Washington, D.C. Journals

Good Eats in D.C.

A June 2004 trip to Washington, D.C. by ifor_gal

Buca Di Beppo Photo, Washington, D.C., United States More Photos
Quote: A few of my favorite places to eat in D.C. and the surrounding suburbs.

Good Eats in D.C.

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Overview

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D.C. has one of the most ethnically diverse selection of cuisine. It's famous for its sausage stands and happy hours. If you're going to be in D.C. for a weekend, make sure to try foods that you have never tried before. Go to the U-Street/Cardozo area to make use of your fingers and have some Ethiopian; check out Dupont Circle for some trendier asian fusion selections; Georgetown is a great area for brunches, waterfront dining, and people watching; the downtown southwest part of D.C. is good for more all-American burgers and steaks; or head up the Bethesda, MMaryland for nice brews. You can really find anything in this tiny city.Quick Tips: The best thing to do is check out washingtonpost.com...Read More

La Creperie

Restaurant

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La Creperie is located in Pentagon Row, which is outside of the Pentagon City Mall in Arlington. It's a very cute, little restaurant, perfect for a light brunch or fun for dessert after one of the other Pentagon Row restaurants. They have a wide selections of savory crepes ($5 to $9), including mushroom and spinach, ham and cheese, salmon and dill, and many more. They also have a variety of sweet crepes ($3 to $6), including lemon and sugar; Nutella; or, my favorite, Creme de Menthe. If you're not a fan of crepes, they also have small salads, soups, and croissants. Their drink selection is also quite extensive. They have a full bar, and also a variety of espresso, coffee, and other drinks....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 15, 2004

La Creperie
Pentagon Row
Washington, District of Columbia

Pizzeria Paradiso

Restaurant

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Pizzeria Paradiso is a pleasant, casually run restaurant. It's a trendy place to go for lots of reasons. For the health conscious, you'll be happy to know that they offer the freshest ingredients on their pizzas, and that the dough is very light and baked in a wood oven - you don't get the oily glob that you think of when you go to Pizza Hut or Dominos. There are a variety of different toppings you can put on your pizza, or you can try one of their specialty pizzas. My favorite is the mushroom, spinach, onion, and tomato combination. There really is no taste like it. The cheese they use also is not like regular mozzarella; I believe they use buffalo mozzarella, but I can't be sure. They also offer...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2004

Pizzeria Paradiso
2003 P Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20036
(202) 223-1245

DC Coast

Restaurant

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The first time I went to DC Coast, I went with my boss. It was a very fancy lunch. The actual dining area of the restaurant is quite large, and you find yourself rubbing elbows with alot of DC's hot shots, but don't let that frighten you. When I went, I ordered the DC Coast Salad, which was basically mixed greens topped with finely chopped boiled egg, bacon, tomatoes, and blue cheese. I then ordered the crabcake appetizer as a lunch meal, which came with two chunky crabcakes and a large side of thick french fries. My coworker had the salmon topped with caramalized onion, and both were extremely delicious. I've heard, however, that the seafood isn't exceptional, so I'd stick to the crabcakes, which ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 15, 2004

DC Coast
1401 K Street NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20005
(202) 216-5988

Ben's Chili Bowl

Restaurant

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D.C. has sausage and hotdog stands at almost every corner, but by far, Ben's Chili Bowl is D.C.'s most famous hotdog house. Many people may wonder why a little hotdog joint is so famous. Well, try a half smoke with everything on top and you'll know why. Located in the culturally rich and historically jazzy part of D.C., Ben's is one place that brings people of all colors together. Starting with their extremely thick and creamy milkshakes, the thick slices of chocolate cake, and their french fries goooing with chili and cheese, here people leave Atkins and South Beach at the door, and let all their inhibitions go. No one cares about clogged arteries or heart-attacks here. Ben's however is aw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2004

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 667-0909

Lauriol Plaza

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Restaurant

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Talk about a fun place to be! There's hardly ever a time you won't find this restaurant completely filled to its maximum capacity, and on weekends, don't be surprised to wait up to 45 minutes! LP doesn't take reservations, but those waiting in line know that the LP is well worth the wait. Located in the trendy Dupont Circle area, LP is housed in a large, airy building with lots of windows and rooftop seating for the summers and spring. The waiters are friendly -- even while juggling massive amounts of customers, they never fail to greet you with a smile. This summer, while interning in DC, my co-workers and I had many half-days at work where we'd lock the doors early and head out to LP to beat th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Lauriol Plaza
1835 18th St Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-0035

Buca Di Beppo

Restaurant

Buca Di Beppo Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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PHEW! To say the least. Similar to Vinny T's of Boston, or Maggianos located along the east coast, Buca is not for romantic dinners for two. It's for Mama's Italian cooking for the family, plus friends. The portions are made large to share, and the tables are in circles so everyone can eat, drink, and be merry, while staring at each others beautiful stuffed faces. The last time I went to Buca, we went in a group of 15. They put us in the special Pope Room, which honestly felt a bit sacreligious, since we were eating in Bacchanalian style. There isn't anything special about the food, it's just your standard Italian favorites, it's the atmosphere that makes this place special. It may seem way overdo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 6, 2004

Buca Di Beppo
1825 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
(202) 232-8466