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Jul 13, 2011 10:26 AM

Highlights on U Street?

I just moved to the U/14th area and am wondering if there are any culinary highlights hidden among the clubs. We stumbled on Fast Gourmet and Pica Taco, which have us excited about the neighborhood's possibilities.

What else is not to be missed?

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  1. The Gibson, for very nicely done cocktails at 14th and U, next to Marvin's behind an unmarked door.

    I like DC Noodles -- and Oohs and Aahs for soul food.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      I 2nd DC Noodles. Went there with a friend who lives in the area. It was his first time going but I think he was planning on making it a regular place for dinner. Super affordable and tasty.

    2. Good spots so far. I have lived in this neighborhood for a couple of years so I am well acquainted with all the options!

      Etete on 9th Street for excellent Ethiopian.
      Barbeque's not bad at the The Standard (14th and S).
      The new Peregrine on 14th (between R and S) has great cookies, scones, and cupcakes from Buzz Bakery. And a killer iced mocha.
      Bar Pilar for small plates (and Estadio as well, though that's pretty far down 14th).
      I have not tried it yet, but I have high hopes for the new fish and chips places, the Cod Mother (below Touchdown, on U between 14th and 13th).
      Cheap breakfast at that coffee place, U Street Cafe.
      Good standbys for take out: Chix and The Greek Spot. The Greek Spot is surprisingly good, I usually get the veggie gyro platter or chicken souvlaki. Very good for the price.

      A bit farther, check out Florida Avenue Grill for a unique diner experience.
      Also further down 14th, Great Wall for Chinese. Stick to ma la dishes: ma po tofu, dan dan noodles, kung pao.

      Soon to open according to rumors: Taylor Gourmet (14th), Teaism (next to Dukem on 12th and U).

      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Florida Avenue Grill
      1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Greek Spot
      2017 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Bar Pilar
      1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      U Street Cafe
      1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      1. re: hamster

        I would also check out Marvin's i have some tasty treats during happy hour.
        Masa 14 for tapas 14th St
        Cork 14th St

        1. re: hamster

          The Cod Mother? Now that is an adorable name for a restaurant. Almost as good as the fish and chips restaurant in NYC called A Salt and Battery. :)

        2. Certainly check out Etete. And if I lived in that area I would pretty much make Bar Pilar my second home (as long as my waist line could handle it).

          Estadio is also awesome for a fun night out, along with Masa 14. I also really like Creme on U Street for more homestyle Southern fare. It's been awhile but I remember liking the turkey burger at the affordable Ulah. New places are popping up left and right in that area though so it should be a fun place to live.

          1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          Bar Pilar
          1833 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

          U Street Cafe
          1301 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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