If a person is going to Georgetown specifically, I wouldn't send them across the city to eat. There are places to eat there that are fine.
I don't know if I'd classify Clyde's as average. It's the best burger in the city, and I could give a crap about "lists" - I'm no chain fan, but Clyde's does it right. In this city, you know the lists are unreliable, largely. Popularity reins supreme. Out of the way neighborhood joints get pushed aside by larger greased machines. Ben's Chili Bowl is a perfect example. Now, I do like Ben's, but the history is as much a reason to go there than anything else, and when there, the thing to get is a half smoke and chili. But for breakfast or sandwich for lunch, well, there are better choices for a greasy spoon, but Ben's gets all the attention.
I suppose I could spout off a gazillion places all over town, too. But, when a person says, "I'm going to Georgetown," I think sending them somewhere else is, well, no needed. They're there already.
[I understand Glover Park is a different neighborhood (I lived there), but along Wisconsin Ave, it's basically upper Georgetown (the Holiday Inn is only 4 blocks to the south). I guess West End is right there, too. But I was never a regular to West End places, so I can't give recommendations - aside from Brickskellar if one is a beer fanatic...oh wait they closed too! (well their food WAS crappy!)]
Now, if someone said they are coming to DC, certainly, I would go on about a myriad of restaurants, all of which are not in Georgetown. Certainly, Georgetown has lost it's grip on being the "place to go to eat" - the, uh, what I like to call, "malling" (both ruining and becoming a mall) of Georgtown is definitely a sign of how G'town is a tourist trap - but there are still things to find.
Your list is all high end expensive places, aside from maybe the Japanese place. This is Roadfood, so I guess my picks for a roadfood travellor is a little lower brow than the places you go. Now this is me, but if I'm going to send a roadfooder across the city, from where they are already going to be visiting, to eat, I'd give them a list of places that fits the roadfood m.o., not the $50 a plate places. But that's me. If this was a different site, I'd give different picks. For example, your list included a place on U St, but you failed to mention Dukem, which is fantastic food, in a much more affordable price point, which is what roadfood typically aims toward. Roadfood loves diners, what about The Diner in Adams Morgan (or Tryst), or Open City in Woodley Park? Or even more gritty, Florida Ave Grill?
But, hey, that's why multiple people post, to give multiple opinions. There's nothing wrong with your suggestions, they are, of course, top places to eat.
I didn't realize Kananagh's closed. I was a regular for a short time. I wonder where Tom (the bartender) is? The pizza there was great. And, as a native New Yorker, I know pizza. They also made a nice smoked salmon bruschetta occassionally as a special. Most likely, Kevin should not have bought Faccia Luna. The other Faccia Luna's are doing fine. If it went downhill, that's a shame. It was the perfect neighborhood joint.
Admittedly, I haven't been to Georgetown recently. And, I too, have witnessed its overall demise to mediocrity.
Tomorrow, I'm having a "date day" with my wife. We're heading to Phillips Collection. For lunch, we thought about going to Martin's for old time's sake. True, it's not out of this world, but I miss our old days in Georgetown/Glover Park. We would have gone to Kavanaghs, to see Kevin, but obviously, that's not possible. :o(
Anways, not trying to be confrontational here. With Zed's and couple other players, I wouldn't cast aside Georgetown so easily, if one knows you'll be in Georgetown.
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