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Top Five Go-To Restaurants in DC Metro Area?

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I was just wondering if any of you chowhounders could share what your Go-To restaurants are right now...

I know we have had similar posts in the last couple of years but the DC metro dining scene is always changing. I myself would like to stay fresh with what is really good food in our area.

Thanks for sharing.

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  1. Joe's Noodle House (Sichuan).........Rockville, MD
    Bangkok Golden (Lao Menu).......Falls Church, VA
    Oohhs and Aahhs (Soul Food).....DC
    Pimento Grill (Jamaican).........DC
    Myanmar..........Falls Church, VA

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    1. re: Steve

      We had another fantastic Bangkok Golden meal on Sun. night. Rice paste salad, crispy watercress salad (special) and pork Orm, which was awesome. Plus, my kids like the Thai menu so much they won't go anywhere else for dinner.

      1. re: bougouni

        Pork orm is a now one for me, must try that the next time.

    2. Currently they are:
      Ardeo+Bardeo
      Palena Cafe
      Rustico
      Dino
      Liberty Tavern

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Rustico
      827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314

      The Liberty Tavern
      3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201

      1. Mine:

        The Source
        Rasika
        Zaytinya
        Dickson Wine Bar (the banh mi)
        Cork (I'm a sucker for the avocado bread)

        I'd also throw out there The Passenger, for their great bar food.

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

        Zaytinya
        701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

        1. Mine are:

          Hank's Oyster Bar
          Taj of India (M st. in Georgetown)
          Ris
          Cava
          Masa 14

          1. Komi
            The Source
            Rasika
            Palena
            Central

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            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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

            1. From up here in Balto I will throw in a few observations from afar; Honey Pig for Korean bbq, Dona Azucena for pupusas, Matuba for AYCE sushi, and Grace Garden for Chinese although GG might be stretching the definition of metro Washington.

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              Grace Garden
              1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

              1. Kushi
                Central
                Tosca
                Mandu

                1. If by "go to" you mean the ones we keep coming back to -- rather than the ones that we wish we could frequent more often (Fiola, Komi, taquerias way down Alexandria way, Kabob & Karahi, Estadio/Cork/Pilar, Grace Garden) -- then our list is fairly consistent (which is why it's our list, I suppose), namely . . .

                  2 Amys
                  Palena Cafe
                  Sichuan Pavillion Rockville
                  Jaleo ( a bit less consisten across time and kitchens)
                  Ray's [fill in the blank]

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                  Palena
                  3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

                  Grace Garden
                  1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

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                  1. re: Marty L.

                    Has Ray's in Arlington expanded their offerings since the move? How would you compare the menu from The Classics in Silver Spring? And do you know if they offer any bar deals? Although I live in Arlington, I've eaten more in Silver Spring (3x) then my single visit to the old space....and of course the ultimate question: have you ever met Ray? I hear he's a recluse.....

                    1. re: Steve

                      If by Ray you mean Michael Landrum, he is almost always there or between his restaurants. I see him often. He is not a recluse.

                      The menu is more limited than the classics, pretty similar to the old one, with a few changes. But it is much easier to get in. I think they just took away the lounge deal they had. But there are still some very reasonable things. And you get to have Mark Slater recommending your wine which is a big plus.