near Farragut North
I will be spending a little time working near the Farragut North station in DC. What is there good to eat for lunch and dinner? Lunch, I'm probably going to look for more to-go friendly food. For dinner, something that is more solo diner friendly (like dining at a bar).
Usually I like to look for regional dishes (if there is such a thing in DC), then probably Thai and French in that order.
My favorite in the area is Restaurant Kolumbia at 18th and K.
While the lunch (and definitely the dinner) menu can be pricy, they have a $9 bar lunch special that is one of the best bargains in town. And at happy hour, they also have a bar menu with some great bargains on it.
If you're looking to splurge, this is also a great place to do it.
The winner for lunch in the neighborhood is CF Folks. They're really good about having their daily menu up on their website so you can check the specials and if they have crabcakes, you're going to get one of the best in town. http://cffolksrestaurant.com/index.htm
For dinner, Pesce has some of the most reliably fresh and best prepared seafood in town as well as excellent desserts. You can eat at the bar too.
Montsouris near Dupont Circle is a terrific French Brasserie and also has desserts worth saving room for.
Sesto Senso is a comfortable Italian restaurant with a neighborhood feel where you can be quite comfortable dining solo.
Although you'll have to use the Metro, one of the nicest bars for dining is Mo's at 701 at the Archives Metro. Good food and a piano, a bass added for good jazz on weekends.
2016 P St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036
2002 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Sesto Senso Italian Restaurant
1214 18th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036
701 Pa Ave Restaurant
701 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Breadline. 1700 block of Penn. Sandwiches. My everyday favorites are Italian Sausage, Felafel. Cuban on Thursdays, BBQ on Fridays (ask for this on a ciabata), Philly Cheesesteak Mondays. Egg salad. BLT on a ciabatta. Anything with fresh tomatoes summertime.
cf folks: on 19th above M St. Sit at the counter and order from the blackboard. Peach cobbler for dessert.
Dinner: 1/2 price Happy Hour until 7pm At Taberna del Alabardero, 18th below I st., NW. Get the patatas bravas and the pate de conejo. Sangria to drink.
There is no shortage of restaurants around Farragut N. For lunch, Breadline (near 18th & Pennsylvania Ave) has good sandwiches. And Crepeaway (near 20th & L St) does cheap and cheerful crepes to go. Moby Dick (I think it's around Connecticut Ave & N St) is quick Persian.
There are many places to go if you wall up Conn. Ave a few blocks.
Panache is good for an after work drink, and though I have never eaten there I have heard the food is also good. It is located on Desales St and has a decent amount of outside seating.
1725 Desales St., NW, Washington, DC 20036