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(Eater)   According to Rachael Ray, Washington DC is becoming a trendy food mecca thanks to Barack Obama, who likes to dine at locally owned restaurants   (dc.eater.com) divider line 100
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2012-06-15 03:31:11 PM  
More like the gheys who gentrified the place
 
2012-06-15 03:51:28 PM  
It's gonna be a short-lived boom if his other habit catches on: not paying.
 
2012-06-15 03:53:44 PM  
Mecca? no.

City with good food options? Yes.
 
2012-06-15 03:55:24 PM  
I'd be hard pressed to believe this if it wasn't anectodotal evidence from someone who honed their reporting chops making dip on the Food Network.
 
2012-06-15 03:55:28 PM  

Garet Garrett: It's gonna be a short-lived boom if his other habit catches on: not paying.


A president's finances are frozen when as soon as they take office and are not unfrozen until they leave office. The White House pays the president's bills, not the president himself.
 
2012-06-15 03:57:12 PM  

stoli n coke: Garet Garrett: It's gonna be a short-lived boom if his other habit catches on: not paying.

A president's finances are frozen when as soon as they take office and are not unfrozen until they leave office. The White House pays the president's bills, not the president himself.


No matter how many pesky facts you throw at them, the right now has a new stupid talking point to use and self-congratulate themselves with.

I wish I knew about this before. The only time I ate in DC was at the Old Post Office food court because we couldn't find anything else to eat while we were at The Mall.
 
2012-06-15 03:57:19 PM  
Bullshiat, DC is a third-rate food city at best.

// at least we have Hellburger
 
2012-06-15 03:57:34 PM  
There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."
 
2012-06-15 03:57:58 PM  
thanks to Barack Obama, who likes to dine at locally owned restaurants

which were there long before he was and will be there long after.

If they build another farking froyo or shiat mexican place in north Arlington (or even mention the words tavern, fusion or bistro), I'm burning that shiat down.
 
2012-06-15 03:59:15 PM  
Well, isn't that Frappuccino Whole-grain Obama's goal, to turn everything into Mecca?
 
2012-06-15 03:59:30 PM  
According to Rachael Ray, Washington DC is becoming a trendy food mecca thanks to Barack Obama, who likes to dine at locally owned restaurants

MUSLIM USURPER
 
2012-06-15 03:59:42 PM  

Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."


You always see stuff in the travel magazine about how DC is an up-and-coming trendy city.

Kinda makes me regret not checking out DC outside of The Mall and the usual tourist sites.

Although I did go to Nationals Park which was basically a neighborhood of half-built condos when I went. Not sure if it got any better since then.
 
2012-06-15 04:00:02 PM  
She sounds like she would be fascinated at the revelation that D.C has a "metrorail" with five major lines.
 
2012-06-15 04:00:43 PM  

exparrot: Well, isn't that Frappuccino Whole-grain Obama's goal, to turn everything into Mecca?


That's some fine Win right there.
 
2012-06-15 04:00:48 PM  
It's a major city with a sh*t ton of money and young people. I don't think it had anything to do with Obama.

We smokers can't taste anything anyway.
 
2012-06-15 04:01:05 PM  
Bistrot Du Coin - CT Ave and S. Go north from Dupont Circle.

Also the cafe at the Native American Museum is the only place worth eating in the entire smithsonian touristy area, (not like there are many other options).
 
2012-06-15 04:01:18 PM  

Killer Cars: She sounds like she would be fascinated at the revelation that D.C has a "metrorail" with five major lines.


Hey, compared to the NYC subway system. DC's actually makes some logical sense.
 
2012-06-15 04:03:30 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Although I did go to Nationals Park which was basically a neighborhood of half-built condos when I went. Not sure if it got any better since then.


Yeah, now they're fully-built and half-empty.
 
2012-06-15 04:04:23 PM  

Mrtraveler01: Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."

You always see stuff in the travel magazine about how DC is an up-and-coming trendy city.

Kinda makes me regret not checking out DC outside of The Mall and the usual tourist sites.

Although I did go to Nationals Park which was basically a neighborhood of half-built condos when I went. Not sure if it got any better since then.


The neighborhood is rapidly getting better. A lot of development going on, just not enough food options yet.
 
