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Sadly, my favorite place is Carlyle in Shirlington. That being said, I really liked the calamari i've ordered at Dino and Bebbo

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I really like the fried Calamari at Capital Grill. Lots of hot peppers and always very tender.

Having had it as recently as last Monday - been meaning to post about that meal - I think that Cap Grille has the best "traditional" preparation of this dish in DC. But this raises an interesting question (to me at least) none of the high end restaurants/big name chefs would ever do this dish. Is the Grille's calamari the best because Richard, Power, Ruta, Monis, et al functionally cede this area to them?

Sadly, my favorite place is Carlyle in Shirlington. That being said, I really liked the calamari i've ordered at Dino and Bebbo

I also like their preparation too.

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I don't know if I can speak to the best calamari itself, but I think one of my favorite dipping sauces for the breaded, fried squid rings is from Cafe Asia. I've figured out I prefer a spicy type of sweet and sour sauce to marinara.

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I believe Jaleo's fried squid is excellent, not sure if the best in town, but the most memorable on a regular basis.

I've personally found it to be inconsistent - sometimes cooked at the right temp, but sometimes not so the coating gets extremely greasy. It does help that there is the yummy aioli to go with, which is rather redemptive. I wonder if the ones at Taberna del Albardero are better?

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West End bistro, Dino and Al A lucia.

The last order we had at A La Lucia was disappointing. Bland, not crispy. I prefer the calamari at FireFlies (Del Ray). They serve it with a sweet spicy sauce.

One sauce that is good w/ fried calamari is Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce.

http://www.amazon.com/Ploy-Sweet-Chili-Sau...s/dp/B00016UX0K

I'd swear it is what some restaurants are using.

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I think that Chadwicks in Georgetown as well as the location in Old Town Alexandria does a good job with serving its fried calamari with marinated peppers.

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The popcorn shrimp and fried calamari at Hank's is very good. Tender calamari, nice dipping sauce and a light tempura-like batter.

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For many years my favorite fried calamari (as well as fried scallops) in DC has been at Teatro Goldoni. Not sure if it has changed now that Fabrizio has left for Florida. I also used to enjoy a ver different fried calamari at Yanyu. I guess I'm living in the past with this post.

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For many years my favorite fried calamari (as well as fried scallops) in DC has been at Teatro Goldoni. Not sure if it has changed now that Fabrizio has left for Florida. I also used to enjoy a ver different fried calamari at Yanyu. I guess I'm living in the past with this post.

clyde's in gtown and Reston, have always delivered consistent delicious calamari (at least in my opinion)..

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clyde's in gtown and Reston, have always delivered consistent delicious calamari (at least in my opinion)..

I will second Clyde's. Their fried calamari has always been one of the best items on their menu. Huge portion, crispy, plenty of tentacles, zippy remoulade-ish dipping sauce instead of boring marinara -- what's not to like?

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I second the Locanda vote. And the ones at Talberna del Albero are excellent. Get a couple of plates during Happy Hour and you are enjoying one of the best happy hour deals in town.

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Color me jittery from the Dick Confit posting, but I did a double-take when I read this...

Well, Don, with fried squid you can get either tentacles or c-rings -- your choice :(

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I had truly amazing Fried Clamari at La Tabernadel Alabardero in DC.

A very authentic Spanish restaurant.

the place is on the pricey side, but if I remember correctly, they had half off tapas at the bar happy hour every weekday :(

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The one dish I have found at Coastal Flats that makes me return is the Crispy Sweet & Spicy Calamari. Not the best squid I have ever had, but still good. The worst I ever had was at the craphole that was replaced by the equally as bad Overwood, I think they were picked-up from a bargain bin at Aldi's, truly horrible stuff.

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My daughter really loves calamari, and I wonder what places serves decent versions of it.  So far, Pete's Pizza has the strongest version, but then I am stuck eating pizza which is getting pretty old for me. 

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