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May 21, 2008 01:13 PM

Fourth of July in DC

I'm going to DC for the 4th of July and I was wondering if anybody had good recommendations for festive food. I'm coming from Boston and I don't know what to expect-- are food vendors allowed to roam around and sell hotdogs and lemonade on the 4th- or are those things frowned upon? Can anybody tell me where to get great cheap interesting food for the weekend- and if there is a good Dim Sum place in Chinatown?

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  1. You might want to check out the Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall, which this year will highlight the culture and food of Texas:

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    1. re: EatOrGoToYourRoom

      The Folklife Festival runs before and after the 4th, but closes down for the 4th because of the huge crowds there to watch the fireworks.

      Unfortunately, the best dim sum is in the suburbs, not Chinatown. If you want something interesting, and relatively inexpensive, go to one of the Ethiopian restaurants. There are lots and lots of good recommendations on these boards.

      1. re: dinwiddie

        You are usually a font of wisdom, dinwiddie, but in this case you are all wrong. I always hit the Folklife Festival on July 4th. They run a full festival day, it is their biggest day. However, I don't go expecting great food. Intersting, yes, but it usually falls well short of the mark. The themes this year are Texas, NASA, and Bhutan, so there will be some interesting selections for food. I suggest you go, see the exhibits, interact with the exhibitors, and try the food. It is a unique festival, free, and a thrilling cultural experience.

    2. Les Halles normally serves squab on their pre-set fourth menu that is interesting, but because it will have a decent view, I doubt it will be cheap. If Chinatown Express is open you could get noodles and dumplings? I will my miss my fav 4th of July spot this year Hotel Washington Roof Terrace :(

      1. There will be cart vendors along the mall serving half smokes (sausages) and the like but nothing too interesting. As noted earlier unforetunately our Chinatown doesnt resemble Boston's version. However you can get some of the best food in the city there - just not Chinese! A quick walk up 7th from the mall would bring you to Rasika, best indian food ever, Oyamel, fantastic Mexican, and a host of other places. Have fun!