16th Street Heights / Brightwood
Are there any good restaurants, and more importantly, and good "hole in the wall" type places in the 16th Street Heights / Brightwood / Brightwood Park area? I'm thinking roughly from Emerson St north to Military Rd/Missouri Ave, 16th St east to Georgia Ave.
New to the area and ready to explore!
Not much. The area is a restaurant desert, IMO. We've lived in Brightwood for 10 years and have been to pretty much every restaurant in the immediate area.
Chez Auntie Libe on Ga. Ave. close to Rittenhouse is one to try, though. It's a tiny joint that serves Senegambian food. African ex-pats and former Peace Corps types make up the clientele. Definitely worth checking out.
There is Teddy's Rotis, on 7304 Ga. Ave between Fern and Geranium. It's Trinidadian food in a tiny hole in the wall.
Washington Deli, on Ga. Ave. between Madison and Missouri, makes pizza and subs.
Haydee's (6303 Ga. Ave. close to Sheridan) was lousy the two times we went, and we haven't been tempted to go back. Maybe it has improved. It's Mexican/El Salvadoran fare.
Fusion is on Ga. Ave. and Delafield. It's Indian, and the chef is a lovely person and worked at Rasika before opening Fusion. We used to go all the time, but noticed the past couple of times a drop-off in quality. We hope that was just a hiccup, because there is nothing else like it in the area. The chef has bought The Hitching Post on Upshur, which was a popular Southern/soul food place and apparently the chef will continue to serve a similar menu.
Moroni Brothers is right next door to Fusion. It's a pizza place; quite popular.
Fusion and Moroni Bros. are closer to Petworth than Brightwood. I haven't included places in Takoma and Columbia Heights and farther into Petworth.
I'll be curious to see whether anyone else comes up with something I missed. Like I said, the area has a marked lack of decent or even mediocre restaurants.
Just a bit south on 14th St is El Don, which has my favorite papusas in the area. The homemade curtido is exceptional.