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Kristih

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #40 on: February 24, 2005, 11:21:34 PM »
This was a great idea for a topic.  I have been lurking for a couple of days and learning a lot about the DC schools/DC area.

Thanks!
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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #41 on: February 25, 2005, 12:15:27 AM »
one of the best restaraunts in the dc area is super chicken, in wheaton.  it is a peruvian chicken restaraunt.  it's the bomb.

dc has great ethnic restaraunts, i have found, and most have above-par service.

matokah -- i am thinking about going up that weekend as well to visit catholic, so maybe i will see you in class!

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #42 on: February 25, 2005, 09:31:48 AM »

Sure, you can spend money and eat OK, but we're talking about a lot of money. I usually eat out about 5 times a week, and I am not going to drop $50 each of these times on dinner. Especially when the dinner is only worth $20 in any normal priced city...For example, if you're in Chicago you can get great Italian, Greek, Thai, Chinese, American, Mexican (huge burritos as well) cuisine all in the price range of $7-15. You cannot do this in the DC in my opinion...

Do you seriously go out to a sit down dinner 5 nights a week??  That's ridiculous--you need to learn how to cook!  You're obviously not going to eat at a gourmet restaurant everytime...Here are a few places of various cuisines that I like for some everyday dining or more, all with an ample amount of entrees under $20: (note: I go to GW, so I'm most familiar with the places around me ie Georgetown, Dupont, etc.)

Luigi's (Italian)
Cafe Japone (Japanese)
Brickskeller (American?  Who cares, they have 1500 beers!)
Lauriol Plaza (amazing Mexican, fabulous Margaritas) or Guapos, also good Tex-Mex
Zed's (Ethiopian)
One Fish, Two Fish (Asian fusion)
Panda Cafe (Chinese)
Mobey Dicks (Turkish I believe, great Shish Kebab)

...Just some of the ones that I regular on a student budget

Moby's is Persian.

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #43 on: February 25, 2005, 10:10:23 AM »
"I got in to law school! restaurants":
Zatinya, Neyla, Palm, Ten Penh, Tako, Ray's, Bistro de Coin, Perry's, Bombay Club, Cashion's, Indique, Jaleo, Nora, Sushi-Ko

"I am in law school restaurants":
Fast Fettoosh, Lebanese Taverna, Moby's, Booeymonger, Lindy's, Burro, Ben's, The Diner (AM), Amma Vegetarian, Julia's Empanadas

Finally, don't dis the Jumbo Slice  :).  Is there anything better than a huge slice of pizza at the end of a night of drinking?  Well, besides that.  And if you don't like Ben's, you haven't tried their 6" hamburger sub or their chocolate milkshake. 

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« Reply #44 on: February 25, 2005, 10:17:39 AM »
I go to a sitdown dinner maybe 2-3 times a week and out to lunch at least 2 times a week.  Honestly, I'm not usually a downer, as I love trying out new restaurants, but the ones you named simply don't cut it.

Lauriol Plaza is popular in DC only because it's in DC.  It wouldn't survive in another city, especially at what they price.  There is a place in Baltimore (Canton Square) called Nacho Mamas which is 1/2 the price and twice as good.  I suggest you try it out.    

Mobey D*c is flat out not good.  I've been to all of their locations, because other people have recommended it to me, and I just couldn't believe it was so bad.  Mobey male private part is actually worse than Lebanese Taverna, which I couldn't believe could happen.  

I was just at Luigi's (this is the one south of Dupont Circle, right?), and we couldn't even finish the food.  Try Pasta Plus in Laurel (Route 1) or anywhere in Little Italy in Baltimore for some good Italian.  

Seriously, I'm not trying to rip you apart here, I just completely disagree that those three are acceptable restaurants, yet for some reason people in DC love them - which attests passes in the DC.  

Thanks so much for your other suggestions.  I will eat at them by next Friday, and we can discuss.  I'm very excited......I'm being serious, not sarcastic.  Any suggestions are much appreciated.  

Since I don't like to criticize without offerring suggestions here are some:

The Prime Rib (very expensive)
Five Guys Burgers (the one in Alexandria is my favorite, cheap)
Colorado Kitchen (burgers, upper NW)
2 Amys or Paradiso (Dupont, not Georgetown) if you really have to eat pizza
Most of the Ethiopian joints are cool, although I haven't tried Zed's, and I'm fired up to do so.
Spices (Woodley Park) is one of my favorites and relatively cheap for sushi.  I get the Suicide Curry, which is really good if you're tough.
Sushi Taro (17th and P) is popular and good.  This place is actually really good, which surprised me.  Their teryiaki steak/chicken is almost as good as on the West Coast and the sushi = fresh and large.  Usually a line though, and a crappy bar to wait at.



