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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.

                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. http://www.naan-and-beyond.com

                        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.

                          2. I use to work in that area.....tons of lunch options. There are of course always the various food trucks at Farragut Square every day.

                            Other favorites included: Roti, G Street Foods, Rice Bar, Greek Deli, Sichuan Paviolion, Cafe Asia, Taylor's Gourmet, and Teaism.

                            For dinner there are a lot of great, usually higher end options right in Farragut: Equinox and Bombay Club. Taberna del Alberdero has one of the best happy hours in town---half off all tapas and sangria if you order by about 7pm or so. Also Teddy's and Boqueria are good for dinner in the area.

                            1. Bub and Pops has great sandwiches. They can be a bit messy, but oh, they are yummy. The brisket, Italian cold cut, and bolognese are my favorites.

                              1. Well-Dressed Burrito and CF Folks.

                                1. Thanks so much for all of the responses so far - I am very green to the whole DC area and really appreciate this.

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                                  1. re: cresyd

                                    so many good options in these lists. at Sichuan Pavilion (International Plaza, the t/o counter in the food court basement under I and 17th for a cheap lunch not the street level restaurant - although that's fairly good too IMHO) if you don't read or speak Chinese, demand something off the non-English 'specials' menu and be a good sport. after all, life is just a crap shoot anyway.

                                    and you have at least a month of options already. whenever I walk around at lunch I grab t/o and delivery menus as I pass likely looking joints and start a binder for co-workers (hey we may have to work late or on Saturday)

                                  2. To add to the list, Nooshi isn't too far away. My Hubby loves the Rice Bar, which also isn't far away. Dicky's custard used to have a pretty good panini.

                                    1. I've been visiting an above-average ethnic dive for lunch at 21st and Penn.

                                      Complete dive, but the 10buck buffet of cab-stand-quality pakistani food is absolutely worth it. nan, tandoori chicken, dal, chickpeas, a veggie, good stuff.

                                      This place is also on its way out -- rent.

                                      Mehran Restaurant
                                      2138 Pennsylvania Ave NW
                                      Washington, DC 20037