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posted October 18, 2013 6:53 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri November 1 at 7:00 PM, Queen of Sheba
1503 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA (Map & Directions)
I'm going to be in DC on Friday November 1 for a meeting (which just got finally confirmed, even though everyone in the department I contract for has been furloughed recently and so it hasn't had any organizers...) and I'll be staying overnight. Wondering if any mefites want to meet up for dinner and/or drinks? I'm staying in Dupont Circle, but happy to head anywhere. Update: we have added a restaurant venue.
posted by gaspode to Meetup (32 comments total)

Yay! I would be really excited to see you on the 1st. There are some options in DuPont if you'd rather stick around there (and it's near where I work so I'd be pretty happy with that), but we can see what other people think.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:52 AM on October 18, 2013 [1 favorite]

I think the dinner options might be a little bit better over toward U Street or Logan Circle, but there's certainly stuff near Dupont. gaspode, are you interested in anything in particular, like something that's easier to get here than elsewhere (like Ethiopian or Salvadoran food) or mainly after a good meetup venue?
posted by EvaDestruction at 4:40 AM on October 19, 2013

I'm a maybe for now, but I'll try.
posted by MrMoonPie at 5:50 AM on October 19, 2013

I'm new to the city and would probably join.
posted by eugenen at 3:07 PM on October 19, 2013

Cool. I'm interested in both a good dinner and a good meetup venue, if that's possible! I'd definitely be down with something that's very DC like Ethiopian or Salvadoran (don't think I've ever had the latter?) or in fact anything else. I eat *everything*. Am coming from NYC so public transport doesn't faze me.
posted by gaspode at 4:23 PM on October 19, 2013

For Salvadoran, Judy Restaurant is walkable from Dupont and close to the U Street Metro. It's a hole-in-the-wall kind of place, but the food is good and they've got space for groups, and there are lots of places nearby for after dinner drinks if folks are so inclined.
posted by EvaDestruction at 5:55 PM on October 20, 2013

Personally there's no Ethiopian I like better than Etete, a few blocks east of the U st metro.
posted by phearlez at 6:35 PM on October 20, 2013

The best Ethiopian I know is Queen of Sheba in Shaw. Great food, good bar, and they don't rush you through dinner. It's also often pretty empty on weeknights, so it would likely be good for a group.
posted by decathecting at 7:39 PM on October 20, 2013

I looked at the menus. Queen of Sheba looks good! (Well, they all do. But there can be only one.) What's a good time for eating? I'm all askew with my normal habits and consider 9.30 a perfectly reasonable time to eat dinner, but maybe like 6, 6.30-ish? 7? Do you DC people work late? Would people be interested in grabbing a drink or two afterward? If so, should we plan a place now in case anyone wants to just meet up for that?

I have questions, yes :)
posted by gaspode at 9:08 AM on October 22, 2013

I should be able to make it to Queen of Sheba by 6:30 or 7:00, and I generally find myself on the "works late" end of the spectrum around here. I'm very likely to be up for drinks after.
posted by EvaDestruction at 8:57 AM on October 24, 2013

Coolio. If we don't have any other issues, I'll make it Queen of Sheba at 7pm. Any recs for bars in the neighborhood, post-dinner?
posted by gaspode at 6:58 PM on October 24, 2013

Flying into DC that afternoon! Would love to meet up!
posted by Nerro at 2:31 PM on October 26, 2013 [1 favorite]

Just found out that I have a work thing, so I'm unlikely to make it to dinner. But if you plan something else after, update the thread! And enjoy the delicious Ethiopian food. I'm jealous.
posted by decathecting at 10:33 AM on October 27, 2013

OK, I confirmed the venue and time. If we come up with a post-dinner drinks menu, I'll post it beforehand, otherwise it will just be posted on the fly, I guess. Looking forward to it! Should we make reservations?
posted by gaspode at 4:22 PM on October 27, 2013

dammit. menu = venue and I am an idiot.
posted by gaspode at 9:44 AM on October 28, 2013

For after-dinner drinks, I've had good luck with Dickson on U & 9th not being a zoo.
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:46 PM on October 28, 2013

I'm actually flying into Washington the same day, and having just joined Metafilter, would love to come and meet some real people if I'm still awake.
posted by bimble at 9:53 PM on October 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

Oh this sounds fun! Love Ethiopian food. I'll try to make it.
posted by capricorn at 6:36 AM on October 30, 2013 [1 favorite]

Just wanted to say that I'm really excited to see all of you tomorrow!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:35 AM on October 31, 2013

I'm heading to Penn Station in a couple hours. See y'all tomorrow!
posted by gaspode at 11:03 AM on October 31, 2013

Unfortunately, work madness today means that I'm no longer sure I can make it tonight, but I'll try!
posted by EvaDestruction at 12:01 PM on November 1, 2013

Oh, no -- I hope you make it!

We're walking over so we're headed out now -- for those who don't know us, I will be wearing a black t-shirt and Bulgaroktonos will be in a striped button-down shirt. See you all soon!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 3:12 PM on November 1, 2013

leaving now, to head over. See you soon!
posted by gaspode at 3:31 PM on November 1, 2013

I've just arrived. I'm outside in a gold scarf.
posted by capricorn at 4:03 PM on November 1, 2013

Ok, I'm here. Big table right when you walk in.
posted by gaspode at 4:04 PM on November 1, 2013

I just got to my hotel, I'm heading over!
posted by Nerro at 4:08 PM on November 1, 2013

Just a heads up for anyone reading this -- looks like we're headed to Recessions. God help us all!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:07 PM on November 1, 2013

Oh, dear god. What madness is this?
posted by EvaDestruction at 6:12 PM on November 1, 2013

Awesome intro to DC mefites. Ethiopian food and skeevy karaoke - brilliant. Thanks, y'all.
posted by gaspode at 9:22 PM on November 1, 2013

Thank you all for a lovely time.

We are just leaving Recessions now. Summer Nights!
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 9:54 PM on November 1, 2013

Meta beer! http://t.co/SGoEIFmDuX
posted by Skwirl at 10:12 PM on November 1, 2013 [2 favorites]

It was great to meet all of you! It's not every day that you get to see children cry and then hear drunken karaoke! Thanks for welcoming me to DC :)
posted by Nerro at 1:22 PM on November 2, 2013

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