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Interesting Restaurants near the Park- Zoo Metro Stop

henry_sculler Jan 2, 2012 07:25 PM

Hi -

We'll staying at the Wardman Park Hotel this week. Can you fellow chowhounds suggest some restaurants nearby ... either walking distance or we can take metro. Prefer lower price point eateries for breakfast/lunch.

Thanks again. henry

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    katecm Jan 5, 2012 09:41 AM

    Eater DC profiled the spanking new District Kitchen this week. Maybe too early to predict, but the menu looks good. http://dc.eater.com/tags/district-kit...

    1. woodleyparkhound Jan 5, 2012 09:24 AM

      Be sure you check to make sure a place is open for lunch before going. Lots of the above-mentioned restaurants, while good for dinner, aren't open at lunchtime.

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        lawhound Jan 5, 2012 09:20 AM

        Petits Plats, directly across Connecticut, has excellent brunch and is a pretty space.

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          dining with doc Jan 5, 2012 08:40 AM


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            Elyssa Jan 5, 2012 08:13 AM

            For breakfast check out Open City. It gets VERY crowded on the weekends but during the week it should be fine.

            There are a lot of delicious options for lunch and dinner if you head up to Cleveland Park. Some personal favorites are Palena (both the more affordable cafe and fancier/pricier dining room), Dino, Ardeo, Spices, Ripple, and California Tortilla.

            In Adams Morgan Mama Ayesha, Cashion's Eat Place, L'Enfant, and Casa Oaxaca are all good options.

            If you are willing to metro there are lots and lots of other options. Hearing more what you are interested in could be helpful.

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              kelly5612 Jan 3, 2012 08:02 PM

              I second the others who advise you to head north one Metro stop to Cleveland Park. The restaurants near your hotel offer mediocre tourist fare and poor service. We stopped going there a couple years ago...about the same time those restaurants stopped trying.

              1. woodleyparkhound Jan 3, 2012 11:30 AM

                For lunch, some of the best pizza in the city is sold by the slice at Vace in Cleveland Park. Palena Cafe, or the more expensive Palena are also there. Dino is another great dinner option.

                I love the breakfast sandwiches on a bagel at So's Your Mom in Adam's Morgan, about a 15 min. walk. They also do good sandwiches for lunch - no indoor seating though.

                The Lebanese Taverna at Woodley Park is decent. I've heard good things about New Heights, but I haven't been. I'd give the other places along that Woodley Park stretch of Conn. Ave. a miss.

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                  Teddybear Jan 3, 2012 12:15 PM

                  The Afghan Grill, around the corner on Calvert St. can be good.

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                    Elyssa Jan 5, 2012 08:14 AM

                    So's Your Mom is good option for breakfast. Also have very good options for deli sandwiches for lunch. But as mentioned, there is no where to dine inside.

                  2. ktmoomau Jan 3, 2012 10:50 AM

                    Lower priced options: Regent Thai, Mama Asheya's for Lebanese, Tacklebox in Cleaveleand Park for fish tacos or grilled fish. Indique is there for Indian.

                    Nicer options: Dino (still pretty darn affordable) for Italian, Palena Cafe, Ripple all in Cleaveland Park. Cashion's and New Heights are right there.

                    Not sure who serves breakfast up there.
                    Metroing more would put you in Dupont with a host of options. Or Metro Center which also has lots of options.

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                      katecm Jan 3, 2012 11:19 AM

                      Open City would be good for breakfast or lunch. I'd second Cashion's, across the bridge into Adams Morgan, for dinner, as well as Dino, which is a Metro stop north (or a lovely uphill walk north) in Cleveland Park. I haven't been to New Heights in forever, but I used to love it, and their Gin Joint is definitely worth a pre-dinner stop.

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