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best onion rings in nova? best fried calamari?

The calamari at the Black Squirrel is surprisingly good and priced right.

Mediocre meal in Dupont/Logan Circle?

Seriously, it's hard to avoid mediocre in Dupont and Logan Circle. You are better off asking what the good restaurants are and avoiding them. Although, I would say that some of the places listed here--fox and hounds, front page, dupont italian kitchen, among them---are not mediocre; they are disgusting.

Try Laurial Plaza or Sette Osteria.

If you are in the mood for the absurd head for Bucca di Peppo. Now that is some mediocre food.

PEI: Best Dining?

I just got back from PEI, here are my food thoughts:

Flex Mussels - Delicious and worth the price. We had halibut, salmon, mussels, and oysters--a seafood feast. Great service.

Dunes Cafe - Mediocre, overpriced food. I could make better at home and I wouldn't stick HUGE flowers in my food.

Dayboat - The food was tasty, if a bit overpriced for the quality. The service was insufferable. My sister found a fly in her beer and when she told the waitress, the response was nonchalance. Next, to make it worse, my sister, found a hair in her chicken. The waitress brought a new entree quickly, but w/o an apology. This was unacceptable, especially given how much we paid for the meal. I would not go back.

Carr's Oyster Bar - Fresh moderately priced seafood. Nice outdoor setting.

Gahan Brewery - The beer was so-so and the food was decent. Good fish and chips.

First visit to DC -

I would agree with the chowhounds who recommended crabcakes at the Market Lunch @ Eastern Market. This is a must do and you can walk around Eastern Market, which is a nice weekend activity.

Do not eat mexican here. You'll be disappointed.
Korean too.
I'm not a huge fan of the food at Ben's Chili Bowl; it's an experience, though.

Fine dining - Hook (it's a sustainable seafood place in Georgetown).

Anniversary dinner suggestions in or near Georgetown?

Hook - you can definitely spend less than $100 if you are only ordering one glass of wine, and this would include an appetizer.

I think 1789 is a little stuffy...just my two cents.

Best "hip" DC Restaraunts?

Since you mentioned that you are in your mid-twenties, you should check out the U Street area, which has a mix of clubs, bars, and restaurants. A lot of the recommendations on the board--Proof, Central, Cafe Atlantico, Brasserie Beck, etc.--attract a crowd just a bit older (late twenties early thirties) and tend to be a little more expensive. Zatinya, Oyamel, and Zengo tend to be younger. I agree that they are all good, though. Just not sure if they fit what you are looking for.

The U Street area tends to be a little younger:

Cafe St. Ex
Bar Pilar
Marvin
Cork
Coppis Organic

Are all tasty.

Good Stuff Eatery is better than Ray's Hell-Burger?

I've only been once to both places, but, and I never thought I would say this, I actually think the burger is better at Spike's. I like the roll better and I think the burger had more flavor. Thoughts?

I'm ready for that tomatoes that are bound to be coming my way...

Good Stuff Eatery lately?

I went to Good Stuff for the first time today. It was way better than I thought it would be. I ordered the Coletti Smokehouse burger (bacon, cheese, onion rings, and BBQ sauce). The line too about 15 minutes, but it was well managed. Dare I say that I think Good Stuff is better than Rays Hell Burger...

BEST MACARONI AND CHEESE?

I had great mac and cheese at KBQ BBQ in Bowie. It's not Baltimore, but it's worth a trip. Add ribs or brisket and you will be in heaven.

Central: What's the big deal?

I think the cheeseburger at Central is worth the trip. I agree, there are other items on the menu that are not that great--or even good (re: crabcake drowning in leeks and mayo). But the CHEESEBURGER is mouth-watering. Yes, yes, I know...the price. $16 and it's still worth it to me.

Lebanese Butcher or Lebanese Taverna?

My first dining experience at the Lebanese Butcher wasn’t a home run, but I would go back. The baba ghanoush was tasty while the hummus left me wanting for more flavor—garlic? For dinner, I had the chicken shawarma. Juicy delicousness is the only way to describe the chicken, although I would have enjoyed a fluffier pita. The pitas at the Lebanese Butcher are thinner than the cheap napkins dispensed at the table. A garlicky tzatziki sauce accompanied the shawarma. I call this stuff magic. Magic was so good, if someone slathered it on the pavement, I would lick it dry. Marcus had the lamb shawarma, which was, unfortunately, dull and dried out. As it was close to closing time, the cook brought us some free bakalava and tea (or do they give this to everyone?). It was a nice way to end the meal.

I think I would pick the Lebanese Butcher over Lebanese Taverna.

photos here:
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Best Crabcake in DC?

I think it must be the crabcake at the Market Lunch @ Eastern Market.

Everyday Eating: Restaurants you frequent

Thai Regent - $$
Annie Steakhouse - $
Baja Fresh - $
Heritage India - $$
Hanks Oyster Bar - $$$
Marvelous Market - $
Pete's Apizza - $

Best Tasting Items at Cork?

I've been to Cork once. The wine was tasty, but since I already ate dinner at St. Ex, I couldn't justify ordering more food at Cork. My brain was interested, but my stomach was full!
I plan on returning soon. Anyone have favorite dishes they want to recommend?

