Random Good Food
My wife and I will be in DC for Memorial Day Weekend- Sat/Sun/Mon.
Thanks to recommendations in other threads, I've got some good ideas of dinner choices.
I'm interested in recommendations for fun & quick eats. These might include breakfasts, snacks, desserts, oddities, and the like.
For example, I have gleaned that Market Lunch would be fun for Saturday breakfast. What else is out there in DC?
We're staying in Dupont Circle, but we'll be all over the place. I'm especially curious about things to eat before and after the parade on Monday, when many restaurants seem to be closed anyway.
Watch for green "on the fly" street food vendors. They're not the greatest street food ever (other cities do it better), but for a quick bite like you're asking, a good bet (and better than the usual hot dog stands on the Mall). I'm not sure where all they'll be set up this year, but I did notice there's now one in front of the American History Museum who was selling hot dogs and tacos, and I've seen them in lots of parts of town (at the zoo, at Artomatic....)
In the Columbia Heights/Mt Pleasant neighborhoods you'll often find women selling treats like cut mango, and I've also gotten tamales on the street around there, ices, etc. and there's a Central American market that includes a lot of food that goes up on weekends, and maybe other days, in a small park at Columbia and Euclid, across from City Bikes -- if you're in Adams Morgan.
ACKC for hot chocolate, and chocolates, hasn't been mentioned and is a nice cafe 14th NW.
ETA: http://www.dconthefly.com/ (I thought they had more locations than listed here, I guess it varies.) There's an older thread, probably older than a year, on street vendors, too.
In terms of snacks or sweet treats you might want to check out one of the many fro-yo shops and cupcake bakeries in DC.
My personal favorites are Tangy Sweet or Mr. Yogato in Dupont Circle for fro-yo. There is also a cupcake shop in Dupont (Hello Cupcake) but I personally think its only so-so.
For cupcakes I prefer Baked and Wired or Georgetown Cupcake (both in Georgetown).
Market Lunch is SOOO good- You will love it.
For fun/quick eats I would recommend Teasim (there are a few locations in DC-one is in Dupont.) It is a great place for tea (obviously) and snacks/baked goods/breakfast/lunch.
In Georgetown, Tacklebox (seafood, picnic bench style) and Georgetown Cupcake is around the corner. Enjoy...