Food near Marriott Wardman Park?
I'll be at a conference soon at the Marriott Wardman Park, and I'm wondering what's nearby and chow-worthy. I'm mostly looking for quick-but-tasty lunches, but will have time for a leisurely dinner or two. Seafood, bistro or brasserie-type food, and BBQ are rough preferences, but I'll try just about anything that's really good.
I agree with posts re going up to Cleveland Park, or over to Mama Ayesha's. Personally, I've never understood the general love shown to Lebanese Taverna - not bad, i've just never been impressed. One place in Woodley Park that doesn't get much notice on this board is Sake Club, next to Lebanese Taverna. Japanese, including sushi. I've not been for a few months, but really enjoyed my visits there in the past.
For quick breakfasts or lunch I would suggest Open City which is right down the street from you. Also for good take-out Chinese there is Mr.Chen's Organic Chinese (I suggest the sesame chicken and the cold noodles).
In terms of dinner I would head up toward Cleveland Park and either go to Dino's or Palena. Both are excellent. There is also a Vietnamesse restaraunt which is pretty good near there.
If you want to walk across the Ellington bridge towards Adam's Morgan I would suggest Cashion's Eat Place for an excellent dinner. The chef there uses a lot of fresh produce and there is outdoor seating in a laid-back, neighborhood atmosphere. Across the street from Cashion's is The Grill from Impanema, which is a Brazillian restaurant and pretty good as well. Certainly something a little different.
Since you are so close to the red line you can also take the metro one stop over to Dupont. If you go there I would suggest Hank's Oyster Bar, Sakana, Tabard Inn, Thai Tanic, Mark and Orlando's, or Bistro Du Coin.
You're in one of the world's most obnoxiuos hotels, so let's lighten your load. I suggest going to Cleveland Park and eating at Dino's, both casual and superb Italian food. Also a great wine list. And go to Palena. The resto itself may be the best meat place in DC (acc to a trusted friend who goes there a lot), but even better is the lounge in front where you can get unbelievable chicken, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Also a great bar.
I'll echo atarah on the nod to Lebanese Taverna and Mama Ayesha. Both very good and, in my opinion, easily the best two restaurants in the Woodley Park neighborhood. If you aren't into Middle Eastern, definitely shoot up the road to Cleveland Park where there are several good places (that you can walk to if you don't want to take the Metro). Palena is very high end. Indique is good Indian. Vace, an Italian store, has terrific pizza slices, if you're looking for something to grab on the go.
You know I always forget about Mama Ayesha but that's an excellent choice. The food there is quite food and its certainly something different. Plus you always run the chance of running into the famous White House Correspondant, Helen Thomas...she's rumored to eat there all the time.
And btw, Palena is only "very high end" if you eat in the back of the house. The front cafe area is far more casual but still has top-rate food.
Remember that it's pretty easy to get around DC on the Metro, so if you want to explore for dinner, it's an easy hop to Dupont Circle or even the Penn Quarter, where you'll find Cafe Atlantico. You asked for nearby, though, so also one stop north on the Red Line is Palena. Pricey for a real dinner, but the bar area in front has some wonderful and very reasonably priced dinner choices. And I'll second Dino. Fantastic.
There are a strech of restaurants right on Connecticut across from the hotel, which are nice for the sidewalk cafe atmosphere, but most are pretty mediocre or unremarkable as far as the cuisine. An exception is Lebanese Taverna. I'd recommend that for lunch or a leisurely dinner. Nice ambience, and very flavorful dishes.
If you walk east on Calvert, one block, you'll hit Mama Ayesha's, another great neighborhood Middle Eastern place.
New Heights is quite good now and right around the corner. About a mile north, you can metro one stop up on the red line, take one of the L buses up to Cleveland Park there's Dino, which is rustic Italian and one of my personal favorites.
3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008
New Heights Restaurant
2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008
Open City also has good coffee, if that's helpful to you (you can take out). There are plenty of restaurants near the hotel, but as others below say, for chow-worthiness, you're better off walking up to Cleveland Park -- except for Lebanese Taverna and New Heights, and yes to Mama Ayesha! And you'll be right at a Metro stop, so the city is yours. Not a long walk to Adams Morgan, either.
Oh, actually -- for a quick sandwich for lunch, you could go to Cafe International, right across Connecticut from the Metro. It's cheap and really pleasant for a bagel and sandwich kind of place -- not really what you were asking for, but fwiw.
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008
Mama Ayesha's Calvert Cafe
1967 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lebanese Taverna Restaurant
2641 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 02007
2633 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008