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LA Hound heading to DC area for 5 days and would love comments on recommendations

Bayou Bakery is in my work office building, and I'm always shocked when people suggest it. I refuse to go in there, or else I will smell like a fryer the rest of the day. Maybe its more prominent when you are going back to work...

Apr 30, 2013
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

LA Hound heading to DC area for 5 days and would love comments on recommendations

I haven't had a sandwich in a few months from Taylor's, so I'm not sure. I really like the goat cheese and roasted pepper salad, and I add meatballs. I do think their service is often sloppy.

Apr 30, 2013
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

LA Hound heading to DC area for 5 days and would love comments on recommendations

Hanks Oyster Bar on Q street is about a 15 minute walk north of Club Quarters. http://hanksoysterbar.com/ They have both soft shell crabs and crab cakes on the menu right now. One of my staples.

I wouldn't rush to Rosemary's or Founding Farmers.

Other things to try:

Taylor's Deli -- Multiple locations. Great sandwiches and salads for lunch
Graffiato -- Chinatown. Monday/Tuesday you should be able to sit at the bar, great small plates Italian food
Estadio -- 14th St. You should be able to get a seat at the bar. Spanish tapas

Apr 29, 2013
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Indian food in DC?

I love Taj of India in Georgetown. Great food and great service. If you want to spend money, Rasika is delic.

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Rasika Restaurant
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Nov 23, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Buenos Aires Trip Report

Foodandwine,

The wine we got was usually between 10-15 USD. The prices were definitely reasonable, compared to the US, but not as cheap as I expected it to be.

Oct 23, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Buenos Aires Trip Report

Cactus, our favorite was definitely Don Julios. Campo Bravo was probably our second favorite. However, I think the best steak I got was at Rio Alba (bife de chorizo).

Amzelazny, all of the prices are for 2 people and are in USD.

Sep 05, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Argentina suggestions, anyone? Buenos Aires, Ushuaia, El Calafate & El Chalten

I just posted my report back from BA. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/804770

Hopefully there are some useful recs for you in there!

Sep 01, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Buenos Aires Trip Report

Just spend 10 days in BA and had a lot of great meals. Overall the food was great. Highlight was obviously the steaks which were very reasonable and extremely well cooked.

I did a lot of research on this board before our trip, so thought I would share our findings!

For dinners, our meals included a bottle of wine, a cover charge (cubierto), dessert and water.

Lunch:

Bar de Rodi. Stumbled upon this local restaurant in Recoleta after touring the cemetery. Almost all locals, very old-school feeling. A father and son sitting next to us even asked us how we found the restaurant. We both got salads, roasted chicken and a glass of wine. Recoleta, $40

San Telmo Market chorizo stand. There are a couple of sausage stands/grills along Defensa during the Sunday San Telmo market. This stand didn't have a name, but it is in a parking lot. Amazing grilled chorizo sandwiches served with chimichuri sauce, lettuce and tomatoes. We went back the second Sunday to get more. San Telmo, $2.50 each

A Manger. Little shop in Palermo that sells apps, cheese, meats, breads, etc. We wanted some things for a picnic in one of the Palermo parks. Bought sun dried tomatoes, olives, goat cheese, chorizo. Yummy for a quick snack. Palermo Soho, $15

California Burrito Company. Stopped into the downtown location before going to Puerto Madera. Very so so burritos. Probably ok if you live in BA and are crazing mexican food, but nothing to get on a quick trip. Centro, $20

El Sanjuanino. Came here for the empanadas. Tried 4 different kinds. The spicy beef and the Napolitano (cheese and tomatoes) were our favorite. Fun local restaurant in Recoleta. Recoleta, $20

Mark's. NY style deli/restaurant in Palermo. Lots of good looking choices on the chalkboard. We both had salads: one caesar with chicken (so so) and one with arugula, sun dried tomatoes, goat cheese and olive paste (delic). $30

Dinner:

