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Restaurant Week -- What happened?

I wanted to report on one particularly egregious Restaurant Week "special." On Saturday we ended up at 1905. We didn't go there because of RW, but realized they had a RW special while there. However, 1905 added surcharges to many of their dishes in such a manner that only one particular combo would provide any discount (and such discount was $1) as compared to ordering a la carte. For example, the $25 lamb had a $5 RW surchage above the $35. Other combos would break even, but in most cases the RW "special" was more expensive than ordering the same items a la carte.

While we enjoyed the food, I found the restaurants pricing to be, at best, ridiculous, and, at worst, manipulative. It seems that the only reason that the restaurant even participated in RW was to trick customers into spending more money for the exact same items. I know that RW at many places is not as good a deal as it seems, but this was the first time that I saw a restaurant acitvely make it a terrible deal for the customer.

Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

I agree with that. That's why some of the locations suggested here make sense . Places that are near both offices, hotels and residential. But those areas will all have a parking issue, assuming they put it in an established places, versus an up and coming (for example, Navy Yard). I'm not sure how best they can deal with that without it being a new construction that could have parking above or below.

Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

Well Eataly NYC is in the middle of the city, and that it is the model for the DC concept. The place, which has multiple cafes/places to eat, is dependent on foot traffic, and probably that would include tourists and the lunch crowd. People going for "packages" would probably stick to the Bed, Bath and Beyond in Potomac which will be cheaper.

Plus, for those many of us who live in DC, often without a car, we get by and get our packages just fine through metro, bus, or cab when needed. If you are suggesting an Walmart-like Eataly in suburbia, I think your view of the concept is in error.

Restaurant suggestions for next weekend

Highly recommend Little Serrow, and since it doesn't take reservations may actually be easier to get into (especially if you go early) than a restaurant that is doing Restaurant Week.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace - 14th St. NW

I have been several times and love the place. The Tchoupitoulas are great and highly recommended. The pies for dessert are also great for those who like rich desserts. We also always get the Pearl's Cup and the Derby drink, both of which I think are as good as any bar/restaurant in town that specializes in cocktails.

I also have really enjoyed the crawfish etouffee.

Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

Yeah, I saw that right after posting my message. It's a real shame, because it'd be an impressive spot for Eataly, and probably hit what they are looking for in a space.

Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

I'm predicting it will be at the recently closed Barnes & Noble in Georgetown. I wouldn't be shocked if we heard an announcement within a week or two.

Eataly To Open In DC During 2012

Filene's may actually be a brilliant spot. Near lots of offices, but also not straight downtown where there are less people who live there. Lots of foot traffic, hotels nearby etc.

I can't really imagine it anywhere else but Dupont or Chinatown/Penn Quarter.

U St/14th St Friday lunch

They first opened for lunch in May i think.

Elisir : Water Surcharge -- seriously

Agreed. Because customers are paying $75-100 pp is precisely the reason to complain. To be nickel-and-dimed for filtered water after spending significant money there is ludicrous and a slap in the face.

This is a PR disaster and obvious boneheaded move. The response from the restaurant solidified how obnoxious this move is. It sometimes shocks me how detached some restaurants and managers are to their customers.

Nov 28, 2011
J_DC in Not About Food

Best Bagels Close to the Zoo??

Aren't So's Your Mom bagels H&H bagels that were frozen and delivered from New York? I remember reading that somewhere...

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

America restaurant has closed

I always liked the idea of it, but I agree - good riddance. It would be awesome to really have a great restaurant in Union Station.

In love with KOMI but need to give others a chance!

My one experience at Citronelle was the tasting menu, which we all found very disappointing. After spending that much money on a disappointing experience, I have not been in such a rush to go back. It sounds like the prix fixe or a la carte in the Lounge sounds to be the better option.

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Citronelle
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Looking for good place to take family, college student and roomies in DC

I would hesitate with many of these options for a group of ten people. Several of the places do not take reservations and or are tiny. Granville Moore's is a place I would not recommend trying to get 10 people there (not to mention it is not easily accessible by public transportation). Bistro Du Coin is fun for a group but can be very packed and very loud - may not be the best for really talking with a large group. Etete would be a fun place, but I would ensure it can take a party of 10 - it is quite small. The suggestion of Pizzeria Paradiso is good, but I would ensure that you can get the reservation for 10.

Other places I would consider (which would depend on what you want to spend): Zaytinya, Rasika, Agora, Central, Siroc, and Firefly (which you may be able to sit at the private room).

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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

Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Pizzeria Paradiso
3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Siroc Restaurant
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Looking for good place to take family, college student and roomies in DC

Yeah, today Union Station is no more a culinary adventure than any food court at a mall. There is still a wide variety of ethnic food for a food court, but most places are average at best and/or chains.

Work birthday restaurant recommendation?

I think these have all been great recommendations, and I include Rosa is a fun envionrment and safe, even if not a top option.

Other options that could be fun for lunch and may not be too far are Co Co Sala, American Eats (although it's gotten somewhat mixed reviews here and elsewhere), and Oyamel. Other places I'd recommend that may be more similar in price to Central are Poste, Brasserie Beck and Bibiana.

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

Co Co Sala
929 F street NW, Washington, DC 20004

Bibiana
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005

Birch and Barley report

Churchkey has somewhat "upscale" bar food. I believe the menu differs substantially downstairs, although there may be some small overlap in Flatbreads and appetizers.

District Commons, very common

I actually had a very disappointing lunch there. My coworker and I both got the crabcake sandwich - it was really more of a slider than a sandwich, and was quite mediocre. I have heard the burger there is quite good. (Tom Sistema seems to agree and says its worth the $16 even though they have burgers next door for less: http://www.washingtonpost.com/gog/res...

