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Feb 24, 2014 02:43 PM

Food suggestions

Hello all,

We (hubby and 3 boys) will be in DC for 3 days. We won't have a car and will be relying on public transportation. Can y'all give me any suggestions on where to eat? I've heard horror stories regarding the quality and price of food in DC (friend lived there for 3 years) and I can't imagine it can be that bad. We are from San Francisco, so we have a plethora of Asian (Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Thai etc.) and aren't really interested in Asian unless there's nothing else. My boys love to eat and they eat a lot so good food that's not super expensive would be great. We will eat anything. Also, since we are from California where foie gras is banned any suggestions for that? That would be our fine dining. We'll probably be at Georgetown for1 day and then seeing the Smithsonian, capitol, monuments etc.


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  1. You'll find loads of recs by searching here but I just want to say that, IMO, DC food is GREAT! I'm surprised you've heard otherwise.

    Definitely go for Ethiopian. DC has the largest population outside of Ethiopia. Here's an old thread:

    1. Check out for food trucks. Lots of options! I like the Lobster Truck and had a tasty banh mi from Lemongrass (or similar).

      Definitely suggest Jaleo for tapas- the patatas bravas are a must.

      If you visit the Museum of the American Indian, consider the cafeteria, Mitsitam. Not your average museum food. It features food from the Americas and if quite good, if a bit pricey.

      Enjoy your trip!

      1. All metro accessible:

        Oohhs and Aahhs for Soul Food - a true hole-in-the-wall (please search for my recs)

        Nando's Peri-peri: spicy chicken

        DC-3: Hot dogs (particularly the Seoul bbq hot dog! and the Tuscon Sonoran)

        Etete: Ethiopian

        El Rinconcito: Salvadoran, go for the carne deshilalda, tamales, papusas

        District of Pi : St Louis-style deep dish pizza.

        Good Stuff Eatery for the toasted marshmallow milkshake.

        Eatonville: Southern

        1. We had a great time in DC. Weather gave us a surprise as we had rain, sleet, hail and snow all in one day. Luckily, we had planned to be indoors at the Smithsonian.
          We tried DC-3 (boys were in heaven), Eatonville was good although portion size was kind of small for a southern place. Café Kimchi was good for a quick lunch although we could have used more rice in the bibimbap. One of the boys had the burger and thought it was the best.
          We ended up at Hill Country for BBQ on the way to Luke's Lobster. BBQ was okay. Not really TX BBQ. Too peppery and burnt. They didn't marinade it enough as there was not any depth of flavor to the meat. It was all on the outside crust. They have 2 options. Per lb or AYCE. For the AYCE you are limited to only 3 or 4 types of meat. The price per lb was $$. I think the brisket was $28/lb.
          We had Ethiopian in Georgetown with our niece at Das. It was our first experience having Ethiopian and it was pretty good. Pizza at Arcurri was good. We like the guanciale and the other cured meats on the pizza and they were very quick.
          Thanks for the recs!

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          1. re: jzc

            Thanks for the report. Arcuri, huh. Always good to hear about another pizza place in DC.

            The only meat I enjoy at Hill Country is the moist (aka fatty) brisket. Big dropoff after that.

            You got around very well and found some pretty inexpensive places. I've also never heard of Cafe Kimchi!