A couple weeks ago when we spoke about abrupt closure of the recently opened Diego restaurant at 14th and V St, NW – some commenters mentioned the nearby Judy Restaurant:
“Judys is an authentic Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant that has been around for more than 20 years. We are right between two of the busiest locations in DC: U Street and Columbia Heights. Along with our many authentic and delicious plates, we are best known for our pupusas and curtido!! Also one of our best kept secrets is our pool tables located on the second floor. Whether you’re in the neighborhood or just visiting, please come and join us for great and affordable food and drinks!”
I thought we could use today’s FQotD to talk about some overlooked spots in town. It doesn’t necessarily have to be cheap eats and it doesn’t necessarily even have to be a restaurant – could be some good clothing or other retail spot. What do you think are the best, most overlooked spots in town?
I’m gonna vote for the sandwiches and back patio of The Bean Counter in Georgetown.
1665 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
It’s not the fanciest of patios but I’ve walked past it a hundred times without realizing it was there. And it’s a great spot to enjoy a great sandwich. You can see their simple but tasty menu here.
We’ve occasionally debated painting brick in the past but for today – let’s just talk about this specific house. It’s a row house that is being developed into condos just south of the Petworth metro. It’s a complete renovation and was starting to look really good. I really dig the windows. Now for the record, I’m normally pro-paint but one day I walked passed here and noticed it had been painted gray. Side note: Has “flipper yellow” become “flipper gray”? Anyway, you can see how the original brick looked below. So what do you think – should they have kept the original brick or painted it gray or painted it another color?
In a rant/revel this week a commenter asks what did you go to study in school and what do you do now? I thought this would be a fun summer FQotD – So I’ll kick it off – I studied Political Science and International Affairs and before settling in as a blogger I was a paralegal, defense/air force consultant, reporter for a Japanese newspaper (Asahi Shimbun), a Congressional liaison for a small think tank, and a homeland security consultant. Crazy writing all that down. So what did you study and what path did you take to your current job?
Partially covered roof deck from the Brixton at 9th and U St, NW
Like many others, I love eating, drinking and just hanging out at roof top bars and outdoor patios. Obviously when we’ve been having weather like we’ve had this week, sitting outside isn’t always the most comfortable spot. But it got me wondering if there are some outdoor roof decks and/or patios that are still comfortable during the hot months? I’m particularly looking for some that are cool but you still have a view and or feel like you are outside. Know of any cool outdoor dining/drinking spots?
Going off the “Rib Pit” lament – What “old DC” restaurants–aka ones that predate the change in neighborhoods like Petworth–are worth going into?”
A few years ago we talked about the old school restaurants we most missed. And we took a crack at some of our current old school favorites last year. So for today – what old school restaurants do you think are most overlooked? Nevermind price, could be a carryout or fine dining, which old school restaurant/shop is the absolute best in DC?
I’m wondering if those who have had visitors in town over the 4th could help with suggestions for fun things to do? There will be three kids and two adults with us. We’re planning to hit the museums and monuments, and we’d love to see the fireworks but not get caught in the mayhem. Any suggestions from PoPville?”
And for those watching fireworks (either neighborhood ones or the official ones) where will you watch them from?
Every time there is a big sporting event, I get emails and we see comments lamenting the District’s sports bar scene. So I’d like to ask a few questions for today. First, why do you think it seems that DC doesn’t have any good sports bars? Is DC more of a place where bars happen to show sports rather than proper sports bars? For you, what are the elements that make up an awesome sports bar? Where is your favorite bar to watch sports in DC? Favorite one to watch your home team? Favorite one to watch big events like World Cup, NBA Finals, World Series etc.?
Back in the day, I always had a good time at Mister Days in the alley off 19th Street between L and M. I can’t believe how long ago that was, closed back in Jan. 2001. What do you think comes closest to Mister Days today? [A sorta no frills, no pretensions, decent enough food, decent enough beer options and prices, a place where big groups of friends could meet up - basically a regular sports bar with tons of tvs and tons of passionate sports fans.] Rhino Bar in Georgetown? But, I hate the fact they are the “home” to so many non DC teams, though I recognize that almost all DC sports bars are also “home” to non DC teams. I guess it’d be interesting to note how many people in PoPville support DC teams vs other teams. Hell, let’s poll it:
Earlier in the week The Daily Meal released their 2013 list of 101 best food trucks in America. They explain their methodology here. DC trucks that made the list were:
#78 Rito Loco
#72 DC Slices
#66 Red Hook Lobster Pound
#45 Pepe Food Truck
#32 Basil Thyme
#3 Fojol Brothers
So it’s been a couple years since we looked at our favorite trucks and lots of new ones have hit the streets since then. So I’m curious what are your favorites for 2013? (If possible please include roughly how expensive a meal at your favorite costs.) Anyone have a favorite that is no longer on the road in 2013?
My parents are visiting in October, and we’re looking to expand from the normal tourist-y things. I showed my mom the post on the Hillwood Estate, and she’s really excited to check it out. Do you (or my fellow PoPville denizens) have any other suggestions? We like things that are off the beaten path, and I’m looking forward to seeing new parts of DC.
Memorial Day Weekend brings us officially into grilling season. Admittedly I am a rank amateur when it comes to grilling so I thought it’d be a fun Friday question of the day – what are your favorite meals to grill? If possible and you have them, please include a recipe or just a basic description of how to do it properly. Also, I’m curious about what folks like to grill besides hamburgers and hotdogs – what’s your favorite non traditional item to grill?