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Washington D.C.: One Helluva Chowhound Town!

Jim Leff | Sep 9, 200002:46 AM     11

[In case some of you haven't noticed, there's a gigunda monster thread on our General Topics board where some people have accused Washington DC of being the worst chowhound city in America. I'm trying to draw the DC portion of the discussion over here, so please address your thoughts to this thread rather than over there, where the discussion's mushrooming out of control]

I'm just amazed that anyone can say DC's a bad chowhound city. It's chock full of little nabes nobody much explores (perfect!), it's got awesome southeast Asian in Northern Virginia (including one of my fave Thai places in the country), there's Full Kee (defying conventional wisdom that only NY, SF, and maybe LA have serious Cantonese), there's a whole lot of soulfood, there's unusual (i.e. not just Senegalese or Ethipian) African in the northern part of the city, there are some good tapas places (both authentic ones and noveau ones). There are a ton of Ethipian places (quality has declined, yes, but they're still better than what we've got in NY), and a full range of Latino options.

Seems like a GREAT city to me! And a truly chowhoundish city, in any case, doesn't wear its best chow on its sleeve. My idea of a great chowhound city is one where you can ride around for a couple of hours and find all sorts of secret places nobody's ever heard of, a few of which might very well be really good. And in that respect, DC is top-notch! Nobody's even DRIVEN BY the Hitching Post! There are no such out-of-the-blue "finds" in Manhattan, and scant few even in the Outer Boroughs! But DC hold surprises nearly all over.

Set me loose in DC for six months, and I'd discover all sorts of awesome stuff. It's crawling with potential discoveries!

A bad chowhound city is Silver City, NM, a town with literally NOTHING GOOD TO EAT, even if you look in the corners, and nobody caring much about this lack of chow. A town where you might as well eat at Denny's because try as you might, you just cannot find better.

(not to be overly directive, but if you want to ask/talk about individual eateries I've mentioned...or that others mention in this thread, please do so by starting new threads...it's always good to start new threads!! thanks)

ciao

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