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Nov 4, 2011 01:17 PM

What's the best...

Okay foodies and awesome people of Chowhound. If I were to go to D.C. in a couple of weeks what would the best restaurants be to check out. What do I HAVE to taste to get a real feel for the city. I'm from Seattle and I love showing people around the Emerald City, but I don't know anyone there to help me out.

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  1. There are so many bests...

    So best beer list: Brasserie Beck and perhaps Birch & Barley. Best cocktails: In DC PS7, in the area: PX.

    Best of the Best: Komi, Citronelle, Marcel's, Minibar, Rogue 24, CityZen (with a recent Top Chef Desserts finalist)

    I think then there is a tier right below these, that are still kind of best of the not $300 a pop: Fiola, Proof, Palena, Corduroy, Estadio, Eola and Rasika.

    Then there are the best neighborhood restaurants, best wine selections, best brunches (there is a recent thread with good suggestions on this). What else would you like to know the best of... and where will you be situated?

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

    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

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

    3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

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

    1. There are tons of bests in DC. It really just depends on what you like and want. Do you prefer beef or seafood? Do you want contemporary American? Or do you want French? Do you want something casual- jeans and a polo type place? Or dress pants with a sweater or jacket kind of place? Something trendy or traditional? Want a steak or seafood dish or something more exotic like Indian?

      ALL of the suggestions that are given by ktmoomau are great suggestions.

      I would highly suggest- Rogue 24, Cityzen, Komi. Brasserie Beck and Marcel's are excellent too! Oh and add Blue Duck Tavern to the list. I almost forgot- Vidalia. Blue Duck Tavern and Cityzen would be my top choices of these. If you like seafood then I've taken many out of towners that also love seafood to Acadiana and it is always a hit. DC Coast can be pretty decent as well.

      The bottom line is that it just depends on what you want the best of. You might look at the Washingtonian 100 very best list for 2011 and consider the top ten or twenty.

      You might check out Washingtonian, they have a lot of bests lists that are pretty good. Others here can give great suggestions too. Also WETA did a fine dining episode that is posted online. They have a few other episodes about favorite DC places to eat. Just google WETA fine dining. You can watch it online and learn more about the area. I think they also did one called neighborhood eats that was good. Nonstop foodies DC is okay too but you probably cannot watch that as it is on NBC Washington and I do not think they have it posted online.

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

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

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

      1. Your question is very broad. Most mid-to-upscale restaurants have pretty much the same feel from city to city, so my answer would be you'd have to hit Eden Center in Falls Church for Vietnamese, Bolivian food (also in Falls Church), Ethiopian in DC, serious Sichuan in Rockville, MD, Burmese food, Soul Food, Jamaican, and maybe a couple of restaurants from our most famous chefs- Jose Andres and Michel Richard. Maybe some of these you'd have a hard time finding in Seattle?

        Eden Center is an entirely Vietnamese shopping center with at least 23 restaurants. Some of it is in 'hidden' corridors and I think is a destination in and of itself. However, you either need a car or be willing to take a short cab from the nearest metro stop or walk a mile.

        So is this the kind of thing you are looking for? Or do you just want to stick to the center of the city?