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Old 10-19-2009, 08:09 PM
 
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Another fave of ours in the city:

Meskerem in Adams Morgan for Ethiopian. Very reasonable prices, and it's both fun and delicious.
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Old 10-19-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: San Francisco/East Bay and Los Angeles, formerly DC and Boston
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They prefer that people use public transportation due to limited parking, and for the environmental impact
guess it's ok then to burn coal to power a metro train

when most people go out to eat, we want the chef to make us a meal, not tell us how to live our lives
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Old 10-19-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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What a great idea, normie! I've only been in the DC area for 2 years now, but here are a few of my favorite places:

Founding Farmers - Went there last weekend and had popcorn, an amazing fresh burger, salad, and the most amazing carrot cake. I know that another poster compared it to a chain, which is really hard to believe...based on my experienc, this place is the best "New American" restaurant in DC. It also gets bonus points for being a good value (prices are even listed online). it's about 2-3 blocks from the Farragut West metro. They tend to get busy on Fri and Sat nights, so I'd recommend calling ahead for a reservation.

Ray's Hell Burger - like another poster, I also work in Rosslyn and made two trips up the street to get a burger at Ray's this summer. Wow. They're juicy burgers, and a bit (well, a lot) messy, but incredible and probably among the best burgers I've ever had. This place is so good, they don't even have to have a website.

The Galaxy Hut - just a purely awesome, "good beer" bar. But not a snooty "good beer" bar...just a dive bar with an excellent beer selection (they have prob 20 of all different kinds on tap). The only thing that I dislike about this place is that it gets fairly smokey, but come Dec. 1 of this year it'll be smoke-free due to the new regulations in VA...can't wait for that!

Also, have you had a cupcake from one of the amazing cupcake places in DC yet? My favorite is baked & wired which is in Georgetown at 1052 Thomas Jefferson St (on the side street 2 blocks down from Barnes & Noble).
On a nice Saturday afternoon, take the Metro to Rosslyn and walk over Key Bridge to Georgetown to feast on one of those amazing cupcakes. It's a bit of a hike (20 minutes or so), but that is how I justify the cupcake
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:51 AM
 
Location: DC
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I completely forgot about two on U Street:

Tabaq Bistro - if you go when it's warmer, check out the roof
Dukem - another decent Ethiopian place
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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guess it's ok then to burn coal to power a metro train

when most people go out to eat, we want the chef to make us a meal, not tell us how to live our lives
LOL...I know. I find it to be pretty amusing, though I must confess that I have never taken public transit there.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:54 AM
 
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Another fave of ours in the city:

Meskerem in Adams Morgan for Ethiopian. Very reasonable prices, and it's both fun and delicious.
Hm. I'll read reviews on yelp, and I'll see a place that was given 5-stars by one person, and 1-star "never go there again" by another. And I would wonder how that would happen.

My fiance and I went there and hated it. We went there with our entertainment book coupon. The service was lousy and the food was awful. (We had the Messob for two.) We never knew what there was to love about that place.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Polish Hill, Pittsburgh, PA
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Hm. I'll read reviews on yelp, and I'll see a place that was given 5-stars by one person, and 1-star "never go there again" by another. And I would wonder how that would happen.
Checked out the online apartment ratings lately? According to most web sites my complex, Archstone Charter Oak, your complex, The Sycamores, and my friend's complex, Parc Reston, are all rat-infested death-traps. I posted a glowing review of my complex on one of the sites and was immediately rebuked by two others and was sent a personal "thank-you" e-mail from the management here. In life most people who have positive experiences never give a damn to make management aware of how well they were treated. On the other hand, the whiners come out in droves to drag down a place's reputation.

I wish more people here who LIKED things would promote them. After a pleasant and patient waitress helped me to have a VERY successful date one night this past summer at the Macaroni Grill in Reston, I took the time to type up a very long message to corporate in order to commend this young woman for a job well done. A couple of weeks later I received a letter in the mail back from corporate on company letterhead thanking me for my comments and giving me $15 worth of free coupons (which I then gave to my next-door neighbor to thank him for collecting all of the doorknob flyers while I was on a business trip).
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Town of Herndon/DC Metro
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Georgia Browns, fabulous southern upscale


America Restaurant (http://www.arkrestaurants.com/america.html - broken link), the food is good, not great but the atmosphere is wonderful-great for people watching

Restaurant Nora, I haven't been yet but it's a DC landmark-all certified organic food and locally grown items. I've heard that Bill and Hilary had a regular Friday night date there when Bill was in office. Can you imagine what their conversations were about? Hee Hee!


IMHO, although DC Metro's fine and eclectic food choices are small compared to other metros, the ones here are great and the diversity and expansion of cuisine here is rapidly catching up to places like Chicago and NYC. Yay!
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Checked out the online apartment ratings lately? According to most web sites my complex, Archstone Charter Oak, your complex, The Sycamores, and my friend's complex, Parc Reston, are all rat-infested death-traps.
Yours sucks more than mine does I suppose one way to separate the wheat from the chaff is to look at how many complaints there are in the last year or two... and look at the position ranking in the list Some of the complaints are six years old. Hard to know how much weight to give them. And even if more people than not don't recommend it as a place to live, you gotta figure the place at the bottom is probably worse than the place at the top.

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I posted a glowing review of my complex on one of the sites and was immediately rebuked by two others and was sent a personal "thank-you" e-mail from the management here. In life most people who have positive experiences never give a damn to make management aware of how well they were treated. On the other hand, the whiners come out in droves to drag down a place's reputation.
That does suck. It's hard to make an informed decision when all you read are complaints. When I was apartment hunting here, I popped into these forums (came up in a search) and saw someone mention the complex I'm in now. It wasn't a detailed description, but a simple "the son of my friend lives there and likes it" type of thing. I also figured that this was likely a more neutral place to get an opinion. I knew the area a bit, and liked the price of the rental, so it wasn't a hard choice.

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I wish more people here who LIKED things would promote them.
Yeah, me too. That's why I promote my complex here when I can. Not necessarily because it's better than yours (I wouldn't know, I've never been there) but because it's the best place I've ever lived in... and I've rented ever since I got out of college. Renting as much as I have, I have a laundry list of things I check (or try to). One of the biggest pluses of my particular unit is that I don't share any walls with my neighbors! It's great.
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Old 10-21-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Loudoun Cty, Virginia
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Another good one I forgot, and am surprised hasn't been mentioned yet-

The Brickskeller - they hold the Guinness world record for world's largest beer selection. It's located between dupont and georgetown, and is an old, exposed brick, no frills looking bar. They have a beer menu that is several pages long with over 1,000 beers. Definitely a must for a beer-lover.
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