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Inauguration day lunch?

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I'm coming in for the swearing in, down from NYC.

The Metro website is recommending waiting out the massive crowds that will be swarming the stations right after the ceremony by "having lunch."

Okay! I'm thinking I should probably walk at least a mile (and would prefer walking no more than three miles) away from the Mall to get away from the crowds, and will eventually need to get onto the Orange line out towards Vienna/Fairfax. Can anyone recommend a bistro/cafe, not-a-chain restaurant with good food and pleasant service that's in that radius?

Many thanks in advance!

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  1. Y'know, it might be a good idea to walk a couple of miles to catch the Metro, but since you're heading toward Vienna, it would probably be best to walk East so you only have to deal with the mob who thought it would be a good idea to catch a train before it gets to the prime inaugural stops. You might aim for the Eastern Market, maybe a stop or two further east if you're going to be watching the parade from the end near the capitol.

    I often will plan to eat lunch if I'm going somewhere in the area that I don't normally go, but really, wouldn't it make more sense this time to take along a bag of trail mix and survive through lunch with that? How can you possibly enjoy lunch with all of those people? Have a nice dinner instead.

    Me, I'm flying home from Los Angeles that day, and I'm planning to take a bagel on the plane with me. I'm just hoping I can get from Dulles Airport to Falls Church, that they don't cancel the Washington Flyer bus that day, and that all the cab drivers didn't decide to stay home.