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Looking for AFFORDABLE caterers!

We used Mr. Omelette (based in Gaithersburg) for a brunch wedding and thought it went really well. They do pasta as well as more breakfast-y food; I just totalled it up and for hot and cold appetizers, cheese tray, veggie tray, then 2 types of pasta, salad, and garlic bread on a buffet, with cake and fruit for dessert and sodas to drink, it would be $36 per person, plus servers, tax, and tip.

The food is average quality--not like a gourmet restaurant, but tasty and filling. They serve fish but not meat (I don't know that they're certified kosher but they are kosher-style, where mixing milk and meat is not an option, fish is neutral, and pork and shellfish are forbidden). The food was attractively displayed and you can take home the leftovers. There will be leftovers--not because the food isn't good but because the portions are generous.

Aug 14, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

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

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

Jul 09, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Food Truck or Travelling Pizza Oven Rec

check out foodtruckfiesta for a list of lots of places in the DC area. Tweeting individual trucks to see if you can arrange something is probably the easiest.

Most if not all the Armand's stores in DC closed, but their catering site is still up: http://www.armandspizza.com/newsite/l... so maybe contact them?

Jul 01, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

ethiopian in dc?

sit-down: Etete or Dukem (have heard good things about Ethiopic but never went).

takeout: zenebech injera...they do have a table or two but are usually taken up by cab drivers when I've been there.

a veggie platter is enough food for two (they really have to struggle to fit it in a foam carryout box) but you could always add a meat dish or some sambusas too.

May 19, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

the best of d.c.

on second thought i would replace Daikaya with Great Wall Szechuan or Judy Restaurant

Apr 19, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

the best of d.c.

Zaytina
Ethiopic or Etete
Red Hen
Daikaya

Apr 19, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Lunch and happy hour near National Building Museum

brewpubs: gordon biersch is close but not super special. They do have many veggie options. Bluejacket is near the Navy Yard metro and takes beer really seriously.

Zaytinya isn't too far from the NBM, and definitely has vegan options. Poste is another nearby upscale choice with a nice courtyard.

I'd be remiss not to mention Wiseguy's Pizza, which is a casual by-the-slice place. Really good NY-style and very close to the museum!

Mar 02, 2014
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Kasha kasha

I like it with mushrooms and fresh dill!

Also, in a knish?

Dec 22, 2013
braver in Kosher

Good Restaurant Near Marriott Wardman Park

lebanese taverna has a back room that is nice and quiet, and I like the food a lot!

Dec 15, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Trinidadian Food

I've heard good things about Teddy's Roti Shop on Georgia Ave (pretty far north in dc...close to Silver Spring). Doesn't seem to have pumpkin punch, though.

Dec 11, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Report from last week's DC trip

glad you had a great time! If you like half smokes, go to Eastern Market next time and have one from the meat vendor there. You might also like the Brick breakfast sandwich or the blueberry buckwheat pancakes at the Market Lunch counter...you could start with breakfast, walk around a while, and have a half smoke for lunch!

you might also like Oohs and Aahs or Horace & Dickies for a return visit. And Ethiopian food is something DC does really well--Etete, Dukem, and Ethiopic are the major sit-down places in the District, but for carryout I really like Zenebech Injera.

Finally, two perennial suggestions: Zaytinya for fancy Mediterranean small plates (I love their ice cream too!) and Judy restaurant for cheap margaritas and very filling and affordable pupusas.

Dec 01, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

classic red sauce joint

I was really underwhelmed by the Maggiano's in Tenleytown--really salty and heavy, not in a good way. The Olive Garden is way better (love their salad and breadsticks!)

But I think Mamma Lucia is an even better option. There are several throughout the Maryland suburbs.

Nov 19, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Fun, upscale family dining in DC

Note: I wouldn't call most of these places upscale but they're good!

The falafel place Hillfood described is Amsterdam Falafelshop. I would do Masala Art in Tenleytown over Rasika with kids. That's probably the most upscale place I have in this whole post. Well, that and Zaytinya (I prefer it to Jaleo!). For Greek, I like Zorba's cafe in Dupont. Fancier (and I haven't been there) would be Mourayo, which gets good reviews.

