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Expand this list to 25? AROUND THE WORLD IN 10 DC RESTAURANTS

Kris in Beijing Jun 1, 2014 04:21 PM

Thrillist has this article about international restaurants in DC:

What 15 other restaurants from what 15 other countries would you add?

Here's their list, in their order:
1. CUBA Mi Cuba Cafe, Columbia Heights
2. EGYPT Mama Ayesha's, Adams Morgan
3. ERITREA Dahlak, Dupont Circle
4. ETHIOPIA Queen of Sheba, Shaw
5. GHANA Bokum Cafe, Adams Morgan
6. LAOS Bangkok Golden, Falls Church, VA
7. NEPAL Himalayan Heritage, Adams Morgan
8. SERBIA Ambar, Barracks Row
9. URUGUAY Fast Gourmet, U Street
10. FINLAND Embassy of Finland, Embassy Row

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    Steve RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 1, 2014 05:31 PM

    I guess the theme here is cuisines that are not obviously or widely represented. I'm not sure what the heck they are doing listing the Embassy of Finland since it is not a place of public accommodation. Many embassies have the possibiility of food service if you know someone, so this seems weird.

    My top 15, if limited to 1 per country:
    Jamaica, Pimento Grill, SE DC
    Senegal, Chez Auntie Libe, NW DC
    Bolivia, Luzmilla's, Falls Church
    Myanmar, Myanamar restaurant, Falls Church
    Pakistan, Toosso, Sterling
    Filipino, Fairfax Inn, Falls Church
    Ethiopian, Eyo, Falls Church
    El Salvador, Samantha's, University Park, MD
    China, Joe's Noodel House, Rockville
    Vietnam, Rice Paper, Falls Church
    India, Passage to India, Bethesda
    Japan, Izakaya Seki, DC
    Thailand, Ruan Thai, Wheaton
    Israel, Max's Felafel, Wheaton
    Palestine, Jerusalem, Falls Church

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      Mister Big RE: Steve Jun 1, 2014 06:46 PM

      Samantha's is in Silver Spring (but on University Blvd).

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        altan RE: Steve Jun 1, 2014 06:56 PM

        Umm...I concur with many of your recommendations, but I think the original list is restricted specifically to the district, and hence the choices (or lack of thereof)

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          Steve RE: altan Jun 2, 2014 04:02 AM

          No, the original list has a place in falls church.

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            altan RE: Steve Jun 2, 2014 12:40 PM

            My bad...you are right

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          Worldwide Diner RE: Steve Jun 2, 2014 07:13 AM

          What to get at Fairfax Inn? Thx.

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            Steve RE: Worldwide Diner Jun 2, 2014 11:34 AM

            Daing na bagus. (Marinated milkfish) Get this with garlic fried rice and ask for the ginger slaw - it should come with it. Maybe they even put a fried egg on it.

            2nd option is dinaguan.

            They aslo make very good jamaica (ha-my-ka) milkshakes. Hibiscus flavor.

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              Worldwide Diner RE: Steve Jun 2, 2014 01:55 PM

              Have you had their lechon and adobo chicken?

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                Steve RE: Worldwide Diner Jun 2, 2014 04:18 PM

                I can't remember. I've had a few things there, but the two I listed are both aces. The fish is a great dish. Open only until 6pm or so.

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            Kris in Beijing RE: Steve Jun 2, 2014 04:25 PM

            Anytime I ask a restaurant question, I feel like I should say
            "Dear Steve and other DC CH's."
            Thanks again, Steve, for listing some of your incredible reservoir of knowledge!! We need some summer ChowMeets so I can partake!

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              Steve RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 2, 2014 06:27 PM

              If you have any ideas about place/date/time, let me know. I am open to all suggestions.

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                knitone RE: Steve Jun 3, 2014 09:46 AM


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            Elyssa RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 2, 2014 10:57 AM

            I would add in Jaleo for Spain, Daikaya for Japan, Le Diplomate for France, and Kapnos or Mourayo for Greece. And personally I would go to Etete for Ethiopia but I know that's always a big battle on this site.

