Why D.C. Has So Little Great Ethnic Food

Basically, NoVa is better


Carman on Why D.C. Has So Little Great Ethnic Food was originally published on City Desk on Jan. 14, 2010, at 1:15 p.m.

Tim Carman was on Warren Rojas' chat today, and a reader asked him about the difference between D.C. and Virginia's dining scenes. His answer:

...The main difference is that NoVa is stuffed with great ethnic eateries: Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese, Middle Eastern and on and on. It's a matter of economics. The lower rents afforded by surburban markets attract the mom 'n' pop shops. I really wish D.C. could do something to attract more small ethnic restaurants back into the area. I've heard a rumor Chinatown is working on something like that.

He also says that D.C. street food sucks and lists his favorite restaurants in Northern Virginia:

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