2012-06-15 04:05:59 PM  

RsquaredW: Bullshiat, DC is a third-rate food city at best.

// at least we have Hellburger


Agreed. It's especially lame after moving there from San Diego. Seattle also lacks in diversity and quality. The one thing DC has is good and plentiful Indian cuisine.
 
2012-06-15 04:06:50 PM  
surprise, surprise she visited Ben's and Old Ebbit Grill.

DC's been an "up-and-coming food city" for the past five years now. i'll agree with Nabb1. we've got some great places to eat, we're just not mecca-level yet.
 
2012-06-15 04:08:07 PM  

squidgod2000: thanks to Barack Obama, who likes to dine at locally owned restaurants

which were there long before he was and will be there long after.

If they build another farking froyo or shiat mexican place in north Arlington (or even mention the words tavern, fusion or bistro), I'm burning that shiat down.


Do yourself a favor and don't stop by the former Smoothie King space across from Ballston Mall....
 
2012-06-15 04:08:34 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Seattle also lacks in diversity and quality.


What? The only thing you can't get here is good Mexican.
 
2012-06-15 04:10:52 PM  

ScreamingLemur46: Mrtraveler01: Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."

You always see stuff in the travel magazine about how DC is an up-and-coming trendy city.

Kinda makes me regret not checking out DC outside of The Mall and the usual tourist sites.

Although I did go to Nationals Park which was basically a neighborhood of half-built condos when I went. Not sure if it got any better since then.

The neighborhood is rapidly getting better. A lot of development going on, just not enough food options yet.


That's good. It was basically all under construction when I first went.

Maybe the fact the Nationals are on a roll this year might bring some more businesses into the area.

/Wishful thinking
 
2012-06-15 04:11:55 PM  

squidgod2000: If they build another farking froyo


We have those here in St. Louis too.

Is it just here or are these froyo places relatively expensive for what you get at these places?
 
2012-06-15 04:12:35 PM  
It's a major city with an international presence and a mix of new and old immigrants, but I wouldn't call it a mecca. It's probably on par with Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Houston, and Philadelphia, but below LA, NYC, and SF.
 
kth
2012-06-15 04:12:53 PM  
Jaleo
L'Auberge Chez Francois (although I haven't been in forever)


Both some of the best food I've ever had.

The next time I'm there though, I'm insisting on Hellburger
 
2012-06-15 04:13:51 PM  
So lots of good Kenyan and falafel joints opening up? How about Halal meats?

amidoingitright?
 
2012-06-15 04:14:46 PM  

Rapmaster2000: It's a major city with an international presence and a mix of new and old immigrants, but I wouldn't call it a mecca. It's probably on par with Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Houston, and Philadelphia, but below LA, NYC, and SF.



No joke here, but Vegas is pretty much a food mecca as well.
 
2012-06-15 04:15:42 PM  

stoli n coke: Garet Garrett: It's gonna be a short-lived boom if his other habit catches on: not paying.

A president's finances are frozen when as soon as they take office and are not unfrozen until they leave office. The White House pays the president's bills, not the president himself.


Not really. Assets are placed in a blind trust. A president can still receive income from that trust. As far as food the president pays for it. It is run like a hotel. The first family is given a bill each month for food, supplies and other services that are not related to state functions or caused by the required security. So far as skipping out my guess is a staffer screwed up and didn't pay the tab. The president will be eventually billed for it.
 
2012-06-15 04:17:47 PM  

The_Sponge: Rapmaster2000: It's a major city with an international presence and a mix of new and old immigrants, but I wouldn't call it a mecca. It's probably on par with Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Houston, and Philadelphia, but below LA, NYC, and SF.


No joke here, but Vegas is pretty much a food mecca as well.


If it wasn't you saying that it was sure gonna be me. Hell, Aria alone beats the second-tier cities mentioned.
 
2012-06-15 04:19:06 PM  

Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."


Rachel Ray made the quote. Her idea of cuisine involves canned corn, hot dogs and fruit roll ups.
 
2012-06-15 04:20:20 PM  

Rod Flanders: surprise, surprise she visited Ben's and Old Ebbit Grill.

