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Aug 3, 2011 12:47 PM

uh oh-- Oyamel AND Jaleo??

I have a dinner reservation for Jaleo and also a lunch reservation for Oyamel. Am I double-dipping into a well of similar cuisine? Or are they different enough that it is worth going to both?

Oyamel lunch in area between Spy Musuem and the Capitol. Jaleo in area for a very early dinner on a Sundeay before a Segway tour. So hours, location, and no dress clothes matter.

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  1. They are not similar at all. However, be prepared to take in a lot of salt at Oyamel. They use enough of it to knock you over, and the problem has gotten worse over time.

    1. Oyamel is food from Oaxaca, Mexico and Jaleo is Spanish. These are VERY DIFFERENT cuisines. While the theme (small plates) and restaurant feel (trendy) is similar, I think the food selections are quite distinct.

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      1. re: hppyheather

        Oyamel isn't Oaxacan. They may do some Oaxacan dishes, but they are all over the place in terms of Mexican cuisine.

      2. They are not that similar (Jaleo is clearly Spanish and Oyamel is clearly Mexican). That said...there are so many other options in that area that are delicious. Why not try something else?

        I would keep Jaleo (because I think it's much better than Oyamel where our dishes were fine but we've had spotty service) and go somewhere else for lunch. Perhaps Sei (for sushi and Asian small plates), Rasika (for modern Indian...amazing!), Hill Country BBQ (for Texas-style BBQ), or Central (for American style French bistro food).

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

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        1. re: Elyssa

          Im thinking also of dropping Oyamel. Maybe for Againn (and I have a Groupon), Matchbox, Arcadiana, Central, or ha maybe Ollies Trolley.

          Ollies Trolley Restaurant
          1426 L St NW, Washington, DC 20005

          1. re: aviva5675

            I would vote for Oyamel over Jaleo. I have been totally underwhelmed the last two times I went. definitely try Againn. I like Acadiana and Central for lunch but Againn is serving up some great food and cocktails these days.

            901 New York Ave NW Ste 200A, Washington, DC 20001