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In DC for almost a week and have no idea where to start. We love Avec in Chicaco, A16 in San Francisco: that kind of rustic style.. Doesn't have to be either formal or cheap, just really good. We are staying two blocks from the White House, but haven't had time to research anything. If there is a post about central DC that someone could direct me too, that would be good too. Thanks for any help.

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  1. If you like rustic Italian check out Dino in Cleaveland Park. Blue Duck Tavern is also very rustic. Near the White House check out the Penn Quarter area, lots of good options: Proof, Rasika, Zaytinya or Fiola. The Cleaveland Park area has an abnormal number of really great restuarants within a few blocks.

    What type of cuisine other than places like what you mentioned above are you looking for? For lunch in that area I like Breadline and the Greek Deli, a lot.

    Ba Bay on Capitol Hill for a modern take on Vietnamese, I like Cava and Sonoma over there too. If you make it over to Clarendon Liberty Tavern and Lyon Hall might fit the bill too.

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

    Greek Deli
    1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

    Sonoma Restaurant
    223 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Zaytinya
    701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

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    1. re: ktmoomau

      Thanks for your replies. I posted late, only a day before we went., and just got back last night. We went to Proof, which was okay, not great. Zaytinya was pretty good. The lamb chops with smoked yogurt was really good. We wound up going to Fiola twice, because our lunch was so good. The ricotta gnocchi pasta with eggplant and dill was fantastic, as was the simply grilled sea bass. The freshly made doughnuts (can't remember the Italian name) were really good, had them both times. Dino was with a large group (20) so for me it was so-so, but it was served family style, and maybe too large a group to give a fair rating. It was also picked by some locals who had a hard time finding a place for a large group.
      Thanks again fellow chowhounders, ktmoomau especially for steering us to some great food!

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      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

    2. I'm not exactly clear on how tight a radius you are looking at......

      Try the tartflette and the smoked mackerel salad at Bistro du Coin, the garlic waffles with asparagus at Locolat, the fried artichoke and the lemon ricotta agnolotti at Bibiana.