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Aug 2, 2007 08:43 AM

Visiting DC for 48 hrs on Monday...

We are staying at the Mandarin Oriental and would love suggestions where to eat. Does not need to be fancy. We plan on sightseeing so we will be hot, etc. All suggestions welcome.

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  1. one of the best restaurants in DC is in the Mandarion Oriental, CityZen. You should definitely do dinner there one night, although it is pretty fancy.

    1. Give us guidance? What do you plan to see while you're here? What kind of food do you like? Price ranges?

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      1. re: katecm

        We like everything. We plan on hitting the museums and walking around the Mall if weather permits. Anything we shouldn't miss? Midprice would be great but we are very open as it is only one night.

        1. re: jrmd

          I know not everybody on here agrees, but I think most would, that while you're doing the Mall museums, the best place to eat is the cafeteria at the Museum of the American Indian. The museum is a special place (but don't expect it to be a typical museum) and its restaurant is too. Still a cafeteria, but not like you'll get anywhere else.


          1. re: mselectra

            Sounds interesting. What is the cafeteria like?

            1. re: jrmd

              Two good "quick escapes" from the Mall are Teaism (informal, but excellent tea shop and full cafe) for lunches, and Oyamel (Mexican) for dinner. They are a couple of blocks off the Mall (maybe D St NW?), about a block away from one another.

              I've heard good things about the AmIn Museum Cafe, but other than that I'd run, run, run from the Mall and museums when you want to enjoy a meal.

            2. re: mselectra

              Absolutely do the cafeteria at the American Indian Museum. And very kid friendly too. There are stations that attempt to provide regional Native American fare -- maple turkey for the Northeast, buffalo burger for the Plains, salmon on cedar plank for the Northwest, and so on. Frybread, maize, you name it, and surprisingly good and affordable.

              I absolutely agree with CityZen at the Mandarin Oriental. One of the best meals in town. But a little known secret -- one of the best breakfasts in town is at the Cafe MoZU in the back of the first floor. Illy coffee and everything from breakfast bento box to egg white omelets to everything in between.

              If you're on the Mall at the Museums, the best best for other restaurants is on the northern side, along Constitution and Pennsylvania. Everything from Les Halles to Ten Penh to 701 Pennsylvania....hard to go wrong on Pennsylvania Ave.

              1. re: BigEats

                If you're in Penn Quarter, don't miss Jaleo for authentic tapas.

              2. re: mselectra

                I certianly agree with you. It's pretty much the only good place to eat on the Mall. It's a lot of fun because you can chose American Indian inspired cuisine from all the different regions of the country.

                I was so happy when I went there because I loved their fry bread. I lived in an Indian village in Alaska for a summer awhile back and it felt like I was right back at my adopted Grandma's kitchen.

                Fun and good choice. You should certainly check out the museum as well. Be warned though---it can get pretty busy so you might want to time it a little past 1-2pm to beat the crowds.