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Dec 2, 2013 09:11 AM

What's New and Delicious!?

Hi All,

I'm coming back to DC in 2 weeks with my husband for some holiday parties and some work-related meetings.

Looking for some recommendations for what is new and delicious since I left (September 1st). Any favorite restaurants that opened with in the past few months that we should check out? We are pretty much open to anything---although nothing that is too pricey.

Also must be in DC-proper and ideally metro-accessible.


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  1. Pretty much everything at Rose's Luxury.

    1. It opened before you left (before 9/1), but I really like Etto.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        Haven't been to Etto yet so I'll put it on my list.

        Etto and Rose's don't take reservations correct? What do you think my chances are of walking in and getting a table on a Monday or Tuesday?

        1. re: Elyssa

          Re: Etto.

          I think you'll be fine walking in and getting a table on a Mon/Tue. Granted it's a small room but the "new restaurant smell" has probably worn off by now. And it's definitely less odorous on a weekday than a weekend.

          1. re: Elyssa

            I had asked the server at Rose's Luxury regarding wait times and she mentioned that weekdays are super easy to get a seat. This was almost 4 weeks ago so not sure how much has changed.

        2. Eat the Rich and Osteria Morini. I haven't been to either but they are on my list. In fact, I have reservation for OM this Friday.

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          1. re: Worldwide Diner

            Eat the Rich might be good----if I could find a website. Why is the new trend for hot new restaurants is to have no website!? Any ideas where I can find a menu? I couldn't find one online.

            1. re: Worldwide Diner

              I'm headed there tonight. Looking forward to trying those mortadella pancetta meatballs.

                1. re: Elyssa

                  Haven't been to Eat the Rich, but I really enjoyed my meal at Osteria Morini.


              1. re: Worldwide Diner

                eat the rich was just written up in Garden & Gun magazine

              2. Thoughts on Doi Moi, Thally, or Iron Gate?

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                1. re: Elyssa

                  Elyssa -- First, after reading lots of your posts on here over the years mentioning your boyfriend, was a doubletake seeing "husband" in this one -- nice doubletake though!

                  Went to Doi Moi once and liked it fine overall (except way way way too loud for me) -- but there is a fish curry dish that I can't stop thinking about, I'd go back mainly just for that. For me it was very hot (as were other dishes we ordered) -- I couldn't stop taking bites and it was a sort of masochistic, as in extreme pleasure in the pain, experience. (I thought I had decent tolerance for spicy heat, but I may be losing some of it with age?) The good brown rice helped. Cocktails were good and interesting. Other dishes didn't stand out much.

                  I know that's not much help -- but it is nice to know you and now husband will be back in DC soon eating well.

                  1. re: mselectra

                    Thanks for the review. I like spicy but my tolerance likely isn't as high as others (including my husband's....yes we got married in October...weird! haha). I wonder if you can tell them to take it down a notch or if that will ruin the flavor? Fish curry sounds great! I love a good fish curry---and while I adore everything at Rasika I've been disappointed ordering that dish there in the past (yes I realize Rasika is Indian and Doi Moi is not).

                  2. re: Elyssa

                    Among those, I'd definitely do Doi Moi first. It is a bit spicy, but work with your waiter to make sure you find your comfort zone. (That said, it was on the spicy end for my girlfriend; I found it great.)

                    Thally is very good, and I need to go back, but it was a bit on the less interesting end when it opened. I really do need to give it another go soon, though.

                    Have you been to Baby Wale? Not *amazing* food, but a wonderful spot, and very well priced food. Get whatever soups they have + a pizza.

                    1. re: shawington

                      What have you been ordering at Doi Moi that you like?

                      1. re: shawington

                        Wow, that's completely contrary to my experience at Doi Moi. Bland, overcooked food. Vapid comes to mind.

                        If the OP wanted Asian-Viet fusion, go to Maketto. Game over.

                        1. re: ipsedixit

                          The consensus in the Washingtonian food chat lately has been that the food there (Doi Moi) is mostly incendiary but without any real depth or layering to the flavors. Just hot. I am all for spice but give me some flavor!

                    2. There are some newer places along 14th street. Have you tried Barcelona yet? Le Diplomate is pretty nice, too, if you haven't been. I hear good things about Table, which isn't new new anymore. I also really like Red Hen for Italian.

                      ETA: new and delicious but more for drinks than food is also Blue Jacket. Their beers, with the exception of the clearly infected lavender gose, are really excellent. Food was just OK when I was there.

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                      1. re: ChristinaMason

                        I've been to Le Diplomate a million times (I ate there twice in a row during my November trip! haha).

                        But haven't heard anything about Barcelona. Sounds promising considering my husbands love affair with Spain. Have you been?

                        1. re: Elyssa

                          I have, and I liked it. I thought the food and service were quite good, especially considering the size and "scene" of the place. We ordered the olives (flavored with orange/lemon, which was kinda different from what you usually find), albondigas (good, but a bit garlicky for my tastes), patatas bravas (v. good), a chickpea and pork stew (v. good, esp. mopped up with their fabulous country bread), and I think grilled squid (we must have inhaled them because I barely remember). I prefer it over say, Jaleo, for sure.

                          1. re: Elyssa

                            I've also been wanting to try Taqueria Nacional (also on 14th), which Tim Carman gave a good review:

                            The yelpers are a bit less enamored of it, but I still want to check it out. Maybe today for lunch if they're open. When are you here, Elyssa?

                              1. re: Elyssa

                                please report back on the new places you try. I, for one, almost always find myself in agreement (well when I've been to the same place that is).