In Georgetown, kids would probably like dolcezza (fancy gelato). I think Baked & Wired has better cupcakes than Georgetown Cupcake. Dean & Deluca would be an easy if pricey place to pick up snacks or a meal in Georgetown (the circulator bus also runs up Wisconsin if you want to go to Safeway or Whole Foods).

Ethiopian-wise, my preference is Dukem near U St. for sit-down (they frequently have music and dancing), Zenebech Injera near Shaw for takeout, and Sidamo on H St. NE for their coffee ceremony. Not far from Dukem is a place called U & Pizza where you can create your own pizza that's run through a conveyor-belt oven (there's another one on H st. NE). I think most kids would like that.

In Arlington, I would suggest El Pollo Rico near Ballston for Peruvian chicken; there is also a place called Taste of Tunisia and a Russian/Uzbek place called Rus-Uz. I can't vouch for either of the latter two but they are cuisines you won't find most other places.

In Alexandria, Dairy Godmother in Del Ray is really fun. If you want to make your kids have some real food before frozen custard, Cheesetique is delicious. This is definitely not a plan for the lactose intolerant though.

Oct 13, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Help finding a "normal" lunch spot for lunch with my parents!

ted's bulletin? more casually, silver diner? taylor gourmet for sandwiches? i also like wise guy for pizza.

Sep 05, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore
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Fri. nite (9/6/13) dinner--Logan/Scott/Dupont Circle

ted's bulletin or matchbox (same owners) on 14th St?

Etto has gotten good reviews too.

Aug 19, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC for Two Nights - 2 Dinners and a Lunch/Brunch - Need Help

maybe Art & Soul for br/lunch? call first to check on wheelchairs, but it's in a fairly modern hotel so I think it would be ok. It's not cheap though.

for Saturday dinner, Zaytinya is my preference over Jaleo but I think it depends what food you like. For Friday dinner, maybe try Ethiopian? You could go to Dukem for well below your price range (for 2 people, I usually think a veggie combo and one meat dish is perfect). I am pretty sure Dukem would be accessible--it is more spacious than Etete so probably a better choice.

Aug 09, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Snacks near The Basilica of the National Shrine

go to Yes organic market, then have a picnic?

Jul 18, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Philly hounds celebrating special anniversary in DC

There is brunch on the top floor of the Hay-Adams (in the "Top of the Hay" room) when it's not rented for a private party...that might be a nice location because of its great views. Other popular downtown-ish brunch options:
* Tabard Inn (some management drama in recent months)
* Ris
* Firefly
* Le Diplomate
* or go to the Eastern Market metro station and try Chesapeake Room, Ted's Bulletin, or the very casual Market Lunch.

You might want to try Ethiopian or Salvadoran for lunch one day, as they are DC specialties. There are a lot of Ethiopian restaurants around the intersection of 9th and U NW: people seem partial to Etete and Dukem for sit-down fare and Zenebech injera for carry-out. I also like Habesha Market for counter-service. For Salvadorean, i always recommend Judy restaurant just north of 14th and U St. NW. It's not at all fancy (AT ALL) but If you are not going to drink, you can easily order 2 pupusas and an order of plaintains (it comes with free salad and chips and salsa) and have a filling lunch for 2 for $9 + tip. Great Wall, also on 14th St. has well-regarded Sichuan food. And I really really like the pizza at Wiseguys (not far from union station, but even closer to the National Building Museum, which is a fun place to check out).

Happy anniversary!

Jul 18, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Dinner in DC with 23 and 10 year old

Tonic is 0.6 miles south of 20th and M and has mac & cheese, pizza, tater tots, etc. I like their food and there's more grown-up stuff too.

Jun 17, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Someone must be eating there...

Pier 7 restaurant at the channel inn in Southwest DC http://www.channelinn.com/default.asp... is the one I always wonder about, as I live nearby. I imagine the menu has not changed in about 40 years (all vegetables served with hollandaise sauce? chopped liver as an appetizer? Seafood Newburg?) and it seems like a place my 85 year old grandma would really like if she came to visit--truth be told, it seems quite similar to some places I've visited with her near her home in Florida.

