places near the verizon center
coming to dc for the frozen four, look for recommendations on casual places to eat and drink either near the verizon center or the hilton arlington and anywhere in between. pretty simple tastes, bbq, burgers, pizza and pasta. the more affordable the better. thanks in advance.
Well, if you're driving from Arlington, consider dropping by Ray's Hellburger on the way for an amazing burger. There are lots of posts on it.
In Chinatown, I would agree with Nando's Peri Peri or Matchbox as your best bets. My one trip to the bbq place there was disappointing, so I wouldn't pin your hopes on that one. Vapiano is great, though I haven't tried that location yet. I'm definitely a fan of their pastas and pizzas.
I think your best bet would be Matchbox since you like burgers and pizza at an affordable price. They don't take reservations though, so get there early or you might have to wait.
There is also a very small BBQ joint next to Matchbox who's name always escapes me. Their chicken bbq is good though and their sides are yummy as well.
Another option would be Clyde's where you can pretty much get anything--burgers, pasta, fish, steaks etc.
District Chophouse is also nearby. It's nothing incredibly special but I went there for a birthday a year or so ago and had a perfectly fine steak at a very affordable price. More of a bar/grill atmosphere which might suit you.
Vapiano's also just opened up. They serve pasta and pizza, along with wine and beer. Very affordable and each person gets there own scan card so if you are going with a group it makes paying easy since you don't have to worry about splitting the check.
For something quick, you can grab Nando's (Peruvian chicken) or even a Chop't salad, etc. No point in legal seafoods for you, but it's across the street.
A couple of good tapas places nearby - I think Jaleo is over-rated (having lived in New York for a couple of years... in Chelsea... right by Tia Pol, El Quinto Pino, Boqueria... oh my) but I do think Oyamel is pretty good (Mexican small-ish plates).
Rasika is great. Upscale, creative Indian.
Indebleu changes - there's been some chef turnover I think?
Matchbox is dependable - good sliders, decent pizza. (more mid-range)
Don't let the Chinese arch fool you - stay away from the Chinese food. All of DC's good asian cuisine is in the suburbs!
For a nearby beer: RFD (Regional Food and Drink) has a good beer list.
The Verizon Center is right in the middle of probably the most diverse and concentrated group of dining options in DC. Walk half a block in any direction and you will be presented with all kinds of choices. Search the board for either "China town" or "Penn Quarter" and you will have the board's collected wisdom on places to go.
Thanks for the response and that’s great to hear. I work in Boston and while there are a ton of varied and diverse restaurant choices in any direction some of them I wouldn’t send my least favorite friend to. I will take a look at the boards using those two neighborhoods and see if I can’t find some decent recommendations. Thanks again!