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The service was also pretty poor and disjointed, which I understand happens at new places. However, what happened that day was somewhat absurd. The kitchen mistakenly sent out crab cakes (not in a sandwich) and sides of fries. We alerted them about the mistake and they of course took the dishes back, but left us our fries. I proceed to snack on the fries while we wait for our sandwiches - suddenly a busboy comes by and says he needs to take the fries and grabs them while I am clearly eating them. I said, well we get the fries with the sandwich too - and he just says he needs to take them, clearly confused with what he should be doing. The manager must have seen my look of disbelief and came over and asked if all was okay as he should. However, I cannot recall such an odd exchange at a restaurant and I thought the manager should have been somewhat more apologetic and say they are still working out kinks in service.

In any case, I have enjoyed getting drinks there, but have no plans to return for food both because of the expensive, mediocre, miniscule crabcake sandwich and the very awkward service. It's close enough to work that if I hear consistently better reviews I would stop by for another lunch, but not any time soon.

Coffee

Not sure about right where you are, but if you hop the red line to Dupont, Filter has great coffee. I also second the rec's of Peregrine Espresso, Northside Social, and Dolcezza.

I would have recommended MidCity Cafe, one of my favorites, but very sadly they have closed up shop.

Large Group Birthday Dinner

When you are a group that size, they want you to pay for more than the food. Your meal will typically take much longer than that for a table of four or six, and therefore the opportunity cost for the restaurant is higher than the equivalent number of people in separate parties.

Mexican in DC

Super Tacos & Bakery is a hole-in-the-wall in Adams Morgan. I have never actually been to the restaurant, as I always get delivery (my understanding is stick to carry-out or delivery).

Here's the website: http://www.supertacosdc.com/

Mellow Mushroom, (new) pizza place in Adams Morgan

I certainly agree with that. What I meant by "interesting" is that I would not go to Mellow Mushroom for a plain cheese pizza.

The prices for pizzas off the menu are $24/$25 for 16", not 14". That said, the price does seem to be quite high even for our DC prices, as the specialty pizzas from Pete's Apizza are $25 for 18 inches (and, in my opinion, are both very interesting and delicious).

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Pete's Apizza
, Washington, DC 20001

Visitor to DC looking for authentic affordable ethnic restaurants

What are people's thoughts on Merzi? When I went I was greatly disappointed. I had loved the idea of it (basically an Indian Chipolte), but thought it was executed quite poorly.

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

Visitor to DC looking for authentic affordable ethnic restaurants

Zier - EVERYTHING that is in the city itself would be reasonably accessible by car (parking however, may be an issue). Almost everywhere you would want to go in the city limits will be within 2-3 miles from Dupont. Almost all of the suggestions given are also easily accessible by Metro.

Etete is off the yellow line, but from Dupont (which is on the red line), if you are not averse to walking (and depending on which side you are on) it is only a 25 minute walk.

In Dupont, another solid place for more upscale Greek is Mouraryo. For vegetarians, they will put together a platter of items that is quite tasty. Not too far away is Mama Ayeesha for Lebanese. I find it to be a little more authentic than Lebanese Taverna, although I enjoy both.

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Mellow Mushroom, (new) pizza place in Adams Morgan

I think the fact that they just opened explains why there may be not some kinks, rather than being more damning. As many have noted, Mellow Mushroom is a chain with the original by Emory University in Tampa. However, I have always enjoyed the pizza.

I am assuming that in training the staff, they focused on getting their known popular pizzas right, and may have limited experience with customized ones. Places like Mellow Mushroom are usually best with the pizzas off the menu - those are the combinations that they know how to make, have been tested and perfected, and are popular. Plus, if you look at a gourmet pizza place's menu and nothing looks good to you, there's a good chance you aren't going to enjoy the place at all - not only will you probably not be getting their best with a customized pizza, but it seems like you don't like the style/flavors of the place.

I have not tried it yet, but I have always enjoyed the "funky" pizzas at Mellow Mushrooms I've gone to (Atlanta, Tampa, Asheville), particularly the the Magical Mystery Tour and Kosmic Karma. The pizzas can get a little soggy, but I find that is common when toppings are loaded on.

Mellow Mushroom isn't aimed for stoned or drunk people - it's aimed for people to come grab interesting pizzas and beers with friends. While we have several good options aiming for the same or similar demographic, we can obviously use another place like that, especially one that could take larger groups (see regular 1.5 hour wait at Pizzeria Paradiso).

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Pizzeria Paradiso
3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Mexican in DC

I am a fan of Taqueria DF, but prefer Super Tacos & Bakery. In addition to tacos, i like getting their burritos and tortas. It's a regular on my delivery rotation.

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Taqueria DF
805 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC

What about Noras?

I don't think they have reopened yet. I had forgotten all about the fire!

Early opening for breakfast - Georgetown and near the White House

Another one not far that I would consider is Founding Farmers. I know they have breakfast - I'm not positive when exactly they open. I don't have kids, but others have said it is kid-friendly and seems to me like it would be.

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Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20006

What about Noras?

It's not a seafood place (although I've heard the Black Cod is amazing), but Rasika is a great place with "interesting food" that you may not find elsewhere.

For seafood, I've always enjoyed Hook in Georgetown.

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

Restaurant near Dupont Circle?

I am curious to hear others' opinions on Vento. I think it's quite good, although I prefer its sister restaurant Siroc.

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Siroc Restaurant
915 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005