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usubbiah Jul 22, 2011 10:03 AM

I have a conference at the Dupont Circle Hotel and would like some recommendations for great restaurants in the area within walking distance. Prefer something that is not too pricy as I am on a limited budget.

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  1. woodleyparkhound Jul 22, 2011 10:40 AM

    Shake Shack for great burgers, fries, and shakes.

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      dining with doc Jul 22, 2011 10:41 AM

      bistro du coin: french bistro reasonably priced
      pizza paradiso: wood burning stove artisan pizza

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        travelbuff Jul 24, 2011 01:47 PM

        I second those two excellent choices. Both are 2-3 blocks and a pleasant walk. Don't miss late night books and desserts at Kramerbooks/Afterwords right across the street from the hotel.

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        usubbiah Jul 22, 2011 10:50 AM

        Any ethnic type restaurants (Indian, Thai) that you can recommend as well.

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          shorty40cdm Jul 22, 2011 10:59 AM

          Julie's Empanadas is good for quick carry out.

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            Steve Jul 22, 2011 02:28 PM

            Panas Empanadas are more delicious, have a better crust, and the mini-servings allow you to get more variety. Overall a big winner near 21st and P. Six mini-empanadas will set you back the princely sum of $11.50 with plaintain chips and soda, plus you get to sit down. Highly recommended.

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            hamster Jul 22, 2011 12:13 PM

            Kabob House on P Street, yummy Afghani kabobs.

            Make sure to try Dolcezza (Connecticut Ave location) for exceptionally good Argentine gelato.

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              Elyssa Jul 24, 2011 02:44 PM

              Agora (see my recommendation below) and lately I've really been in to Dalchinni for Indian (delicious butter chicken).

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                Jeserf Jul 25, 2011 09:17 AM

                yay I'm SO glad that you go to Dalchinni! We love it there - it's such a weird atmophere but the food is, I think, the best Indian in the area.

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                  Elyssa Jul 25, 2011 09:41 AM

                  I've actually never eaten in the restaurant. I've only gotten take out. But the take out is so good I imagine dining in would be great as well. I go here instead of Heritage now...mostly because it is slightly cheaper.

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                    Jeserf Jul 25, 2011 10:46 AM

                    oh eating there is very...interesting.

                    Try the malai kofta - it's very good.

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                dining with doc Jul 24, 2011 04:58 PM

                Rasika is an outstanding restaurant which is 2.5 blocks from the gallery Place exit on the Red line which is 3 to 4 stops away or abot 8 minutes from dupont circle. Excellent Indian...btw,the Washington metro is clean, safe and reasonably priced.

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

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                katecm Jul 22, 2011 11:26 AM

                I always liked Heritage India for solid Indian. They have great happy hour deals at the large bar there, too.

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                Heritage India
                2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007

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                  Jeserf Jul 24, 2011 02:26 PM

                  Dalcinni up CT Ave has significantly better food than Heritage - I gave up on them once I noticed that they used all frozen veggies.
                  The Malai kofta at Dalcinni is excellent. It's sort of an odd place, but very solid authentic Indian food - and not super heavy - for in the city.

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                    katecm Jul 25, 2011 06:52 AM

                    Is it new? I've never heard of it!

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                      Elyssa Jul 25, 2011 08:19 AM

                      It's newish. I think it actually is a restaurant with a name change (although I have noticed a MARKED improvement on the Indian food vs. the place that was there before). It's very good---and they deliver.

                2. ktmoomau Jul 22, 2011 12:31 PM

                  Regent Thai and Rice for Thai food. If you want good food cheap you could go to Oohs and Aahs for soul food.

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                    SimonF Jul 22, 2011 01:14 PM

                    Pizzeria Paradisio, of course.

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                      lynncameron Jul 22, 2011 02:37 PM

                      Darlington House

                      http://www.darlingtonhousedc.com/

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                      Darlington House
                      Washington, DC, Washington, DC

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                        Elyssa Jul 24, 2011 02:43 PM

                        There are lots of places within walking distance of your hotel. I would check out Urbana (if you get the seafood stew appetizer and a glass of wine, you'll be more than full and delighted), Pizzeria Paradisio (for good pizza and beer), BGR (for burgers and fries), Casa Nonna (great pastas and pizzas), Agora (Middle Eastern small plates), and Hank's Oyster Bar (New England style seafood).

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                        Hank's Oyster Bar
                        1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

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                          usubbiah Jul 25, 2011 09:00 AM

                          Thanks for all your recommendations-I wish I had more time to try out all the tasty choices. Rasika sounds very good so I may venture on the subway to check it out. I'll let you know how it works out.

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

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                            woodleyparkhound Jul 25, 2011 09:11 AM

                            Rasika is excellent, the food is fantastic. I feel certain you'd be happy with it - but I didn't recommend it as you said you were on a limited budget. You haven't defined what you meant by that, but I don't consider Rasika cheap. But if you stick to vegetarian choices and don't drink, you should be fine. The vegetarian entrees as I recall, run about $12 or so - and they are delicious.

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

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