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Capitol Hill, North side, good flavors?

curioussheridan Apr 21, 2013 10:04 AM

At a conference next week, staying in the Hyatt Regency on New Jersey Avenue, and looking for a dinner place that cares more about food than style, comfortable for a singleton.

I like all kinds of animal and vegetable food, strong flavors, cooking with care.


  1. curioussheridan Apr 25, 2013 07:39 PM

    Thanks to all of you, and specially ipsedixit. I just came back very happy from the superb vegetarian tasting menu at Rasika-- the best Indian meal I have ever had.

    I will post details soon on a separate Rasika post.

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    1. re: curioussheridan
      ipsedixit Apr 25, 2013 08:31 PM

      Good to hear.

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      hamster Apr 25, 2013 05:39 PM

      On H: I would recommend Batter Bowl Bakery for nice open-faced sandwiches (great bread) and pastries, as well as Ethiopic next door, and further down Shawafel for awesome authentic Lebanese sandwiches. I recommend the shawarma over the felafel. This place really respects food.

      In Penn Quarter: I would second the recommendations for Rasika and Daikaya, and also suggest Proof, maybe Central.

      Near Eastern Market, a hike, I would suggest Montmartre. Dynamite, super high quality, French bistro fare. My visit to Tash on 8th Street was also quite good: Persian food with an upscale feel (and price). I enjoyed the olive and egpplant spreads as appetizers, and the lamb chop entree.

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        theeskimo07 Apr 25, 2013 12:20 AM

        There are a ton of great restaurants on H St NE (especially between 8th and 14th). Honestly, you really can't go wrong with any of them.

        Personal Favorites:
        Granville Moores (moules, frites, burgers)
        Taylors (sandwiches)
        Queen Vic (British pub)
        Star and Shamrock (Jewish-Irish pub)
        Pho (Vietnamese)

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        1. re: theeskimo07
          Steve Apr 25, 2013 07:37 AM

          "There are a ton of great restaurants on H St NE"
          "You cant' go wrong with any of them"

          I appreciate your enthusiasm. You are being generous with your unqualified praise.

          I would say there are a bunch of good restaurants on H Street where you can order well or poorly. Ordering the kimchee ramen at Toki Underground is an example of ordering very, very well - but it does take some fortitude to brave the long wait to get in. If the OP is dining solo, there's a good chance to get slipped in at a counter stool quickly.

          1. re: Steve
            Marty L. Apr 25, 2013 11:08 AM

            Also not very close to OP's hotel. (It's actually west of Capitol Hill more than north.) Walking distance, I'd highly recommend Daikaya (for ramen -- but I'll bet the izakaya is good, too), Rasika, Jaleo and Full Kee.

        2. ipsedixit Apr 21, 2013 07:20 PM


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          1. re: ipsedixit
            curioussheridan Apr 21, 2013 07:42 PM

            Rasika --makes me salivate already. Small plates or entrees?

            1. re: curioussheridan
              ipsedixit Apr 21, 2013 07:59 PM

              You can't go wrong either way, or just ask your server for suggestions.

              Might also look into the tasting menu.

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