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Jun 6, 2011 11:57 AM

NYC foodies visiting DC

My husband and I are planning a weekend visit to the DC area this month (staying one night in the downtown area and the rest in the Georgetown area), and would love some restaurant recommendations for lunch or dinner. We are pretty open regarding types of cuisine, we would just like places that have really really good food, and nothing too fancy/stuffy/expensive (we prefer more of the neighborhood type places).

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Right now, I'm a big promoter of both Estadio and Eola. I think their food is some of the best you'll find in DC. They aren't the cheapest, but they are definitely worth it.

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    1. re: hppyheather

      thanks very much, those both look great!

    2. Granville Moore's: great neighborhood place for mussel's and pomme frite's whose chef defeated Bobby Flay in a throwdown.
      James Beard award winner Jose Andres's Jaleo-fun tapas & Zaytanya: middle eastern-greek version of Jaleo,
      Etete for Ethiopian (DC is known for it's ethiopian),
      Rays Hellsburger: off the chart burgers including toppings such as brie,truffle, faux gras, Obama has been there. just over the bridge and potomac from Georgetown.
      PS7-great bar with clever drinks with fresh ingredients and upscaled versions of bar food sliders.
      Central: bistro cheaper and less pretentious version of world famous Chef Michelle Richard's Citronelle
      Brasserie Beck; Belgian Bistro mussel bar
      Maine Street Market: floating barges fish market restaurants that sell fresh seafood. you can get oysters or clams cooked or on the half shells, steamed crabs, steamed shrimp, fried fish sandwich. fun on a nice day for lunch
      pizza: no place is as good as Lombardi's, Patsy's or Ray's but Two Amy's near the Cathedral is good as is Pizzaria Paradiso (dupont circle), Comet Ping Pong Pizza (ping pong and pizza) and Matchbox (midscale bar with upscale bar food and wood burning stove pizza)
      Taylor Gourmet: good for lunch if you want great Philly style subs. The roasted pork with brocolli rabe is off the charts

      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Two Amys
      3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

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

      3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

      Taylor Gourmet
      1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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

      Pizzaria Paradiso
      3282 M St NW, Georgetown, DC 20007

      1. I would add Dino and Ardeo/Bardeo to the list, both are neighborhood spots with great food. Cashions just got written up in the Post for being a great neighborhood gem too.

        I like the fish tacos or grilled fish at Tacklebox in Georgetown for lunch. (I love their grilled veggies as a side too) Blacksalt is worth the cab from g-twon for brunch.