DC's been an "up-and-coming food city" for the past five years now. i'll agree with Nabb1. we've got some great places to eat, we're just not mecca-level yet.


Old Ebbit? Meh. You can get the same thing from the menu of any Clyde's location. Good beer selection, though.

I don't get downtown too much, but if anyone I in Loudoun County and wants erection-inducing pizza, go to Fireworks in Leesburg.
 
2012-06-15 04:20:40 PM  

Polartank13: If it wasn't you saying that it was sure gonna be me. Hell, Aria alone beats the second-tier cities mentioned.



I still need to stop by Areole some day.

/LOVE Joe's Stone Crab at the Forum Shops.
 
2012-06-15 04:21:28 PM  
I return to DC usually once a year, primarily to visit my favorite restaurant - Las Placitas on 8th St. SE, about two blocks south of Pennsylvania Ave., near the Eastern Market metro station. A little hole-in-the-wall place with great margaritas and wonderful Mexican-El Salvadoran food. When I used to live on Capitol Hill we would hit Placitas at least once a week, then stagger home after all those margaritas.

Other favorites...America at Union Station, Bullfeathers and Hawk & Dove on Capitol Hill.
 
2012-06-15 04:21:29 PM  

Mrtraveler01: ScreamingLemur46: Mrtraveler01: Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."

You always see stuff in the travel magazine about how DC is an up-and-coming trendy city.

Kinda makes me regret not checking out DC outside of The Mall and the usual tourist sites.

Although I did go to Nationals Park which was basically a neighborhood of half-built condos when I went. Not sure if it got any better since then.

The neighborhood is rapidly getting better. A lot of development going on, just not enough food options yet.

That's good. It was basically all under construction when I first went.

Maybe the fact the Nationals are on a roll this year might bring some more businesses into the area.

/Wishful thinking


I remember that area back in the day when the Capital Ballroom and Traxx were there(off my lawn!) It's amazing what has happend to the area. It was the first place I ever saw a person get shot.
 
2012-06-15 04:28:41 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: So lots of good Kenyan and falafel joints opening up? How about Halal meats?

amidoingitright?


I think the falafel places were there already
 
2012-06-15 04:30:53 PM  
I had an awesome meal in DC once at this place called Pizza Hut. I'd go back in a heart beat.
 
2012-06-15 04:39:59 PM  

The Homer Tax: Rod Flanders: surprise, surprise she visited Ben's and Old Ebbit Grill.

DC's been an "up-and-coming food city" for the past five years now. i'll agree with Nabb1. we've got some great places to eat, we're just not mecca-level yet.

Old Ebbit? Meh. You can get the same thing from the menu of any Clyde's location. Good beer selection, though.

I don't get downtown too much, but if anyone I in Loudoun County and wants erection-inducing pizza, go to Fireworks in Leesburg.


ha, i should've been clearer. EVERYONE goes to Ben's and Old Ebbitt. nothing really exciting there.

i will say this, if you're a tourist and you wanna check out some of the better restaurants check out the u st corridor, penn quarter and the eastern market areas. i'm not naming names since i like to go in there myself, but you won't be disappointed.
 
2012-06-15 04:39:59 PM  
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2012-06-15 04:41:35 PM  

The Homer Tax: Rod Flanders: surprise, surprise she visited Ben's and Old Ebbit Grill.

DC's been an "up-and-coming food city" for the past five years now. i'll agree with Nabb1. we've got some great places to eat, we're just not mecca-level yet.

Old Ebbit? Meh. You can get the same thing from the menu of any Clyde's location. Good beer selection, though.

I don't get downtown too much, but if anyone I in Loudoun County and wants erection-inducing pizza, go to Fireworks in Leesburg.


heh, i meant that she didn't break any new ground going to those two. everyone goes there.

if you're a tourist and want to see what the city has to offer food-wise, i'll tell you to go to eastern market, penn quarter or the u st corridor. i'm just not naming names, because i like to go there myself. ;)
 
2012-06-15 04:42:08 PM  

Nabb1: There have always been fantastic places to eat in DC. I wouldn't call it a "food Mecca."



This.

