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Apr 1, 2008 12:26 PM

In DC for 8 days...

Please help me with dining recs. We'll be staying at the Fairmont - no car. All price points: I want some splurges and some economizing. Help me "taste" DC - willing to take train/bus wherever you say!

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  1. Can you give us some ideas of what type of cuisine you are looking for? Also do you need breakfast, lunch, and dinner recs? Any particular type of ambiance you are looking for?

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Elyssa, when traveling we usually do a fairly big breakfast, snacky lunch, and a nice dinner. However, we'd be willing to swap a nice dinner for a nice lunch in order to eat at a better place. We're also fans of dining at a bar. My husband doesn't care for Indian food (sigh), but other than that we are adventurous. Thanks!

      1. re: DLAOKC

        You are walking distance to both Dupont Circle and M St. in Georgetown.

        For a major splurge I would certainly consider going to Citronelle. One of the best restaurants in the city. Other Georgetown restaurants worth checking out are Hook, Bistro Francais (especially if you are looking for a decent dinner late at night or for Sunday brunch), Baked and Wired for coffee/tea/cupcakes, also next door to Baked and Wired is SNAP for yummy crepes for breakfast or lunch.

        In Dupont you might like Hudson (I believe they are serving breakfast now but you should double check), West End bistro, Sette Osteria, Firefly, Hank's Oyster Bar, Pizza Paradisio, and Regent Thai. Also a good spot for breakfast or lunch would be SoHo Coffee on P St.

        That should give you a start. If you know other areas you will be in we can help you out.

        1. re: Elyssa

          I would also add Circle Bistro, which should be about 3 blocks from your hotel, right on Washington Circle, and they have a great bar/lounge area to sit in, as well a nicer dining area. And, in Dupont, and on the same street as Pizzeria Paradisio, you should try Mark and Orlando's. Upstairs is a more causal restaurant with a shorter menu, and downstairs is more uspcale. But both are delicious.

          Mark & Orlando's
          2020 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036

          Circle Bistro
          One Washington Circle, Washington, DC 20037

    2. Rather than waiting for responses, I would spend some time browsing through the most recent DC topics over the past few weeks. Your request is VERY popular, and current musts across all price ranges have been analyzed exhaustively. Enjoy your stay!

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      1. re: bordeauxfan

        bordeauxfan, I have been browsing for a couple of months, and have some lists formed. My main problem is getting an idea about what might be "relatively" close to our hotel. We'll be out doing the touristy stuff days, and will gladly venture farther afield if necessary. Thanks.

        1. re: DLAOKC

          My hint for planning travel meals?

          I put all my touristy stuff into Google earth, and then add in all the restaurants I have heard good things about. That way I always know the best restaurant that is "right around the corner!"

          1. re: aletnes

            Thanks for this tip... started my own little Google world!

      2. You're very close to Marcel's, which would fall into the dinner splurge catagory. If you do a search for Marcel's on this board, you will find lots of great reviews.

        1. Across from your Hotel is Blue Duck Tavern in the Park Hyatt. Very good for one of your splurges.

          1. Obelisk at 2121 P street is my fave Check out my many posts on it! Northern italian 5 course prix fixe. at 65 pp would probably fit into the splurge category.

            The big lunch idea is a good one if you want to try some of the city's nicer/spendier/trendier places when they are less crowded and less expensive. Some however don't serve lunch (like obelisk) so make sure to check ahead of time. When you are doing museums, check out the Mitsitam cafe in the American indian museum. it's very unique and delicious food.