Saturday, January 31, 2009

Oh, The Places I'll Go

New bars are opening in D.C.! And I like to drink! And... not a single one of them is nearby because I live in a neighborhood full of dog walkers, stroller pushers & elderly folks.

Don't get me wrong, I adore my little neighborhood. But in terms of going out, I'm still living the small-town mindset, frequenting the same two or three bars that are in my comfort zone -- you know, like the one that's two blocks steps from my office or 15 steps from my apartment. And it's not just bars: It's everything. I don't like venturing too far from home, which my bestie Becca will testify to - she lived in the U Street corridor for an entire year, & I NEVER came to see her!

One of my goals for 2009 was/is to be more adventurous in terms of taking advantage of the city I'm lucky enough to be living in. I've already been here a year & a half, and I don't know how long I'll be here - at some point, I plan to head back to the Midwest, & when I do, I don't want to look back on my D.C. time & wish I'd been more exploratory.

So I'm finally putting to paper (to blog?) a list of places to go & things to do that's been building in my brain for quite awhile now. All you DCists -- got any suggestions for me? Here we go:

Food & drink:
  • Ben's Chili Bowl: A D.C. icon with massively long lines every night
  • Ben's Next Door: Soul food at the newly opened joint next door to iconic Ben's Chili Bowl, featuring head chef Rock Harper of "Hell's Kitchen" fame
  • Casa Oaxaca: Every time I pass this little Mexican place I want to drop what I'm doing to try it out.
  • Chi-Cha Lounge: I don't even know what Andean food is, but I think this place has hookah, which I'm very down with.
  • 18th & U Duplex Diner: An American diner-style, which hopefully means waffles!
  • Indique: I've been pretty resistant to trying Indian food thus far but really want to try this place, which I pass every day.
  • Inti: Peruvian! Do I like Peruvian?
  • Jaleo: Spanish tapas
  • La Tasca: More Spanish tapas, which I don't even know if I like
  • Mama Ayesha's: I pass this little Middle Eastern place on the bus all the time, & it just looks really cool.
  • Meskerem: Ethiopian, which I'm prooobbably not going to like
  • Mixtec
  • Oyamel: I hope this place is better than the crap Mexican places I've tried here so far.
  • Pasta Mia: I haven't found a good Italian place in the city yet, although I suppose I haven't looked very hard.
  • Plum Blossom: Because Asian-fusion is my newest fave
  • Tom-Tom: Cute little TexMex place
  • Zaytinya: More tapas - Greek/Mediterranean this time
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