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Tonight we're going to the Folger Shakespeare Library for a reading and I am a dreadful ignoramus as far as that part of town is concerned. Anyone got recommendations in the neighborhood of 201 East Capitol St. SE?

We probably don't have much time, either, or I would give sitting at the bar at Sonoma a try. (Still might, I guess.) Crowding might be an issue, too, around 6-6:30 on a Friday.

Anyone with opinions on Tortilla Coast or Taverna the Greek Islands, which washingtonpost.com says are nearby?

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Sonoma is very close to the Folger as are the other restaurants and bars on the House side of the Capitol. It is not a very foodie friendly part of town, though people really seem to like Sonoma.

Oops... didn't see that you mentioned Sonoma on your thread. I am not a fan of Tortilla Coast. Not sure where Taverna is.

Don't joke but the Express place on PN Avenue down by Eastern Market has a nice bar and great salad bar.

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Taverna is not worth your time. Tortilla Coast is tolerable mex(tex)ican - better and closer if you are going to do mexican is La Lomita Dos at 3rd & Penn.

Sonoma is good and a nice spot for a glass of wine and a quick bite, but probably will have a sizable happy hour crowd by that hour on a friday.

The best spot is probably Montmartre a short 6 block walk and is very good, reasonably priced (not too fancy pants) French (see its own separate thread on this site).

If you can go a few more blocks to Barracks Row (8th St south of Penn) you can get pretty good Thai at Old Siam & solid Indian at Capital Hill Tandoori.

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Eat dinner beforehand??? Seriously....

I like Tortilla Coast but on a Friday night, with the NCAA going on, it's likely to be a zoo.

Taverna is pretty dreadful, the Hawk and Dove does bar food well, Thai Roma bears little resemblence to Thai food, and I've never been to La Lomita Dos and I've worked on Capitol Hill since 1991.

La Loma on Mass Ave has good Tex-Mex-Salvadoran type food and is a 10 minute walk to the Folger.

Good luck!

Jennifer

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Tonight we're going to the Folger Shakespeare Library for a reading and I am a dreadful ignoramus as far as that part of town is concerned. Anyone got recommendations in the neighborhood of 201 East Capitol St. SE?

Sonoma is quite close, at 223 Penn. We also partner with the Folger and provide a standing discount to subscribers who show their card. We have a sizeable early pre-theatre crowd, but, frankly, Fridays can be a little busy and noise levels higher than normal.

If we're full - or even if we're not - I strongly recommend Montmarte (7th St) or Belga (Barracks Row). Both are well worth the extra couple minutes walking or driving.

If you're coming from downtown or in a little rush, try Teaism in Penn Quarter - it's excellent and usually quieter in the evenings.

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I would never dispute the superiority of Sonoma or Montmatre, but I'd second the earlier recommendation of La Lomita Dos, 2 blocks from the Folger. Order anything with steak -- I'd recommend the Carne Asada or the Burrito al Carbon. Their salsa is also quite good. Best of all for you, the service is generally very quick.

Very friendly owners and I always run into lots of fellow Hill locals there.

White Tiger is also good -- I like the Murg Makhani best.

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Wanted to try La Lomita Dos, but with one thing and another at work we didn't have time to eat beforehand at all.

However, afterward, we sat at the bar at Sonoma and shared a Wagyu burger and some gnocchi. Both were absolutely excellent. My glass of Barbera d'Alba was also quite tasty. The bar space is also very inviting and elegant. Glad we went.

Thanks to all for the suggestions.

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Thanks for this!  Going to the Folger this week and despairing of dinner choices between the Metro and the theater.  La Lomita Dos looks great.  May stop afterward to get the kid and myself a toasted marshmallow shake at Good Stuff, but couldn't stomach the thought of eating dinner there.

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Thanks for this!  Going to the Folger this week and despairing of dinner choices between the Metro and the theater.  La Lomita Dos looks great.  May stop afterward to get the kid and myself a toasted marshmallow shake at Good Stuff, but couldn't stomach the thought of eating dinner there.

Bearnaise might be a good, if expensive, compromise.

I heard a little secret about Montmartre, but I'm afraid this week might be too soon. :(

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