Don Julios. We had dinner here twice it was so good! The bife de chorizo and bife de lomo were excellent. The chorizo Don Julio (Chorizo app. with sun dried tomatoes and cheese) was delicious. White chocolate cheesecake was amazing. Fun atmosphere, mixture of tourists and locals. Palermo Soho, $60

La Cabrera. Had to try this out because it is in every guide book/often discussed on this board. We split the bife de chorizo and tried many of the sides that accompany the steak. While it was definitely good, the restaurant felt very disneyland-esque. I would still recommend it, but it was not our favorite. Palermo Soho, $85

Xalapa. Decent mexican food restaurant in Palermo. We had chicken enchilladas and a steak platter with guac, beans, rice, etc. Not amazing, but nice if you need a break from parillas. $50

Bella Italia. Quiet Italian restaurant in Palermo. We had carpaccio, a gnocchi dish and the veal chop. Mostly locals, in a residential part of Palermo. Definitely nicer/more expensive than most of the restaurants we went to. Palermo Chico, $100

Campo Bravo. Parilla in Las Canitas. Tried this location out so that we could explore Las Canitas afterwards. Delicious steaks (bife de chorizo and ojo de bife) and grilled vegetables. Fun atmosphere. Super crowded at 11 pm on a Wednesday. Las Canitas, $60

Miranda. Cool, industrial-style parilla in Palermo Hollywood. Really fun space, lots of locals. We had one bife de chorizo and one rib eye with grilled red peppers and a fried egg. Palermo Hollywood, $90

Tancat. Fun, lively tapas place downtown. Sat at the bar and ordered a number of tapas. Favorites were the shrimp with garlic and olive oil, the grilled mushrooms, and the patatas bravas (different from the Spanish version... had bacon and grilled peppers). Would definitely recommend this place. Centro, $85

Rio Alba. Parilla in a quiet part of Palermo. By far the best bife de chorizo we had all week. Much more of a local feel than some of the other restaurants. Palermo, $85

Sotto Voce. Italian restaurant in Recoleta (there is another one in Puerto Madera). Very nice, professional staff. Ordered two pasta dishes. The best was angel hair pasta with shrimp and sun dried tomatoes. We were given free champagne while we waited for a table and a free dessert. But it was still expensive. Recoleta, $100

Other things:

Anuva wine tasting. We did a wine tasting with Anuva Wines on one of our first days in BA. It was a great way to try some local wines and to meet other people. They served 5 types of wine, each with a food pairing. Palermo Hollywood, $46 per person.

Gelato. Tried Persecco, Freddo and Volta. All good... all a bit pricey. My favorite was the cafe flavor from Persecco.

Aug 31, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Good bar food near or enroute to Kennedy Center

A new Circa just opened across the street from the Foggy Bottom metro. It has a great outdoor bar/patio area and pretty standard bar food. I've been a couple times to sit at the bar and the service has been great. Other options in the are are Ris (fancier, good bar area) and Bayou (more casual, Southern food). Bobby's Burger Palace also just opened on 21st and K. I haven't been to this one, but I've been to one in Philly. Great burgers and beer and wine.

Aug 17, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant recommendations for 7 days in Buenos Aires

Thanks Cactus. I will definitely add those to my list.

Aug 11, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Visiting Turkey

I found Istanbul Eats Ihttp://istanbuleats.com/) extremely helpful when researching restaurants in Istanbul.

Some of my favorites were:

Zubeyir
Ciya
Furreyya Galata Balikcisi

Aug 10, 2011
Energy09 in Europe

Restaurant recommendations for 7 days in Buenos Aires

I'm going to BA next week for 2 weeks and have done a lot of research on restaurants.

Some of the places we are planning on going to are:

- Tancat (tapas)
- Cluny
- Amici Miei (italian)
- Bella Italia
- La Cabrera (steak)
- Guerrin (pizza)
- El Cuarlito (pizza)
- El Sanjuanino (empanadas)
- Sarkis (middle eastern)
- Un Altra Vota, Gelato
- 647 Dinner Club (steak)

I've never been to BA before, so I can't vouch for any of these, but the recommendations are all from Chowhound, NYTimest, etc. I will report back after our trip.

