Adams Morgan area

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2005/03/10 15:43:17 (permalink)

Adams Morgan area

This area of Wash DC came up on another thread and I thought those DC'ers or DC visitors might want to share some of their experiences at various Adams Morgan restaurants.
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    mtbuckingham
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 16:27:40 (permalink)
    Oooh! This is my 'hood. As far as restaurants go, I wouldn't know where to start. What are you interested in hearing about?
    We have Ethiopian (lots!), Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Malaysian, Cajun, Diner American, French, Salvadoran, Ghanian, soul food, etc.

    We have empanadas, falafel, tapas, crepes, dives, upscale, drag brunches, mezze, fusion, etc.
    Some of our current favorites include Cashion's Eat Place (more upscale- and Ann Cashion is a James Beard winner), Regent Thai, Julia's Empanadas (for a quick, super cheap meal), Mixtec, the new Mexican bakery on Columbia, Amsterdam Falafel (again- super cheap)...
    We've also enjoyed Mantis, Perry's, Meze, Rumba Cafe, Chez Antoine (RIP), the Reef, Asylum (25 cent tacos and wings at happy hour), Meskerem, and many more. All within a couple blocks radius.
    :)
    I can get specific- let me know.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 16:41:27 (permalink)
    (sorry, I get a little excited about my home)
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 16:54:26 (permalink)
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    drag brunches,

    I can get specific- let me know.


    Oh please do get specific about this one!! Did you run into i95 at one of these?

    Carlton--basically whatever food you are craving, you can find in Adams Morgan. The neighborhood radiates out from about 18th St. NW and Columbia Rd. NW (is this about right mtbuckingham?). The name comes from two of the neighborhood's schools. Along with every cuisine possible, it is also full of funky-cool shops and it is THE best place in the city to people watch (unless you want to see politicos).
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 16:57:49 (permalink)
    Probably my favorite area for restaurants and nightlife in the DC area, with a tremendous variety of good, inexpensive ethnic eateries. The biggest problem, I think, is that parking can be a nightmare, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, and the closest subway stop is probably at Columbia Heights, which is a five or six block walk through some pretty seedy neighborhoods. This doesn't keep my wife and me from going, however. We just arrive there early enough to get a good parking space (6-7 p.m.), and we have a blast (when we can get a sitter for the kids, that is)!

    Mixtec, a small Mexican place (near 18th and Columbia Rd.) is one of my favorites. I often go there for lunch for their excellent tortas (Mexican subs).
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 17:11:51 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by meowzart

    quote:
    Originally posted by mtbuckingham

    drag brunches,

    I can get specific- let me know.


    Oh please do get specific about this one!! Did you run into i95 at one of these?

    Carlton--basically whatever food you are craving, you can find in Adams Morgan. The neighborhood radiates out from about 18th St. NW and Columbia Rd. NW (is this about right mtbuckingham?). The name comes from two of the neighborhood's schools. Along with every cuisine possible, it is also full of funky-cool shops and it is THE best place in the city to people watch (unless you want to see politicos).


    Meowzart- yes, and he looks fabulous in heels. ;)
    Perry's (on Columbia) has drag brunches every Sunday, I believe. I haven't yet had the fortune of experiencing it, but I heard it's great fun, and the men I see getting off their shifts look very glam. One of these days...

    And yes- you're right about everything in your post. I live off Columbia, just behind 18th (share the alley with the restaurants and rats).
    And we have some politicos, too! Especially Mayor Anthony Williams and the local gov. types (they all frequent the Diner, where my fiance manages- he'd kill me if he knew I forgot to plug it!)

    rbpalmer- I've always found the Woodley Park metro stop to be a nice stroll in good weather- about a 10 minute walk. In a safer neighborhood. But yes, parking is atrocious (thank God for my space in the garage...and the fact that we stay put on the weekends...)
    And yes, Mixtec had great tortas. :)
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 17:29:08 (permalink)
    I love it. This sounds like a neat place. I've not been there but my wife has frequented the Ethiopian places and just loves this area.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 17:36:46 (permalink)
    I love it- but it's not really the cleanest of neighborhoods. If you want a better impression of it, try not to be there around at 3:00 am on the weekend, when the streets are littered with drunken bargoers, pizza, paper plates, cigarettes, newspapers, taxis, and fistfights. And the occasional naked person.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 17:40:07 (permalink)
    Madam's Organ was a decent blues-party-music bar last time I was there.