Best bar for wine flights?

Here's a question, while we're on the topic of wine bars. Has anyone been to Cork?

Tart Frozen Yogurt Wars Have Begun in DC

I finally got to Mr. Yogato. My first impressions were positive.

Mr. Yogato serves a variety of flavors (up to 18), but only rotates four flavors at a time. Peach, mojito, tangy, and soft were available when I stopped by. I chose peach and got chocolate chips to top it off. It cost me around $3.75. The frozen yogurt was delicious; it tasted more like yogurt than fake ice cream. I guess that is what makes it "tart." According to a HUGE sign on the wall, Mr. Yogato's is fat free and only 25 calories per serving (there are 5 servings in the little portion). Not bad.

I thought the place was a little crazy... still the vibe was fun. I didn't feel like I was standing in line at CVS where all the employees could care less. Everyone at Mr. Yogato was really friendly.

A few photos and my review are here http://arugulafiles.typepad.com/the_a...

Ray's Hell-Burgers Opens in Arlington

Yes, you heard right, no AC. At least when I went (and admittedly I've only been once)

Any one tried Al Crostino on U Street?

I've walked past a few times and the menu looks good. I just haven't heard any buzz about it. Thoughts?

rehearsal dinner venue near Cleveland Park

If you are serious about keeping it causal you should do it at Comet Ping Pong; it would be in your budget and it would encourage everyone to talk and move around a bit. Plus you could challenge your future in laws to a game of ping pong. I think it would be great.

EatBar or Liberty Tavern?

This might not be helpful because I've never been to Eat Bar so I can't make a comparison, but Liberty Tavern is quite tasty. The pizza referred to above--the one with apples and vermont cheddar--is delicious. I've been thinking about it ever since. Liberty Tavern is affordable.

Looking for interesting and unique restaurant in dc

What about Zatinya. There's a belly dancer on Saturday nights (the last time I was there a few years ago, so call and check). The food is tasty, but it can get expensive, depending on what you order.

Ray's Hell-Burgers Opens in Arlington

I finally tried Ray's today.

The burger was tasty. The meat wasn’t greasy and the huge patty was matched with the right amount of cheese. I ordered the burger cooked "recommended" and it was just right: warm and red in the center. It could have used a touch more seasoning or maybe the hell sauce for a little more flavor. The burger came with the new bun (apparently the old ones were falling apart) and it was good, but a little too big, maybe? The watermelon and corn were a welcome substitute to french fries. If I had fries, I would have had to lie down on the floor and wait for a crane to bring me home.

Ray’s would benefit from two improvements: frosted mugs for the root beer and air conditioning. Otherwise, the price is right ($7.95) and the food is tasty.

photo here http://arugulafiles.typepad.com/the_a...

Nando's Peri Peri Chicken

My first visit to Nando was not that great. The rice was dry and the corn was soggy. The chicken was good, but I thought I would get a breast (as informed by the hostess) and instead I got a leg. The sauces, which I poured on my rice and chicken, were the tastiest part of the meal. I'm not sure I would go back.

Date night (for parents) recs for DC (dupont, woodley or downtown)

Rasika - Hip Indian with plenty of tasty vegetarian options

One meal near the White House?

Here's my two cents:

Central - tasty food, mid range
Ellas - good food, inexepnsive
Brasserie Beck - more expensive, trendy, tasty

Anniversary in Gallery Pl. Chinatown

Proof is tasty and has a great wine selection. There is also Central, which is quite tasty as well. I think Proof might be more romantic, though (if that is one of the things you are looking for). I've never tried Brasserie Beck, but I've heard good things.

Happy Anniversary.

Finally went to Ruan Thai in Silver Spring on the advice of this board. Hmmm...

I went to Ruan Thai tonight for the first time. I had been dying to try it. I was blown away by some dishes (pad see ew with beef, pad thai, coconut soup) and dishes that were not so great (calamari, yum nuea).

Overall, it was a good experience, but I would only go back if I happened to be in the neighborhood. It's not a place I would drive from DC to.

I agree with another poster on this board Dusit might be just as good, if not better.

Someplace other than Old Ebbitt for dinner w/ visitors?

I want to second Hank's Oyster Bar. The food is tasty and they do lots of unique little things, like give you pepperidge farm fish before the meal and then chunks of chocolate after.

Another possible place Coppis on U Street. Tasty!

Quick visit to DC, no kids

Hanks Oyster Bar on 17th Street and Johny's Half Shell (on the hill) are both great places for seafood. They won't have whole crabs, but you will find tasty crab cakes and crab imperial.

If you want whole crabs--picnic style--you need to go to Annapolis. Try Cantlers (sp?), which offers great seats on the water.

Best bar for wine flights?

I would add my thumbs up for Veritas. The wine flights are $13 to $27, a fair price for most of the offerings with room to splurge or stay on the less expensive side. http://www.veritasdc.com/wines/flights/

The cheese and churcuterie portions are generous and tasty. The problem is making sure you get a seat, as it is a small place.