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smgradman Apr 26, 2013 04:52 PM

LA Hound making his first trip in a few years to DC (middle of May). Coming for the Durer exhibition at the National Gallery. Will be staying across the street from the New York Ave/Vermont Ave Red Line station, but no car. Arrive late Saturday evening, depart Wednesday afternoon. Looking for interesting/unique choices for breakfast/brunch and dinner. Fine dining or neighborhood favorites both OK. Price not a major factor. Our last trip included great meals at Blacksalt, Vidalia, Blue Duck Tavern. In the past I've enjoyed meals at Obelisk, Jaleo and many others. After reading through similar, older threads on this board, I was wondering whether you guys had any more up to date suggestions?

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    reiflame RE: smgradman Apr 28, 2013 08:13 AM

    I would look at Cashion's Eat Place and Birch and Barley.

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      smgradman RE: reiflame Apr 28, 2013 10:39 AM

      Thanks! I already made a reservation at Birch and Barley for one of the nights. I remember trying to get to Cashions during previous trips: I'll look at them again. I also reserved nights at Ethiopic and Vidalia, but there is plenty of time to rearrange things, within the limitations of Sunday and Monday closures.

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        Benquo RE: smgradman May 22, 2013 01:10 PM

        Unfortunately Vidalia isn't what it once was; the chef moved on to Rogue 24, you might check it out if it's in your price/time range.

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          Steve RE: Benquo May 22, 2013 05:27 PM

          I've been to Vidalia a couple of times for lunch since the chef left for Rogue, which was a while back now. The first time was sublime, the second time not so much.

          BTW, RJ Cooper was not Vidalia's founding chef/owner, who is a highly respected chef in his own right.

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            Benquo RE: Steve May 22, 2013 06:13 PM

            True, but the times I've gone there after he left, it just wasn't as good. Still good, but not great.

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      Worldwide Diner RE: smgradman Apr 28, 2013 12:09 PM

      Eola, little Serow, and Fiola.

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        startsev RE: smgradman Apr 28, 2013 08:28 PM

        Little Serow if you can tolerate very spicy food and don't mind standing in line to get in. (no reservations)
        Mintwood in Adams Morgan
        Fiola for upscale Italian

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          Steve RE: startsev Apr 29, 2013 05:15 AM

          Little Serow was not very spicy or hardly spicy at all when I went there. If there was a spicy dish, the portion was quite miniscule and can be easily avoided.

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            Benquo RE: startsev May 22, 2013 01:18 PM

            I found Fiola disappointing (the mixed fish for two was just kind of meh, other things were good but not amazing), would suggest Tosca over it.

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            Marty L. RE: smgradman Apr 30, 2013 06:43 AM

            Little Serow
            Mintwood Cafe
            La Diplomate (including for brunch)
            Ishikaya Seki (at the bar)
            Daikaya
            Cork
            Proof
            Eola
            redesigned and rejuvenated Jaleo
            Standard
            Fiola great, but prices have skyrocketed there
            2 Amys if you're out near the Cathedral
            Mi Cuba Cafe
            Zenebech Injera (haven't been, but I trust the raves)
            the new Red Hen in Bloomingdale looks very promising

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              Benquo RE: smgradman May 22, 2013 01:08 PM

              If you're staying near the New York Ave station, that's within walking distance of the new Union Market, which has a lot of cool stuff.

              I think Thai X-Ing is new-ish in its current form. Informal, BYOB chef's choice prix fixe Thai. $20-40 pp depending on the night, I think.

              In the same area, Zenebech has remodeled, looks nicer, and is still awesome.

              Kushi is an Izakaya-style place, great small plates and sushi.

              Ceiba, Acadiana, and Churchkey are excellent.

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                smgradman RE: smgradman May 23, 2013 05:22 PM

                Thanks for all the suggestions. A few got to me after I had already returned home. I ended up having dinner at Ethiopic, Vidalia, and Birch & Barley. I found the food at Ethiopic to be very good, but with a somewhat limited menu. I was hoping for something a little more imaginative, but instead it was just good, straight ahead standard Ethiopean fare. I thought that Vidalia was excellent. Both the soft shell crab and the rabbit were outstanding, and I appreciated the wine list choices. B&B was too noisy (like so many restaurants here in L.A.), but the food was great and I loved being able to order 5 or 6 different 4 oz beer pours during the course of the meal. I had soft shell crab and duck.

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                  Steve RE: smgradman May 24, 2013 08:28 AM

                  Thanks so much for your feedback.

                  How did Ethiopic compare to what you have in LA?

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                    smgradman RE: Steve May 24, 2013 02:19 PM

                    Good question. You must know about our one block stretch of South Fairfax Ave where there are about 6 or 7 Ethiopean restaurants. I found Ethiopic to be as good as the better ones here as to quality of ingredients and preparation, but, as I said, just a little lacking as far as menu choices. One or two of our Ethiiopean restaurants have allowed themselves to experiment a little with nontraditional ingredients, often with great results, while Ethiopic was very traditional. But also very good.

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                      Steve RE: smgradman May 24, 2013 03:20 PM

                      I have driven by the ones on Fairfax, interspersed with the Judaica shops, right? You could use the injera like a yamulke.

                      What kind of experimentation do they offer?

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                        smgradman RE: Steve May 24, 2013 03:31 PM

                        Check out these places: more fish, tofu, different nuts and legumes, different chiles, and with Rosalinds, a West African influence. One is vegan.

                        http://www.mealsbygenet.com/
                        http://www.rosalindsrestaurant.com/in...
                        http://rahelvegancuisine.com/index.html

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