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Oct 3, 2011 09:59 AM

LA Foodie coming to DC- Advice Please

Hi DC Hounds- I am coming into town to visit my daughter late october- need recs for Thursday PM- (on my own) ; Friday- (One of Andres' Places)- with daughter and two of her roommates; and Sat-

Show me that DC rocks-

Thanks in advance

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  1. What part of town are you staying in? Will you have a car? What kind of food do you like/dislike? What's your budget?

    Re: Andres places, I like Jaleo (Spanish tapas - downtown) and Zaytinia (Mediterranean) the best. Jaleo does an excellent brunch on weekends.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Ill be in Georgetown- no food limits- budget not an issue- but stuffy and stiff not an option- i can get around if needed.

      thanks for the reply

      we have Andres' Bazaar here in L.A. which is spanish tapas

      1. re: coastcash

        I'd recommend Rasika for a very modern and inventive take on Indian food - it takes Indian food and runs with it to brand new place. Gallery Place Metro.

        If budget isn't an issue, I'd try to get a reservation at Komi. Not only is the food superb, but I found the atmosphere to be very non-pretentious. The goat there is probably the best meat dish I've ever had anywhere, and I thought I didn't like goat. Dupont Circle Metro.

        Unfortunately, Georgetown isn't a great food destination neighborhood,though there are a plethora of restaurants there. For a good cheap lunch, I like the unfortunately-named Muncheez Mania. The atomica at Pizzeria Paradiso is good; they have a good beer list too.

        DC is known for Ethiopian food. I like Etete at 9th and U (U St. Metro). Lots of people on the board like Ethiopic on H St.; I haven't been. Both these places are a good excuse to get to a couple of great, non-touristy neighborhoods.

        You might enjoy a trip to Eastern Market on Sat. morning. (Eastern Market, Capitol Hill) Good breakfast at Market Lunch and the best half smoke in town (hot in natural casing) at the meat market inside. It costs about $2 and you stand there and eat it. This is one of the great simple pleasures of DC, IMHO. Great coffee at the nearby Peregrine Espresso.

        That's a start anyway. I hope you enjoy your stay!

        1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

        1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

        Pizzeria Paradiso
        3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

        Market Lunch
        225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

        1. re: coastcash

          If money is not much of an object, then you could go to Central, Brasserie Beck, or Kincaid's. Eastern Market is nice, but half smokes are a local specialty that is really not that special. It is to a good bratwurst what Pabst Blue Ribbon is to beer.

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

      2. Just over the bridge from Georgetown is Ray's Hell Burger, one of the best hamburger places in the country. I think it really is special.

        Ray's Hell Burger
        1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

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        1. So for either Thursday PM, or Saturday I would suggest Eola. Perhaps on Thursday, if you like eating at the bar get the deal at the bar at Corduroy or CityZen (same food cheaper price).

          I also think Rasika is a good choice. Also to consider if you don't go to Jaleo would be Estadio. And I never regret a meal at Palena.

          Of the Andres places, Zaytinya is my distinct favorite, well except for Minibar. Jaleo is second. I thought America Eats was really expensive for the portions, although the food was good, and have never been to Oyamel.

          CityZen Restaurant
          1330 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20024

          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          1. re: ktmoomau

            Oyamel is good, but better is to stay in LA and eat at Monte Alban.

            1. re: ChewFun

              Any LA foodie should stay away from Mexican (Thai and Korean) in DC.

              1. re: mdpilam

                thanks for that- and if you guys come to l.a. stay away from the politicians ; )

                1. re: coastcash

                  Before you leave this topic, be sure to read this thread by a jaded Californian in D.C.


                  We got into a discussion of how the Californian's palate may be different.

                  1. re: GraydonCarter

                    First does Graydon Carter know you have purloined his name?
                    Secondly, I scoff at people who proclaim their "foodie" status. Some of the best advice one can receive is from the people to whom "foodies" raise their collective noses to.

                    Palates are like opinions which are in turn like sphincters, everybody got one and most of them do not pass the nose test.

                    I was a foodie before the word was coined. I was lucky enough to get edumacated in Berkeley when Alice had Panisse, Jerimiah had Santa Fe Bar & Grille, Mark had 4th street, and the seeds of a movement were germinating.

                    So I apologize in advance for the jaded, snooty, snotty, Californian;

                    I pledge not be taking picts of my food so that the dining room looks like Club 54 with strobe lights;

                    and I will thank all DC Hounds in advance for their advise and really pleasant nature.

          2. I'd say of the choices, for dinner with daughter and guests, Rasika or Zaytinya. lively and great. if their tastes are less adventurous, Central Michel Richard might open a few eyes to what is possible in nominally basic American food.

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

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            1. re: hill food

              i think i have a full plate- and soon to become a full stomach- are there any decent blue crab places within metro distance? we had a place out in L.A. years ago that used to bring their blues in live and hand you a hammer and it was game on. sadly it went the way of the 8 dollar martini

              1. re: coastcash

                Most of the blue crab spot are out in the burbs But the Maine Street Fish Market (Captain White) sells them by the dozen - they have set up tables on the east side of the market for customers. Its similar to what the fish market at San Pedro looked like 20 years ago. You can get a mixed 1/2 bushel for about $45 or larger sizes by the dozen

                  1. re: coastcash

                    for the real deal ya gotta head over towards Annapolis (not metro-able), but there is also a place in Arlington/Del Ray (somebody help me out here) called maybe the Quarterdeck?

                      1. re: Lori D

                        Quartedeck is closer to Downtown DC than much of DC, so don't be put off by the fact that it's in Virginia. They do a good job, but just so you know some folks don't think you should use a hammer at all.