Bethesda:
Try a place called  Ri Ra; don't get anything but the Fish and Chips
Black's and Houstons are both decent and across the street from one another in Bethesda as well.
California Tortilla serves a good burrito (either Bethesda or Woodley Park)


OK, back to work...


carlsonjd

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #45 on: February 25, 2005, 10:18:57 AM »
Sorry I'm a little late responding, I only have access to a computer at work.  My favorite Chciago pizza is probably Connie's Pizza in Bridgeport for deep dish and Aurelio's in Homewood for thin crust.  I'm from the Southside so I haven't been to the Northdide pizzerias that much.  That being said, I found that DC had many great restaurants especially in the Adams Morgan/Dupont/Georgetown areas.  I usually like to make my own food so as long as there is a decent grocery store with a selection of natural/whole foods, I should be set.  

I need Catholic to answer me!

eileen2004

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« Reply #46 on: February 25, 2005, 10:34:52 AM »

Mobey D*c is flat out not good.  I've been to all of their locations, because other people have recommended it to me, and I just couldn't believe it was so bad.  Mobey male private part is actually worse than Lebanese Taverna, which I couldn't believe could happen.  


I agree that Lauriol Plaza is overpriced and underwhelming and that Luigi's is mediocre Italian food.  I strongly disagree with your comments about Moby's, however.  The only thing I can think of is that you were getting one of their non-Persian dishes which might be akin to getting the fish and chips at a Chinese take-out place.  You just don't do it.  I was born and raised in NY where there are a number of excellent Persian/Afghan restaurants.  I lived in the Middle East for three years.  Moby's is the best I've had in it's class.  There's a place in Flushing, Queens that comes close, but it's quite a bit pricier.  There are few things I feel this strongly about.  :)

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #47 on: February 25, 2005, 10:51:05 AM »
I agree with Eileen's statement about Moby's, it's a dive but it has great food.  As for Lauriol Plaza we're just gonna have to agree to disagree on that one because i really do enjoy going there to eat with friends (it's definately a place you have to go with friends for those of you who have never been).  I think the food is great (as tex-Mex, not as authentic Mexican..if your looking for authentic Mexican you better fly out to the West Coast!). Their fajitas are personally my fave. The thing i like least is that they don't accept reservations. Yes, perhaps the food costs a little more than it should (although I think still reasonable)--but welcome to City-living!

I also like Luigi's.  While I agree that I too have eaten at better Italian places, i think for the price and its location (few blocks away from me) it's a great place.  I've never not been able to finish my meal there like Huskie, but maybe I've just come on good days or something.  P.S.  Did you know Luigi's Delivers!?! 

As for Ethiopian, there really are a lot of good restaurants in DC.  The Adam's Morgan area has a lot.  I like Zed's and go there more often because its closer. 

I like what this thread is becoming, and I really take no offense to anyone that disagrees with my opinion.  I'm always up to trying out new places!


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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #48 on: February 25, 2005, 10:58:09 AM »

Mobey D*c is flat out not good.  I've been to all of their locations, because other people have recommended it to me, and I just couldn't believe it was so bad.  Mobey male private part is actually worse than Lebanese Taverna, which I couldn't believe could happen.  


I agree that Lauriol Plaza is overpriced and underwhelming and that Luigi's is mediocre Italian food.  I strongly disagree with your comments about Moby's, however.  The only thing I can think of is that you were getting one of their non-Persian dishes which might be akin to getting the fish and chips at a Chinese take-out place.  You just don't do it.  I was born and raised in NY where there are a number of excellent Persian/Afghan restaurants.  I lived in the Middle East for three years.  Moby's is the best I've had in it's class.  There's a place in Flushing, Queens that comes close, but it's quite a bit pricier.  There are few things I feel this strongly about.  :)

I completely understand feeling strongly about food, and I completely respect your opinion.  I went to Moby's on the recommendation of some other people who I figured would know what they were talking about (most were Indian, one Pakistani all of whom I had eaten with on many occasions).  Seriously, you let me know what I should get there, and I will do it.  I've been to the following Moby D*c's locations:

Bethesda (Wisconsin)
Georgetown (M and 31st)
Connecticut Ave.

Let me know.  Thanks.

This is a really good thread for info.  I've written down like 10 new restaurants to try.  Keep up the good work.

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Re: Catholic and American visits
« Reply #49 on: February 25, 2005, 11:05:12 AM »
SuperMoni,

I like your attitude.  Sometimes people get so offended, I just don't know what to do.  If you think I'm an idiot let me know, and that's fine.  I'm guessing you're in undergrad at GW?  How have you liked it? 

I should really try Lauriol Plaza again......maybe I was turned off by the wait.  I've only been there once.

I realize things are expensive in a city, but in other cities there seems to be a greater abundance of good food for cheap prices.  I'm saying in Chicago there would be hundreds of Moby D*c's.  Same in NYC, Philly, Seattle, San Fran, SoCal, etc.  I'm really into finding dives that are awesome, but in DC I've found these few and far between, and I've succumbed to simply paying higher prices for food.   

Another place to try that I just remembered is over by the Eastern Market.  It's called Tunnicliff's tavern.  It's decent breakfast (better than the Diner in my opinion).  Also inside the Eastern Market there is a really popular breakfast joint.  You can't miss it, as the line is out the door on weekends.