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Your Top 10-12 favorite DC Metro restaurants?

Smiles2008 May 21, 2012 02:50 PM

I have not been plugged in to the scene lately -just in my own world. And I am just trying to get new ideas and see what is current -Again.. I hope these are your go-to places...Doesn't have to be in any particular order and thank you for sharing!

Here are Mine in no particular order:

1. Thai Xing
2. DC Noodles
3. Cheestique
4. Estadio
5. Two Amy's
6. District Tacos
7. Italian Store
8. Rasika
9. Zatinya
10. Restaurant Eve
11. Fiola
12. Open City

What are yours?

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    katecm RE: Smiles2008 May 21, 2012 04:00 PM

    Just to get things started, as much as I love Thai Xing, I'd throw in Little Serow.

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      Bart Hound RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 06:55 AM

      Bibiana and Graffiato. Get the chefs tasting menu at both.

      I'll second Little Serow, where you have no choice but to get the tasting menu. And to keep in the family, I'll throw in Komi, but that's a break the bank kind of meal.

      1. air RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 07:11 AM

        1. Bangkok Golden
        2. Volt
        3. Rasika
        4. Fast Gourmet
        5. Two Amy's
        6. Granville Moore's
        7. Citronelle (lounge)
        8. Jaleo
        9. Ren's Ramen
        10. Chez Auntie Libe

        I have a colossal list of other places to try, but this is what I've been most impressed with in my short time here.

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          Elyssa RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 07:35 AM

          This is in no particular order (and probably changes on a regular basis) but:

          Bistro D'Oc
          The Source
          Sichuan Pavilion
          Taylor's Gourmet
          Bar Pilar

          From my list you can probably tell I actually love the small plates craze! :)

          1. woodleyparkhound RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 08:00 AM

            At this very moment off the top of my head ...

            1. Ren's Ramen
            2. Pho Viet
            3. Sundevich
            4. Little Serow
            5. Shake Shack
            6. Ray's Hellburger
            7. Red Rocks
            8. Pete's Apizza
            9. Hank's Oyster Bar
            10. Pearl Dive

            and of course, Komi.

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              air RE: woodleyparkhound May 22, 2012 08:06 AM

              Where/what is Sundevich? Would love to know more.

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                woodleyparkhound RE: air May 22, 2012 08:13 AM


                Great sandwiches - near 9th and N.

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                woodleyparkhound RE: woodleyparkhound May 23, 2012 11:40 AM

                Shame on me! I forgot Ruan Thai!

              3. ipsedixit RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 08:18 AM

                I don't have a dozen, or even 10, but here are my favorites (in no particular order):

                Palena Market

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                  Steve RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 09:49 AM

                  Bangkok Golden, Lao (Falls Church, VA)
                  Myanmar (Falls Church, VA)
                  Joe's Noodle House, Sichuan, (Rockville, MD)
                  Pimento Grill, Jamaican (SE DC)
                  Oohs and Aahs, Soul Food (DC)
                  Passage to India (Bethesda, MD)
                  Lounge at Citronelle
                  Vit Goel, Korean, Annandale/Rockville
                  A & J, Northern Chinese, Annandale/Rockville

                  1. ktmoomau RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 11:16 AM

                    1. Fiola
                    2. Rasika
                    3. Dino
                    4. Palena
                    5. Rice Paper
                    6. Screwtop Wine Bar
                    7. Bayou Bakery
                    8. Italian Store
                    9. Central
                    10. Blacksalt
                    11. Society Fair
                    12. Sweetgreen

                    Some high end and some everyday neighborhood type.

                    1. Dennis S RE: Smiles2008 May 22, 2012 03:19 PM

                      Here we go (quick off the top of my head)

                      1. Joe’s Noodle House (Rockville)
                      2. Hong Kong Palace (7 Corners)
                      3. Blacksalt/Addies (DC/Rockville)
                      4. Lightfoot (Leesburg
                      5. Nam Viet (Clarendon)
                      6. Hanks Oyster Bar (DuPont)
                      7. El Charitto Caminante (Arlington/Clarendon)
                      8. Bungalow Billiards (for wings)
                      9. Thai Square or Bangkok 54
                      10. Pho Reston 75

                      Honorable mentions: Myanmar and Ray's Hell Burger

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                        LemonLauren RE: Smiles2008 May 23, 2012 12:15 PM

                        since i'm planning my first visit to DC this is a great post. which are the can't-miss spots for visitors?

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                          Dennis S RE: LemonLauren May 23, 2012 02:48 PM

                          Probably depends on where you're from, where you're staying, modes of transportation available to you and then your tastes, of course.

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                            LemonLauren RE: Dennis S May 24, 2012 06:08 AM

                            right.... hence my other post. I'll keep my questions there :)


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