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I'm attending a conference at the International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW @ 14th, and I need some recommendations for tasty but not pricey dinner options in the area. We're on a nonprofit budget!

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  1. hm... old ebbit grill/ finemondo for a bit nicer place that's within two blocks... a bit less expensive... harry's, for a burger and fries type place...
    if you're willing to walk to the chinatown/verizon center area, or take the metro one stop there.... you can find tons of places....
    check this thread for a quick list a few places there, or just search the thread for that area...
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/378862

    1. Not many places in that neighborhood fit your requirements of tasty but not pricey. If you walk down Pennsylvania toward the Capitol to 7th Street, and turn left, you can find Oyamel for pretty good Mexican, and Jaleo for tapas. To be honest, I haven't been to Oyamel since it opened in this location, so can't vouch for the food, but I liked it when it used to be across the river in Virginia.

      There are several very good restaurants around your conference site -- but they're on the expensive side. On the other hand, there is a Metro stop (Federal Triangle, Blue and Orange Lines) right there that can get you around town easily if you're willing to venture to other neighborhoods.

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      1. re: BrianD

        Stuck this question here.... eating at Oyamel 1pm before Capitol tour at 3pm. Finding directions showed some roundabout way down E..wouldnt it be ok to walk east on Pennsylvania then wind around to the visitor center? Any better way to go short of a taxi? Thanks.

        1. re: aviva5675

          Love Oyamel - enjoy! Also from August 1-14 they are having a squash blossom festival, so expect some amazing specials! In terms of walking, I think it is easiest to walk down Pennsylvania. Just remember that the entrance to the visitor center is on the far side (east) of the Capitol Building, so you'll have to go around the Capitol building. Also, Congress is in recess right now, so it should be somewhat desolate in that part of town...

          1. re: erinnf

            Thanks, we will be there on Sept 12, so I think they will be back by then. Is that a very long walk, or doable in 15 mins or so?

            1. re: aviva5675

              Hi -- It is not a 15 minute walk, it can take 15 minutes just to walk around the Capitol itself, depending on your speed. it's a nice walk down Penn, but I think you should allow more time (or take a cab there and walk back) especially because you also need to allow time to get through security into the Capitol Visitor Center. Be sure to check security rules before you head over there, they're really strict. To make this slightly food related (perhaps other answers have been deleted already?) -- no food at all or liquids or even empty bottles allowed in.

              1. re: mselectra

                mselectra is right. it is most definitely NOT a 15 minute walk. there are links to the transit system info in the "new to" sticky at the top of this board, there's a bus that takes you right there that runs fairly often and the Capitol South Metro station is just 2-3 blocks from the Capitol. and as pointed out in DC ALWAYS budget a little extra time for security.

                1. re: hill food

                  Thanks, checked the new to sticky and not really finding transportation stuff. Went to the Metro site, and seems like its the Circulator to the 34 or 36 bus? Anyone know if thats right/fastest, or can direct me to transpo info in the sticky?

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