For Sports Games: Awesome.
For Saturday Night, Top 40's Dance Party: Decent.
For Burger & Onion Rings: Nothing to brag about.
For Brunch: TERRIBLE.
This place is meant for drinking, not for eating.
I love my NFL Sundays there. However, I will n-e-v-e-r go back there for brunch, or any other meal for that matter. Food came cold, Eggs Benedict was served with Ham (even though I asked for no Ham), and the "home fries" looked like bird-feed. Service was slow. It was horrible. And trust me, their dinner and apps aren't really that much better. Not really sure how you can mess up nachos, but they do.
Expect the typical, crowded, sweaty weekend mess there on any give Friday or Saturday. The line is totally NOT worth it.
Great lunch option. If you're craving a great wrap or sandwich loaded with fresh veggies, meats, and cheese, then the Dupont Market is where it's at. This is a TINY gourmet grocery/deli on lower 18th St., offering up a great breakfast & lunch menu. I've had their breakfast bagels, turkey/bacon/cream cheese/jalapeno etc wrap, and buff mozza/sun dried tomato/garlic-artichoke spread sandwich. All were fantastic. They've got outdoor patio seating too, which is always a plus in my book.
Avg. prices. I've never had to wait more than 5-10 mins for my food. You can call in your order as well.
I happened to walk into this store when most of the shoes were at 40% off, and walked out with a brand new pair of Seafoam Green Sugar sneakers for under $25. This is a small shoe store, which also sells great unique handbags and jewelry. They have a good variety of brands (Naughty Monkey, Seychelles, Steve Madden, Frye, etc), and carry a lot of funky colorful pumps, sandals, boots. There's definitely something for everyone. The lady who helped me out offered to drive to their other store in Clarendon the next day to pick up a pair of shoes I had seen on their website, but that they didn't carry in their U St. store. Very very friendly, no pressure to buy.
Quality-Authentic El Salvadorian/Mexican food, Day & Night (5 am on the weekends). Pupusas, Tamales, Burritos, Chimichangas, Enchiladas, Taquitos... you name it, they've got it. Great margaritas be the glass or by the pitcher, a whole range of tequila brands (for those special occasions). Depending on what you order, you can get a great meal for a super-affordable price. The sides are in the $5-8 range, and the entrees hover around $10-15.For as long as I can remember, my go-to order is "2 bean-cheese pupusas, 1 order Chicken taquitos." It has never let me down.VERY accommodating for large groups/late-night munchies. PLUS: If you want to practice some Spanish (and you're feeling confident after those margaritas), give it a whirl at dinner. Everyone in the restaurant is bilingual.
LOVE LOVE LOVE this place. After searching long and hard for a mani/pedi that I could depend on and not have to spend my paycheck on, I finally found P L Nails two years ago. $35 gets you a long-lasting mani-pedi and service with a smile:) It's ALWAYS clean in there and the staff is always so friendly! They listen to you when you have special requests (I like to have my cuticles pushed back, not cut), and they ask you questions when necessary.
They really take care of you from beginning to end. Whenever I'm not in sandals and it's time to put my shoes back on, someone runs over, dabs my toe nails with cuticle oil, wraps my toes in plastic wrap, and helps put my socks and shoes back on for me. They know it's too easy to ruin a job well done with the simple act of dressing oneself.
PROS: Great Service, Great Price
CONS: You risk waiting if you go during nail-salon "rush hour," midday Saturday/Sunday. Avoid busy times, call ahead to check.
As a huge fan of Thai cuisine, I had always been curious by this (seemingly) tiny restaurant on lower 18th St. I finally went there for dinner with a friend of mine who was visiting from NY, and we had a wonderful time! The inside of the restaurant is beautifully decorated (wall carvings, statues, tapestries), with low lighting that sets the mood. The service was attentive, but not over-bearing. They served some of the yummiest Thai Iced Tea I've had in the city, and it came in cute little ceramic urns. A while back I was told this place had some of the greatest Drunken Noodles around, and I can confirm: it's DELICIOUS. My friend got the Beef Pad Thai and she was equally as pleased. Apps were share-able and satisfying. Best part was, we both walked out with lunch for the next day. The portions were huge, and all at an affordable dinner price. I would definitely recommend The Regent to any Thai cuisine enthusiasts.They also have outdoor seating, but there was a 45 minute wait (nice Saturday night). If you're dying to sit outside, I would get their early.Dinner: $$-$ out of $$$$$
Far away enough from the 18th St. Madness we all love to hate, Napoleon Bistro offers a breath of fresh air when it comes to brunch options. They offer a fairly traditional French menu filled with croissants sandwiches, omelets, and sweet and savory crepes, all named after famous French people and landmarks. Personally, I love their veggie sandwich: "open-faced sandwic[h] with grilled eggplant, zucchini, caramelized onions, sun-dried [tomatoes], marinated goat cheese and olive tapenade served on foccacia." And who can resist a fresh cup of individually French-pressed coffee, imported from all over the world. Service is always friendly, and we've never had to wait more than ten minutes for a table.
I have yet to try their dinner out, but I've been told to expect the same kind of quality service by friends who have been. Also, on the weekends, the downstairs dance party is alive and well with live DJ's spinning top 40. No cover (usually).
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