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Aug 22, 2011 08:08 AM

Dining by the Alphabet`

Hello there Chowhounders!

I am new to the D.C. area and in an effort to learn more about the local cuisine, I've joined in with a group of other newish people to dine by the alphabet. As many know, we try to go once a week to a restaurant somehow related to a letter of the alphabet. So A could mean "Adam's Morgan" or "Amsterdam Falafalshop" (in Adam's Morgan; a double double as I call it) or anything else you might think of. A and B have already been completed, but we are looking for creative and delicious ideas for the rest of the alphabet.

For this week, we are debating whether to go to Ben's Chili Bowl or maybe somewhere in Chinatown or...... where should we go?

Thanks for any help!

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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  1. Bibiana if your budget allows!

    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

    1. You may need to be careful not to use a good one for a particular letter (like Zengo or Zaytinya) for their neighborhood (Chinatown).

      C: Cava on Barrack's Row
      D: Dino, Dickson Wine Bar
      E: Etete (Ethiopian for the double E)
      F: Firefly
      G: Graffiato
      H: H Street Country Club (double H)
      I: Indique
      J: Jaleo
      K: Kaz or Kushi
      L: Logan Tavern (do it for brunch and their bloody mary menu)
      M: Mandu
      N: Napoleon
      O: Oya or Oyamel
      P: Perry's
      R: Rasika
      S: Sei or Spices
      T: Tabard Inn
      U: Ulah
      V: Vinoteca
      W: West End Bistro
      X: Thai X-ing
      Y: Yum's????
      Z: Zengo or Zaytinya

      That was fun!

      1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

      Tabard Inn
      1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

      1940 11th street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      H Street Country Club
      1335 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

      3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Logan Tavern
      1423 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

      Zengo Restaurant
      781 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      4 Replies
      1. re: katecm

        Well done (not all my choices but a fine job and nice of you).

        Q:Hank's Oyster Bar & Lounge
        1624 Q St NW, Washington 20009
        (Btwn 16th & Church St NW

        also go for:
        Vietnamese at Eden Center maybe Huong Viet.
        The Standard - some good recommendations recently
        Rays one of them Hell Burger, Steaks .....
        Chinese Hong Kong Palace

        Hong Kong Palace
        6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

        Eden Center
        Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

        Huong Viet Restaurant
        6785 Wilson Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22044

        1. re: katecm

          Not strictly a "Q" but what about a good barbecue place, especially one that includes the letters BBQ in its name?

          "C" isn't hard letter to deal with -- Cava is a lovely suggestion -- but Cafe du Parc is a particularly appealing possibility if you eat there soon enough to take advantage of their great outdoor seating area

          1. re: Indy 67

            Cafe du Parc is definitely a nice spot, and for DC newcomers, a great location for a walk after dinner.

            Hank's is BRILLIANT for the Q conundrum.

            1. re: Indy 67

              Excellent Indy 67, although good Q is limited here, well played.

              Thank you katecm.

          2. Someone else on Chowhound did this a few years ago and I believe posted their list. I remember because they were looking for an X restaurant I think. :)

            I would go to Bibiana....not too far from Chinatown. They have extended their Restaurant Week menu so you can get a delicious top-rated 3 course meal for only $30.

            1. I'm not sure of your price point, but you might also consider Brasserie Beck for the Bs.

              Brasserie Beck
              1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

              1. Awesome! Thanks for the help; the more suggestions I get, the more places I can eat!