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kaszeta

DC: Street food? Mon, 01/13/14 3:36 PM (permalink)
For those of you that haven't seen my other reports, every year a group of my friends goes on a "Death March".  We pick a city (previously NYC, SF, Chicago, and Boston), and walk our way through the city on a ~20 mile route, trying to enjoy as many food places as possible.
 
The key here is timing: any time you spend in line or eating is time not spent walking, so I'm looking for funky, must-hit places that don't have crazy long lines and preferably give you food to go.  A few sit-down places are good, and a sit-down breakfast place is actually a good way to meet up and start (we're nominally starting at Takoma Metro).
 
Here's the route so far, although it can be bent and twisted to meet our needs: http://goo.gl/DQnFzk
 
So far, the route passes by Amsterdam Falafel and Super Taco.  And depending on the day/time, some food truck action by Dupont Circle.
 
Recommendations? 
 
(Oh, and once we pick a date, Roadfooders are welcome to come.  We had several RF folks on the Boston March)
<message edited by kaszeta on Mon, 01/13/14 3:58 PM>
 
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    mikeam

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    Re:DC: Street food? Mon, 01/13/14 4:59 PM (permalink)
    Stop N is pretty close to the Maine Avenue fish market one of my favorite places in DC.
     
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      jomackiewicz

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      Re:DC: Street food? Mon, 01/13/14 5:54 PM (permalink)
      Off your path, but just in case the mood strikes you: Ravi Kabob House in Arlington (Ballston). The best chickpeas ever.
       
      #3
        kaszeta

        Re:DC: Street food? Mon, 01/13/14 7:33 PM (permalink)
        Oh, I know Ravi Kabob... but it is off the route.  May pick it up as a side trip on another day.
         
        Maine Avenue Fish Market:  I've bought fish there, but never food.  Efficient for takeout?  May be able to work that one in.  :)
         
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          Greymo

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          Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 8:55 AM (permalink)
          Not funky but really delicious!  They have a calendar which tells you their times and locations each day.  This is not a cheap stop but it is our favorite food truck in DC.      http://www.redhooklobsterdc.com/menu/
           
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            eruby

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            Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 9:37 AM (permalink)
            Ben's Chili Bowl.
             
            Oh, I see it's already on your route.
             
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              Ivyhouse

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              Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 10:57 AM (permalink)
              Wow, very impressive itinerary!
              A suggestion -- 2 Amys for great pizza -- which would involve a slight route alteration --
              Between points B and C, at Macomb St NW and 36th St NW, go approx 1/1/2 blocks west on Macomb St NW (across Wisconsin Ave.) to 2 Amys:
              2 Amys
              3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC
              (202) 885-5700
              2amyspizza.com
              You then go back to Wisconsin and continue to point C.
               
               
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                mikeam

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                Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 11:17 AM (permalink)
                kaszeta


                Oh, I know Ravi Kabob... but it is off the route.  May pick it up as a side trip on another day.

                Maine Avenue Fish Market:  I've bought fish there, but never food.  Efficient for takeout?  May be able to work that one in.  :)


                Yes very good for takeout. Several places have prepared food for sale. Jimmy's Grill does full platters with sides and has great lemonade and deserts.
                 

                 
                #8
                  kaszeta

                  Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 2:17 PM (permalink)
                  Ivyhouse


                  Wow, very impressive itinerary!
                  A suggestion -- 2 Amys for great pizza -- which would involve a slight route alteration --
                  Between points B and C, at Macomb St NW and 36th St NW, go approx 1/1/2 blocks west on Macomb St NW (across Wisconsin Ave.) to 2 Amys:
                  2 Amys
                  3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC
                  (202) 885-5700
                  2amyspizza.com
                  You then go back to Wisconsin and continue to point C.

                  Thanks.  We'll be wanting a spot around then, although they probably won't be open (if so, they'll just have opened).  Still, food for thought.
                   
                  #9
                    kaszeta

                    Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 2:18 PM (permalink)
                    I'll add Maine Avenue to the itinerary, since that's a short enough detour.  If we are running behind (often a problem) then we'll cut that out.
                     
                    #10
                      kaszeta

                      Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 01/14/14 2:20 PM (permalink)
                      eruby

                      Ben's Chili Bowl.

                       
                      Yeah, I'm hoping that our ~2pm arrival time makes the line short.
                       
                      #11
                        kaszeta

                        Re:DC: Street food? Sun, 03/16/14 5:43 PM (permalink)
                        Bumping this thread to see if anyone else has suggestions.
                        If anyone wants to join our march on April 26th, send me a private message and I'll get details to you.
                         
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                          Davebassman

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                          Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 03/18/14 10:13 AM (permalink)
                          jomackiewicz


                          Off your path, but just in case the mood strikes you: Ravi Kabob House in Arlington (Ballston). The best chickpeas ever.

                          I'll second the recommendation of Ravi Kabob in Arlington. There are a lot of kabob places in the DC area, but Ravi is as good as any.
                           
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                            harriet1954

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                            Re:DC: Street food? Tue, 03/18/14 10:35 AM (permalink)
                            That all looks so nice -- wish we could go to that, but we'll probably be catching up on all the places we couldn't go because of the ever-present snow here since January! I'll enquire, though, because my other half can walk for MILES.
                             
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