Dinner and "sure things" in DC
Hi there -
I'll be spending a few days each month in DC - specifically around M Street and the teens/20s. Looking for decent places for dinner and sure bets for lunch or just when I'm beat and don't want to get dolled up for dinner.
I'm a vegetarian, but pretty easygoing - so I don't need fifty million veg choices at one place, just something good - I'm open to all cuisines. I'm partial to nice wine and beer lists as well. Typically would rather not spend more than $25 on an entree. I guess what I'm simply asking is for an array of recommendations in the area that would suit me well.
Asia Nora on M and about 22nd has vegetarian options, inculding very well prepared tofu. I have always enjoyed the ambiance and food there.
There is a vegetarian restuarant in that area (Amana ?). I have never eaten there but I have eaten in their Vienna location and it is good.
La Chaumiere is good but the veggie options may be limited (check the menu online).
I second the recommendation of Mendocino. Someone will likely recommend the Blue Duck Tavern which I think is waaay over rated.
I've mentioned before that Cafe Tu-Oh-Tu is a sure lunch bet. It's on M in the direction of Foggy Bottom. I used to get the tomato orzo soup and a bread/dip sampler and it was fantastic. I also LOVE pizza paradiso on M, and they have a decent beer selection and plenty of veggie options. Someone posted on here asking about Georgetown recs for his daughter and I think a lot of recs are listed on there that would suit you (vegetarian recs).
Any Ethiopian restaurant will have good vegetarian options. Most of the great ones (Etete, Dukem) are quite aways away from where you're staying. But Zed's (on M Street in Gtown) is good.