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Lovegreatfood Nov 20, 2005 10:12 AM

We are a family of four going to DC for the first time in Dec. Need suggestions for must eat places. The kids are 9 and 11 so they can eat almost anything-and we will need breakfast, lunch and dinner. We are staying downtown near the Capitol bldg. Eager to make lists.

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    KJH RE: Lovegreatfood Nov 20, 2005 10:27 PM

    Definitely hit 2 Amys for awesome pizza and good kid-friendly environment (Wisconsin Ave/close to National Cathedral)

    If you're on the Hill - try Eastern Market's Market Lunch one morning (except Sunday) for their pancakes. All are good- I'm partial to the buckwheat but that's me. It's eating at a counter style but cheap and yummy.

    Depending on how adventurous the kids are:

    Thaiphoon (Dupont Circle Conn Ave and S. St.)
    Eat First (Chinatown/Gallery Place on H. St.)
    Old Glory (Georgetown at M. and Wisconsin) - decent BBQ, fun atmosphere and tootsie roll pops for the kids.
    California Tortilla are a good casucal lunch spot scattered around the area
    Can always take the kids to the food court at Union Station for complete sensory/food choice overload!
    If you're looking for an evening treat - try taking the kids to a Cosi for the smores at the table (and a yummy hot chocolate "adult" drink for Mom and Dad!)

    Most of all - do try to get out and explore. This is a great city, we look forward to having you!

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      caphill RE: Lovegreatfood Nov 23, 2005 04:08 PM

      If you're going to tour the Capitol or meet with your member of Cognress while you are here (and you should - actually call ahead and arrange a tour of the Capitol), you may want to just have breakfast in one of the Senate or House cafeterias - they're cheap, family friendly and actually the food's presentable. Also as far as breakfast on Capitol Hill goes, Saturday breakfast at Eastern Market is an institution. Also Jimmy T's altho I haven't been there recently.

      and if you're here on a weekday, why not ask one of your Senators (ahead of time) to write a letter to enable you to eat in the Senate dining room.

      http://www.hillnews.com/thehill/expor...

      "Senators and their staffs, Senate officers and visiting dignitaries can eat at the Senate Dining Room, as well as senatorsÂ’ constituents if they have a letter from a senator."

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        caphill RE: caphill Nov 23, 2005 04:17 PM

        Incidentally, it might help us to know exactly where your hotel is? If you're really close to the Capitol, you're "on the Hill." If you're staying "downtown," you're a lot closer to the White House than the Capitol. And be aware that the hotel operators like to say things like "within a mile of the Capitol" but that's not exactly in the neighborhood.

        One thing I should've mentioned about the Senate Dining Room is that the dress code is jacket and tie and no jeans.

        But the rest of the Senate and House dining areas are informal. I think that there are some restrictions on non-staffers in the Senate Cafeteria in Dirksen at lunchtime. Check ahead on the web or call your Senator/Rep.

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