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Frodnesor | Mar 5, 201109:05 AM     27

We're taking a family trip to DC in a couple weeks, staying in Dupont Circle area. My last visit to DC was a couple years ago, and included:

- minibar - you can read about it here - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5202...
- Jaleo - enjoyed it, might well return
- Vidalia - nice but underwhelming
- West End Bistro - good, but don't know that I'd go back.

That was a solo trip, this time we'll have kids in tow (13 & 11) but they are pretty wide-ranging and well-behaved eaters, so that doesn't restrict us much other than that lengthy tasting menus are difficult (though I'd go back to minibar in a heartbeat if we could get in, and I bet they would love it).

I'm looking for recommendations on (1) new and exciting and opened since 2008, when I was last doing my homework; (2) high-end food in a not-too-stuffy environment; (3) good, authentic Korean, Vietnamese, Ethiopian; (4) any great restaurants walking distance in Dupont Circle area; (5) decent lunch suggestions around the typical touristy sites.

My not-so-short list so far:

- Bistrot du Coin
- Café Atlantico sunday dim sum brunch
- Central Michel Richard
- Etete
- Firefly
- Mandu
- Palena (cafe side - is it no reservations, is there usually a long wait?).

I've purposely omitted Komi (menu format won't work with the kids, probably can't get in anyway) and Rasika (kids don't love Indian food).

Comments on any of these, and additional suggestions, are all welcome.

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Etete
1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Palena
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

Central Michel Richard
1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

Komi
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036

Vidalia
1990 M Street, Washington, DC 20036

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