O’No! The Greatest Restaurant Name of All Time, O’Tasty, Has Closed in Adams Morgan

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1764 Columbia Rd, NW

“Dear PoPville,

O’Tasty has been closed for a few days and their phone is unanswered. This is one of my favorite spots for cheap and relatively good Chinese food! Would be super bummed to see it close. Any ideas? No signs up in the window…”

I stopped by yesterday and was told by a neighbor that they closed last week. It wasn’t exactly clear why it closed so abruptly but the neighbor thought there may have been a disagreement with the landlord. I will hold out some hope that perhaps the disagreement can be overcome and there will be a resurrection. Because, never mind the quality of the food, this was by far the greatest named Chinese restaurant, no scratch that, the greatest named restaurant period. And for that this is as deep a blow to Adams Morgan as the loss of Cashion’s, Millie & Al’s etc.

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Columbia Road looking east towards 16th Street

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  • Too bad. They were a good, fast, reliable option for dinner when I was too lazy to cook or eat at a sit-down restaurant. Will miss them.

  • An Irish-Chinese small plates fusion restaurant will open in its place. Also called O’Tasty.

  • I tried it a few years ago and wasn’t impressed. The best Chinese delivery I’ve found in the area is Dumplings & Beyond in Glover Park, but man, they’re expensive!

  • 90% of everything at O’Tasty was terrible, like the curry noodles that crunched when you bit them because they didn’t cook down the curry powder, but the scallion pancakes (rare for fast food!) were hands-down amazing. I will miss them every day.

    I will also miss the glorious confluence of names that was something called O’Tasty serving Chinese next to something called My Canton serving Mexican.

  • O’Tasty
    O’Tasty
    Please Bring Us Some Food

    End of an era…

  • How sad. I mean, if there’s one thing the District of Columbia has a desperate undersupply of, it’s C-grade Chinese carryouts.

  • Mayflower in Mt. Pleasant rocks…..and is super affordable.

  • the landlords of all (ALL) this places will not renew leases given the new condos going up. it’s just business. but it sucks.

  • the landlords of all (ALL) these places will not renew leases given the new condos going up. it’s just business. but it sucks.

  • Good riddance.

  • Not a fan of O’Tasty but I did love the name. In Atlanta where I grew up there was a trend back in the 80’s of giving bars half-Irish, half-Spanish names – Carlos McGees, Pedro O’Shanahans, etc. Guess it was supposed to let people know that they had beer AND nachos.

  • I won’t argue the ‘greatest restaurant name of all time’ title, but now that it’s closing, can we move
    The Big Wong
    up into #1?

  • A landmark. Hope it finds a new location.
    I wonder if this is an early sign of the impact of the hotel and development, generally, in the area. Will the small places be able to hang on?

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