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25 Places Eater Readers Like to Take Out-Of-Towners

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Last week's Open Thread asked readers where they like to take out of town guests. Many commenters offered some good insight. "Depends where they are coming from," said hahn74. "I'd never suggest a DC Asian place to someone from LA or SF, just like I'd never suggest an Italian place to someone from NJ." Inexpensive and neighborhood places were a hit, as well as restaurants that are uniquely Washington or are close to tourist-friendly sites. Here's a rundown of 25 places Eater Readers suggest for showing off the city.

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1. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3833
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The price and location of this restaurant made this a draw.

2. Jackie's Sidebar

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8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 565-9700
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Those from Silver Spring and beyond can head to this cozy cocktail bar.

3. The Pig

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1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 290-2821
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Brunch favorite The Pig draws some out-of-towners.

4. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7949
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It's hard to get more iconic DC than Jaleo — multiple Eater readers mentioned it.

5. Rasika

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633 D St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 637-1222
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Those who plan ahead can get a reservation and take guests to Rasika (or its sister restaurant).

6. Georgia Brown's

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950 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-4499
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Georgia Brown's is a DC institution for soul food and jazz brunch.

7. Granville Moore's

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1238 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 399-2546
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Granville Moore's offers mussels and beer in a small neighborhood setting.

8. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404
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Multiple readers bring friends and family to Estadio for buzz, cocktails and tapas.

9. 2941 Restaurant

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2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 270-1500
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Suburban readers who want something a little upscale and classy have 2941 as an option.

10. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3086
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If you have visitors who don't mind a wait, Toki Underground's a fine choice to show off DC's current scene.

11. Volt

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228 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 696-8658
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A trip to Volt requires some planning but is an obvious choice for those near Frederick.

12. The Passenger

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1021 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 393-0220
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Show off DC's craft cocktail scene in a casual atmosphere at The Passenger.

13. J&G Steakhouse

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515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 661-2440
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J&G's proximity to touristy sights make it a solid choice to bring out-of-towners who aren't on a budget.

14. Blue Duck Tavern

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24 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 419-6755
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Blue Duck Tavern's new menu and brunch options are points in its favor.

15. Tabard Inn

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1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 331-8528
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Tabard Inn's brunch gets booked weeks in advance, and the restaurant's well-regarded cocktails make for another reason to bring visitors.

16. Ben's Chili Bowl

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1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-0909
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For some, a trip to DC would not be complete without a late-night stop at Ben's.

17. Cantler's Riverside Inn

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458 Forest Beach Road
Annapolis, MD 21409

Crabs are an iconic DC-area food, and Cantler's is worth the drive.

18. Standard

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1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

In the warmer months, the barbecue and chill vibe of the Standard is a neighborhood favorite.

19. Ray's Hell Burger

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1713 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 841-0001
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It's good enough for Obama — and it's good enough for out of town guests with a burger craving.

20. Oohh’s & Aahh’s

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1005 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 667-7142
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For a taste of DC soul food, Oohh's and Aahhs is the place.

21. BonChon Chicken

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6653 Little River Turnpike #H
Annandale, VA 22003
(703) 750-1424
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Out of town guests can become converts when it comes to BonChon's addictive chicken (multiple locations).

22. Ravi Kabob House

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305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 522-6666
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Many consider these kabobs the best around.

23. Founding Farmers

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1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20431
(202) 822-8783
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Fried chicken, cocktails and more bring in the crowds at Founding Farmers.

24. Ethiopic

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401 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 675-2066
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To really show off DC cuisine, Ethiopian food needs to be on the itinerary. Ethiopic is in the running for the city's best.

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1. The Star and Shamrock

1341 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

The price and location of this restaurant made this a draw.

1341 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

2. Jackie's Sidebar

8081 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Those from Silver Spring and beyond can head to this cozy cocktail bar.

8081 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. The Pig

1320 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Brunch favorite The Pig draws some out-of-towners.

1320 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

It's hard to get more iconic DC than Jaleo — multiple Eater readers mentioned it.

480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

5. Rasika

633 D St. NW, Washington, DC 20004

Those who plan ahead can get a reservation and take guests to Rasika (or its sister restaurant).

633 D St. NW
Washington, DC 20004

6. Georgia Brown's

950 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Georgia Brown's is a DC institution for soul food and jazz brunch.

950 15th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

7. Granville Moore's

1238 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Granville Moore's offers mussels and beer in a small neighborhood setting.

1238 H St. NE
Washington, DC 20002

8. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Multiple readers bring friends and family to Estadio for buzz, cocktails and tapas.

1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. 2941 Restaurant

2941 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042

Suburban readers who want something a little upscale and classy have 2941 as an option.

2941 Fairview Park Dr
Falls Church, VA 22042

10. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

If you have visitors who don't mind a wait, Toki Underground's a fine choice to show off DC's current scene.

1234 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

11. Volt

228 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

A trip to Volt requires some planning but is an obvious choice for those near Frederick.

228 North Market Street
Frederick, MD 21701

12. The Passenger

1021 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Show off DC's craft cocktail scene in a casual atmosphere at The Passenger.

1021 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. J&G Steakhouse

515 15th Street NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20004

J&G's proximity to touristy sights make it a solid choice to bring out-of-towners who aren't on a budget.

515 15th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004

14. Blue Duck Tavern

24 M Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001

Blue Duck Tavern's new menu and brunch options are points in its favor.

24 M Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

15. Tabard Inn

1739 N St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Tabard Inn's brunch gets booked weeks in advance, and the restaurant's well-regarded cocktails make for another reason to bring visitors.

1739 N St. NW
Washington, DC 20036

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16. Ben's Chili Bowl

1213 U St. NW, Washington, DC 20009

For some, a trip to DC would not be complete without a late-night stop at Ben's.

1213 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

17. Cantler's Riverside Inn

458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis, MD 21409

Crabs are an iconic DC-area food, and Cantler's is worth the drive.

458 Forest Beach Road
Annapolis, MD 21409

18. Standard

1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

In the warmer months, the barbecue and chill vibe of the Standard is a neighborhood favorite.

1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

19. Ray's Hell Burger

1713 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209

It's good enough for Obama — and it's good enough for out of town guests with a burger craving.

1713 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209

20. Oohh’s & Aahh’s

1005 U St NW, Washington, DC 20001

For a taste of DC soul food, Oohh's and Aahhs is the place.

1005 U St NW
Washington, DC 20001

21. BonChon Chicken

6653 Little River Turnpike #H, Annandale, VA 22003

Out of town guests can become converts when it comes to BonChon's addictive chicken (multiple locations).

6653 Little River Turnpike #H
Annandale, VA 22003

22. Ravi Kabob House

305 N Glebe Rd, Arlington, VA 22203

Many consider these kabobs the best around.

305 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203

23. Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20431

Fried chicken, cocktails and more bring in the crowds at Founding Farmers.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20431

24. Ethiopic

401 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

To really show off DC cuisine, Ethiopian food needs to be on the itinerary. Ethiopic is in the running for the city's best.

401 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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