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Latest NW eats: hitting some of the new spots

3 Salsas: new taco joint north of Columbia Heights on 14th Street.
Thumbs down. I tried three tacos (carne asada, pastor, and chorizo). The first two were super dry and tough, and the third had an odd spice to it. Totally disappointing, though they were very friendly and had a large menu. I prefer Chilango and Super Taco by a mile.

Three-Fifty: new bakery/coffee shop at 17th and U, near Hana market.
Had an absolutely lovely iced coffee and German chocolate cookie sandwich. The cookie was excellent, two chocolate/walnut cookies sandwiches with some coconut cream. Really great. They also had cookies, muffins, scones, croissants, that kind of thing. No bread :(

Dean's Grotto for brunch: 9th Street, this is the new Dino
I had a lovely brunch here on Sunday afternoon, and it was refreshingly easy to get a table. What a great alternative for those queuing a few blocks over at Ted's Bulletin. Yes, it's noisy in the main dining room. Yes, the furniture and decor are definitely a bit off. But the food was amazing, satisfying, interesting, copious, and I will definitely return. I had the "Nutella stuffed french toast" with some kind of compote, served with bacon though I asked for potatoes. Delish. My friend had the San Benedetto, their version of eggs benedict, which was stellar and had incredible prosciutto on top. We were both really happy with our meals. The bread they served (with olive oil) was also exceptional. Yum all around.

Sophie's: Cuban, 19th and M, south of Dupont
I visited this place again and enjoyed a mamey shake and roast pork "with a twist" (=sweet plantains) sandwich. They seem to have tweaked their menu a bit, but food is still hearty and well-priced, and a great spot to have a weekday lunch with colleagues. Something about this place just makes me happy. They're always really friendly and seem genuinely proud of the food.

Interesting piece on NYC restaurant expansions to DC

Good food in the DC/VA area??

You can also buy frozen malawakh oftentimes and prepare it at home. A place like Shalom Kosher in Wheaton may have it, but you should call and ask.

New Ethiopian spot now that Zenebech has been discovered: Kokeb

Tried a new place last Friday, Kokeb on Georgia Ave at Irving. It was very spare, low key, friendly service, and amazing food. We had a spectacular vegetarian combination (2 kinds of lentils, collard greens, green beans and carrots, cabbage), chicken, and the lamb tibs. Menu is short, but they did offer a different (curry?) chicken preparation (in addition to the standard doro wat), which was interesting though not worth reordering.

We were very happy with the meal, and the low price. With two beers, the above came to $50 and fed four of us.

Happy hours/cheaper local treats for guests from Europe

Is pork okay?

In DC proper:
Mi Cuba Cafe (Columbia Heights), lovely and bright spot, great prices; not sure if they have a liquor license
G Sandwich (U Street), comfortable seating, counter service, good and interesting sandwiches
Daikaya ramen (Chinatown), yummy, a bit noisy, you won't be able to just hang out there forever; Sakuramen (Adams Morgan) is also an option. Lots of bars around there.

I like the happy hour (including great food) at Boqueria (Dupont), GBD (Dupont), St. Arnolds (Dupont). Good beer at the latter 2.

DC: Location near Penn Q for Baby Shower Cocktails Next Week

The Partisan is a cool new spot. Not positive about their seating, but worth checking into.

Shawafel -- Best Inexpensive Food in the Atlas District

Not good to go on the Nationals Park experience. They provide pre-prepared sandwiches, at least mine was cold....nowhere near the freshness and integrity available at their restaurant. Also, their felafel is not as good as their shawarma. Their felafel is unremarkable.

Shawafel -- Best Inexpensive Food in the Atlas District

Glad to hear it! I was just there last Sunday, and it seems like every time I go I see a Middle Eastern family eating there.

I was a little disappointed in my shawarma sandwich this time; it was a tad greasy and not enough tahini. I will try chicken next time.

Dumplings & Beyond

This is what used to be called Shanghai Tea House, right? I enjoyed their dumplings years ago. And their bubble tea as well.

Southern-style pralines

Yes, I second Bayou Bakery's pralines!

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

The name is unfortunate, I agree with you!

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

"Very casual". Is that not descriptive enough for you?

I am a huge Shawafel fan and have been many times.

Chez Aunty Libe chow lunch report

Sad news: I finally went to try this place out this past weekend, and it was closed down. What a bummer.

Good Lebanese food in the DC area?

Shawafel has incredible sandwiches. Really fresh and authentic flavors.Very casual place.

Tarbouch is Lebanese I think. I've only been once but enjoyed it.

Happy Hour in Penn Quarter

Rosa Mexicana has good margaritas and all-you-can-eat guacamole and chips.

Zengo has some pretty tasty happy hour small plates as well (Asian/Latin fusion'ish).

