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Oct 29, 2008 08:19 AM

Good food near Washington Court Hotel?


I'm a foodie from Philadelphia who will be spending a Saturday and Sunday in Washington, DC. I'll be down with my family (wife and 2 girls 10 and 6). We will be doing the normal tourist things, but we want to make sure we get some great DC food! We have no special preference for cuisine or cost. Is there any great food within walking distance of the hotel?

Thanks for any suggestions!


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  1. You will be in the Capitol Hill area, which isn't the greatest for dining but has some good things. Montmartre is in eastern market, not too far, and is a wonderful french bistro. Cafe Berlin has good german and it's even closer to you, right on the Hill. You might want to plan to eat in an area you will be for sightseeing, like the zoo, which is a couple blocks from cleveland park which has wonderful restaurants of every sort. There is a metro stop there too for returning to your hotel.

    1. It is true that there are not many choices right by the hotel, but Bistro Bis is around the block and it was a hot spot a couple years ago. If you choose to take a taxi or ten minute walk Proof is a strong choice. Central is also a taxi ride away.

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      1. re: Bigcitywine

        Bistro Bis would be my choice around there. Yummy french cuisine. Also a really nice brunch option.

      2. The 'great' part is what will limit you. I've only had two great things in the area. First item is Swamp Thang at B. Smith's in Union Station. It is shrimp, scallops, crawfish over greens in a mustard cream sauce. Very wicked, that. Another good order is the lemon pepper catfish. B. Smith's is located in the former Presidential Suite, and is not only historic but one of the fanciest dining rooms in town. But since they get train travelers of all sorts, folks are wearing 'whatever' so no special need to get dressed up.

        The other item is the wood-grilled chicken wings at Johnny's Half-Shell.

        1. We had friends stay at this hotel when they were in town for a conference recently. They ate a very nice meal at Bistro Bis, a place others have recommended as well.

          The four of us ate a delicious late lunch at Zaytinya, located 1.1 mile away according to my GPS. Although some think this place is over-hyped, we had a wonderful meal. As it turns out, we lucked into ordering a couple of the dishes that are universally admired: roasted cauliflower and cous cous with zucchini and vegetables.

          I've provided the link to a thread about Zaytinya that lists the dishes we ate with success: