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Nov 3, 2011 05:25 AM

Looking for good place to take family, college student and roomies in DC

we are coming to visit daughter at GW and are looking for good place to take family and roomies to dinner w/o refinancing the house...foodies from NYC so need good food of 10
Love founding farmers,blue duck,etc but looking for alternative to carmines..
suggestions? chinatown? georgetown?

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  1. If you want to stick to the GW-area I ate at the new District Commons a few weeks ago and really enjoyed it. Seems like there is something for everyone there. I had the brick chicken, which was excellent. Also make sure to get dessert (especially their version of Boston cream pie!).

    Also in that area I really love Ris.

    In Gallery Place/Chinatown you might want to try Sei or Jaleo.

    1. I think Burger Shake and Tap has gotten some good reviews. You could also try Pizzaria Paradiso in Georgetown or Dupont

      Pizzaria Paradiso
      3282 M St NW, Georgetown, DC 20007

      1. I'm not suggesting taking the whole mob, but If you get a chance, grabbing lunch at Union Station can be a culinary adventure. It's been a few years since I've been there, but they used to have some very good booths in the food court including one that specialized in Caribbean food.

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        1. re: PotatoHouse

          Very far from a culinary adventure these days. A lot of booths are gone since the food court has been placed under new management.

          1. re: Elyssa

            Dang I hate to hear that. As a truck driver I used to drop my trailer at the truckstop in Jessup MD and bobtail to the Greenbelt Station and take the train into DC.

            1. re: Elyssa

              Yeah, today Union Station is no more a culinary adventure than any food court at a mall. There is still a wide variety of ethnic food for a food court, but most places are average at best and/or chains.

          2. Two Amys: excellent italian bistro/foodie wood burning stove pizza near the national cathedral
            Bistro Du Coin: french bistro
            Brasserie Beck: belgian bistro mussel house
            Jaleo: tapas
            chinatown: Eat First Chinese
            Granville Moores: american bistro
            Etete: Ethiopian

            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Two Amys
            3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

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

            Eat First Restaurant
            609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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            1. re: dining with doc

              I would hesitate with many of these options for a group of ten people. Several of the places do not take reservations and or are tiny. Granville Moore's is a place I would not recommend trying to get 10 people there (not to mention it is not easily accessible by public transportation). Bistro Du Coin is fun for a group but can be very packed and very loud - may not be the best for really talking with a large group. Etete would be a fun place, but I would ensure it can take a party of 10 - it is quite small. The suggestion of Pizzeria Paradiso is good, but I would ensure that you can get the reservation for 10.

              Other places I would consider (which would depend on what you want to spend): Zaytinya, Rasika, Agora, Central, Siroc, and Firefly (which you may be able to sit at the private room).

              1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

              701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Pizzeria Paradiso
              3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

              Siroc Restaurant
              915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

            2. Ate lunch at the DC Union Station Carribean place today and it was pretty darn good! Choice of chicken ( I took BBQ ) and two sides ( I took spinach greens and collard greens) and added some rice and ginger beer. Couldn't 't eat it all, but loved every shovel full!

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              1. re: hychka

                Looking at the Union Station directory, I don't see a Caribbean place listed. Do you remember the name?

                1. re: Steve

                  No. Can't recall the name. When you walk into the court from the Metro, keep right and just pass the Indian place...there it is!