In DC for 2 days
Saying on Thomas Circle and working at L NW and 20th.
What are your must tries withing walking distance.
Cheap, highend... anything goes. A mix would be great.
Not sure where you're coming from but high end Italian is available at nearby Il Mulino (NY based italian restaurant). Good, heavy food.
I also like the new restaurant Mio, next door to Il Mulino.
Both are on Vermont Ave. at about 14th Street, NW.
For cheap, good, NY style pizza during the day visit Washington Deli (their address is on K street, but the entrance is on 20th between I and K, NW...just down 20th from Baja Fresh). They close around 4 or 5 pm.
I don't know how far you're willing to travel within the City. Here are a couple of restaurants that I really enjoy for various reasons:
Restaurant Nora (http://www.noras.com/) - excellent, a long walk, but worth it!
Coeur de Lion at Henley Park Hotel (http://www.henleypark.com/) - delicious French
If you're willing to metro:
Zengo in Chinatown: Asian-Mexican fusion
Belga Cafe in Eastern Market: Belgian
I know there have been tons of recent threads even with perhaps the same title "2 days DC" you might look up for more info. It seems these come in waves.
Lots of good places walking distance from both locations -- you should start getting more responses. A couple ideas (I expect others know Thomas Circle area better than me):
Walk up 14th St. to Cafe St Ex, good food and a fun place.
Walk down 14th to DC Coast.
Near where you're working, if you're looking for lunch places there are lots, but first try C. F. Folks on 19th (open only for lunch, and as you'll see if you search here, many recommend the crab cake). If it's something you would like, I recommend Java Green, also on 19th, which is vegan.
And you'll want to head over to Penn Quarter area, that's where lots of the recs you'll find around here are -- certainly walkable, but not right down the street.
A real must in DC is Ethiopian food. The best are walking distance for you, but again not right down the street -- up near U and 9th.
(Walking in DC -- the parts you'll be in -- is really a nice way to get around; that's why we might all be a little unclear about your definition of "walking distance", if you see what I mean.)
PS: That's the wrong address below for CF Folks, it IS on 19th -- I'm having ongoing Beta problems and should have noticed, sorry.
Cafe St Ex
1847 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
C F Folks Restaurant
1225 19th St NW, Washington, DC
cf folks for lunch is a Washington institution. Sit at the counter, splurge on dessert. It's usually excellent and not too sweet. On 19th above M St. Another can't miss lunch would be any of the noodle dishes at Singapore Bistro, 19th below M St.
From your hotel, I would walk five blocks to 11th and K and go to Brasserie Beck, a Belgian brasserie.
I'm coming to a CU reunion (so-to-speak) & was told Brass Beck recently closed - I ate there last time I was in the District & loved it. I'm staying above the Georgetown Park Mall @ my aunt's unfurnished apt. I think that there's a blow up mattress, a jar of Jif & Diet Coke in the frige (I'll be roughing it - Oh well).