Around The World in DC Restaurants

Around The World in DC Restaurants

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DC's a hotbed of international flavor that goes well beyond Taco Tuesdays -- so here are the spots to score some flavors you (probably) aren't familiar with.

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    A gas station might not be your first thought when it comes to seeking out a fine meal. But just North of U Street is a gas station where the line for food is much longer than the line to fill up.
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    Northwest isn't the only DC quadrant with cuisines from off the beaten path. Along Barracks Row is Ambar, which specializes in Balkan foods and is gaining a following for its Serbian wines.
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    The chicken dumplings (called "momo", which is fun to say) are understandably popular, as is the restaurant's popped rice dish, which looks a lot like Rice Krispies.
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    Hidden in a strip mall in the burbs, Bangkok Golden has both Thai and Laotian menus, and diners should definitely indulge in the Laotian dishes. Order any of the larb (minced meat), anything ping (grilled), and the crispy watercress salad.
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    Before the cranes and high-rises, Queen of Sheba was already serving the area's Ethiopians lamb tibs (lamb in a stew) and doro wat (chicken in a spicy stew). The portions are hearty, so be sure to ask for extra injera to soak up the sauces.
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    Ethiopia's breakaway neighbor shares many of its culinary traditions, but Dahlak is able to highlight what makes Eritrean dishes Eritrean. Dahlak also tips its hat to its Italian colonizers with a few Mediterranean bites on the menu.
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    From traditional stuffed grape leaves and baba ghanouj to the more exotic Mount of Olives Salad and lamb shanks in tomato stew, Mama Ayesha's brings flavors of the Nile to those living on the Potomac.
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    In the hidden shadows of... the Target in Columbia Heights sits a gem of a Cuban restaurant surrounded by El Salvadorian chicken dives and Latin barber shops. The steady stream of Cuban expats frequenting the place lets you know it's legit.
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