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Lunch in West End DC

edresner Jul 22, 2013 12:00 PM

I'm just starting a new job in the West End area of DC and was hoping I could get some guidance on the best lunch places in the area?

As would be expected on CH, I'm much less interested in the "power lunch" spots than hidden gems where I can get some of the best the city has to offer.

Am ok with food of any ethnicity and am always willing to try something at least once.

Thanks for helping someone new to the neighborhood.

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    flavrmeistr Jul 22, 2013 12:15 PM

    "West End" DC? Where would that be? Palisades? Chevy Chase? Glover Park? Van Ness?

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    1. re: flavrmeistr
      Elyssa Jul 22, 2013 12:28 PM

      The West End is between Foggy Bottom and Dupont Circle (and bordered by Georgetown on the other side).

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        flavrmeistr Jul 22, 2013 12:40 PM

        Never heard that before. Are we going to start referring to Metro as "The Tube"?

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          Steve Jul 22, 2013 12:52 PM

          The West End Cinemas have been at 23rd and L Sts. for a long time. Previous to becoming a movie house it was a legitimate theatre called The West End. In 1976 I saw a production of Marat/Sade directed by Joy Zinoman that was the precursor to Studio Theatre.

          1. re: Steve
            flavrmeistr Jul 22, 2013 07:35 PM

            You probably remember the Circle Theatre at 21st and Penn. Saw a lot of great French cinema there back in the day. Also Hard Days Night and 200 Motels. They tore it down when I wasn't looking, probably in the early eighties.

            Anyway, thanks for clearing that up. In the moment, it sounded to me like more realtor-speak. Ol' Flav apologizes to the OP and everyone else.

            1. re: flavrmeistr
              Steve Jul 22, 2013 10:22 PM

              Yes, the Circle. Double features for $2, but $1 per admission with a book of ten tickets. Hard to get in on a weekend night.

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                flavrmeistr Jul 23, 2013 05:20 AM

                Usually did the matinees. Nights were for music--The Bayou, JJ's, Desperados, Cellar Door, One Step Down, original 9:30, Childe Harold, Bogies, Psychedelly, Louie's Rock City, Wax Museum, Annandale Grill, McCabes, Crazy Horse, The Keg, County Line--just a drop in the bucket. Work like a dog, party like a king. What the hell happened to this town, huh?

          2. re: flavrmeistr
            DanielK Jul 22, 2013 02:05 PM

            Back in the late 80s when I was at GWU, the neighborhood there was always called Foggy Bottom/West End.

            In fact, the community relations group at GW is *still* called the "Foggy Bottom/West End Community Relations Board."

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              hill food Jul 22, 2013 02:25 PM

              and conversely what is now 'Penn Qtr.' used to be the East End.

            2. re: flavrmeistr
              Elyssa Jul 22, 2013 06:54 PM

              It's been called that for quite awhile now.

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                flavrmeistr Jul 22, 2013 07:47 PM

                Yes, come to think of it. Before Georgetown and Washington City were merged as one municipality, Rock Creek was the western border of Washington. So....West End. It all makes sense now! Boy, do I feel stoopid.

          3. re: flavrmeistr
            Elyssa Jul 22, 2013 12:30 PM

            The best restaurant near there is Rasika, which has a nice lunch menu (you can always dine at the bar or in the lounge).

            I also love Ris. They has a pretty good pre-fix lunch deal usually at their bar which is worth checking out.

            Depending on where you are located in the West End you could always walk to the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods, Roti or Sweet Green.

            Heading towards Dupont is Bread and Brew which has good lunch options.

            1. re: flavrmeistr
              edresner Jul 22, 2013 06:01 PM

              Sorry about the neighborhood confusion, saw it labeled West End on a map and figured I'd go with it.

              Thanks for the suggestions so far, definitely have some great sounding options for the coming weeks. Have no problem with lengthier walks so places of a borderline distance are just fine.

              1. re: edresner
                nedh Jul 23, 2013 09:45 AM

                You're good. The West End definitely exists.

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              hamster Jul 22, 2013 02:16 PM

              Bobby's Burger Palace is great

              Sweet Diablo is a fun spot, tasteful sandwiches and salads with a Portuguese bent

              Bunch of spots if you're willing to walk to 19th: G Street Foods, Taylor Gourmet, Greek Deli, the new Protein Bar

              Newton's Noodle is coming soon, I'm excited about it

              Haven't tried it yet, but there's a new tea/vegetarian palce associated with the Yoga District at I and 20th

              Bon Mi


              For foodtrucks, check out foodtruckfiesta

              Coffee at Illy

              Bubble tea at Panda Cafe - trust me

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              1. re: hamster
                mselectra Jul 22, 2013 02:28 PM

                hamster -- Where do the food trucks usually park when they say they're in the West End? I've been wondering, but obviously haven't made much effort to figure it out....

                I like Bobby's too, we've gone there before a movie at West End Cinema. Usually not in that neighborhood much, though.

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                  hamster Jul 22, 2013 06:22 PM

                  I know they gather at Foggy Bottom, and also at the corner of L and 20th IIRC. Last week I saw the Milk and Cookie truck on L - they make choose-your-own ice cream sandwiches!! - and was extremely tempted.

              2. hill food Jul 23, 2013 12:25 PM

                whatever the area's nomenclature - hamster had some good recs, including my old standby - the Greek Deli - AKA Costas'

                and if you, as you say, don't mind a walk, up on the near edge of Dupont, I don't care what anybody else says but I like Raku and Sakana (just not their tempura)

                1. ktmoomau Jul 23, 2013 01:18 PM

                  Don't know exactly where you are, but Nooshi, Rice Bowl and the WFM (especially the Oh, Fish there) are some of my husband's faves in that area. I really love the ginger salad at Nooshi, it's addictive.

                  I forget the name of the burrito place on 19th I used to like when I worked in that area.

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                  1. re: ktmoomau
                    hamster Jul 23, 2013 02:34 PM

                    The Well-Dressed Burrito? There are also many burrito competitors, including Chipotle and Bolocco.

                    I think Oh Fish may be closing: http://dc.eater.com/archives/2013/07/...

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                      ktmoomau Jul 25, 2013 12:44 PM

                      Yes Well Dressed Burrito. Oh Fish has closed, BUT I think they will still be WFM...

                    2. re: ktmoomau
                      mselectra Jul 23, 2013 02:35 PM

                      Well-Dressed Burrito, perhaps? Gosh, haven't been there in ages.

                      Also, I haven't been, but Takeeateasy opened around the corner from there recently.

                      That's starting to seem a ways from what I think of as West End, myself, though.

                      1. re: mselectra
                        Steve Jul 27, 2013 05:12 AM

                        There's probably a reason you haven't been in ages. It's not a bad idea, but about the same as any burrito in the area: a huge amount of food without actually tasting particularly good.

                        At least a long walk back to work will make you feel virtuous.

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                      Elyssa Jul 23, 2013 02:12 PM

                      Farther in to the Farragut I would also add Taylor's Gourmet and CF Folks.

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                        pgm123 Jul 23, 2013 08:59 PM

                        I guess it depends on your budget, but Rasika is pretty good. They have a location in West End as well as Penn Quarter (which Hill Food says was called East End).

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                        1. re: pgm123
                          hill food Jul 24, 2013 09:49 PM

                          HA! but that's a splurge lunch! well in my book yes a darn good one but...

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