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Best restaurants that don't take reservation on Open Table or City Eats

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Worldwide Diner Feb 5, 2014 07:00 PM

I mostly determine whether to eat based on reservations available. I know there are some really good restaurants that simply don't do online reservations but I don't want to overlook them. So please share your top non-online restaurants. The ones that come to my mind are:

Komi
Little Serow
Rose's Luxury
Obelisk
Eat the Rich/Southern Efficiency/Mockingbird Hill

Lots of Asian ones:
Hong Kong Palace/Uncle Liu's
Bangkok Golden III
A&J
Joe's Noodles
Bob's Shanghai/Noodle 66
Michael's Noodles
Nava Thai
Ruan Thai
Ren's Ramen
Daikaya Ramen

  1. DanielK Feb 6, 2014 12:02 PM

    Add:

    Ray's the Steaks (Arlington)
    The Classics (Silver Spring)
    Mi Cuba (Columbia Heights)
    Zenebech Injera (Shaw)

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    1. re: DanielK
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      hamster Feb 6, 2014 01:24 PM

      Very sad what has happened to Zenebech. I tried to go on a Saturday night a few weeks ago, and there was a line of 10 people waiting for a table!

      It's probably due to all those new places on that block/corner...Good for business, but sad for those of us who were used to walking in to Zenebech on a whim!

      I ended up going to Axum on 9th Street instead, which was pretty good.

      1. re: hamster
        DanielK Feb 6, 2014 09:39 PM

        They've been busy on weekends for quite a while now - that's not news! What's been surprising is that there's a wait on most weeknights now too.

    2. ipsedixit Feb 5, 2014 07:28 PM

      Menomale
      Pizza Pardiso
      Toki
      China Boy

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      1. re: ipsedixit
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        Guy Incognito Feb 5, 2014 08:51 PM

        Toki takes reservations for early seatings on CityEats.

        I would add Pupatella and Izakaya Seki to the list.

      2. s
        Steve Feb 5, 2014 07:25 PM

        My top five are in my profile:

        Joe's Noodle House

        Oohhs and Aahhs - especially the shrimp and grits, broiled crab cake, and the lemon pepper wings, but hard to resist the short ribs as well.

        BG III

        Myanmar - ginger salad for sure

        Pimento Grill - oxtail brown stew, curry chicken, cabbage peas and rice are must orders.

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