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TaTee Oct 1, 2011 03:03 PM

Will be staying at the OMNI Shoreham Hotel on 2500 Calvert Northwest. Looking for Friday
night dinner recommendations near the hotel. .. a cab ride away is OK. Much obliged.

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    Steve Oct 1, 2011 03:26 PM

    A cab ride will take you to a HUGE variety of restaurants. My favorite is probably Locolat for savory Belgian waffles. This is a tiny, extremely casual place with five waffle flavors (garlic, green herbs, etc) and excellent toppings from grilled vegetables to flammande to escargot. Also world-class chocolates, and any of those with a buttercream filling or sprinkled with coarse salt are divine.

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    Locolat Cafe
    1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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      TaTee Oct 2, 2011 12:47 PM

      Steve, thanks for your recs. My New Orleans Chowhounds have recommended the Blue Duck and Bistro Francais. Pros/Cons?

      Have been to Old Ebbit Grill on previous trips ... will probably go there for
      lunch.

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      Bistro Francais
      3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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        Steve Oct 2, 2011 05:31 PM

        I haven't been to Blue Duck at all.

        I haven't been to Bistro Francais in ages. It is a good place to know about to go for a very late dinner, well after midnight, when everything else is closed. But I would not choose it over many other options.

        Instead of Old Ebbitt Grill, you should hit Central Michel Richard (roughly same neighborhood). Actually hard to go wrong there, but special attention should be paid to the corned beef sandwich, tuna burger, fish and chips, and the fried chicken. Sides of Brussels sprouts and mac n cheese are heavenly. The three course lunch special is only $21. Reserve.

        http://www.centralmichelrichard.com/eat/

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          Elyssa Oct 3, 2011 07:04 AM

          Blue Duck Tavern is very good but you can do much better than Bistro Francais.

          If you are looking for French bistro cuisine I would rather go to Bistro D'Oc, Bistro Cacao, or Cafe du Parc. All have excellent bistro menus, with delightful French-like settings.

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          Bistro D'Oc
          518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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

          Bistro Francais
          3128 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

          Bistro Cacao
          320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

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        Elyssa Oct 3, 2011 07:01 AM

        Your hotel is not that far from the Cleveland Park area (just 1 metro stop away or a short cab ride...you can also walk). There are a lot of great restaurants in that area. Palena would be my top choice. They have a cafe (doesn't take reservations) which is wonderful and more affordable (get the hamburger..best in town. Or the roast chicken). If you are looking for a more formal/special occasion type setting you can sit in their back dining room.

        Another option is Dino for rustic Italian and wonderful wines---a real gem of a neighborhood spot. Finally I also like Ardeo. Again, another solid neighborhood find with an eclectic menu and decent prices.

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        Palena
        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          woodleyparkhound Oct 3, 2011 08:05 AM

          I second Elyssa's Cleveland Park recommendations - all are excellent. There are a lot of restaurants very close to your hotel in Woodley Park, but only the Lebanese Tavern is worth considering. Some people like New Heights; I haven't been. However, it's worth the 15 min. walk up CT Ave. past the zoo to Cleveland Park for a better selection. There is also a new low-cost steak place up there, Medium Rare, which I haven't been to yet, but it sounds promising. Here is a thread about it.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776517

          I liked the Blue Duck Tavern, but I didn't absolutely love it, and for those prices, I needed to.

          If you want to stay near your hotel, you can have a great meal at one of the Cleveland Park places; no need to go further afield.

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          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

          Medium Rare
          3500 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington D.C., DC 20008

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            Doh Oct 3, 2011 10:46 AM

            I would third the Cleveland Park suggestions, but also wanted to mention that Cashion's isn't too far from your hotel (10-15 minute walk?). (I haven't been in a while, and they changed chefs, but I've always liked it and I still hear good things).

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              Elyssa Oct 3, 2011 01:59 PM

              Cashion's is always a solid choice. They also have a very good brunch.

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              TaTee Oct 3, 2011 10:47 AM

              Bistrot Du Coin looks fabulous, as does Bistro Cacao. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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              Bistrot Du Coin
              1738 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

              Bistro Cacao
              320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

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                DC in DC Oct 3, 2011 06:10 PM

                Bistro du Coin is terrible. Mediocre food, indifferent service (at best - negligent or rude at worst), really loud and annoying. You can do far better. Right in Woodley Park: New Heights is very good. A 15-minute walk north is Cleveland Park, in which you'll find the wonderful Indique, Palena, Ardeo, and Dino, and several others (but those are the best). A 10-minute cab ride the other direction is the sublime Blue Duck Tavern.

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                Palena
                3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

                New Heights Restaurant
                2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

                Indique
                3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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                  gregb Oct 4, 2011 01:50 PM

                  Bistro du Coin is not terrible!

                  It's a vibrant, energetic, bustling, boisterous environment very reminiscent of bistros in France. You have to be prepared to wait, raise your voice in order to be heard, and deal with a little bit of indifferent service, but is very very far from terrible!

                  Stick with classic bistro dishes (moules, duck, cassoulet, steak frites etc.) and the food is delicious.

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                    Elyssa Oct 5, 2011 08:19 AM

                    I wouldn't say Bistro Du Coin is terrible. I do think it is inconsistent at times though. But good for a late night bite.

                    Personally I prefer Bistro D'Oc though---which is always great!

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                    Bistro D'Oc
                    518 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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                      TaTee Oct 8, 2011 09:57 AM

                      Had dinner at Bistro Francais, very nice and the food was good. French Onion Soup was superb...duck was good, could have been warmer in temperature, cooked properly, but a little cold. Wild rice and desserts were OK. Very nice atmosphere, impeccable service and right in the heart of Georgetown.

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                      Bistro Francais
                      3124-28 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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