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Working on lunches now....

Will be in town 9/11-16. Staying near Dupont Circle.

So far the plan is (we get to town early afternoon)--
Dinners: Sunday-- Birch and Barley
Monday--open, either Tabard Inn, Pizza Paradiso or Hanks Oyster Bar
Tuesday--Restaurant Nora
Weds-- Blue Duck
Thurs-- Courderoy
A lunch ressie so far for Oyamel, Tues 1pm before 3pm Capitol tour.
Ressies made so far except for Monday.

Other lunches up in the air, will be near the monuments Monday
Tues is set, Weds near the Mall/American History Museum
Thurs somewhere after having done Arlington Cemetery in the morning, and possible Newseum in afternoon. Would rather not do hot dogs from a cart.
Besides Mitsitam, other ideas for a decent lunch?

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Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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  1. do you have a car? there's a great sandwich and pizza place about 1.5 miles down columbia pike from arlington cemetery called lost dog cafe; across the street from it is my favorite little thai spot, bangkok 54. and on the north side of arlington but a short drive from the cemetery there's ray's hellburger...one of the best, if not the best, burger in washington. those would be my top three lunch picks near the area.

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    1. re: littlew1ng

      sorry, I should have said: won't have a car. Will be using Metro and maybe one of the hop on/hop off things. Have heard alot about Ray's = not sure it's doable tho.

    2. Re: dinners...

      Monday: weekend brunch at TI is great. I haven't heard good things about other meals there. I would go for either PP or HOB, whichever strikes your fancy.

      Friday lunch: check out The Breadline, near the White House. On Fri. they have a wonderful special, pulled pork (with slaw). Ask for it on ciabatta. This is my #1 favorite sandwich in the city.

      Tuesday: I have not been to RN. It was a VERY hot place when it first opened, years ago. I have heard that it isn't what it was. I would reconsider.

      Lunch ideas:

      Teaism - very near the National Gallery of Art. Don't miss the salty oat cookie.

      Rasika - amazing inspired take on Indian food. The best Indian in the city and possibly the best in the county. If you have any interest in Indian food, you must go here.

      Shake Shack - great burgers and shakes (and other ice cream treats) at Dupont Circle. Good fries, too.

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      1. re: woodleyparkhound

        New to chowhound as of today b/c of upcoming DC Trip. This thread has been VERY helpful b/c we are also staying by DuPont Circle. I have a few questions, mainly regarding prices: pastries at Locolat for a quick one-item breakfast on the go? sandwiches at Cowgirl Creamery? (I understand there are 1 or 2 choices per day) wines by the glass at Cowgirl Creamery? entree prices at Guajillo? and finally, is Ray Hell Burger cash only? Thanks!!

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        Locolat Cafe
        1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

        1. re: Horton614

          The only questions I can answer are:

          Cowgirl Creamery: sandwiches are about $7- $8 with tax (unless they have gone up since I've been there). They do not do wines by the glass. It isn't a restaurant. it's a fantastic, high-end cheese shop that sells olive oil, crackers, cheese boards, bottles of wine, a couple of salad-type items, etc. They have a couple of small seating areas in the windows up front, but no tables.

          Ray's is not cash only.

          1. re: Horton614

            I've only had one pastry at Locolat, and it was nothing special - I much prefer the waffles and the chocolates.

            If the 'hot donuts' sign is lit at Krispy Kreme in Dupont Circle, then go there. Even if you don't see the donuts popping out, they will put up some fresh ones that will be ready in 2 minutes. The Gaujillo folks have a place walking distance to the Dupont Circle area called Casa Oaxaca with a different menu - I prefer that. Go for the mole. Appetizers and drinks half price at happy hour. Open only for dinner.

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            Krispy Kreme
            1350 Connecticut Ave NW Frnt 9, Washington, DC 20036

            Casa Oaxaca
            2106 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

            1. re: Steve

              Very helpful info, Steve; thank you! We know all about Krispy Kreme as we are from NC. We are on a tight budget; we have 2 older children- no more kids menu- but our budget is not so tight that we can't spend $10-$15 per entree. Avoiding anything over $15, so have crossed places like Urbana off the list. Can you give me an idea of what the waffles run at Locolat? Would LOVE to try them. Woodleyparkhound- thanks re Cowboy Creamery- wine issue wasn't clear based on some other posts.

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              Locolat Cafe
              1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

              Krispy Kreme
              1350 Connecticut Ave NW Frnt 9, Washington, DC 20036

              1. re: Horton614

                If you are up for an interesting dining experience you might check out Oohs and Aahs soul food. That would fit your budget and be lots of food. Not amazing atmosphere though.

                Also Taylor Gourmet for subs might be a good option to check out.

