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New to D.C.!!! Where do I start? D.C. Staples

This weekend I went to both Tortilla Cafe and So's Your Mom. Tortilla Cafe first. My first pupusa ever was very good, though I would only recommend it to people who like corn tortillas. I got the pupusa platter which was two pork and cheese pupusas and two sides. The sides were refried beans and yucca. The refried beans were standard, but the yucca was delicious. Good crisp exterior with a nice sized chunkyness that had good flavor, but wasn't overly starchy. My gf got the veggie quesadilla, which she really liked, especially the guacamole that came with it. She appreciated that it wasn't a standard veggie quesadilla with just black beans and cheese, but had scallions and rice as well with just more vegetables than most place put in theirs. Overall it was a good experience, and I will definitely revisit when I go back to the Eastern Market, which I will be doing for holiday gifts. Pupusa platter was $6.50 and the veggie quesadilla was around $4.50. Place gets pretty crowded, so seating can be tough. The ladies working were incredibly nice.

Just went to So's Your Mom this morning with my roommate. Cool place, I need to go back to try the sandwiches. I had a sausage, egg and cheese on a plain bagel. It was good, better than average, but not mind blowing or worth an extended trip for. Easy for me because it's a 5 minute walk from where I live. My roommate got an everything bagel with lox. He said it was good, but it was overpriced at a little over $6, especially because there wasn't a lot of lox on it. Mine was reasonably priced at $4.60. No seating at So's Your Mom which maybe a downside for some, but was fine with me.

I'll keep on working my way through people's recommendation, thanks all.

New to D.C.!!! Where do I start? D.C. Staples

What do people think about Taylor's Gourmet on 5th and K for sandwiches? Friend reccommended it too me and being from Philly I feel like I have to take a look. The sandwich that I judge an Italian deli on is a personal creation: baked eggplant, hot sopresatta, fresh mozzarella, roasted red peppers, lettuce, oil and vinegar. Looking forward to trying one at Taylor's Gourmet.

Thanks so much for all the recs kt and dennis. I'll be sure to post reviews as I check these places out. Happy turkey day to all!

New to D.C.!!! Where do I start? D.C. Staples

And just saw the Mexican in D.C. thread right below this one, so I'll weed my way through that.

New to D.C.!!! Where do I start? D.C. Staples

Thanks all for some great options...I look forward to trying them out. ktmoomau I am willing to travel; I drive to Manassas for work 5 days a week via 66, so anything along there is easier. I have ventured up to Maryland at times. Went to Parkway Deli and Restaurant in Silver Spring. Had the Ruben sandwich there with eggplant fries, both of which were awesome, but over priced for a smaller sized sandwich.

Probably no need for a review, but Hank's Oyster Bar was awesome. Had the crab cake as an appetizer, overpriced, but delicious ($12 for one medium sized crab cake and cole slaw). Then the fried oyster dinner, which was incredible and very reasonably priced. Came with 7-8 oysters, good cole slaw, and a mound of delicious fries ($18). Had a Rouge Dead Guy Ale which is a personal favorite as well. My gf had the lobster roll, which was also good, but I think if you go to Hank's you should get oysters. My friend got the lobster bisque which he said was mediocre. He has got the fried oyster dinner and loved it.

Interested in any other mexican/hispanic reviews from places in adam's morgan/columbia heights. There are a million places in the area. I'll look in to the places mdpilan posted about and can't wait to check out So's Your Mom woodleyparkhound. Thanks again guys.

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

So's Your Mom
1831 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009

Parkway Deli & Restaurant
8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

New to D.C.!!! Where do I start? D.C. Staples

Hi all. I just moved into N.W. D.C. about two months ago and am trying to get a handle on places to go because there is so much it's overwhelming. I don't go out for to eat very often because of a limited budget, so when I do eat out I want it to be worthwhile. I am hoping to get a list of some of the D.C. hallmarks if you will. What I've tried so far:

Ben's Chili Bowl, Florida Avenue Grill, Oceanaire Seafood Room (someone else picked up the tab) and Amersterdam Falafel Shop along with a few others

I'm going to Hank's Oyster Bar tomorrow night, but was hoping for some more recommendations on places to try that fit into this price range (minus Oceanaire, which was incredible by the way). Other places I want to try are Horace and Dickies and some Salvadorean restaurant I saw on Drivers, Drive-Ins and Dives near Union Station I believe. Would love to know what people think are the most go-tos in D.C., I'm open to all kinds of food, ethnic, veggie, etc...and anything on U st, Adams Morgan or Columbia Heights is even better because they're within walking distance. Thanks all!

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Oceanaire Seafood Room
1201 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

Florida Avenue Grill
1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

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