I don't know what a "food Mecca" really is though... I'm guessing by that people would mean some place that was renowned internationally for it's cuisine or something. In which case I'd guess that moniker would actually only apply to a few cities in the world, like NYC or Paris or something.

But DC has always had plenty of great places to eat. And José Andrés....... ugh.... Every time there's a story about DC food they have to bring him up. I like Jaleo well enough, but I ate at another one of his restaurants downtown and I thought it sucked. It wasn't that the food was BAD, but it wasn't all that good either and the prices were retarded for what you got.
 
2012-06-15 04:42:42 PM  
dammit...didn't think the Boobies went through.

sorry.
 
2012-06-15 04:45:02 PM  
It's becoming a food mecca because:

1) It can tax the rest of the country and therefore has felt the recession barely at all

2) The armies of Gentrification are in full march and have so far converted about 25 square miles of urban ghetto into SWPL Disneyland - rumor is the Anacostia has been forded by the Urban Gay Special Forces - the White-Girl-Jogging-With-An-iPod 1st division usually comes soon after to mop things up

/the DC Metro Area now has higher average rents than the NYC Metro area
//note I said METRO AREA - that means more than just Manhattan and West Brooklyn
 
2012-06-15 04:49:36 PM  

beta_plus: /the DC Metro Area now has higher average rents than the NYC Metro area


Congrats, your rent is higher than the South Bronx.
 
2012-06-15 04:51:27 PM  

Polartank13: The_Sponge: Rapmaster2000: It's a major city with an international presence and a mix of new and old immigrants, but I wouldn't call it a mecca. It's probably on par with Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Seattle, Houston, and Philadelphia, but below LA, NYC, and SF.


No joke here, but Vegas is pretty much a food mecca as well.

If it wasn't you saying that it was sure gonna be me. Hell, Aria alone beats the second-tier cities mentioned.


I don't consider a few high end options for tourist fleecing to make anything a mecca. Tell me where I can get good doro wat in Vegas. Who has the best pho? Which is your favorite izakaya?

Every major city has fine dining options. It's not a good metric for a good food city.
 
2012-06-15 04:52:31 PM  
Grew up partly in Silver Springs and hung out in the city often. Dont remember much about food, just that I hated thai. Once I finished highschool and had to buy my own food I would usually eat at the mcdonalds on M street in georgetown, as it was very clean for an otherwise inner city fast food spot.
 
2012-06-15 04:55:39 PM  

Rod Flanders: The Homer Tax: Rod Flanders: surprise, surprise she visited Ben's and Old Ebbit Grill.

DC's been an "up-and-coming food city" for the past five years now. i'll agree with Nabb1. we've got some great places to eat, we're just not mecca-level yet.

Old Ebbit? Meh. You can get the same thing from the menu of any Clyde's location. Good beer selection, though.

I don't get downtown too much, but if anyone I in Loudoun County and wants erection-inducing pizza, go to Fireworks in Leesburg.

heh, i meant that she didn't break any new ground going to those two. everyone goes there.

if you're a tourist and want to see what the city has to offer food-wise, i'll tell you to go to eastern market, penn quarter or the u st corridor. i'm just not naming names, because i like to go there myself. ;)



I'd actually suggest Dupont Circle. You can throw a rock and accidentally hit a great place to eat there, and another one when it bounces. But really there's great restaurants all over the place.
 
2012-06-15 04:56:57 PM  

Lollipop165: beta_plus: /the DC Metro Area now has higher average rents than the NYC Metro area

Congrats, your rent is higher than the South Bronx.


I never said that it was a positive trend.

DC rent costs so much because the entire area heavily restricts the construction of residential housing and makes building new transport infrastructure next to impossible. This is done because the government workers, contractors, lawyers, and lobbyists who started their jobs in the late 70s/early 80s realized that if they made it impossible for people to live further out or higher up, they could raise their housing prices and rents. They can get away with this because something along the lines of 5 of the 10 richest counties in America are in the DC metro area.

/tons of $1600/month basement apartments in my parents neighborhood
//no new residential construction there since the 1960s
///people try to block the construction of sidewalks - for the children of course since sidewalks are racist
 
2012-06-15 05:16:28 PM  
No mention of the Tastee Diner? FOR SHAME, PEOPLE.
 
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