This is a very practical Indian fast food joint for people working in the city and on the move. There isn't much seating and whatever there is, is very basic. It means business, just pay, eat and get out, don't linger around socializing..oh well but you can do that in the evenings when its less crazy!
They have street parking and paid in a garage next door.
This is a good place for tourists, walking around looking for a quick bite.
Favorite Dish: I had chicken tikka roll, potato chips, and mango lassi (its an Indian fruit juice version). The chicken was rolled into the naan with green salad, perfectly spiced, and I since I have the Indianness inside kicking me all the time, I also added a little sauce/chutney they have in one corner of the restaurant.
The only disappointment was the mango lassi, it was just watery, not much mango to taste.
This is a nice place and they give good quantity of food in their dishes. The meat is halal and since I try something new every time I go to a place I've been before, I will eat some biryani and curry next time around!
Good restaurant in the Foggy Bottom area near GWU. I took a couple of my managers here while we were in town for a conference. Ambience is high end and modern. Nice for a business quality, yet non-stuffy, gathering.
Favorite Dish: I had the pork chops (with raspberry ketchup... interesting), mussels, and margarita scallops. The mussels and pork chops were very good. The scallops so-so (I guess I prefer to drink my margarita instead of eat it).
We dined at the Mitsitam café recently on our trip to down town DC to meet Travbuddy Andy. The café is located on ground level of the National Museum of the American Indian. It features Native American foods with 5 stations to choose different meals from. I must warn that it is a rather expensive dinning place, but the food is nothing short of delectable. It is cafeteria styled, so on arrival, you get a tray on which you can put your plate, drink and desert. It was particularly busy while we were there because it was the beginning of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
The first station right at the entrance is the South American cuisine; I started and stopped here. The food looked good so I ordered it. It tasted delicious. Other stations included the Mesoamerican, the Woodlands, Northwest coast from which my daughter ordered, and finally the Great plains. My husband sampled the South American as well; a bowl of chili soup and fried bread, both highly recommended.
Desert options by the pay counters feature different sweets; pastries including freshly baked cookies, cakes, fruits, and nuts. Drinks included coffees, bottled water and a variety of soft drinks including coke products. What makes it a dear place to eat at, is the fact that each portion of the meal is priced separately. For example, mt chile con carne was $15.95, the corn bread $3.95, the potatoes $3.95, desert cookies $5.00, water $3.50 and my coffee was $2.95. After our meal, we toured the museum, which is quite big, four different levels.
Needless to say, we worked off the food that we had eaten and ended up with coffee on our way out. Great place to dine, good ambiance, but I did not like the large crowd.
We were thirsty and in need of coffee/ tea/ drink before we could start the tour of the museum. We headed to the ground floor where the Atrium Café is located. The lines looked like those at a camp or high school cafeteria. People lining up for pizza looked like high school kids at lunch time waiting to be served. We did not join the line however; we proceeded to the left side where the rest of everyone not ordering pizza was going. We ended up ordering full meals and drinks while we were at it.
Mark and I ordered macaroni salad with green beans and shredded pork. Coffee for Mark, and tea for me. Desire ordered a burger with coke. Nothing special, but the food was filling. The price was high, but nothing compared to the Misitam Cafe at the Museum of the American Indian. We laughed at how much we spend at the cafes; Mark indicated that while the tour is 'free', the technically are making more selling us food and drink at any one time.
Not the place I would choose to eat at, but it beats going back out in the heat in search for somewhere else to eat. The place was packed, so I figured many like the food, or have no choice like me.
After touring the American Art Gallery and the Portrait Gallery and the International Spy Museum, it was time to sit down and eat. From across the street, we could see the red sign of Ella's clearly; my husband decided we should eat there, he could no longer handle staying on his feet.
The service and food were both commendable. We each ordered different personal pizzas, the ingredients were fresh and the wood -fired oven smell greeted us once the pizzas were in front of us. It was a little on the pricey side though.
Service was excellent seeing as we were among the only three tables being served. Happy hour was on, but my husband was too tired to go to the bar; he said his feet were hurting and he would rather pay an extra $5 to be served where he was seated.
PS: "If it looks good, eat it" - Andrew Zimmerman
This restaurant was a favorite of a post-grad student at Georgetown U. who invited me there for lunch. Cafe La Ruche was located in one of the oldest sections of & homes in Georgetown, it was built over 180 years ago.
