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Visiting D.C. for first time 12/22-12/25

Hi Everyone!

My husband and I will be visiting the Washington, D.C. area for the first time this weekend and am hoping some of you will be able to suggest some places to eat during our visit since we are completely out of our element. Budget friendly would be nice, but not completely necessary. We will be staying in the Dupont Cirlce area near P street. We would also like to hear any suggestions on where to go grab a beer after dinner...we are in our late 20's and don't feel like doing the whole "club" scene...Thanks!

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  1. There are a ton of options in the Dupont Circle area for moderatly priced meals. My top suggestions would be Hank's Oyster Bar (depending on where you are traveling from this might be wonderful since they offer up New England/East Coast style seafood. Also have some non-seafood options including a great meat and two) , Sette Osteria (pizzas and pasta in a nice enviornment), Hudson (newly opened, affordable, on the more trendy side but still good), Mark and Orlando's (on P St. the upstairs area is very affordable, nothing over $16, the downstairs is a little more formal. If you sit upstairs you can order from both menus), Bistro du Coin (french bistro. Can get noisy and crowded but still a vibrant restaurant with pretty good food. I like their salmon with leeks, steak frites, roasted chicken, and goat cheese salad. Don;t order the mussels though--they are tasteless), and for good Thai go to either Mai Thai or Thai Chef (also serves decent sushi).

    For a cozy restaurant, perfect for this winter weather I highly recommend Tabard Inn. You can go for brunch,lunch or dinner. Also a nice place to grab a drink since their lounge area has a fire place.

    If you want a bar with greasy food (think cheese fries) and a dictionary size menu for beer I like Brickskeller, right off of P St.

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    1. Hey there - welcome to DC! Here are a few of my favorites that won't break the bank:

      1) Pizzeria Paradiso (2029 P Street) -- great pizza (try wheat crust for lighter option) and paninis, plus Italian beer and okay wine selections

      2) Logan Tavern (1423 P Street) -- a few blocks east, but great American food with added touches (try the wasabi meatloaf!); just opened a second room so it's easier to get a table

      3) Lauriol Plaza (2009 18th Street) -- Decent Mexican food (upscale, not street) at good prices, with great margaritas -- always busy, though, so be prepared to wait (that's what the margaritas are for!)

      4) La Tomate (1701 Connecticut Ave.) -- decent Italian food, in a bistro-type atmosphere, not ultra-formal

      but if you want the best Italian food and can afford a bit more...

      5) Al Tiramisu (2014 P Street -- downstairs across from Paradiso) -- the most authentic I've found anywhere -- the butter/sage ravioli will bring tears to your eyes

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      1. re: Scott in Shaw

        Thank you so much for all of your suggestions and for taking the time out to write!

      2. Also, beer after dinner...(I'm 28 and married, so same demo, I would think):

        1) The Front Page (1333 New Hampshire, on the circle) is okay -- it's a meat market after work, but tamer after dinner

        2) The Big Hunt (1345 Connecticut, south of circle) -- kind of a dive, but awesome draft beer selection, plus pool table upstairs

        3) Childe Harold (1620 20th Street, north of circle) -- a fine British pub, if that's what you're into

        4) Gazuza (1629 Connecticut, north of circle) -- a Latin-themed lounge if you want something more "hip," but not a dance club (of which there are plenty in Dupont)

        Hope this helps!

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        1. Sorry for all the posting -- I forgot about Firefly, my favorite place on the other side of the circle (southwest -- 1310 New Hampshire) -- it's a great place for drinks, but the food is also pretty good (try the truffle fries -- oh my God!)

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          1. re: Scott in Shaw

            Truffle fries you say, I believe I know where I am going next weekend.

            1. re: grandpoobah

              They also have really amazing truffle fries at Poste.

          2. For the beer after dinner, I'll echo the recommendation that you check out the Brickskeller. They have the best beer list in DC, by a mile.

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            1. re: Food Rockz Man

              The Brick has the best beer list in the world, as certified by the Guiness Book of Records. Unfortunately, they only ever have about half of their beers in stock, so if you want to explore the less-mainstream parts of the list, you often have to give the waiters 3-4 orders at a time in hopes of getting one beer served to you.