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My boyfriend and I (from NYC) will be there this weekend to check out the museums and just hang out. We need some recommendations for restaurants. We are staying at the Westin hotel on Embassey Row, 2100 Mass Ave, NW. Any great places for breackfast/brunch near by? Would hate to eat at the hotel. We'll be at the museums during the day. Any good lunch spots? Finally, after museums, we're hoping to go to 1 fine dining place for a romantic meal-- but we're big foodies so ambiance can take a back seat to a memorable delicious meal. We don't want to have to drive too far since I assume DC, like any other large city has lots of great restaurants. The other night, we'd like to do something a little more casual and fun atmosphere. Would love to hear any suggestions from you! Thanks!

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  1. tons of things around the American Art/Portrait Gallery (and my current fave museum) just search Penn Quarter on this board. not too much directly off the mall unless you're on the North side near 6 or 7.

    Mass and 21 has places but others are surely better informed. Kostas on 19 between L&M for lunch - my favorite gyro. ever. Piraeus on 21 also between L&M has H+H bagels (but no lox).

    1. Because this is your first Chowhound post, please post more information so we can give you better focused suggestions for the memorable & romantic dinner. Just like NYC, some of the better places are already booked.

      Your hotel is very well situated to walk to the Dupont Circle Metro. On Sunday morning you'll walk through the Dupont Farmers' Market to get to the station:
      http://www.freshfarmmarket.org/market...
      Buy fruit, bread/pastry & cheese for breakfast or buy makings for lunch to take and eat picnic style on the Mall or by the Tidal Basin if the weather's good. The subway system here is fairly clean, but it's because [fair warning] there are significant fines for eating/drinking on the trains.

      You're a couple of blocks south of Teaism. Check menu for breakfast and lunch options
      http://www.teaism.com/Restaurant/Dupo...

      Last week, the wine column in the Wall Street Journal highlighted wine bars in DC. You're near Urbana one of the wine bars featured in the article. There's also a map of all the locations noted. I've enjoyed Proof [across from the National Portrait Gallery] and have heard good things about Sonoma [Capitol Hill]:
      Artcle: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB12078...
      Map: http://online.wsj.com/public/resource...

      The highlight foodie Mall lunch is Mitsitam Café in the National Museum of the American Indian: http://www.nmai.si.edu/subpage.cfm?su...

      Art Museum-wise, your hotel is actually across the street from the Phillips Collection: http://www.phillipscollection.org/

      1. More Dupont places, for breakfast or snacks Kramerbooks cafe is usually good. So is Luna grill and diner. For lunch sombody mentioned a greek place, I like Zorba's in Dupont. For someplace cool, Brickskellar is a saloon that has literally every beer imaginable. I think they had the guiness record at some point.

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        Luna Grill & Diner
        1301 Connecticut Ave NW Frnt 1, Washington, DC 20036

        Kramerbooks & Afterwords
        1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

        Zorba's Cafe
        1612 20th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

        Brickskeller
        1523 22nd St NW, Washington, DC 20037

        1. Mitsitam in the american indian museum for a wonderful, unique lunch (food from the americas). For a wonderful dinner try Obelisk, in dupont circle area (2121 P street), 5 course prix fixe n. italian meal; small dining room, 65pp. check the past posts on it (mostly mine!)

          1. Breakfast - Teaism
            Lunch near Am.Art/Portrait Gallery (a must) - Matchbox
            Fine Dinner - Citronelle
            Casual/Fun Dinner near Dupont Circle - Firefly