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LA CHer coming to DC, critique my list please

mdpilam | Jan 26, 2011 08:30 PM

I am coming (from LA) to DC next week to visit my gf, and I've done alot of research on restaurants and was hoping for some feedback on my list. I've been to DC twice before, both short visits, and both when I was not a foodie. I remember going to Five Guys, and a couple pizza places that had HUGE slices, but not much other than that. Here in LA we have a ton of options from nearly all ethnic backgrounds, so I'm not necessarily looking for something that I can't find (though if you guys have something that you think is unique to DC, I'd love to hear it). My gf has been tempering me about how the food in DC is very mediocre and overpriced, so I'm hoping to find a couple gems and surprise her (she's been there about a year and a half). She is living in Chinatown, and doesn't have a car. Lastly, I prefer ethnic foods and dive-y places rather than fine dining. There's a chance I may be moving out there for a while, so I'd love to find some great places to eat. Without further ado:

Burgers and Sandwiches:

Rays Hell Burger
Italian Store
Vace Italian Deli


Bombay Club (is this place open? gf said it was closed...)


Thai X-Ing


Chinatown Express
Hong Kong Palace
Full Kee
Eat First


Eden Center (Hai Duong or Saigon Cafe)
Pho Viet


Burma Cafe


Pizza Paradiso
2 Amy's


Levi's Port Cafe
Oohs and Aahs
Etete (Ethiopian)


Taqueria District Federal
Taqueria Nationale
Cafe Atlantico
La Union


Jaleo (spanish tapas)
Good Stuff Eatery
Market Lunch @ Eastern Market


Lebanese Taverna
Greek Deli


Nando's Peri Peri
El Pollo Rico

That's it (and that's with me trimming off some that were too $$$ or too far).


PS - I forgot to add, I don't eat fish or seafood, and dislike restaurants with a strong fishy smell.

Cafe Atlantico
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Hong Kong Palace
6387 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22044

Eden Center
Falls Church, VA, USA, Falls Church, VA

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

Full Kee Restaurant
509 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Thai X-Ing
515 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

Italian Store
3123 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22201

Greek Deli
1120 19th St NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

Eat First Restaurant
609 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

3512 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Market Lunch
225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003

La Union Restaurant
5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205

Pollo Rico
7643 New Hampshire Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

7601 Airpark Rd Ste A, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

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