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Jan 25, 2014 07:05 AM

DC recommendations in the K Street Area

I am new to the DC area and work on the 1700s block of K Street. I'm looking for recommendations in the area for lunch (closer options, cheaper) as well as good ideas for dinner (able to travel more, more open price range). Thus far I've been to Founding Farmers but that's it - so any and all suggestions would definitely be appreciated.

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  1. kellari's is extremely good. not splashy or trendy but very very well prepared fish and seafood.

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    1. re: Wvfoodies

      Kellari is so fresh the langoustines on the ice still wave their delicate antennae in beckoning surrender.

    2. Graffiato's is at 707 6th Street NW. THE best Caesar Salad ever. It has to-die-for croutons.

      1. Lots of good options right around that area, depending on your mood.

        For lunch:
        Sichuan Pavilion
        Cafe Mozart

        For dinner:
        Rasika WE
        Bombay Club
        (the aforementioned Kellari)

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        1. re: ipsedixit

          sichuan pavilion was overpriced and mediocre imho -- ips, what did you get that you liked? Great Wall was much better to my taste...

          1. re: echoparkdirt

            The tripe with black pepper, jellyfish (cold), and the liang pi were decent enough. My one try at the dan dan mian however was a total disaster -- came out cold, then reheated, and it was more Chef Boy-Ar-Dee in consistency than anything resembling a proper bowl of noodles. I would've much preferred a bowl of instant ramen and some sriracha. But the other items were ok. Again, this is DC, temper your expectations.

            At one of my visits to Great Wall the manager actually advised that I go elsewhere if I wanted anything decent.

              1. re: ipsedixit

                The "manager" at Great Wall told you to go somewhere else if you wanted decent food? Sorry, not buying that one. I've been going there for several years now and while I'm fine with people debating the merits of the food, that sounds completely ridiculous. However, in the case of fairness I spoke with a couple of folks at Great Wall last night about your claim and they denied, to the best of their knowledge, ever refusing to serve anyone because they felt they were incapable of making decent food.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  it seems to this neophyte like dan dan has to be fresh, as in the noodles made within the hour and the dish done up as ordered. my favorite place in another city does it all from scratch, but you can clearly tell if the owner is taking a break. her flavors are still there and on target, but...

                  1. re: hill food

                    I cannot imagine any place "holding" the noodles for dan dan mien.

                    Dry noodles don't take much more than 3-5 minutes to make, less for fresh.

                    1. re: ipsedixit

                      by 'from scratch' I mean from base ingredients to pulled noodles. her son doesn't do that. but this is OT of me and of no use to cresyd.

                      1. re: hill food

                        since this time I have learned that it is never wise to challenge ipsedixit.

                        Sichuan Pavilion has some skills
                        Great Wall is pretty sloppy

                2. re: echoparkdirt

                  I had a really nice whole fish there, simply prepared with soy sauce and ginger and garlic. There's a chicken with whole dried chilies that I saw a lot of people ordering, probably worth a shot. The dan dan noodles are indeed very strange there.

                  1. re: hamster

                    Your conversation at Great Wall notwithstanding, the ma po tofu is serious, the hong you chao shou is delicious (albeit quite different), and definitely get the baby bok choy.

                3. re: ipsedixit

                  I had lunch at Cafe Mozart last week and just loved it. The food tasted home-cooked and the decaf coffee was the best I've ever had. Will try to go back any time I'm in DC.

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    Finally (finally!) made it to Sophie's - and it really is excellent. The beans and rice alone were reason for the walk in the rain.

                    1. re: cresyd

                      I really like their bebidas, and can't go wrong with the fried plantains.

                    2. re: ipsedixit

                      Ipsedexit was right as usual. Went back to Sichuan Pavilion. The dry spicy chicken is actually pretty good, as is the water boiled beef. Good stuff.

                      1. re: echoparkdirt

                        ipse is one of the voices I trust. although it has come at a price (feuds, restraining orders, changed phone #'s etc.) but this helluva ride has been worth it.

                        "water boiled beef" I'm skeptical, sounds like some awful thing my mother would inflict. please give details.

                        1. re: hill food

                          The Chinese character for water is used in the name of the dish, hance the name in English.

                          Here is a recipe with explanation:


                          1. re: Steve

                            well OK - now that sounds pretty good and something to watch for

                          2. re: hill food

                            hill food,

                            RE: water-boiled beef - it's probably more apt to describe it as "chili drowned beef" or maybe even "beef in witch's brew".

                            RE: the restraining order - it's still in effect??

                      2. It's been a while but I've always liked the Tandoori Sheesh Tikka sandwich at Naan and Beyond at 17th & L.

                        Honestly my typical workday lunch in downtown DC is Chopt salad.

                        1. Lunch: The Greek Deli, G Street Foods, Breadline, Paul, Bub & Pop's, Boqueria.

                          Tons of foodtrucks as well, check out the foodtruckfiesta website.

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                          1. re: hamster

                            Have to agree with Greek Deli and Boqueria -- they were tasty.