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Apr 26, 2013 04:52 PM

3 1/2 days in DC

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

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    1. re: reiflame

      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.

      1. re: smgradman

        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.

        1. re: Benquo

          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.

          1. re: Steve

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

    2. Eola, little Serow, and Fiola.

      1. 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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        1. re: startsev

          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.

          1. re: startsev

            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.

          2. Little Serow
            Mintwood Cafe
            La Diplomate (including for brunch)
            Ishikaya Seki (at the bar)
            redesigned and rejuvenated Jaleo
            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

            1. 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.