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Washington DC - Dupont Circle - Recommendations Needed

poulet_roti Sep 2, 2012 05:08 PM

San Francisco hound coming to Washington for wedding in middle of September. One free Thursday night available and looking for recommendation. Ideally, seeking "food guy" or foodies restaurant rather than place to see parasitic legislators or other government workers. Other good recommendations would be for Indian food as well. Thanks you for thoughts and recommendations.

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    Elyssa Sep 4, 2012 01:23 PM

    For amazing Indian, not that far from Dupont Circle go to the new Rasika West End. It is Indian cuisine like you've never seen it before. They use French cooking technique with classic Indian flavors. A really stellar meal! Make sure not to miss the palak chat---in my opinion it is the single best dish in DC.

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      poulet_roti Sep 4, 2012 02:20 PM

      Thanks you Elyssa. I've done some homework and this does look like something special - exactly what I am seeking. Thank you.

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      Jeserf Sep 2, 2012 05:59 PM

      considering most people here are "other government workers", perhaps take a bus to Baltimore?

      Now, if you care about great food and now how people earn their living (working hard with zero recognition in most cases), there are tons of options.

      You can walk to rasika west end from dupont.

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        katecm Sep 4, 2012 10:13 AM

        Getting dangerously close to the State Department! But yes, when I see someone ask for Indian, Rasika is the clear choice.

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          Jeserf Sep 4, 2012 12:50 PM

          oh good call.
          Yes, avoid Rasika West End and leave it for the rest of us who, on our overpaid federal jobs go there all the time.

          HAHAHAH hooo that was a good one

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          poulet_roti Sep 4, 2012 02:18 PM

          Thanks for the recommendation, looks like great idea and thought. As for the "working hard with zero recognition in most cases" - I assume you get a paycheck and probably generous benefits - so you are probably pretty well "recognized".

          Anyways, I do appreciate the recommendation.

        3. uhockey Sep 2, 2012 05:10 PM

          Sushi Taro. If you can get into the omakase room the price/quality ratio is probably the best I can think of. That does not mean cheap in that it is still $150, but that the same meal is $400 in LA or New York and I'm pretty sure such quality doesn't exist in SF.


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            poulet_roti Sep 2, 2012 05:13 PM

            Excellent, thank you. I have been reading about this restaurant.

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              uhockey Sep 2, 2012 05:49 PM

              Really though - escape Dupont Circle otherwise and go to Rogue24. What RJ Cooper is doing there is something entirely unique in the US dining scene IMO.


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                poulet_roti Sep 2, 2012 05:51 PM

                Really? Whats wrong with Dupont Circle? Frankly, I have not been to the area in years. I am looking for good food with my girlfriend and low hassle factor, and prefer to be able to navigate around on foot or transit.

                1. re: poulet_roti
                  uhockey Sep 2, 2012 08:12 PM

                  Nothing wrong with it - but assuming you can walk and use a map Rogue 24 is the best restaurant in DC (though Komi is quite good, as well) and unlike anything in the Bay Area.


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                  ipsedixit Sep 2, 2012 08:51 PM

                  +1 on the Rogue 24 rec.

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                Elyssa Sep 4, 2012 01:25 PM

                I'm sure Sushi Taro is delicious (I've personally never been) but if you are coming in from San Francisco do you really want to come to DC to get sushi? SF has a much more impressive sushi scene in my opinion.

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                  uhockey Sep 4, 2012 06:02 PM

                  Disagree. I can't think of a spot in SF I'd go "out of my way for" for sushi - I'd go out of my way for the Taro Omakase.


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                    poulet_roti Sep 6, 2012 08:41 AM

                    uhockey - i agree, we have "good" sushi, but i wouldn't go "out of my way" for any particular sushi here in SF

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