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No Drinks = Bad Service

XpicassoX, as someone who doesn't drink due to health reasons, I could not disagree more with your assumption that those who don't order drinks can't afford a "proper meal." There are a ton of other reasons for not choosing to drink, either on a specific evening or just in general. Why would you assume that those who aren't drinking are doing so primarily for cost reasons?

Feb 28, 2012
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Meatballs by Michel Richard

I'll agree that the design choices are odd, but why wouldn't a "fast place" be popular in that area? The area has tons of fast casual places that are always packed (Luke's Lobster Shack, Merzi, Choptle, Chop't, etc.) I think it's a great area for those types of restaurants because there are office buildings nearby, so you get daytime crowds and there are condo/apartment buildings nearby, so you get evening crowds. And it's not as if every single restaurant, be it fast food or sitdown, isn't packed before more popular events at the Verizon Center.

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Merzi
415 7th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004

Oct 27, 2011
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Gourmet Ethiopian?

Just an FYI-Zed's is no longer open.

Oct 18, 2011
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Rasika Reviews?

I definitely think it's worth it! The infamous Palak Chaat is as good as everyone says, as is the cod. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Sep 14, 2011
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Good sports bar for college football?

Redline might be another place to check out. I haven't been there for college games this year, but they have a decent beer and wine selection and better-than-average food.

Sep 12, 2011
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Soup Downtown

Zoup (located near McPherson Square) is actually pretty good. I wasn't a fan of the seafood soups I tried (YMMV), but I've enjoyed every other soup I've tried from there. It's a casual chain restaurant, so nothing special, but I've been more than satisfied.

Sep 12, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Ice Cream Sunday

It looks like some good choices have already been mentioned, but I'd like to add Kramerbooks. The food there varies in quality, but I've always loved the desserts! The Dysfunctional Family Sundae is my favorite, but they also have a banana split and a hot fudge sundae. It you want something other than ice cream, the Salted Caramel Chocolate Cake is wonderful.

Sep 12, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

If you were a foodie and could live anywhere in/near DC - where would it be?

Thanks for the info! I only ride the D3 from Union Station to Georgetown, so I know how frequently it runs, but I was basing my info about where it runs on flavermestr's comment.

Interestingly, I just checked the D5/D6 (I'm actually going to the Palisades neighborhood for a friend's cookout this weekend) and, unfortunately, it looks like they, too, run on a 30-35 minute time frame on the weekends. I might have to suck it up and take a cab!

May 26, 2011
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If you were a foodie and could live anywhere in/near DC - where would it be?

I like the Palisades as well. The only big negative to that neighborhood (IMO) is that the D3 only runs once every half hour, so if you miss a bus by a matter of minutes, you are stuck waiting for another one for a while. This obviously isn't as big a deal if you don't plan on using public transportation as your primary method of getting around.

May 26, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

If you were a foodie and could live anywhere in/near DC - where would it be?

I don't have a ton to add, but I agree with the recommendations to check out Capitol Hill. There's really a great neighborhood vibe there. And, parks aren't exclusive to Arlington. There are actually several great parks that serve as de facto community gathering spots on the Hill as well. I also think it's a great place to have a toddler, as you'll likely meet a lot of other young families there.

May 26, 2011
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Red Sox friendly restaurants/bars in DC

Not sure if anyone is still interested, but Rhino Bar in Georgetown is also a Red Sox bar. Not the greatest place ever, but very typical sports bar food. I actually really enjoy their wings.

May 05, 2011
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need 2 dinner spots in DC for next weekend

I think Carmine's is a bad choice if there are only two people. It's really a place that's better suited for bigger groups.

Dino and Acqua al Due are both good options for Italian, IMO.

May 05, 2011
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Ideas for Georgetown and Adams Morgan, ethnic preferably

It's not in one of your target neighborhoods, but Acqua al II is a great place for simple pastas. The pasta sampler is excellent. I usually get the pasta sampler as kind of a starter and then either the blueberry or balsamic filet. This neighborhood is actually a cute neighborhood to walk around in, too. There are quite a few newish interesting restaurants a few blocks away, on Barracks Row.

Apr 21, 2011
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Looking for an Easter Sunday lunch or buffet

Well, different strokes for different folks, I guess. I hated Mango Mike's last time I was there and I thought the Kennedy Center Easter Brunch was good, typical brunch fare (nothing great or innovative, but good for kids). And there are plenty of other parking garages in the area with cheap weekend parking, so there's no need to park in the Kennedy Center garage.

Also, when I went (admittedly, this was a few years ago), the lines weren't bad at all.

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Mango Mike's
4580 Duke St, Alexandria, VA 22304

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

Mar 30, 2011
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Buffet/ kid friendly restaurant in the DC, Northern Virginia area.

I think the Matchbox, DC-3 and Ted's (all owned by the same people) all fit the bill really well for kid-friendly places. I also think Good Stuff Eatery and We the Pizza (both owned by Spike from Top Chef) are good for kids. The former three are accessible by Eastern Market Metro, the latter two by Capitol South or Easter Market Metros.

Also, as kate said, it really depends on how adventurous your daughter is. If she's more willing to try different tastes, Penn Quarter has a lot of good options, including Jaleo and Zaytinya (although, with a 7-year-old, I'd probably stick to Zaytinya for lunch only). Oyamel might be good, as well.

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Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

Mar 30, 2011
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Great Itlaian in DC?

I am way behind and it looks like you've already made your pick, but just to give you another option for next time you want Italian, I love Acqua al 2 near Eastern Market. The Balsamic Filet and Blueberry Filet (don't knock it until you've tried it) are both excellent, as is the pasta sampler.

