Y’all are terrific. Truly. I got enough to make sure we don’t do room service.
If it’s the one near the Ballston Metro stop, yes I think it is the same outfit. Have fun; looks like you couldn’t possibly get to all these good recommendations even if you had a year. [:)][:)][:)]
Bonita Springs, FL
If you decide to go to Chinatown, go to Tony Chen’s Mongolian Barbecue on H Street. It’s the best chinese in the city.
For the best little burgers, The Ugly Mug’s are on top. 8th Street SE (Eastern Market Metro)
Old Glory BBQ on M Street in Georgetown. Nice array of BBQ styles. Great food, prices and location.
Clyde’s of Georgetown (M Street) or Chadwicks of Georgetown (K Street) for lunch. Clyde’s is commonly known as the best burger in DC. Chadwick’s is nearly as good and you might recognize the inside from the many films and tv shows that have shot scenes inside.
If you happen to go to the National Cathedral, be sure to get Pizza at 2 Amy’s, located just a few blocks from the Cathedral on Macomb St. or grab tex-mex at Cactus Cantina. The flavors at the Cantina are unique, some people love it (I do), some don’t, but the margaritas are the best in town. Both are family friendly, especially Cactus Cantina which gives take home souvineer cups for the kids.
Teatro Goldoni(1909 K St NW): at night, this is an expensive place, but for lunch, get the "Bar Lunch" seated at the long marble bar and for $12-$13 you get an entree and glass of wine. You might bump into a celeb here.
3rd & Eats (500 C St., NW, Judicial Square metro) $5 gets you a made to order carved roast beef or carved turkey sandwich. It’s a non-profit restaurant that uses its profits to help feed the poor and homeless in DC.
Full Kee (509 H St NW – Chinatown) hands down, has the best Wonton Soup in the city.
Here are my 10 favorite "Roadfood"-type places in the DC area (in no particular order):
Cameron’s Seafood Market – a very good place to get fresh, raw or cooked seafood at a relative bargain.
Full Kee – Chinese. Excellent meal-in-a-bowl soups and roasted meats.
Ben’s Chili Bowl – Very good chili-dogs, -burgers and -half smokes. http://www.benschilibowl.com/
Mixtec – Mexican. Great tortas (Mexican subs).
C.F. Folks – Lunch only. Delicious and varied daily specials, including (in season) a very good, and bargain priced, crabcake sandwich. http://www.cffolksrestaurant.com
Pizzeria Paradiso – The best pizza that I’ve found in DC.
Ollie’s Trolley – Used to be part of a national chain of burger joints, but they are now independently owned and operated. The ‘burgers are big and look good, but, eating very little beef, I must admit that I haven’t tried one. This place gets recommended because of their "trolley" decor and their surprisingly good crabcake sandwich platter, which consists of a very good crabcake, decent fries and a dollop of cole slaw, for 5 or 6 dollars.
Bethesda Crab House – Assemble a mound of steamed, well-seasoned blue crabs, a paper-covered table, a wooden mallet, some ears of fresh corn, a cold brew and some good friends, and you have the quintessential Chesapeake Bay-area dining experience.
Jerry’s Seafood Restaurant – Expensive, but if the comparably-priced Crisfield’s qualifies as roadfood (see the Sterns’ review), so does Jerry’s, which I think is better. Crab is the thing to order here, in any of its incarnations (cakes, imperial, soup, bisque, "Bomb," "Baby Bomb"). http://www.jerrys-seafood.com
Chinatown Express – The chef standing in the front window making noodles lets you know what to order here. The noodle-based dishes and the dumplings are very good. Especially noteworthy are the Shanghai soup dumplings, which are dumplings filled with pork and broth. They are referred to simply on the menu as pork dumplings (8) and make a great lunch.
IF you’re travelling with family, avoid Brickskellar, or go at night without the kids. It’s incredibly smokey and the service is slow. The burgers are really really good. But I go for the beer, so I usually sit at the bar unless I’m with a large group.
Ben’s Chili Bowl at 1213 U St NW.
For a true Washingtonian experience, you should go to lunch at Old Ebbots Grill on 15th St NW. Great burgers, and the place will be filled with big-wigs at lunch time. Although, I never recognize any of ’em. Dinner can be $$, but the food is very good.
At night, on Friday’s, they have the Jazz Cafe at the Smithsonian (dinner and drinks. There’s a cover, but no minimum, so you can go and just listen to the music if you don’t want to eat there) at the museum of natural history.
Take the family to the Old Post Office (Pennsylvania and 12th. NW) There’s a food court downstairs. You don’t need to eat there, but be sure to take the free bell tower tour. It’s one of the best views of the city, and you don’t need to wait in line for tickets like you do for the Wash. Monument or go all the way out to the NAtional Cathedral.
