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I don't know how I managed to miss it, but this is the first I've heard of this. Can anyone report?

Meh.  Have tried it once each at WF and UM.  Very missable, especially at Union Market, where you have the much better options of District Fishwife and Maketto.

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I probably walked right by it not knowing until later that the store was on two levels (I had no idea) and that I would need a directory. But please don't try to distract me from my resentment and pique.

I was at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods this afternoon, the second time I've been there. It's even worse than I remembered. God, what an awful place. The store directory, as pointed out above, is by the elevator on the lower level. The entrance to the store, however, whether you're coming off the street or from the parking garage (its own separate hell) is on the upper level. I would have thought that the directory would be of most use somewhere near where their customers enter the store. So I entered the store, went down to the lower level, where I thought most of what I needed would be, which was true, discovered the directory down there, and noted that coffee, which I needed, was on the upper level. So when I was through on the lower level, I went back up to the upper to find coffee, not realizing that the directory meant that prepared cups of coffee could be found on the upper level. Actual coffee beans were back down on the lower level, where I returned after having made a complete and bootless search of the upper. Great place. I hope to shop anywhere else for the rest of my life.

Oh, and as a special challenging treat for their customers, they cleverly have beer and wine on the lower level, and a whole other set of beer and wine choices on the upper level. Perhaps they might think of putting Fuji apples on the lower level, and Gala apples upstairs, as part of their whaddayacallit, paradigm?

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Has anyone eaten at Beefsteak yet?  Heading to a show at GW tonight with the teen, will probably take him to Burger Tap Shake (since District Commons is booked), but curious about Beefsteak. Though expect it would be much more to my liking than his (he likes Andres places but is more meat-centric than me and only likes some vegetables).

(Edit - really a Foggy Bottom question rather than precisely KC area, but since the whole discussion above was about Foggy Bottom places, it seemed to fit here. Plus I'm taking the above recommendation of BTS.)

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Any recent recommendations for dining CLOSE to the Kennedy Center?

The area around the Kennedy Center is a wasteland. There is no good dining genuinely close.  Have you considered Marcel's pre-theater prix-fixe deal? It's $70 for three courses if you order by 6:30, and it includes car service to and from the Kennedy Center. I've never tried it myself, but you can't get much better dining than Marcel's.

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MichaelBDC and I are heading to the Kennedy Center tomorrow to see Phantom of the Opera. Any suggestions on where we can get a bite to eat before hand? Nothing too fancy so Marcels and Fiola Mare are out. 

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My wife and I did Rasika West End and walked to the Kennedy Center (only about 15 mins if I remember correctly), but you might need to give yourself some extra cool down time when you get there with tomorrow's forecast temperatures. 

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18 minutes ago, Bart said:

My wife and I did Rasika West End and walked to the Kennedy Center (only about 15 mins if I remember correctly), but you might need to give yourself some extra cool down time when you get there with tomorrow's forecast temperatures. 

Brian Wolken and Tracy O'Grady (Willow) are running the day-to-day ops at Campono Trattoria for the time being. I doubt they'll be there forever, but for now, that's KC's sunshine band.

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2 hours ago, DonRocks said:

Brian Wolken and Tracy O'Grady (Willow) are running the day-to-day ops at Campono Trattoria for the time being. I doubt they'll be there forever, but for now, that's KC's sunshine band.

Well, that's the way I like it (uh huh, uh huh).

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On 8/9/2016 at 4:30 PM, DonRocks said:

Brian Wolken and Tracy O'Grady (Willow) are running the day-to-day ops at Campono Trattoria for the time being. I doubt they'll be there forever, but for now, that's KC's sunshine band.

Thank you for the suggestion, DonRocks!  EatRunEat and I thought Campono was the perfect place for the pre-show dinner.  Show time was at 7, so by the time she and I left work and got there we didn't have a whole lot of time to eat.  But it was enough time to get the Atomica pie, Caesar Salad and Deviled Eggs.  The Atomica pie was exactly as I'd hoped it'd be with thin - but not too thin - and crispy crust.  The meats were plentiful on the pie and the peppers offered a welcome kick.  I will definitely go back next time I'm going to the Kennedy center.  

For those who have not gone.  It's a self service restaurant.  You order, get all of your plates, utensils, etc for your table.  They bring out the food and bus the table.  Not a knock on the place at all.  Just came as a surprise based on the pictures I saw on their site.

Thanks again,

Mb 

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Michael

Glad you enjoyed yourself, thanks for stopping by. 

I also appreciate the feedback. I understand the current website is a bit vague. We are working on updating it with more specific information. 

Cheers!

Brian

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Kingbird (SRJ)

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Going to see Aladdin on a Sunday in July.  The oldest kid wants to run a race that very same morning 🙄.  The show starts at 1:30.  I'm guessing we can get to Foggy Bottom around 11:30 (so the kid can clean herself up).  I want a good non-eggy brunch.  Thoughts?  Is District Common any good?  Can't do Kingbird (they offer a buffet on Sundays).   

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8 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Going to see Aladdin on a Sunday in July.  The oldest kid wants to run a race that very same morning 🙄.  The show starts at 1:30.  I'm guessing we can get to Foggy Bottom around 11:30 (so the kid can clean herself up).  I want a good non-eggy brunch.  Thoughts?  Is District Common any good?  Can't do Kingbird (they offer a buffet on Sundays).   

Duke's Grocery just opened up in the old Kinkead's space at 2000 Pennsylvania Ave.  I would be inclined to try that over District Common.  Haven't seen the menu posted yet.  It is reported to be more expansive than the Dupont and Woodley Park locations.

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You can always try Campono. We offer discounted parking in our garage and we are literally right across the street from the KC. 

We are fast casual and make most things in-house, including all of our own doughs, breads and pastries. 

We feature authentic Italian wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza, both hot and cold sandwiches and a nice variety of salads.  

Who doesn't like like pizza after a race:)

www.camponodc.com

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