The dining room seemed very small, but that was the only indoor section that I saw as we passed through to the outside patio. We took a table in the narrow area between two buildings. Cloth covered the tables and most people were dressed casually, which created an elegant and comfortable ambience.
On thing that stood out was how accommodating and friendly the servers were. We were made to feel very welcomed throughout the meal.
An interesting 'new-age' type book store was very near this restaurant and after lunch we went to explore it.
Favorite Dish: They called this, "a bit of Paris on the Potomac" but it didn't seem like Paris to me. Maybe that's because I had just been to Paris and the memeories were too fresh? Anyway I still thought it was a great place to eat at.
I ordered a quiche and it came with a salad. The glass of white wine I ordered was very nice and then we shared a dessert and I had cafe mocha.
The food was good and I'd go there again. In fact if I lived there or went to Georgetown University, which is near by, I'd be a regular and the place seemed to be filled with regulars.
First up, parking here is a problem. Metro, walk or take a bus, but avoid a car.
That apart, the ambience and surroundings of the restro is one which is very fast paced and busy. We went there on a weekday for dinner and it was packed to capacity. The waiters are very helpful and one was particularly helpful as I avoid pork and non-halal meat, so he cooked my fish in a completely new utensil, using fresh oil.
Favorite Dish: I ate Vietnamese grilled shrimp and wasnt too impressed by it, not because it wasnt cooked properly but as an Indian, my taste buds always demand something spicy. But I did steal a few bites of Mee goreng from my wife and it was awesome!
I liked this place - another of the lunchtime stops while I was in DC on training. We walked over to look at the menu (posted in the window) and liked what we saw, so went inside - and I liked what I saw even more. Old-timey feel with photos and signs hanging on the walls. Our food came quickly, and the waiter was very friendly and brought us ample refills of our tea. I liked the ambiance - it was very comfortable and casual.
Favorite Dish: I had the beef bbq sandwich (with fries and cole slaw), and my companion had the grilled salmon. We had both been tempted by the burgers (that Diplomat Burger sounded really good), but we were very satisfied with what we had.
Came here for lunch one afternoon while at a training course. When you walk in, it looks like a convenience store, with a food counter at the back. There is a hot buffet set up on the right side - looked good, but no prices posted. I ordered a chicken cordon bleu sandwich, a bag of chips, and a fountain drink - cost was just over $10. I thought it was a little high, but the sandwich was tasty, and the place filled up quickly after we arrived, so it is apparently a popular place.
** UPDATE MAY 2012 ** Apparently, folks took my advice about avoiding this place - when I walked by on my recent trip to DC, it was closed.
Wow. How to begin? We walked in (4 adults, 2 children), and was told the wait would be 25-45 minutes. That's a big time difference when you have children. But we stood by the hostess desk, until not one, not two, but THREE other parties came in and were seated ahead of us! We complained at the desk and pointed to the EMPTY table and EMPTY bar area (not IN the bar, but a row of bar stools against a table up against the wall), and asked why we couldn't be seated there. We were told the table wasn't ready. We asked if the table could be MADE ready - the hostess sighed and replied "I guess so"...
We sat at the table & put the kids along the bar (where we could keep an eye on them). It took another 10 minutes for the waitress to appear to take our drink orders. She was very nice, and we thought our night might get better from here, but it was not meant to be...
Long story made short - the food took another 40 minutes to arrive; when it did, we asked for silverware (none had been brought yet!). A waiter came with four knives and forks, handed them to me and asked me to pass them around!! We had to ask my friend's five year old son to hand us napkins from the bar next to him, since those didn't come either. My boyfriend's salad had no dressing on it (a naked salad!), and the drink refills never came.
There is no way I would EVER return - for the same money and a lot better service, I will go to the next street and eat at the Hard Rock. For a little more money, I would eat at one of the nicer restaurants in the area...
Favorite Dish: I had the Buffalo Chicken sandwich, which was very tasty. Of course, I was so hungry by the time it arrived, I basically scarfed it down... :-(
This was my "splurge" lunch while I was in DC - I've wanted to go to Old Ebbitt for years but never had the time, or when I did have the time, I didn't have the money. Old Ebbitt Grill is classic Old Washington - lovely interior with an elegant feel. Flickering gaslamps over green velvet banquettes. Large, beautiful paintings and wood paneling. It's all very formal, but not in an intimidating way. I could imagine high-powered businessmen and politicians meeting here over cocktails and lunch...