Mar 30, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Looking for an Easter Sunday lunch or buffet

The Rooftop Terrace at the Kennedy Center offers a good Easter Brunch. It's definitely family friendly, too (the Easter bunny is there for the kids).

Depending on how much you want to spend, Blue Duck Tavern offers a great brunch. (I haven't been for Easter Brunch, but their regular brunch is excellent.) I've always gotten great service there, as well. I generally don't think of it as a kids' place, but I did see that they specifically offer pricing for kids for the Easter Brunch.

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Blue Duck Tavern
1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

Kennedy Center
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20256

Mar 30, 2011
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Lunch and Dinner Recommendations

Raids has given you a lot of great suggestions already.

I just wanted to add that Toscana Cafe (near Union Station) offers great Italian food.

As far as lunch, the cafe in the American Indian Museum is the best bet for food near the Smithsonian, IMO.

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Toscana Cafe
601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Mar 30, 2011
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1st time visitor.....need critique of list please!

It sounds like you have a great list! The only places I'd add as options are Ted's Bulletin (diner food) near Eastern Market and the Tune Inn ( near Good Stuff, etc., featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives; it's certainly more of a bar and not for kids at night, but I've often seen kids in there during the day.) Neither is a can't miss, but I figure it's always good to have back-up places in case your original plans fall through!

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Tune Inn
331 Penn SE, Washington, DC

Ted's Bulletin
505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Mar 30, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

1st time visitor.....need critique of list please!

I am pretty sure ktmoomau meant to recommend Tortilla Cafe, not Tortilla Coast. (I'm not sure why there are two restaurants with such similar names, but Tortilla Cafe is much better!)

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Tortilla Coast
400 1st St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Mar 30, 2011
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what to get at birch & barley?

I enjoyed the polenta last time I went, as well. I also really enjoyed the veal loin and the loin of lamb. I wasn't a big fan of either fish entree last time I went. (I went with a group and we all tried a little bit of each entree, so I got a good variety of tastes in.)

If you are a mac and cheese fan, I would recommend the mac and cheese side. It's excellent! I haven't had too many of the other sides/appetizers, or if I did, they weren't memorable as either good or bad.

Mar 30, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner and drinks in DC with the parents

Brasserie Beck is definitely a great suggestion.

Just to throw one more idea out there, depending on whether you think you/your parents would be comfortable in a "transitional neighborhood," you might want to try Granville Moore's. It's definitely walkable from Union Station, but it is a bit of a longer walk. I took my parents there when they visited and they loved it.

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Brasserie Beck
1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Mar 30, 2011
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Looking for new eats in DC/NOVA

It seems like you're already gotten a lot of great suggestions. I just wanted to second Ba Bay and to add that (if you can get a reservation), you might want to try Rasika in lieu of Heritage India this time around. It's less traditional Indian, but it is delicious!

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

Heritage India
2400 Wisconsin Ave NW Ste A, Washington, DC 20007

Mar 30, 2011
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Kobe burgers..

It's not, but as has been noted throughout this thread, you can't get an actual Japanese Kobe burger anywhere in D.C. The one that you noted (at The Source) is an "American Style" Kobe Burger.

Mar 23, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kobe burgers..

A little off topic, but for those of you who are looking for "real" Japanese Kobe beef (not in burger form), BLT Steak offers it at $26/oz.

Mar 22, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

D.C. for 2 days...

Penn Quarter has a lot of places that would be good for lunch. In addition to the aforementioned Jaleo, there's also Rasika (Indian), Zaytinya (Greek) and Oyamel (Mexican). Of these three, Rasika is the most popular, so it might be difficult to get a reservation there. If you're looking to do something a little more casual, but still unique, I second the recommendation for the cafe in the American Indian museum. If you find yourself on the Hill when you're ready for lunch, there's a great Ethiopian option (Ethiopic) not far from Union Station. And, depending on whether healthy eating is important to you (I can't seem to eat greasy foods before races, but I have friends who can), Spike Mendelssohn's spots (Good Stuff for burgers and We the Pizza), both on Pennsylvania Ave. could work.

For dinner on Saturday, my favorite Italian is Acqua al 2. They have a pasta sampler, but in general, the portions and food are more gourmet rather than made for carb loading. Carmine's might be your best bet if you guys really want to load up on carbs.

I think Birch and Barley and Tabard Inn are great brunch suggestions, but I'm going to throw one more in the ring. Masa 14 does a really interesting all-you-can-eat tapas style brunch.

Good luck in the race and enjoy D.C.!

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

Tabard Inn
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Birch and Barley
1337 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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

Mar 22, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

New ramen restaurant headed to DC

I'm excited about this and Toki Underground (which is supposedly opening very soon). I've had the same experience with ramen in D.C. as you have.

Mar 21, 2011
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First Visit to Washington DC. Brunch/Lunch on a Sunday - Suggestions??

Oh, and also, Bitches Who Brunch and Brunch and the City are two great blogs that have reviewed many area brunches over the past few years. (I'm not affiliated with either, I've just found both of them to be good resources when looking for brunch options.)

Feb 08, 2011
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First Visit to Washington DC. Brunch/Lunch on a Sunday - Suggestions??

As others have said, there are a ton of good brunch options in D.C. Masa 14 is one of my favorites. They have a $35 all-you-can-eat tapas style brunch that also includes all-you-can-drink mimosas and bloody marys. And the food is excellent!

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

Feb 08, 2011
lilkimbo in Washington DC & Baltimore

Recs for Kid friendly near Union Station?

Toscana Cafe is definitely kid-friendly (and great, IMO). I've actually never eaten there in the winter, but I've had dinner frequently on the patio in the summer and I definitely recall seeing kids there. Living nearby, I walk by on a frequent basis and see families eating on the patio all of the time during the warmer months.

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Toscana Cafe
601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Feb 07, 2011
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