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Jul 21, 2009 06:23 AM

Dining Options nr Wardman PK / DC

Going to be in DC this coming week and looking for the places to hit! Whilst playing Bridge at the Marriott in Wardman PK, we have 2-3hr dinner breaks, so some suggestions for places nearby would be most appreciated. For the rest of the time, the city is at our feet - where should we eat?! Thanks!!

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  1. For someplace near the Marriott you should head up to Cleveland Park (a short walk or 1 metro stop away).

    One of my favorite restaurants in DC is Palena. For a more formal meal, you can get a reservation for the back dining room. But for something more casual and equally delicious, go to their front cafe. They don't take reservations but depending on what day of the week you will be there, the wait might not be that long.

    Another option up in that neck of the woods is the wonderful Dino for rustic Italian and a great wine list. I know they have a special anniversary menu/deal happening right now, so you might want to check that out on their website.

    Ardeo has nice American cuisine. I like it a lot better than the attached Bardeo/wine bar. Different menus and for some reason I've always liked Ardeo better.

    Spices is also good for sushi and Asian cuisine. Very affordable and low-key.

    In terms of other places you might want to check would be good to know your price range, types of cuisines you like, restaurant vibes (loud, trendy, low-key, organic etc).

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    1. re: Elyssa

      TYVM, Elyssa! We are up for a variety of price ranges, typically midrange, with 1 or 2 splurges. We love all restaurant vibes, with the exception of loud. I love what you suggested so far, can't wait to see what else you come up with. Cheers!

      1. re: CookieLee

        If you like some gin with your bridge, head to New Heights, around the corner from your hotel. Their downstairs bar is a gin joint, where you can enjoy a gin tasting or gin and tonic tasting (I've loved the latter). Then, upstairs, the food is excellent. Ask for a window table so you can enjoy the view over the park.

        1. re: CookieLee

          While in DC you should try Ethiopian food. It's one of the specialties of the city and something you might not be able to find back home (depending on where you live). I personally really like Etete on U St (also a very cool neighborhood to explore) but you can find other recommendations in the area.

          For your splurge you might consider Corduroy. The focus is 100% on the loud music or crazy bar scene. Just really incredible food in a chic/classy environment. They also serve the absolute best scallops I've ever tasted, if that's your type of thing.

          For another splurge you should look at Komi (I've never been but it's at the top of my must try list) or Restaurant Eve if you are willing to travel out to Old Town Alexandria, VA. If you dine at the back of the restaurant in the Palena dining room that can be a splurge. Equinox, near the WH, is also excellent.

          In the more middle range (depending on what you order of course) some of my favorites are PS7 (by past the bar if you don't like noise), Creme (a little taste of home-style cooking), Bistro D'Oc (french bistro cuisine done right), Acadiana (Cajun/New Orleans style cuisine) or Hook (great sustainable seafood in a laid back environment in Georgetown. I hear upstairs is quieter).

          1. re: Elyssa

            Elyssa, I cannot thank you enough for all yr advice! We will have lots of dinners to try most of these places. I'm psyched!

            1. re: CookieLee

              Your welcome. Just make sure to report back afterward so I know if you liked the places :)

              1. re: Elyssa

                We had a great time in DC. The first night, we dined at Lebanese Taverna, and I thought it was great. We went to Dino, also very good. Some of my friends made it to Pham Viet, and raved how good it was. While not particularly outstanding, the Irish Pub on the block had a very nice grilled steak and Cesear salad. And the breakfasts at Open City were very good. The guys wanted Ruth's Chris, and I had the $39 price fixe, which was a wonderful meal, 3 courses, and a great deal. I had the "crispy crab cakes". They weren't crispy, because there was no breading at all. They were amazing, mounds of deliciously seasoned crab. Thanks again!

            2. re: Elyssa

              Please be aware Restaurant Even and Komi are hard to get reservations at.

              1. re: Jacey

                At Restaurant Eve you can always dine at their nice bar.

          2. re: Elyssa

            Second Dinos. Petits Plats is also good at Woodley Park metro stop.

          3. The tournament provides an excellent dining guides. I know the person who prepares it and she very thorough.

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            1. re: thndrstm

              With all due respect, I found the guides to be v. spare. I felt like it was more like advertising. None of the restaurants people have posted about were listed.

              1. re: CookieLee

                I agree. We were staying in the Dupont Circle area and the tournament guide had very few listings (including subway and bertucci's).

                Do I know you, CookieLee? There are only so many young women bridge players from Boston, who travel to Nationals (and love food).

                It seems like we hit similar places; I really enjoyed the Lebanese Tavern and had 3 breakfasts at Open City.


                1. re: gltsoi

                  hehe, you do indeed! I believe you are my new bridge partner's teacher / friend! We were introduced at the Nationals.