Aug 09, 2011
Energy09 in Latin America & Caribbean

Graffiato by Mike Isabella opening soon...

I went last night and also thought it was great. Excellent service and a fun atmosphere.
Highlights:
- Countryman Pizza (black truffles, fontina, duck egg) - by far my favorite dish
- Gnocchi
- Sweet corn angolotti
- Bone marrow
- Polenta bread
- Zeppole (fried ricotta balls)

I will definitely go back.

Jul 06, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Shake Shack - Nationals Park

No ice-cream only line. I think they had 3 milkshake flavors (vanilla, chocolate, peanut butter) and one concrete flavor.

Jun 16, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Shake Shack - Nationals Park

I went on Tuesday night. Line was long... but only took about 15 minutes to get through. They offer a limited menu, instead of the full menu that the Dupont location has. I thought the food was good (Shackburger and cheese fries) but could tell it had been sitting out for a little bit. The Dupont location is made to order... the Stadium location had lots of burgers already made under heat lamps. Still good though.

Jun 15, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Quick overnight trip to DC - Great spots for snacks/drinks?

What part of town will you be in for breakfast or lunch?

For dinner on Tuesday, I would suggest going to Barrack's Row (8th St. SE in Cap. Hill) before the game. Cava Mezze (greek tapas) is my favorite restaurant on that street, but there's also Ted's Bulletin, Belga Cafe, Matchbox, etc. It's about a 10 minute walk or a 2 minute cab ride to the stadium.

Jun 13, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs for Group Dinner in DuPont or Georgetown area

Neyla in Georgetown is another option. I think they have a preset menu for large parties.
http://www.neyla.com/

Jun 07, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurant Suggestion in a Fun Area

I think the best area is 14th street/U street. You could go to Masa 14 (Asian fusion), Posto (Italian), Estadio (Tapas) or a number of other restaurants in that area. The Standard, the Gibson, Marvin rooftop, Church Key, St. Ex, Policy, are all bars on 14th street worth checking out.

In Dupont I love Hanks Oyster Bar and Pizza Paradiso, but there's not a ton of great bars.

Georgetown has a lot of bars, but not great food.

I don't know Old Town well.

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Masa 14
1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

Jun 06, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

4 days in DC with wife and 2 kids in June,

We the Pizza and Good Stuff are great recommendations and near where you will be.

Two other suggestions:

Upper Crust Pizza -- on Penn. Ave near the White House. Recently opened, great thin crust pizza.
http://theuppercrustpizzeria.com/loca...

Tackle Box -- on M Street in Georgetown. Lobster rolls, seafood, great sides (hushpuppies, corn, other veggies).

All of these are peanut free.
http://www.tackleboxrestaurant.com/

Jun 02, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Top Five Go-To Restaurants in DC Metro Area?

Mine are:

Hank's Oyster Bar
Taj of India (M st. in Georgetown)
Ris
Cava
Masa 14

May 12, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

d.c. in july

I think Morso is closed as well.

Another gtown option is Moby Dick. Would be good for lunch if you are in that area.
http://www.mobysonline.com/

Bayou is close to Gtown and has good Cajun food. Most of the menu is reasonably priced. They also have live music a couple nights each week.
http://www.bayouonpenn.com/www/food-m...

Shake Shack is opening in DC next week. I've been once in Miami and it was delicious. Definitely something your boys will like.
http://www.shakeshack.com/

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Moby Dick's
721 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231

May 09, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

El Centro DF

Boyfriend and I went here tonight for his birthday with high hopes. DC is seriously lacking good Mexican food... and Richard Sandoval has a number of great restaurants.

When we walked in, we were told the wait was about 30 minutes and the hostess would text me when the table was ready. No problem. We went upstairs to the roof top bar and got margaritas. The roof top is nice, fairly large, and the bartender was great. The margaritas were good, and reasonably priced at $7.

After about 45 minutes, we went downstairs to check on our table. One was ready for us (but I never received a text message).

