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Old 05-06-2011, 09:13 AM
 
Location: The Port City is rising.
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So DW wanted to go out to celebrate a French military defeat/defeat for a friend of the CSA, and we figured most convenient spot was Chevys at Pentagon City (she could drive and I could metro). We should have guessed the wait would be over an hour - so we decided to skip it, head down Columbia Pike, and see what we could find.

We found The Salsa Room - Salsa Events on Columbia Pike, near Walter Reed, in the middle of the part of the Pike with several new high rises. The place was very big though not that many tables - big dance floor in the middle. I ordered fish tacos, which were wonderful - wife ordered carne asada, which came out a bit cold and late(the place is new, and they probably havent had as big a crowd as yet as on May 5, and the kitchen is still getting its bugs out I guess) They were very concerned, gave us a discount and a free margarita. The place looked very nice - while we ate, we watched salsa lessons on the dance floor. I would definitely go back there - for either the tacos or one of the salads - Im not a big carne asada fan myself, but Im sure they will improve (from the degree of managment attention and concern).

Afterwards we walked a bit along Columbia Pike (basically between the cinema&drafthouse and dorchester apts - the center of redevelopemtn). Quite interesting (we have been there before, but havent walked there since all the redevelopment)
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: South South Jersey
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If I were interested in real estate speculation (I'm not, though.. mainly because I lack the capital ), the Columbia Pike area is where I'd invest. The streetcar line idea is (was? ) interesting, too.
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Old 05-06-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly NoVA and Phila
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Sounds a lot better and more interesting than Chevys. :-)
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Old 05-06-2011, 03:57 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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I lived in that neighborhood ten years ago, and I like it. It was quieter then, but there were a few restaurants around and the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse. I kind of wish that we had found a place there when we were looking a few years back, but we wound up near H Street NE.
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Old 05-06-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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And you had perfect weather, to boot! Sounds like a really nice day.
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