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Restaurant suggestions for next weekend

pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 12:21 PM

My fiance and I will be visiting DC next weekend, staying in Dupont Circle. We're from Manhattan and would love some must-try restaurant recommendations. We don't want anything too fancy/formal but any price point is fine, any ethnicity. We just want really great food that will make our DC trip memorable! Thanks in advance!

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    Jeserf RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 12:23 PM

    Birch and Barley
    I love the brunch at CoCo Sala

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      Jeserf RE: Jeserf Jan 6, 2012 12:26 PM

      also, DC is not very formal - jeans and a nice shirt will do you well at probably 90% of the "nicer" place in DC

    2. Terrie H. RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 12:26 PM

      We're there any places or types of food that got your interest when you searched this site?

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        pickytongue RE: Terrie H. Jan 6, 2012 12:36 PM

        Thanks for the recs! My friend just suggested Rasika as well and I had seen it on chowhound and it sounds great... I honestly haven't done a deep search on chowhound yet, but we're adventurous eaters so are open to anything.

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          Jeserf RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 12:59 PM

          you're likely going to need a reservations at any of the places like Rasika or Birch and Barley, or take your luck at bar seating.

          Churchkey, Estadio, etc don't take reservations.

          I also think brunch at the Tabard Inn is a great DC experience, but you would have to try to get reservations there as well.

      2. woodleyparkhound RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 12:58 PM

        I third Rasika - call right away for a reservation.

        If you like seafood, especially oysters, don't miss Pearl Dive on 14th St. (they don't take reservations).

        I love the moules and frites at Brasserie Beck.

        I like Birch and Barley (bread plate and beet risotto especially - and great beer list) and Estadio too, but I didn't like the brunch at CoCo Sala - probably because I don't like sweets in the morning, but if you do, it's a great spot. For brunch, I prefer The Tabard Inn at Dupont Circle.

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          pickytongue RE: woodleyparkhound Jan 6, 2012 01:11 PM

          You're right - looks like there aren't reservations available at these places... we actually like to eat at the bar, and also are willing to wait for awhile without a reservation (we're used to it in NY) - I'm assuming these places hold some tables for walk-ins?

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            VaPaula RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 01:46 PM

            Restaurant Week is going on while you're here (assuming you really meant NEXT weekend, and not THIS weekend). Just something to keep in mind - lots of places will be completely booked, and I'm guessing the bar areas might get some overfill.

            We had a wonderful meal (not to mention cocktails) at the bar at Ripple in Cleveland Park, easy to get to from Dupont- love that place.

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          hamster RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 01:38 PM

          Some top picks of mine:

          Dolcezza - remarkable gelato and nice coffee, on Connecticut Ave (Dupont Circle)

          Kababji - amazing salads and breads (Lebanese) (Dupont Circle)

          Zaytinya - also Mediterranean, small plates (Chinatown area, on red line)

          Taylor Gourmet - amazing Philly Italian sandwiches, new location just opened on 14th and T (near U Street metro, 20 minute walk from Dupont)

          Pete's Apizza - New Haven style pizza (Columbia Heights metro)

          Etete or Madjet - Ethiopian (near U Street metro) - must-try when in DC

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            pickytongue RE: hamster Jan 6, 2012 02:30 PM

            This is great - thanks!

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              Jeserf RE: hamster Jan 6, 2012 03:41 PM

              More good coffee - Peregrine on 14th St (also an outlet at Eastern Market)....delicious - have a scone and some coffee, great breakfast.

              If you get to Churchkey around 6:30, you should be able to find a table and eat VERY well. And drink even better.

              agree with the Etete recommendation, as DC is "known" for Ethipopian food.

              For casual Italian, Dino in Cleveland Park does it exceptionally well, and there are great bars to go to after to hang out.

              The area sort of lacks solid breakfast places, but if you want a breakfast there is a Bethesda Bagel on CT Ave that has recently opened and it's really good (though from NY, it's not interesting). There is also Teaism, which is a great spot off CT Ave in Dupont (CT and R?) - try a salty oat cookie for sure

              ETA you could definitely get to Rasika and sit at the bar/wait for a lounge area seat. It's such a good restaurant, it's worth trying that.

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                hamster RE: hamster Jan 6, 2012 09:16 PM

                One more, just tried it tonight and was extremely impressed: Againn (gastropub) - had the pork belly and crackling, smoked trout appetizer, both were memorable.

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                  woodleyparkhound RE: hamster Jan 6, 2012 09:37 PM

                  Againn is very good - if you go, don't miss the potted meat!

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                mdpilam RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 02:49 PM

                First place that popped into my head was Little Serow (Thai) in Dupont. Haven't been, but have heard good things.

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                  J_DC RE: mdpilam Jan 10, 2012 02:49 PM

                  Highly recommend Little Serrow, and since it doesn't take reservations may actually be easier to get into (especially if you go early) than a restaurant that is doing Restaurant Week.

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                    katecm RE: J_DC Jan 11, 2012 10:25 AM

                    That's what I was thinking, too! Definitely seems a bit unusual.

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                  Steve RE: pickytongue Jan 6, 2012 08:52 PM

                  Oohs and Aahs is a Coastal Carolina soul food place, four stools in front of a tiny kitchen. Go for the shrimp and grits, the broiled crabcake (do not get it fried), and the lemon pepper wings. There is also a small dining room upstairs. You're not in Manhattan anymore.

                  Across the street from the U St/Cardozo Metro stop.

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