Just want to say how much I've enjoyed visiting the Chowhounds website these past few months. Everyone's suggestions are entertaining & informative.
I think I'll buckle down & splurge for Restaurant Week Redux next week, but for lunch. I work at 11th & L NW, with a 1 hr lunchtime, so I have to limit myself to restaurants that are no more than a 10-min. brisk walk away. That counts out places in Georgetown, Capitol Hill & upper Conn. Ave. Also I want to go to places I've never dined at before (I've previously been treated to meals at the Morrison Clark, Coeur de Lion, Corduroy, Galileo [for breakfast - at 1 time they had that] & Red Sage [chili bar upstairs, & carry-out market many times]). So these narrowed-down choices are where I would LOVE your suggestions:
Taberna del Alabardero
Ortanique (this place is brand-new, where BET was)
Prime Rib, Spezie, Teatro Goldoni & Vidalia are ?s on my list, as they're a bit farther away. They would REALLY have to be worth the walk - I can't normally take a 90-min. lunch.
I'm not just looking for delicious food, but also pretty decor & good service. And hopefully places that dont limit the Rest. Week lunch specials to 11-11:30am & a choice of only 3 so-so entrees! Please tell me of any places (or dishes) to avoid. I read some of the chats about the last Rest. Week, both the good & the bad. I'm not a vegetarian & am open to any cuisine (just no liver dishes or foie de gras please!)
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