Next to Union Station, at the Post Office Museum is Captiol City Brewing : 2 Mass Ave NE. It’s family friendly, but they also make good micro-brews for us big kids. They tend to run on the hoppy side, but I like ’em. The food is good there too.
Capitol Hill staffers go to Tortilla Coast (tex-mex) 400 First St SE, for lunch and happy hour. It’s a 1/2 block from the Capitol South Metro.
The Union Station side of Cap Hill includes some nice restaurants including Cafe Berlin 322 Mass Ave NE (German), White Tiger 301 Mass Ave NE (Indian) and the Station Grill 50 Mass Ave NE (inside Union Station).
Cafe Mozart & German Deli; 1331 H St NW (go to the back for the restaurant)located on H Street near the intersection of NY Ave. They typically have live chamber music for the late evening diners. ($$)
The Market Inn ; 200 E St. SW (closest metro: Federal Center SW) Family owned fine dinning. Lobsters, Steak, etc. ($$).
Eastern Market Lunch. 7th Street and North Carolina Ave. SE (2 blocks north of Eastern MArket Metro Stop) the Market Lunch is a popular local lunch counter that has been around for a long long time. When I go with my wife, we share the crab platter, since it comes with two large crab cakes, two sides and a roll. But, there’s plenty of other stuff to order.
Harry’s Saloon. 436 11th Street NW. Cheap eats in downtown. During the day, it grabs tourists, families and local workers alike. At happy hour, it’s almost all local workers, and locals at night. The tourists tend to gravitate to the ESPN Zone and Hard Rock Cafe, which are across the street. But Harry’s keeps it down to earth with its low prices and friendly atmostphere.
Lots of good suggestions…but I second a visit to the Brickskeller. It is a unique place. They have a very large list of beers…biggest I ever saw. I recall once going there with some work friends and one guy ordered a Schmidts. It has been a while since I lived there, and a recent visit revealed many of my old favoriites were gone. A couple of favorites of mine that are still there is the Hard Times Chili cafe and 5 guys in Alexandria. They were great a while ago, but recent reports have been mixed. Both are growing or have grown, and may have traded growth for goodness.
Is a branch of the Rio Grande Cafe in that little strip mall in Arlington? I think it is on Glebe Road? If so, I second the recommendation. It is quite good.
That little strip mall has several good restaurants. There is a wonderful Vietnamese place (Pho 77, I think?). Excellent, excellent Vietnamese pho (soup). There is also a higher priced Italian place, that comes highly recommended by some.
Check out the recommendations from these threads: http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9327
Bon Appetite (a.k.a. "The Bone") at 21st and I St, just south of Pennsylvania Ave. Great burgers, subs etc.
If you are up near the Zoo, and are feeling a bit adventurous, walk south on Connecticut Ave, cross the Ellington/Calvert Street Bridge into Adams Morgan and hit one of the Ethiopian places in and around 18th St. I prefer either the Red Sea or Meskerem.
Just about any place around Dupont Circle, especially the "nameless" literal hole-in-the-wall places. Ano nothing in DC can top the Dupont Circle Starbucks at 2am on a Fri-Sat morning for entertainment value! Kramerbooks is open 24/7 from Friday am until Sunday midnight for the literary insomniacs. We always have a ball there![:o)][:o)][:o)]
Jmckee, here is an earlier post I put up on DC in a previous thread. Maybe of some help to you:
Although it is a chain (Dallas/FW & Atlanta areas as well as DC), if you want some excellent Mexican food check out The Rio Grande Cafe. It consistently scores highly in both the Washingtonian Magazine and the Washington Post ratings and surveys. There are various locations around in Md & Va including Bethesda, Fairfax, Reston and others. Their house made salsa is one of the best I’ve ever had and they have above average standards including fajitas and the usual other Tex-Mex stuff. They also have some things you won’t typically find like barbecued goat. Not for everybody but it must be somebody’s hot button. Fun atmosphere too and good border beer selection.
Speaking of beer, don’t miss the chance to visit The Brickskeller at 1523 22nd St, NW–just west of the Dupont Circle Metro stop. Wonderful basement beer emporium with a beer menu that will blow your mind. It’s a landmark in DC. Food okay, mostly barfood standards, but they do serve very good Buffalo burgers which are leaner than hamburger and are loaded w/ all the fixings plus steakhouse fries.
Hope you guys have a great trip…… [:p][:p]
Bonita Springs, FL
Also Chinatown has a lot of good places to eat (chinese) and there is a 5 guys burger joint close by. 5guys is now a chain but they do put out some really good burgers and fries.
I’ve gotta 2nd Ben’s. I was there a couple days ago and had a double cheeseburger chili sub and it was really good. While I was there they had a full busload of kids come in, about 40 high schoolers. I took home 4 raw half smokes and a package of sub rolls. Can’t get anything like them at home.
For road food, Ben’s Chili Bowl is a must. You’ll get off at the U Street Metro Stop. Half-smoke, cheese fries, shake. Yum!
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