            1. ipsedixit RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 2, 2014 06:56 PM

              NE AMERICAN, Pearl Dive Oyster Place, Logan Circle

              1. Kris in Beijing RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 7, 2014 10:17 AM

                The rec.’s so far:

                China----- Joe's Noodel House----- Rockville
                El Salvador----- Samantha's----- in Silver Spring (but on University Blvd)
                Ethiopia----- Etete
                France----- Le Diplomate
                Greece----- Kapnos
                Greece----- Mourayo
                India----- Passage to India----- Bethesda
                Israel----- Max's Felafel----- Wheaton
                Jamaica----- Pimento Grill----- SE DC
                Japan----- Daikaya
                Japan----- Izakaya Seki----- DC
                NE AMERICAN----- Pearl Dive Oyster Place----- Logan Circle
                Pakistan----- Toosso----- Sterling
                Senegal----- Chez Auntie Libe----- NW DC
                Spain----- Jaleo
                Thailand----- Ruan Thai----- Wheaton

                And a host of places in Falls Church:
                Bolivia----- Luzmilla's----- Falls Church
                Ethiopian----- Eyo----- Falls Church
                Filipino----- Fairfax Inn----- Falls Church
                Myanmar----- Myanamar restaurant----- Falls Church
                Palestine----- Jerusalem----- Falls Church
                Vietnam----- Rice Paper----- Falls Church

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                  souvac RE: Kris in Beijing Jun 8, 2014 07:39 PM

                  Afghanistan, Bamian, Falls Church
                  Iran, Amoo's House of Kabob, McLean

                  I used to go to Kopitiam for Malaysian on M St, but it's gone down hill in the last couple of years. Anyone have a Malyasian place?

                  1. Mississippi Snopes RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 9, 2014 04:27 PM

                    Argentina - Del Campo, DC
                    Austria/Germany - Lyon Hall, Arlington
                    Bangladesh - Aladdin Eatery, Arlington (also Gharer Khabar a few doors down)
                    Belgium - Brasserie Beck, DC
                    Bosnia - Cosmopolitan Grill, Alexandria
                    Brazil - Grill from Ipanema
                    Colombia - Cafe Monserrate, Arlington
                    Dominican Republic - Los Hermanos, DC
                    Guatemala - El Mantial, Arlington
                    Iraq - Tigris Middle Eastern Grill, Oakton
                    Italy - Giovanni's Trattu, DC
                    Ireland - The Old Brogue, Great Falls (have not eaten here but hear good things)
                    Kenya - Swahili Village, Beltsville
                    Lebanon - Mount of Lebanon, Falls Church
                    Mexico - El Charrito Caminante, Arlington
                    Morocco - Fettoosh, Arlington
                    Nigeria - Roger Miller, Silver Spring (have not eaten here, but Africans tell me they like it)
                    North Korea - Bang Ga Nae, Alexandria
                    Peru - La Limena, Rockville
                    Puerto Rico - Mio, DC
                    Russia - Russia House, DC
                    Somalia - restaurant in the Skyline shopping center, not sure it even has a name -- at least I didn't see one and I looked for it, Falls Church
                    South Korea - Lighthouse Tofu, Annandale
                    Sri Lanka - Shakthi, Alexandria (have not eaten here yet)
                    Sweden - Domku, DC (have not eaten here yet)
                    Trinidad - Teddy's Roti Shop, DC
                    Turkey - Agora, DC
                    Uzbekistan - Rus-Uz, Arlington
                    Venezuela - La Caraquena, Falls Church
                    Yemen - Al Jazeera, Falls Church

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                      pat12 RE: Mississippi Snopes Jul 9, 2014 04:58 PM

                      Have eaten there several times. Enjoyed it each time.
                      Ireland - The Old Brogue, great falls

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                        Steve RE: Mississippi Snopes Jul 9, 2014 05:13 PM

                        Roger Miller was a Cameroonian soccer star, so I think this Silver Spring restaurant is probably more Cameroon than Nigeria. Though both Horn of Africa nations do share many dishes. It's only ok.

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                          Mississippi Snopes RE: Steve Jul 9, 2014 05:28 PM

                          I probably shouldn't have listed places I haven't eaten at. For some reason I'd always thought Roger Miller was Nigerian, but obviously that was off base.

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                            flavrmeistr RE: Mississippi Snopes Jul 12, 2014 10:36 AM

                            Well, dang me! I thought Roger Miller was from Oklahoma.

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                        braver RE: Kris in Beijing Jul 9, 2014 09:09 PM

                        New Zealand: Cassat's Cafe in Arlington (never been, but read about it in the Post magazine).

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                          altan RE: braver Jul 12, 2014 06:01 AM

                          They do have a few Kiwi dishes, but not a whole lot. I have to say their pavlova is pretty nice - simple and well executed!

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