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                Taylor Gourmet
                1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

                1. re: Horton614

                  Some of the simple, inexpensive waffles ($11) allow you to really appreciate how well the waffles are made, so the grilled vegetables are a great choice. The more expensive ones have fabulous toppings, like the Queen's Delight, the Escargot, and the Flammande. They run more like $17-22.

                  Two of my favorite dishes at nearby Bistro du Coin are the tartiflette savoyarde ($15.50) and the maquerau fumé pomme a l'huile ($8)

                  And I just had a terrific meal at Panas Empandas, which is counter service and set me back $11.50 for a meal of six mini-empanadas, plantain chips, and a soda.

                  BGR is in Dupont Circle, and I adore the burgers there - I like them better than Rays Hellburger (which are fantastic too).

                  If you go to Pizzeria Paradiso, get the Atomica.

              2. re: Horton614

                Guajillo entrees are probably around $15ish. I am sure there is an online menu with prices, try menupages.com. Ray's Hell Burger is cash only, but they have an ATM in there.

                If you want an affordable lunch with wine, I would recommend Zola Wine Kitchen or the lunch $13 bar special at Proof (think this is only M-F).

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                Ray's Hell Burger
                1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

                1. re: Horton614

                  Ray's Hell Burger Too offers dining in(small space) , beer, and takes credit cards. I can vouch for the soul burger...

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                  Ray's Hell Burger
                  1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

              3. Yawn. Oyamel can be good but also be powerfully salty. As a collection, the others make me want to take a nap.

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                1. re: Steve

                  Well thats all fairly awful. Note, Friday we will be gone by lunchtime. Dont plan to be around DPC around lunches, to save time. Not interested in Indian food... Dont want to have to travel too far back away from hotel area for dinners, tho, that is doable.

                  So round 2-- other dinner ideas besides some of these maybe not great choices? Looked at PS7, and a few others--dont mind spending but dont want to break the bank, or have to bring a dinner jacket.

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                  PS7 Restaurant
                  777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                  1. re: aviva5675

                    So sorry we failed you.

                    What does DPC mean? Oh, it just hit me: Dupont Circle. I've never seen it abbreviated like that before.

                    Capitol Hill might be a good neighborhood for lunches (Eastern Market Metro). There are several good places on 8th St. (e.g. Cava Mezze, Ted's Bulletin, Matchbox for sliders/pizza, DC-3 for hotdogs). Near Capitol South Metro is Good Stuff Eatery for burgers and the best shakes in town.

                    I haven't been, but have heard good things about Bistrot du Coin. Do a search of the board on it.

                    You might consider Hank's Oyster Bar for dinner on Tues. instead of Nora, and do Pizzeria Paradiso on Monday.

                    I love PS7 and think it would be a good choice. Jacket not necessary and they have good happy hour specials (and great cocktails).

                    There are a lot of good places on 14th St. - about 15 mins. walk from Dupont. Estadio, Masa 14 and Bar Pilar for starters.

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                    PS7 Restaurant
                    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

                    Good Stuff Eatery
                    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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

                    Ted's Bulletin
                    505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

                    1. re: aviva5675

                      Where are you from?

                      Your list seems a bit vaniila, all hitting the same 'upscale American" notes.

                      As a change up in the Dupont Circle area, I highly recommend the savory waffles at Locolat - I just had a pesto waffle with grilled vegetables for lunch today that was a knockout. Chocolates there are excellent, especially the banana and passionfruit creams or any topped with coarse salt. Very informal place.

                      I also like Bistro du Coin for their smoked mackerel salad and the tartiflette. Informal. You will eat very well.

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                      Locolat Cafe
                      1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

                  2. I think you have some good dinner choices. If you are thinking about doing pizza, I like Red Rocks and Pete's New Haven much better than Paradisio, but it has a great beer list. I also really like Hank's.

                    Have never been to Nora, what about Proof instead? I wouldn't think you would have to have a jacket for it, although I would suggest shirt with collar. Or perhaps Palena Cafe? PS7 is ok, I find the bar food very worth the menu, the main menu though not as much.

                    For lunches: Monday if you are near the White House, that is where Breadline is, I think Roti is right there too and Teaism. I don't love Teaism, it just isn't my thing, but others really like it. The monuments are in a really large area, you might think about picking up some sandwiches on your way there so you don't have to try to leave and come back.

                    Tuesday/Wed- options other than Mitsam: Central which is "bistroish" but very good. If you want more casual go towards Chinatown for Nando's Peri Peri or Matchbox or a sandwich from Cowgirl Creamery. Or something from Paul Bakery. Or go past the Captiol to some of the below options in Capitol Hill, Ba Bay on Capitol Hill is really good modern vietnamese.

