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Tired of Tapas? Where to Avoid Small Plates on 14th St.

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It seems like a new small plates restaurant opens just about every week along the 14th Street corridor. There's Kapnos, Barcelona Wine Bar, Etto, and Doi Moi, just to name a few. And that's not even including all the established small plates restaurants around there, like Cork Wine Bar, Estadio, Masa 14 and Bar Pilar. It seems like, backlash aside, small plates are here to stay. What's a hungry diner in a trendy neighborhood to do? Eater has rounded up those restaurants on 14th Street that appeal to those who are tired of tapas, busy entertaining Midwestern relatives with small plates skepticism, or simply not in the mood to share dinner with a crowd. Seek out these places, and be sure to try the hearty dishes highlighted.

Have another favorite non-tapas restaurant around 14th Street (or a favorite dish to order there)? Let us know about it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Ted's Bulletin

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-8337
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The dish: Buttermilk Country Fried steak
Ted's fries cube steak and serves it with black pepper gravy and two sides.

2. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

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1901 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-0369
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The dish: Miniburgers
A diner could get full on the onion straws alone atop Matchbox's miniburgers. Even a small order of three can be daunting.

3. Le Diplomate

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1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The dish: Steak frites
Le Diplomate delivers one of the best versions in the city, and doesn't skimp on the perfectly-cooked fries.

4. Garden District

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1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
The dish: The Garden District burger
Seasonal restaurant Garden District (formerly The Standard) is best known for its barbecue, but delivers one of the city's underrated burgers as well.

5. Birch & Barley

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
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The dish: Chicken and waffles
Come to Birch & Barley for brunch, where the generously portioned chicken & waffles are served with buttered pecans and maple chicken jus.

6. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307
(202) 319-1612
The dish: Braised Duck & Oyster Gumbo
Pearl Dive has several gumbos to choose from on its menu; this one is a good choice for the cooler months.

7. B Too

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1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 627-2800
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The dish: Chimay Mussels
Mussels tend to be a good bang for the buck dish — B Too has several options, including this one with endive, celery, Chimay cheese and beer.

8. Chix Dos

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1121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Quarter chicken with two sides
Chix is one of 14th Streets go-to lunch options - a quarter chicken and two sides only sets diners back $8.99.

9. Great Wall Szechuan

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1527 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 797-8888
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The dish: Twice-cooked pork
It's hard to go wrong when ordering from the Ma-la (spicy) menu at this longtime Chinese restaurant - ma po tofu, dan dan noodles and this pork dish are all specialties.

10. Taqueria Nacional

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1409 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-1122
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The dish: Huevos rancheros
This breakfast dish at the relocated restaurant involves two fried eggs, tortillas, sauce, cheese and beans, all for $6.50.

11. Cafe Saint-Ex

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1847 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-7839
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The dish: Roast chicken
This longtime neighborhood standby delivers the classic dish with an Asian twist, including rice noodles and peanuts.

12. Fast Gourmet

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1400 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 448-9217
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The dish: The Chivito
The multi-meat Chivito is one of the most iconic offerings from this late night sandwich spot.

13. Taylor Gourmet

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1910 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-7117
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The dish: the Federal Street
Taylor just launched a new menu today; this addition features two types of capicola, salami and pepperoni.

14. Pho Viet

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3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 629-2839
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The dish: #11 Beef special
This pho offering combines several cuts, including beef eye round (or well done Brisket), flank, soft tendon & meat balls

15. G Sandwich Shop

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2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-5015
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The dish: Spring lamb sandwich
Kapnos may be small plates central, but sister restaurant G serves up huge sandwiches next door (not to mention a tasting menu at night).

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1. Ted's Bulletin

1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Buttermilk Country Fried steak
Ted's fries cube steak and serves it with black pepper gravy and two sides.
1818 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro

1901 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Miniburgers
A diner could get full on the onion straws alone atop Matchbox's miniburgers. Even a small order of three can be daunting.
1901 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Le Diplomate

1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Steak frites
Le Diplomate delivers one of the best versions in the city, and doesn't skimp on the perfectly-cooked fries.
1610 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

4. Garden District

1801 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: The Garden District burger
Seasonal restaurant Garden District (formerly The Standard) is best known for its barbecue, but delivers one of the city's underrated burgers as well.
1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Birch & Barley

1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The dish: Chicken and waffles
Come to Birch & Barley for brunch, where the generously portioned chicken & waffles are served with buttered pecans and maple chicken jus.
1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009-4307
The dish: Braised Duck & Oyster Gumbo
Pearl Dive has several gumbos to choose from on its menu; this one is a good choice for the cooler months.
1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009-4307

7. B Too

1324 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The dish: Chimay Mussels
Mussels tend to be a good bang for the buck dish — B Too has several options, including this one with endive, celery, Chimay cheese and beer.
1324 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Chix Dos

1121 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Quarter chicken with two sides
Chix is one of 14th Streets go-to lunch options - a quarter chicken and two sides only sets diners back $8.99.
1121 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Great Wall Szechuan

1527 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
The dish: Twice-cooked pork
It's hard to go wrong when ordering from the Ma-la (spicy) menu at this longtime Chinese restaurant - ma po tofu, dan dan noodles and this pork dish are all specialties.
1527 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

10. Taqueria Nacional

1409 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Huevos rancheros
This breakfast dish at the relocated restaurant involves two fried eggs, tortillas, sauce, cheese and beans, all for $6.50.
1409 T St NW
Washington, DC 20009

11. Cafe Saint-Ex

1847 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Roast chicken
This longtime neighborhood standby delivers the classic dish with an Asian twist, including rice noodles and peanuts.
1847 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

12. Fast Gourmet

1400 W St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: The Chivito
The multi-meat Chivito is one of the most iconic offerings from this late night sandwich spot.
1400 W St NW
Washington, DC 20009

13. Taylor Gourmet

1910 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: the Federal Street
Taylor just launched a new menu today; this addition features two types of capicola, salami and pepperoni.
1910 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

14. Pho Viet

3513 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
The dish: #11 Beef special
This pho offering combines several cuts, including beef eye round (or well done Brisket), flank, soft tendon & meat balls
3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010

15. G Sandwich Shop

2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
The dish: Spring lamb sandwich
Kapnos may be small plates central, but sister restaurant G serves up huge sandwiches next door (not to mention a tasting menu at night).
2201 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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