Favorite Dish: I had the Canneloni di Casa, which was very tasty, but you only get one canneloni for $13, so I thought that was kind of high. But, since I wasn't full from lunch, I could have dessert! The waiter recommended the Strawberry Shortcake, made with local strawberries. It was WONDERFUL! Lunch, dessert, iced tea, tax and tip came to $31, which is high for me, but like I said it was a splurge and I am so glad I came to Old Ebbitt Grill.
SEI is a restaurant and lounge with a good selection of sushi just north of the National Mall. My wife and I ate here after a day of sightseeing. The service was excellent; our waitress was very attentive and we were able to get in and out quickly. The sushi was very good and they had some rather unique options. Recommended by the server, I had the SOS roll, which had salmon, strawberries, and avocado. I wasn't sure how the strawberry would mix in with the sushi, but it was delicious. They also have some very good fruit-flavored sangria. However, the restaurant is a little pricy and the portions aren't terribly large, so be warned - you can spend a lot getting multiple rolls if you come in with a big appetite.
Favorite Dish: The SOS roll - salmon, avocado, strawberry, and orange miso sauce. I wasn't sure how if strawberry would taste good in a sushi roll, but the server recommended it and it was great.
We went in late for dinner on a Sunday night and they had the most freshly baked bread that came along with the Chicken shawarma dinner, when most of the restaurants were closing at 9.
The bread story apart, the meat and rice portions were very filling and the salads, sauces and dressing was absolutely amazing!....go for it
Favorite Dish: Chicken shawarma dinner
Blue Duck Tavern... WOW!
I'm not one to frequent trendy, high-end restaurants designed for well-dressed business travelers and Hollywood types, but maybe once or twice a year I'll splurge. This year my big expensive dinner was at the amazing Blue Duck Tavern in Washington DC's West End between Foggy Bottom and DuPont Circle. The restaurant is located on the street level of the Park Hyatt Hotel.
We arrived late, around 9:15, and after a short wait to find the hostess, we were seated. The waiter quickly brought the multi-page drink menus, then the single-sheet food menu. I started with a Troegs Hopback Amber Ale from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, while my companions stuck with California wine. We then focused on the appetizer menu and hard a hard time deciding, so we chose the oven roasted beef bone marrow seasoned with paprika and served with country toast ($13), the roasted Maine scallops with cauliflower and brown butter ($14), and half dozen of the oysters of the day ($18). The scallops and oysters were both great, but the bone marrow was truly unique: three thick cow bones sliced longways, then seasoned and cooked to perfection. We scooped the marrow out with a small spoon and spread it on toast--buttery and delicious.
For our main courses we had the braised beef rib ($25), the Muscovy duck breast ($26) and the striped bass with a razor clam, mussels and fennel ($23). The main dishes here do not come with sides, so there is a separate list of side dishes that you have to order from; we got the rice with andouille sausage ($9), beets with Burrata cheese ($11), grits with cheddar ($8), and the vegetable of the day--asparagus with shallots ($8). We knew the beef rib would be good because the waiter raved about it before we ordered; my meal, the striped bass, was excellent, with the razor clam very unique and tasty. The rice and andouille was baked and served in an iron pot, with the edges crispy and flavorful and the asparagus and shallots were delicious.
Our meal was over $200 for three people; the service was flawless, the restaurant stylish and comfortable. Overall, the best meal I've had in DC.
I stopped in for a qucik Yuengling at the Firkin and Fox while sitting around waiting for United Airlines to unscrew my travel plans that they so expertly screwed with back to back delayed flights. Luckily the Yuengling at the Firkin was cold and tasty, though expensive at almost $8 for a 16 ounce pint.
The Firkin is located in Terminal C, so has easy access to Terminal D as well.
The Firkin restaurant chain has about 30 pubs in Canada, and about 10 in the U.S. (in California, Nevada, Texas, Florida, Georgia, Virginia and Michigan). The Dulles Airport location seems to be one of the very few located in an airport.
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