It's too expensive for me to want to try it without some confirmation that it's really good. Plus I don't eat pork or shellfish and that cuts out a lot of the menu. But yes, someone must be eating there.

Mar 30, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

One Week in DC

I'd make sure to try an Ethiopian restaurant (most are around 9th & U st. NW, not far from Ben's Chili Bowl, but Ethiopic would be a shorter cab ride for you since it's in NE).

Jose Andres is a famous restaurant owner in DC and I think Zaytinya is his best place.

On Capitol Hill, snacking at Eastern Market is fun (go to Market Lunch if you want a sit down meal--it's counter service). Other popular things nearby include Seventh Hill Pizza, Pitango gelato, Matchbox (pizza, sliders, brunch), and Ted's Bulletin (classic/retro American).

If you're not coming until June, there will be more options in the Navy Yard neighborhood, close to Capitol Hill. Among the most eagerly anticipated is Bluejacket, which should have a very good beer selection and good food too.

Feb 16, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Menu Weaknesses

the pupusas at Judy Restaurant on 14th St. NW are only $2 each and I think two make a filling meal, since it comes with chips, salsa, and curtido. Tamales are only $2.50 each, and if you want to splurge the guacamole or the platanos fritos are each $5.

Feb 05, 2013
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Cheerful Restaurant DC/VA to get someone's mind off a tragedy

how about ted's bulletin on 8th St. SE? There are a lot of choices and fun desserts. The decor is neat, too.

Nov 27, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

good retaurants for teens

adventuresome eaters might like Ethiopian--there is a place in Georgetown (Das) but I think Etete or Dukem (near the U St. metro) are better. It's a cuisine few other parts of the country offer like we do. Also near the other U St. metro exit is Ben's Chili Bowl. Definitely very DC-ish.

on Capitol Hill, Market Lunch at Eastern Market? The Mitsitam Cafe at the Native American museum? You can also eat in the Supreme Court: http://aoc.gov/food-and-gift-shops and several congressional office buildings: http://radining.compass-usa.com/ushou....

You should probably also take them to a cupcake shop. Georgetown cupcakes if they like the show...if not, I think Baked and Wired (Georgetown) and Sticky Fingers (Columbia Heights) are great.

Nov 04, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

nice restaurant for post-wedding meal (DC or Maryland suburbs)

if they'll do Italian, Dino has a nice private room and good food. You can search on opentable for places with private rooms. Gordon Biersch has one, too.

Oct 23, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Joint birthday dinner ideas?

obelisk is supposed to be great and that's a tasting menu. I also really like Zaytina. and if you're willing to go up to Fredrick, I love Volt.

But I think Rasika might be the best fit for you--playful and with a tasting menu!

Oct 20, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

bagels + lox?

In DC, I like Bagels Etc. on P St. near Dupont. Important note: it's cash only.

If you're willing to go to Rockville, I think Bagel City is better. They cater, so I bet they deliver.

Oct 14, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Thanksgiving dinner/lunch for 8

Hill Country BBQ is doing a thanksgiving buffet--it's $35 pp for adults but probably less for kids. It's not going too fancy, but the food there has gotten pretty good reviews. It would be a short taxi ride or just a few stops on the metro (take the red line to Gallery Place and walk a few blocks south from the Arena exit) from Dupont.

Carmine's is just across the street from Hill Country and did Thanksgiving last year--might be another option to check out if you prefer Italian-American to Southern food. When looking for their info, I found http://diningindc.net/2011/10/31/forg... a couple years old but might be a good starting point.

Oct 07, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

On-premises Coffee Roaster in Washington, DC, Area

Sidamo on H St. NE (and in fulton, md) roasts its own, primarily Ethiopian, beans. I don't know enough about coffee to comment on the quality but they are nice people and host a traditional ethiopian coffee ceremony each week.

Oct 06, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore

Georgetown with kids

Get some gelato at dolcezza on Wisconsin Ave...it's delicious!

Sep 23, 2012
braver in Washington DC & Baltimore