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Jan 18, 2012 05:40 PM

I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane...

In approx. 6 weeks, I will be leaving DC after 6 years. In these next 6 weeks, I want to try and hit up all the places that I have been and loved, or not been even though I should have! I am looking for suggestions of lesser known finds, good lunch, dinner, or happy hours, or even just places that you love and would want to eat again. My list (so far, and based on only 24 hours notice) includes:

- Cocktail tasting at the Columbia Room
- CF Folk (never worked close enough to go)
- Fiola/Elisir lunch bar specials
- Ethiopic (am leaving for a place without as much Ethiopian food
- Little Serow
- Crab cake sandwich at Stoney's, preferable to get rid of a morning-after hang over :)

Also critical will be the "last meal" before I leave. What would your last meal be?
Note: I have the financial means to splurge but don't want to go too crazy for every meal. I also have a gym membership to combat the added calories!

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  1. Too bad you're stuck in DC. The Lao menu at Bangkok Golden is better (and much cheaper) than Little Serow.

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    1. re: Steve

      Thought I replied... but will put Bangkok Golden on the list. I have a car so will travel for food!

      ETA: what specifically should I get? Is lunch or dinner better?

      1. re: DCLindsey

        No difference between lunch and dinner. The nam kao (rice ball salad) is great. I sometimes order off-menu the som pa (fermented fish). Either raw -preferred- or fried, it's great. Just ask. Other dishes from the menu are the rice paste wrap, the kao piak sen (chicken noodle soup), beef jerky, grilled pork. Pretty much everything there is at least very good, but it is hard for me to imagine a Lao meal without fish and lots of raw ingredients like lemongrass, peanuts, and eggplant that accompany some of the dishes.

        Lao Menu is here:

    2. IF and its a big IF, I had already been to Fiola, then my last meal would either be at Komi or Rogue 24.

      What about the bar menu at Corduroy? Or the lickety split lunch at the bar at Restaurant Eve? The dessert tasting menu at CityZen? I would also want one last BGR Joint burger (of course they are expanding like crazy). And I would want some good Vietnamese food.

      Where are you moving to?

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      1. re: ktmoomau

        Good call on the lickety split lunch - I used to work in VA and just never made it.

        I am moving to Houston, so no need for BBQ. :)

      2. My final meal would likely be at The Source or Equinox (my bf's final blow out meal before moving away 4 years ago).

        I would also put on my list the bar at PS7 (for the tuna sliders alone...which are in my opinion the best dish in DC), Bar Pilar (great neighborhood spot, regardless of if it's your neighborhood or not), and maybe a food tour of Eastern Market...grab something at Market Lunch or a half smoke from one of the stands.

        Good luck on your next adventure!

        4 Replies
        1. re: Elyssa

          Bar Pilar is closed right now! But great ideas - I went to The Source a few years ago and it was great.

          1. re: DCLindsey

            It's closed???? But....why!?!?!?!

            1. re: Elyssa

              Bar Pilar is currently closed for renovations for our second floor add on!

              1. re: agarnett100

                Where is my 'like' button? My only complaint about Bar Pilar is how crowded it can get. Awesome news.

        2. Oh and the burger at Palena!!! How could I possible forget Palena!

          1. Is the Stoney's related to those in S. MD? If so, I would pass on that. I haven't yet been, but in DC, Central has a great reputation for their crab cake. CF Folks version used to be the best, but that was a few years ago. The chef in place two years ago wasn't making them up to the old standard.

            Edit - sorry, I know this Stoney's. Good burgers, can't remark on the crabcakes. Was better in their old location, imo, but still an okay place (and not related to the places in S. MD that I was thinking about).