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Food near Marriott Wardman Park?

Hi:

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.

TIA.

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  1. Open City is a block east of there, and has pretty good diner food. I don't know if it would be quick enough for a conference lunch, though.

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    Open City
    2331 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008

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    1. re: sweth

      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.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

      Open City
      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

      Cafe International
      2633 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

    2. 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.

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      Dino
      3435 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, DC 20008

      New Heights Restaurant
      2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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.

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            1. re: ftrain

              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.

              1. re: Elyssa

                I've seen Helen Thomas there! I think she pretty much has her own table.