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America restaurant has closed

Garlic Guy Nov 7, 2011 03:10 PM

I have a family friend that comes into DC every few months. She arrives by train, and we often end up having lunch at America restaurant in Union Station. Our plans to do so today were somewhat complicated by the fact that the restaurant no longer appears to be in business. It wasn't clear what, if anything, will replace it.

I'm somewhat disappointed. The restaurant wasn't nearly as good as its amazing New York counterpart, which folded several years ago, but it was still a good, conveniently located, reasonably priced restaurant. I'm going to miss it. My friend and I ended up having lunch in the food court, which wasn't quite the same thing.

[I apologize if this has already been posted, but I check this board regularly and hadn't heard about this. I also tried using the "search" function, which didn't yield any relevant results.]

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    MikeR Nov 8, 2011 04:35 AM

    Thunder Grill isn't too bad and a little nicer than the food court.

    I'm not surprised that nobody mentioned the closing of America here. It's not exactly a foodie destination restaurant.

    Thunder Grill
    50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

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    1. re: MikeR
      Garlic Guy Nov 8, 2011 06:06 AM

      I know, but it was a decent but inexpensive option, with a fairly diverse menu. My friend and I have very different food preferences but were both always able to find something to appeal to us there.

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      Elyssa Nov 8, 2011 09:35 AM

      I personally say good riddance! That place was pretty bad in my opinion. But I saw this the other day while walking to a meeting on the Hill. They were tearing the place apart. A bunch of guys were carrying all the kitchen appliances out the back door....I didn't know if they were remodeling or just closing up shop all together.

      It would be great if something reallly good went in there. It's a prime location!

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      1. re: Elyssa
        katecm Nov 8, 2011 10:09 AM

        My first date with my ex-husband. Last week I saw that it had closed up and felt a little more pep in my step!

        I still sympathize with you, Garlic Guy. It's sad when your regular place is no more. But Elyssa's suggestions are good ones, if you're able to leave the station proper.

        1. re: Elyssa
          J_DC Nov 11, 2011 07:30 AM

          I always liked the idea of it, but I agree - good riddance. It would be awesome to really have a great restaurant in Union Station.

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          Elyssa Nov 8, 2011 09:38 AM

          There are a lot of better restaurants in walking distance to Union Station. In the future I would check out Johnny's Half Shell, Art and Soul, or Bistro Cacao...all very good, with even more affordable lunch menus.

          The Irish pub across from Union Station actually isn't all that bad either. They have a decent burger.

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

          Art and Soul
          415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

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