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Sarasml Nov 21, 2011 02:48 PM

Hi everyone - I am compiling a list for our trip to DC and would be very appreciative of your expertise and guidance for DC only. We will be staying at the Hyatt.

Best soul food/southern cooking

Best burger - amazing burger place

Best place for drinks on the Potomac

best drinks place in Georgetown

best brewpub in DC

best crabs in DC

Your #1 choice of all in DC Not over $$$.

Thank you thank you in advance!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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    Snd485 Nov 23, 2011 11:08 AM

    Best burger - Good Stuff Eatery. Personally, I'm not a fan of Ray's Hell Burger and Ray's in in VA!

    Best drinks place in Georgetown - Mate for its martinis or Bodega (the loungy back room area is a perfect place to get tapas and drinks)

    Best brewpub in DC - Churchkey or Granville Moore's

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

    Good Stuff Eatery
    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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      Elyssa Nov 22, 2011 09:01 AM

      I'll skip the places that I don't really have suggestions for:

      Best burger: Palena (higher end) BGR (more order at the counter style)

      Best Drinks in Georgetown: Bourbon Steak or the Ritz

      Best brewpub: Brasserie Beck, Not sure if this counts but they have great beer and amazing food

      #1 choice--You don't really define what $$$ means. For high end I would go to The Source (can also be more affordable if you dine at the bar), for moderate price I would go to Central or Bibianna.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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        Sarasml Nov 23, 2011 09:48 AM

        Thank you thank you. Will be back in touch.

      2. woodleyparkhound Nov 22, 2011 08:11 AM

        Best soul food/southern cooking
        Oohs and Aahs

        Best burger - amazing burger place
        Ray's Hell Burger
        also good burgers and the best shakes in town: Good Stuff Eatery

        best brewpub in DC
        Churchkey

        best crabs in DC
        Cantler's (in Annapolis)

        Your #1 choice of all in DC Not over $$$.
        I'm stymied to have to pick just one, without having a category. "Best restaurant" is way too broad.

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

        Good Stuff Eatery
        303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

        1. ktmoomau Nov 22, 2011 07:27 AM

          Best soul food/southern cooking- SouWester in the Mandarin Oriental, honestly. I prefer it to Vidalia by a long shot and it smokes Georgia Browns for Southern. AND you get Matthew Peterson making your desserts. For soul food I like Oohs and Aahs, but doesn't have any ambiance, I got it take out, you might prefer Creme Cafe.

          Best burger - amazing burger place- Ray's Hellburger, Palena or Central.

          Best place for drinks on the Potomac- There aren't really any places you can have drinks on the Potomac, we aren't really like that. If you want drinks with a view I suggest POV Lounge.

          best drinks place in Georgetown- Bourbon Steak. Georgetown has a lot of bars, but none are spectacular that I can think of.

          best brewpub in DC- Not a brewpub per say, but Brasserie Beck or Birch and Barley have great beer lists and good food.

          best crabs in DC- do you want a crab picking experience? crabcakes? DC isn't really that type of place, that is Baltimore, Annapolis and etc. And it isn't crab season.

          Your #1 choice of all in DC Not over $$$- Fiola, Blacksalt or Palena Cafe.

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          Palena
          3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

          Vidalia
          1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

          Georgia Brown's
          950 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          Birch and Barley
          1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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          1. re: ktmoomau
            agarnett100 Nov 22, 2011 08:08 AM

            Best Soul Food - Levi's Port Cafe

            Best Burger - Ray's Hellburger

            Best place for drinks on the Potomac - on a boat in the middle of the Potomac

            Best Brewpub in DC - Gordon Biersch - great beer also Churchkey as woodley suggested

            Best Crabs - Bethesda Crab House , or the Maine Street Wharf they sell crabs by the dozen got a 1/2 bushel yesterday for $35 (I know they are not MD crabs this time of the year but they still were tasty)

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