One Night in DC

There isn't much to eat *in* Eastern Market itself since it's mostly groceries. There's Market Lunch. And apparently you can get a cooked half smoke (a DC-classic sausage). There are restaurants nearby on Barracks Row and on Pennsylvania. Montmartre is a favorite French bistro of mine. Cava has some good Mediterranean small plates.

There are many more sit-down down options inside of Union Market, and overall more modern. The hours are more limited as far as I understand.

Texas Hound coming to town for 3-4 days. Correct my itinerary . . .

I've had several good sandwiches there, and will continue to recommend it as well! Any issues I had were more about a lack of attention to careful sandwich construction, but certainly not the quality of the meat.

Dinner recommendation in Edison?

I will be in Edison for work this week and we'd love to have some South Asian food. A lot of the posts are a few years old, so I thought I'd ask the board:

Is Jhupdi a good bet? Anything currently recommended in Edison for a sit-down setting? Casual is fine, but not fast food/carry out.

Thanks!

Jun 09, 2014
hamster in New Jersey

DC trip review 2014 (long)

Also, there aren't really long lines for the Shake Shacks here. I have never waited more than 5 minutes.

Shaw grazing: A&D and Thally

Dropped by that block of new eateries in Shaw, all that have sprouted up around Seasonal Pantry. My cocktail at A&D was just fine, and it was very relaxed and half-empty on a Friday evening; what a great respite if you're stuck without a place to sit somewhere on 14th Street!

Big disappointment eating at the bar at Thally. The service was amazingly slow, with no apologies or explanations, and the server was basically obnoxious. I would have forgiven all of this if the food were any good. Unfortunately, not the case. Basically none of the flavors were very good. The bread, which was just eh, was served with an odd lime-flavored butter. The burrata dish included a very disjointed spiced poached pear, whose flavor was just jarring in combination. The sope (2 itty bitty ones) were alright but served a bit cold, and I found the slightly blue-cheesey flavor of the "crema" not at all appealing. This place unfortunately reinforced my dining companion's complaints about how "high-end" food in DC is all hype.

Gelato in DC?

Love it! I think the quality there is great, and only wish it weren't in Georgetown, inconvenient for me. Chocolate peanut butter is a winner, as is chocolate almond.

Dolcezza is excellent and definitely better than Pitango.

New G Street Foods in McPherson Square

I think this is an exciting development:
http://www.popville.com/2014/05/g-str...

It's open on weekends and serves dinner, including small plates of course...I am a fan of their lunchtime dishes, so I am hopeful about this place. They have some interesting items on their dinner menu on the website.

Mission Mexican Restaurant Opening in Dupont

I tried this place a few weeks ago on a Saturday afternoon. Lovely outdoor seating, servings are huge and it's a really good value.

I tried the taco sampler (1 each pork, chicken, beef IIRC), which is served with rice and beans, plus free chips and salsa. The tacos are gigantic, served in double-corn tortillas which were notably good. 3 salsas served alongside were interesting and tasty.

Solid quality; I would rank the meats at the same general level of Chucho and Super Tacos. My friend ordered one of the few vegetarian options, which had a potato-based taco filling. This was kind of bland and I wouldn't recommend it.

Service was slow and disorganized, but I would definitely come back for the high value. One dish could definitely be shared by two people.

Eritrean or Ethiopian in DC

There is very good Ethiopian in town.

Ethiopic (Capitol Hill area)
Zenebech Injera (Shaw metro, NW) and if a long wait, Axum or Dukem (Shaw/U Street metro, NW)

Astro Donuts in DC - Report

I really enjoyed the creme brulee donut. Yes, very rich, best to be shared and consumed with a cup of coffee.

Request for mini reports week ending April 6

Yes, I LOVE this place. The shawarma and chicken sandwiches are both amazing. Felafel is not as good.They do simple things the right way, with great ingredients.

nonsmoothie nonmilk bubble tea in northern VA?

Not the right locations, but
Shanghai Tea House in Glover Park used to use real tea, but I haven't been there in ages.
Ten Ren's Tea Time in College Park is also a serious place, I bet they would have what you're looking for.

Old thread here:
http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/362201

Italian restaurant in a month

I've enjoyed brunch and lunch there. I recall the chicken and waffles and the green burger both being good.

Looking for a Dinner Recomendation for Saturday Night with Two Caveats

How about Sophie's for Cuban? Lovely, homey spot, very affordable and tasty.
Or DGS, for upscale deli food? Nice atmosphere, some good reviews lately.

Mission Mexican Restaurant Opening in Dupont

Try El Chucho. I just went back this last weekend, and the tacos are darn good. Had the pastor and carne asada, really excellent tortillas and meat.