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930 Club

If you like Ethiopian, Etete is at 9th and U and really good.

Mar 17, 2007
bgn in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best fresh fruit (strawberries) in DC?

Hello all,
I need to pick up 4 pounds of strawberries for a dinner tonight, and wanted to see if anyone has a recommendation for fresh fruit this time of year in DC or bethesda/chevy chase if possible. The closest place to me is the Columbia Heights Giant, but I think I can do better than that. Thanks!

Mar 09, 2007
bgn in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jaleo

Good observations all. And martyl, barring all that I've previously said, I found that the food was good. I'd certainly give Jaleo another chance, just with different expectations in mind, namely:
- This is a Spanish-*inspired* tapas joint, not an authentic Spanish restaurant.
-This is DC, and shit can be expensive. (I moved here from central Virginia three months ago, so I'm still getting used to some things).

Nov 22, 2006
bgn in Washington DC & Baltimore

Jaleo

I know that it sounds a little absurd to turn up one's nose at Jaleo when the only other option is a plane ticket, but here's my beef with it and other places of its kind here: it's what I think of as the metrosexualization of tapas.

I've been to several different parts of Spain (basque country, southeast coast, and central-madrid), and this is what I've perceived as "authentic tapas": the restaurant is seated meson (big table in espanol)-style; that is, there are several long, wooden rectangular tables where all the patrons are seated, and a bar, where there are plates and plates arrayed with the various tapas of the day, everything from fresh squid to jamon serrano to quail eggs, and the requisite taps for Amstel/San Miguel/etc. Patrons order straight from the bar, and items not on display can be ordered at the bar or from a waitress. This results in a place where all restaurantgoers sit or stand together, and, god forbid, may even interact with each other, while they eat small portions of hearty tapas.

Now, this was my experience at the maryland location of jaleo: patrons are seated at individual tables in the midst of what looks like a pier 1 showroom, lit up in bold reds to look all spanish-like. They sip on overpriced sangria while checking items off the menu card, which they then hand to the waitress. A few minutes later, a guy who doesn't even speak english will unceremoniously dump a few plates of your order onto the table and vanish. Portions are smaller and more expensive, and a lot of items on the menu trade authenticity for an appearance of being cutting-edge and gourmet. All and all, this did not leave me satisfied.

Yeah, I know I'm getting whiny here, and my personal experience even contradicts the top poster, especially with regard to the portions. But I'd really just like to find a less pretentious way to eat what is usually an unpretentious, common style of food in its home country.

Nov 22, 2006
bgn in Washington DC & Baltimore