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Looking for DC hidden gem or 'hole in the wall' for Visiting Guest

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Have an old friend coming to DC tomorrow and we're meeting for dinner. His suggestions were for 'something ethnic' or a good 'hole in the wall.' I would prefer to stay west of capital for easier commuting. Prefer more of a local crowd (no tourist trap) , local ownership (no chains), reasonable to moderate pricing (nothing too fancy for these Pacific NW boys), and good atmosphere for conversation and catching up. Appreciate any and all suggestions!

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  1. Chez Auntie Libe for Senegalese food. Up Georgia Ave. Liberté can really cook up a storm. poulet yassa, maffé with lamb, manioc, and whole fish make for a real feast. Best to over-order here and get a taste of everything. If you really want to go all-out, call in advance and order the thiackry for dessert.

    A real hole-in-the-wall. You're not in Kansas (or Oregon) anymore.

    1. Zenebech Injera. Always delicious, relaxed atmosphere.

      1. Not exactly west of the Capitol (more like N-NW), but Keren would be suggestion.

        1. When I think affordable, reasonable, locally owned hole-in-the-wall in Northwest, I think Steak & Egg Kitchen.

          http://www.osmanandjoes.com/

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          1. re: monkeyrotica

            Thass right. Can't go wrong with the Osman.