We ordered drinks and food at the same time and waited... and waited... and waited... after 45 minutes we finally received our guacamole (delic). After 1 hour we received our food (chicken tacos and chile rellenos... also delic). After an hour and 25 minutes we finally received our drinks. The waiter blamed the wait on the fact that we were seated in a first come first serve area... not sure why that makes any difference once you are seated.

The crime here is that the food was great. Had the service been remotely decent, I would have still given this a passing grade. But the wait was so ridiculous that I will have a hard time going back here any time soon.

Has anyone else tried El Centro DF? I'm interested to hear what other experiences have been.

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Centro
4838 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

May 09, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Foodie family with young kids needs dinner recs in Dupont/Adams Morgan/Foggy Bottom/Georgetown

Some ideas:
Pizza Paradiso -- 2 options, one on P street near Dupont Circle and one on M street in Georgetown. Neither take reservations, but if you go on the earlier side, you should be fine.
Thunder Burger -- on M street in Georgetown. Lots of kid friendly options.
Surfside -- In Glover Park. Pretty good Mexican food and a roof top eating area (if it's nice out).
Hank's Oyster Bar -- Dupont. They don't take reservations, but you should be ok on the earlier side.
2 Amy's -- Cathedral area. Pizza place... always lots of families there.

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Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

Apr 19, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Estadio cheat sheet - what items have you tried?

I also don't remember everything I got, but the montadido with goat cheese, tomato and salsa verde was amazing.

Apr 11, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Easter weekend in DC with parents, recs? Also, ?s about tea at the Willard...

Tabbard Inn sounds right up their alley.

Another idea is Montmarte near Eastern Market. http://www.montmartredc.com. Good neighborhood french restaurant.

PJ Clarke's opened recently in DC. It can be expensive depending on what you order, but I've had a number of good things.

Apr 11, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Medium Rare

I went last week and had a very similar experience to Emmaleeb.

Loved the food -- bread was good, dressing on the salad was delicious, steaks were cooked perfectly. My boyfriend and I split a bottle of wine, so the total bill was about $90. I thought it was a great deal for the amount of food they give you and the quality. Most bottles were between 30-40 and glasses of wine or pints of beer are around $8. We didn't get dessert, but they looked incredible.

The service was a bit sloppy, but overall fine. Also, we went at about 8 pm on Thursday night, and only had to wait 10 minutes. There were a number of tables that were opening up then.

One thing that confused me was the way that they serve the steaks. The first serving is sliced and covered with the secret sauce/gravy. The second serving comes with the sauce on the side. I would prefer to have it the second way, so you can add as much as you want. Not a big deal though.

I will definitely go again.

Apr 11, 2011
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Georgetown Bagelry on M Street Closed!!! Where do I get Great NY-style Bagels, now?

My favorite bagels in DC are from Bagels Etc. on P street near the Dupont metro. They (almost) taste like NYC bagels and have a bunch of different flavors (including salt).

Nov 03, 2010
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Restaurants near Fairmont Hotel

Agree with RIS.

Also West End and Blue Duck are both near your hotel.

If you like indian, Taj of India is 4 blocks away in Georgetown.

On P street, there is Pizza Paradiso.

I would check opentable though to see what's available. You can search by neighborhood (put in Foggy Bottom, Georgetown and Dupont).

Oct 29, 2010
Energy09 in Washington DC & Baltimore

November Italy Trip -- Help with my list

Thank you! This is really helpful. I think I will add in Ai Promessi and da Alberto instead. I read your other post about affordable seafood places, and Ai Promessi looks like a great option.

We are going to Pizza al Volo at some point, so that could be the pizza fix as well.

Too bad about take away places, but that's not surprisng. I agree that a supermarket might be the best option.

Thanks again!

Oct 29, 2010
Energy09 in Italy

November Italy Trip -- Help with my list

Ok great! Thanks so much for your suggestions. I will look into all of these options. Enjoy your trips!

Oct 29, 2010
Energy09 in Italy