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Old 07-04-2017, 08:15 AM
 
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You will feel obligated to be disappointed with the Mexican food in this area, it seems like a cultural obligation when moving from Texas or Southern Cali to this area.
Imagine the disappointment if these SW transplants were to be served actual Mexican cuisine here.

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But this area has good Thai and Korean.
And Ethiopian and Vietnamese. And French and Spanish and German. And on and on and on. The DC area may have top-notch exemplars of more different cuisines than any place other than the NYC area.

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I think the seafood will be disappointing in general to you.
Yes. it's only on a par with places like Baltimore or Charleston. Seriously, if you are disappointed with the seafood available in the DC area, there will not be very many places that will make you happy. Seafood comes from the sea and from its bays and estuaries. These are found in more places than Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle.

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Frankly I can find good food that I like. I can like pizza I get here without having to compare it to NYC.
Like "Chicago," "Neapolitan," and "New Haven", "New York" is a style of pizza, and there are plenty of bad examples of it to be found in the NYC area. And there are many excellent pizza venues of all types to be found in the DC area. A long-time local favorite has been 2 Amys near the National Cathedral, but in a welcome development, more and more first-rate pizza places have opened up over the part couple of decades.

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I do not have to put on a production about it in an attempt to make myself look superior in some
way.
Yes, you've hit on an issue with many foodie-posters. It's often not about the food at all.

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Old 07-04-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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That entirely depends where you are. Major suburbs: agreed. In the city or Arlington (or Leesburg), nope, there are plenty of unique, non-chain establishments.
Correct. But even in "the suburbs" and beyond, there are plenty of unique, non-chain establishments. Start with 2941 in Fairview Park, Chez Francois in Great Falls, and of course The Inn at Little Washington. If you were low on gas money, the town of Vienna all by itself can offer Maple Avenue Restaurant, Cafe Renaissance, Bazin's, Pazzo Pomodoro, Bonaroti, and Clarity.

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I will also agree that we are not as "health" conscious with food as the west coast probably is.
But we do have examples of Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Mom's Organic Market, and Fresh Market all operating in close proximity to each other. And the mainstream markets bend over backwards to attract more and more health-conscious consumers.

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Old 07-04-2017, 11:00 AM
 
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DC is a lot more like Phoenix is than San Francisco, except Phoenix has good Mexican, and there are almost no Central Americans....the Mexicans hate them. Produce is far superior in Phoenix, too. I bought two large pineapples and two grilled fish for four bucks today in Thailand. Dungarat would charge 14 bucks each for the fish. But hey, the frozen blueberries at Costco are value.
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Old 07-04-2017, 12:32 PM
 
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That entirely depends where you are. Major suburbs: agreed. In the city or Arlington (or Leesburg), nope, there are plenty of unique, non-chain establishments.

I will also agree that we are not as "health" conscious with food as the west coast probably is.
I agree about the living area as you mentioned. In fact, I suggested OP consider Arlington for living. It's like a different world down there. Mosaic district is also a fun place. For me, coming here from CA was a huge transition. I suppose that's why we have 50 states. It takes all kinds.

The health aspect is more engaging in some areas but they aren't as advertised compared to the west coast. They do exist, you just need to find them.

Food wise, sushi and Indian food are pretty damn good here.
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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And Ethiopian and Vietnamese. And French and Spanish and German. And on and on and on. The DC area may have top-notch exemplars of more different cuisines than any place other than the NYC area.
I always forget Ethiopian and that is one of the first ethnic foods I was exposed to in the area.

And there is no excuse for forgetting Vietnamese.

But as far as food places go DC is relatively new to the scene. Good food in DC proper was nothing like it is now for most of the 90's and maybe even early 2000's.

Now of course there has been a boom of new and great restaurants but let us not forget that it was not that long ago that it was a pretty sparse landscape.

Where are some good German places? I want to get some sauerbraten.

Also a good place for pierogies would be appreciated.

I cannot speak for the variety of ethnic cuisines but I think that Chicago is a better food city than even NYC and would put DC out of my top 10 probably.
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Yes. it's only on a par with places like Baltimore or Charleston. Seriously, if you are disappointed with the seafood available in the DC area, there will not be very many places that will make you happy. Seafood comes from the sea and from its bays and estuaries. These are found in more places than Boston, New Orleans, and Seattle.
I just may be missing it because I did not even like it before spending a lot of time in Seattle. I find the seafood on the West Coast to be more to my liking. Not being a seafood person I think Seattle is a lot better than Baltimore for seafood. I mean from Tuna Sashimi at Wild Ginger to Sushi to just fish taco's.

Maybe it has more to do with what I actually order?
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Old 07-05-2017, 06:54 AM
 
Location: Falls Church, Fairfax County
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Dungarat would charge 14 bucks each for the fish. But hey, the frozen blueberries at Costco are value.
This is an unfair and irrelevant comparison.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:35 AM
 
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But as far as food places go DC is relatively new to the scene. Good food in DC proper was nothing like it is now for most of the 90's and maybe even early 2000's. Now of course there has been a boom of new and great restaurants but let us not forget that it was not that long ago that it was a pretty sparse landscape.
I've lived in the immediate DC area since the 1960's. I have never found the foodscape here to be anything close to "sparse."

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Where are some good German places? I want to get some sauerbraten.
Sauerbraten? Try the Old Europe on Wisconsin Avenue. It's traditionally good and has been there forever, but I would myself prefer the rahmschnitzel at Cafe Mozart on H Street downtown, or better yet, the wurstplatte and lots of other things at Cafe Mozart at 4th and Mass Ave on Capitol Hill.

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Also a good place for pierogies would be appreciated.
No use for pierogi or vareniki myself. You're on your own there.

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Not being a seafood person I think Seattle is a lot better than Baltimore for seafood.
Perhaps if one were all that into smoked salmon over crab cakes. There's no accounting for taste after all.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:54 AM
 
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DC is one of the finest areas in the country for restaurants. All kinds. Most people aren't foodies and are satisfied with chains.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Lots of good information here. My views on a few things:

Yes, the produce at big chains (Safeway, Giant, Harris Teeter) is not-so-great. But you can get fabulous cheap produce at the local Asian/ethnic markets - Fresh World, Grand Mart, H Mart, etc.

I'm from Texas and there is very little good Mexican food here, Tex-Mex or otherwise.

DC as a "foodie" town thinks much more highly of itself than is justified. Yes, it's better than it was a decade or two ago. But still mostly uninspired and priced very high.
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:56 AM
 
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I'm not an expert on German cuisine, but Cafe Berlin in Capitol Hill is pretty good.


As for other foods, again - name a cuisine and I can bet you there are atleast a few above-average, if not excellent options in this area.
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