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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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  1. 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

      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)

    2. 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. 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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        1. re: Elyssa

          Thank you thank you. Will be back in touch.

        2. 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