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We are flying in from Toronto this weekend to see the Sunday matinee of Follies at the Kennedy Centre. There is time for one special/interesting dinner on Saturday evening and early brunch/lunch on Sunday. Would appreciate suggestions, where one could get a reservation at such short, that would be interesting for such a brief visit.

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  1. Are you looking for brunch/lunch before the show? Is so I highly recommend Ris. It has quickly become one of my favorite restaurants and it's close to the Kennedy Center.

    For dinner on Saturday evening I would try to get a reservation at Rasika. It is Indian cuisine cooked with "french technique" and very good. Certainly unique and lively (sometimes boarding on loud).

    Another option would be to go for Ethiopian cuisine, since that is unique to the DC area. I personally love Etete.

    Finally perhaps you might want to try something Southern. I would go to Acadiana for top-notch cajun cuisine. Make sure to try the deviled eggs!

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    Etete
    1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

    Acadiana
    901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001

    Kennedy Center
    2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

    1. Dinner: Rasika, Zaytinya, Brasserie Beck, Central, Fiola, Blue Duck Tavern

      Brunch/Lunch: Founding Farmers, Masa 14, Blue Duck Tavern, Ris

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

      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Founding Farmers
      1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

      Blue Duck Tavern
      1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

      Masa 14
      1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

      1. What isn't very strong in Toronto in terms of food? For Italian there is Fiola and Bibiana, Rasika is very good Indian, Palena, Corduroy and Proof are great Contemporary American (although Palena is labelled Italian). Central is a riff on American food with a French twist. I also think Ardeo+Bardeo is good. Ba Bay for Modern Vietnamese.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

        Bibiana
        1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        1. re: ktmoomau

          unfortunately a lot of those place need reservations and are hard to get last minute.

          I'd add seafood and perhaps crab season is on now. but i don't know any- sea catch? tacklebox?
          medium rare? restaurant eve? what about a dive- ravi kabob in VA?

          isn't Cafe Atlantico supposed to have an interesting brunch?

          1. re: MoCoMe

            Palena has a brunch that is super easy to get in for. Cafe Atlantico is closing, don't know when there last day is.

            It is pretty easy to get into some of the better places if you just call and talk to them there are normally last minute cancellations either the day before or day of too. Ravi is a little far from the Kennedy Center.

            Forgot to mention Blacksalt which also has a nice brunch, but isn't pub trans accessible, but is cab accessible.

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            Cafe Atlantico
            405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

            Palena
            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

            Kennedy Center
            2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256