Washington, D.C. Journals

DC dining

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A travel journal to Washington, D.C. by offtrack

Quote: After living in NY, my move to DC has been a culinary hit and miss. There are so many overrated places that eating out in Washington is not always a pleasant adventure. Gems do exist though and these are my notes on those that live up to their billing and those that are just good finds.

DC dining

Overview

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Washington isn't famous for anything so far as I can tell. There is no Chicago pan pizza or Philly cheese steak that I'd single out, as a culinary can't miss. There are quite a few restaurants with outdoor or roof deck seating. The relatively mild weather here makes those realistic options for a good portion of the year.

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The bus and metro systems aren't too bad but can be a bit confusing. Taxis aren't too expensive and DC's small enough that you can cover a lot of ground on foot.

Perry's

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Restaurant

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I categorized Perry's under "other" because it's very hip, but relaxed. It can also be pretty romantic if you're in a rooftop corner or seated at the couches that replace chairs at window side tables. While the food is excellent I felt like fine dining connoted a stuffier atmosphere than Perry's delivers. Perry's actually is NOT sushi restaurant per se. It does have EXCELLENT sushi, by far the best I've found in town. Not only does it serve some great sushi but during spring - fall the roof garden serves all sushi all the time. Perry's also has a large menu that serves more eclectic/fusion dishes. I've heard they're great but I never waver from the sushi! Finally, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2001

Perry's
1811 Columbia Road North West
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 234-6218

Cashion's Eat Place

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Restaurant | "Cashion's Eat Place (Cashion's)"

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I have never had anything less than a fantastic meal at Cashion's which makes me much less nervous about the limited and often changing menu. Chef/Owner, Ann Cashion simply does it right from inventive and original quail dishes to basic potatoes. The ambiance is relaxed but it can get crowded so parties of 4 may want to request a booth which will give you a bit more elbow room. ALWAYS call for reservations unless you're up for eating at the bar - Cashion's is not a big restaurant. Sidewalk seating is available in the summer.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Cashion's Eat Place
1819 Columbia Road NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 797-1819

Lebanese Taverna

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Restaurant

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Located just across the street from the WoodleyPark/Adams Morgan stop on the red line Lebanese Taverna is billed as "the" place for middle eastern food in DC. The restaurant is nicely appointed but really stands out for great food and fantastic service. The dishes available are somewhat typical middle eastern fare. A lot of chicken, lamb and vegetarian choices are broken up by a few delightful seafood specialties. I would highly recommend the tasting menus as appetizers (sufficient for at least 3) and I adore ALL of their chicken dishes. I highly recommend turning to a server for advice on ordering - I've never been steered wrong this way. The restaurant also boasts a very good and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 22, 2001

Lebanese Taverna
2641 Connecticut Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 265-8681

Felix

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Restaurant

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Felix has a lot going on Friday and Saturday nights. As the area's preeminent martini bar things get crowded by 9 and downstairs diners may feel squeezed. Upstairs seating provides a respite from the bar crowd but you lose a bit of the ambiance. The food is excellent. Interesting combinations and a very eclectic menu make the cuisine difficult to describe but impossible to dislike. The restaurant boasts it’s famous matzo ball soup on Friday nights - I’ve never partaken but it’s supposed to be great – which provides an interesting contrast to the phenomenal Chilean Sea Bass or the incredibly tender strip steak. The restaurant is decorated in James Bond themes. I’m a n...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Felix
2406 18th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 483-3549

Jyoti Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Jyoti offers a relatively average menu with far above average delivery. The dishes served up, from Tandoori to Vindaloo, are all delightful and the staff here couldn't be nicer. One caveat, while I shy away from the hotter vindaloo dishes regardless of where I'm eating, it seems that Jyoti's versions can occasionally go beyond what even seasoned vindaloo enthusiasts can handle.

Basic décor, sidewalk seating, excellent food, large portions and delivery and takeout options all at very reasonable prices make Jyoti my favorite Indian restaurant in DC. I’ve sampled others, including the much talked about and very expensive Bombay Palace, but I’m sticking with Jyoti.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Jyoti Restaurant
2433 18th Street North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 518-5892

Tono Sushi

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Restaurant

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Just across the Connecticut and Calvert St. bridges that lead into Woodley Park you'll find Tono Sushi offering very good sushi at very reasonable prices. While the quality isn't Perry's (see my journal entry on Perry's) neither is the price or the hassle. I've never had to wait for a table here and the food is always fresh and quite good. I highly recommend the Mexican Rolls (spicy crunchy tuna rolls). I've yet to see these on another menu and they are fantastic! The menu is extensive with over 40 options for the sushi a-la-carte alone. The restaurant itself is clean and simply appointed and the waitstaff is friendly and timely. Tono Sushi also offers takeout and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 14, 2001

Tono Sushi
2605 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20008
(202) 332-7300

Pasta Mia

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Restaurant

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I spent months hearing people rave about Pasta Mia, I saw a line out the door nearly every evening, so I was just short of ecstatic when I found myself facing a mere 10 minute wait on a Friday night. Those 10 anticipatory minutes were perhaps the best I felt all night. I'll start with the prices because they are by far the best feature. Everything on the menu is under $10. This, I quickly learned, is what all of the Pasta Mia hype is centered on. In fact, it's also the only area that it lives up to it's billing. You get a very large bowl of pasta with a choice of sauces/toppings for at most $9. You also get to sit in VERY cramped quarters, enjoy the conversations of those diners...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on May 22, 2001

Pasta Mia
1790 Columbia Road North West
Washington, District of Columbia 20009
(202) 328-9114

Kaz Sushi Bistro

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Restaurant

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Somebody stop me! Within these walls I myself feel like a fish, specifically the variety that will continue to eat anything sprinkled in front of it without regard for health or safety. I love sushi, but nowhere do I love it more than at this unassuming bistro. The business district location and big blue plastic awning initially set of warning signs for me. The interior, while warm and comfortable, was short of decoratively impressive and did little to ease my fears that disappointment loomed. I ordered conservatively, not wanting to end up with a table filled with mediocre sushi. I believe it was after one piece of the scallop nigiri, or perhaps the tuna roll that literally diss...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 30, 2003

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St Northwest
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 530-5500

Ristorante Tosca

Restaurant | "Tosca"

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I have been on a multi-year quest for GREAT Italian food in Washington, DC. After many adequate experiences and some major disappointments, I have finally found it. Tosca is all about the food. They serve risotto like I’ve only had on the Amalfi Coast. Phenomenally fresh pastas and seafood, and sauces that consistently find that elusive balance of amazing flavor without being too heavy.The fettuccine with crab meat is out of this world. I don’t even particularly like strawberries but the spring strawberry cobbler with vanilla gelato just melts in your mouth.I believe that everything on the menu at Tosca is fantastic but I know that the staff at Tosca is a valuable resource and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 25, 2006

Ristorante Tosca
1112 F Street NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
(202) 367-1990