                    Thursday- There really isn't anything near the cemetery. You could metro back to Rosslyn (1 stop) get off there and walk up the hill to Ray's Hell Burger, Pho75, Guajillo or you could metro back in and have some of the same option as I just laid out above in the Chinatown/Penn Quarter area.

                    There are also a ton of food trucks, check the Washingtonian.com Food Section for lunch on wheels.

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                    PS7 Restaurant
                    777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                    Palena
                    3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                    Teaism
                    2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

                    Ray's Hell Burger
                    1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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                    1. re: ktmoomau

                      Thanks all--chow hounds have never failed me, which is why I rely on all your good advice!

                      I have thought about Proof, it was on the long list, not sure why it didnt make the short- will have to recheck the menu and see. Breadline sounds good. I do need to check the food truck thing some more maybe- the Lobster truck I know sounds excellent, have to figure out how to track it. Also have to look more at Matchbox or Cowgirl. Guess Im not set in stone on Oyamel- just read so much about it/him on the boards and seems like a good way to get in a meal there.

                        1. re: agarnett100

                          I've looked at foodtruckfiesta.com and excited to try it on our upcoming trip. Question: I see there is a map on fiesta's homepage. We will likely try to search for a truck that's close to us at that moment rather than finding the location of a particular truck. Is the site easy to use in this way? Has the site been reliable/ accurate? Twitter doesn't seem the way to go if we're not looking for a particular truck, but I could be wrong. Thoughts? Thanks!!

                    2. I am consistently underwhelmed by Pizzeria Paradiso; in fact, the only thing we've enjoyed there (besides the beer) was the crostino, which was only the first time, and each subsequent time it has failed to live up to its original. I haven't fully explored pizza in DC, but Matchbox is my favorite (plus, their sliders are good). Pete's Apizza is good for a slice and a beer. I'm also not a huge fan of Red Rocks.

                      I like the Nando suggestion for lunch (I like their XXXtra hot sauce - even though it is pretty salty). There's Fast Gourmet (little cafe inside a gas station) for a quick lunch. Also second the Breadline suggestion.

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                      Pizzeria Paradiso
                      3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

                      Pete's Apizza
                      , Washington, DC 20001

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                      1. re: mdpilam

                        Steve- were from Chicago (technically suburbs outside), so not recently off the turnip truck. My husband will eat anything and likes spicy, Im more conservative and not into spicy. Neither wants Indian, and while I see its highly touted in your fair city, will pass on the Ethiopian also....

                        Not set on Pizza Paradiso at all, or in fact, pizza per se. Saw it was close to the hotel (Palomar), and thought itd fit a night of less expensive places. I think Hanks might be better all around.

                        Just looked at PS7 and it does look good. Proof also, but farther than I wanted to travel for dinner. Not sure why Im against venturing too far from our hotel area for dinner--lazy and would be jumping back on the Metro I guess. But again, not firmly set on that.

                        Cowgirl creamery - cant find a menu showing the sandwiches, just cheeses...Pauls looks very good. Maybe switch off Oyamel to that, not sure.

                        Keep it coming!

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                        PS7 Restaurant
                        777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                        1. re: aviva5675

                          Note: Cowgirl's sandwiches are premade, and usually a choice of only one or two. They also have some pre-made (or semi-made) stuff in their deli case.

                          1. re: aviva5675

                            Near your hotel, Urbana recently changed chefs and is supposed to be pretty good. For the close by type of thing. Also in Dupont now there is Dolcezza gelato which is worth a stop if it isn't far out of your way, I love their more interesting flavors.

                            But Dupont is really a hop, skip and jump to many places so traveling isn't a big deal. But it can be very hot in DC. Cleaveland Park is an easy two metro stops and has some great stuff. Dino for Italian, Nam Viet for Vietnamese, Ripple, Palena Cafe, etc. So if you want to stay close, but get out for dinner it's not bad at all.

                            The bar food at PS7 is really great fyi, so if you want a quick more casual vibe... And they have great hh specials.

                            Oyamel is nowhere close to anything in the Rick Bayless empire fyi, but I wish it was. Really anything Mexican is much better in Chicago.

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                            PS7 Restaurant
                            777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                            Palena
                            3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                            Nam Viet Restaurant
                            3419 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., washington, dc, DC 20008

                            1. re: aviva5675

                              Cowgirl Creamery has 3 sandwich options everyday - 1 meat option, 1 veggie option & a daily special. I usually call to see what they are serving that day (202) 393-6880

                            2. re: mdpilam

                              Pizzeria Paradiso pizza is okay the beer list and the big windows out front are the best thing about the restaurant. The pizza however is nothing special