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How is this list for DC Trip

Wife & I are coming to DC September 9-15 for work & play. Will be staying in Silver Spring (work). Here are a list of restaurants we have found based on Chow hounds, guide books etc. We know we won't get to all of them. Let us know what you think. Anything we might have missed?

Silver Spring

* 8407 Kitchen Bar
* Ray's the Classics
* Addis Ababa,
* Cubano’s

* Washington DC Lunch

* Central Michel Richard
* Palena
* Johnny's Half Shell
* Capitol Hill, Hill East

Washington Dinner

* Ardeo + Bardero
* Central Michel Richard
* Kinkead's Restaurant
* Jaleo
* Nora’s
* The Oceanaire Seafood Room
* Zaytinya

Washington DC Happy Hour

* PS7 Restaurant
* Old Ebbits Ggrill
* Jaleo (Crystal City VA (work)

Washington DC Brunch

* Ardeo + Bardero
* Perry’s


* BlackSalt

* Baltimore Lunch (Leaving BWI for PA)
* Gunning’s Seafood Restaurant
* Phillips

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

3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Oceanaire Seafood Room
1201 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Addis Ababa Restaurant
8233 Fenton St, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Johnny's Half Shell
400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

Ray's the Classics
8606 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Kinkead's Restaurant
2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

4883 MacArthur Blvd., Washington, DC 20007

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  1. For Washington dinner would eliminate Kinkead's and Nora and add Palena, Bibiana, 701, Cityzen or The Source (the later two are expensive but great)

    Georgetown eliminate Clyde's and add Blue Duck Tavern (not Georgetown but close)

    Silver Spring-might add Jackie's

    Brunch add Tabard Inn definitely but book in advance

    Kinkead's Restaurant
    2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

    Blue Duck Tavern
    1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

    1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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    1. re: flobow

      Agree with Cityzen, Tabard (only for brunch) and Blue Duck

      1. re: flobow

        why remove those restaurants ? Food not good? Too expenses?

        1. re: tesh11

          Kinkead's can be hit or miss; Nora is past its prime (and expensive to boot); Clyde's is fine but nothing special.

      2. Also, Palena has stopped lunch service for now; not sure when it'll be back. They are open for brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

        1. Just make sure you get to Central and Black Salt! Palena, Johnny's, Jaleo, Ray's and Zatinya also good.

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

          1. your silver spring recs are good though i may also swap out jackie's for cubanos. cubanos is good but not amazing. jackie's is better though in the same vein as 8407 so not sure if you want to try different ethnic food or not.

            1. A lot of lunch places in DC don't serve lunch on the weekend (e.g. Central). If you are looking for lunch on the weekend, call to make sure they are open first.

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              1. re: woodleyparkhound

                You want to avoid Phillips and Clyde's these restaurant are not worth your time or money the food quality has fallen off

                1. re: agarnett100

                  We almost posted at the exact same time about Phillips!

                  Mediocre chain - you can do better.

                  This thread has some recs close to BWI:

                  I'd go to Clyde's for a drink - it does have a neat atmosphere. My husband and I stopped in for a drink on the anniversary of the "Afternoon Delight" song. We're goofy, what can I say.

              2. I would definitely remove Oceanaire from your list. Expensive, mediocre (at best) food and poor service.

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                1. re: mdpilam

                  I think if you are looking for Seafood- Blacksalt and DC Coast will be much better than Kinkeads or Oceanaire. We had a couple horrible experiences at Oceanaire in terms of food.

                  I also agree that Old Ebbitts isn't that great.

                  In Baltimore, were you wanting somehwere closer to the airport or downtown? (Are you spending some time there first?) If so I would suggest Bluegrass Tavern.

                  Kinkead's Restaurant
                  2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006-1812

                  DC Coast Restaurant
                  1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

                  1. re: ktmoomau

                    Old Ebbitts really only good for happy hour to take advantage off the half-off raw bar

                2. For Silver Spring, you might want to consider Mandalay http://mandalayrestaurantcafe.com/ for Burmese especially if you like spicy food (don't worry, you can always change your order to mild or medium but they don't skimp on the spice when you ask for it hot!). Their salads are amazing.

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                  1. re: msjess

                    Mandalay is a good choice for Silver Spring

                  2. I'll put in a plug for RIS almost on the strength of their Dark and Stormy cocktails alone -- which may make this a contender for your DC Happy Hour -- except that the food is so delicious.

                    During Restaurant Week, we were blown away by their shrimp tempura appetizer: rock shrimp in a light tempura batter were tossed with sriracha aioli and served over a vinaigrette slaw. Since RIS's RW menu tends to come from the regular menu, there's a good chance you'll be able to enjoy this dish even though RW is over.

                    Incidentally, the www.risdc.com link does not seem to be working at the moment.

                    2275 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

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                    1. I would change Palena to dinner. Go for the back room if you can, but the cafe is great too. Highly recommended.

                      You might want to consider some other dining options like Tosca and Obelisk, too.

                      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                      1. Washington dinner-Corduroy
                        Washington lunch-Taylor or Breadline for sammies
                        Near Silver Spring-Samantha's
                        Near BWI-Grace Garden

                        1122 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

                        1751 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

                        Grace Garden
                        1690 Annapolis Rd, Odenton, MD

                        Taylor Gourmet
                        1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

                        Samantha's Restaurant
                        631 University Blvd E, Silver Spring, MD 20901