    Be careful, or you may be a contributor to the mtbuckingham scene (above). I am sure I've been -- at least close.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 17:47:14 (permalink)
    Heck, I've contributed to the scene aplenty (oddly enough, mostly before we lived there). Madam's Organ is probably our favorite bar. It almost always gets jumping with great bluesy bands. We have to be careful though- they feed us free drinks all night, and sometimes we can't get away (as soon as we try to place the mug down on the bar and make a break for it, there's another waiting for us)
    Ah, the pitfalls of dating a restaurant professional...

    They have decent soul food, too.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 18:06:19 (permalink)
    I may have my neighborhoods confused, but I thought we were lost in Adams Morgan one night when me, my wife, and my maiden aunt, had to run a gauntlet of "ladies of the evening". Alone, I might have enjoyed the neighborhood...

    cheers, John
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 18:11:22 (permalink)
    I wouldn't be too surprised if you were in Adams Morgan (or a surrounding area), though last summer the "ladies of the evening" were almost indistinguishable from some of the lovely young bargoers...
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/03/10 21:07:38 (permalink)
    I've been corrected. A gauntlet is a glove. A gantlet is something you have to run thru.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/04/26 17:06:59 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by mtbuckingham

    Oooh! This is my 'hood. As far as restaurants go, I wouldn't know where to start. What are you interested in hearing about?
    We have Ethiopian (lots!), Middle Eastern, Italian, Mexican, Thai, Malaysian, Cajun, Diner American, French, Salvadoran, Ghanian, soul food, etc.

    We have empanadas, falafel, tapas, crepes, dives, upscale, drag brunches, mezze, fusion, etc.
    Some of our current favorites include Cashion's Eat Place (more upscale- and Ann Cashion is a James Beard winner), Regent Thai, Julia's Empanadas (for a quick, super cheap meal), Mixtec, the new Mexican bakery on Columbia, Amsterdam Falafel (again- super cheap)...
    We've also enjoyed Mantis, Perry's, Meze, Rumba Cafe, Chez Antoine (RIP), the Reef, Asylum (25 cent tacos and wings at happy hour), Meskerem, and many more. All within a couple blocks radius.
    :)
    I can get specific- let me know.


    I was there a few weeks ago. I ate Thai one night at a place nearby, on Connecticut I believe, but can't remember the name. right near Ruth's Chris.
    I was bummed that The Red Sea had closed so I went to Julia's Empanada's and had one. Liked it so much I went back and had another and decided to save Ethiopian for next visit. Julia's was great.
    Also had a great "hot" chili dog near the Capitol for $1.50 that was incredible from a cart.
    Adams Morgan area was certainly a neat place for food, but shopping as well.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/05/06 11:41:35 (permalink)
    The best new(ish) ethnic place in Adams Morgan (IMHO) is Amsterdam Falafel. They make some silly jokes about pot brownies and such, but the falafel is inexpensive, excellent, and totally homemade and fresh. Great fries, too, and for both you have a number of toppings - a salad bar's worth, really - from middle-Eastern to Belgian-style. They also have chicken shawarma but it always makes me nervous so I stayed away.
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    RE: Adams Morgan area 2005/05/06 11:44:15 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by rbpalmer

    Probably my favorite area for restaurants and nightlife in the DC area, with a tremendous variety of good, inexpensive ethnic eateries. The biggest problem, I think, is that parking can be a nightmare, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, and the closest subway stop is probably at Columbia Heights, which is a five or six block walk through some pretty seedy neighborhoods. This doesn't keep my wife and me from going, however. We just arrive there early enough to get a good parking space (6-7 p.m.), and we have a blast (when we can get a sitter for the kids, that is)!

    Depends which direction you're coming from, but I think the Woodley Park/Adams Morgan stop on the red line is closer than Columbia Heights, probably safer as well, and has a very pretty view from the Duke Ellington bridge. I am lucky enough to have a bus line that goes from my doorstep right to the 'hood! I agree, though, parking sucks.
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