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Apr 5, 2010 07:20 AM

Weekend in DC - Lunch, Brunch, Dinner and Pizza suggestions

Staying at the JW Downtown this Saturday and Sunday. Looking for the following:
Pizza - will travel for the best
Lunch and Dinner- somewhere close to hotel. Price not an issue
Brunch - Sunday only. Will travel for the best . More for pancakes, biscuits, and awesome breads

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  1. Pizza - Either Matchbox (7th and H; not too far from where you're staying) or 2Amys on Wisconsin and Macomb between Georgetown and Tenleytown Area. If you like spicey, definitely go to Matchbox and get the Fire and Smoke.

    Lunch by JW - depending on how close you want to stay:
    - Central by Michel Richard at 11th and Pennslyvania (about 3 blocks from you)
    - The Source by Wolfgang Puck close to the Capitol on Constitution
    - Chop't in Metro Center if you just want a quick salad or sandwich

    Dinner by JW:
    - Cafe du Parc at the Willard Hotel next door
    - Old Ebbit Grille at 15th and G; only a few blocks away
    - Dinner is also amazing at Central

    - Tabard Inn in Dupont Circle Area: best homemade breads and donuts

    Tabard Inn
    1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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    1. re: msc1248

      I really like Matchbox for pizza (and their miniburgers). What kind of pizza do you like? If Neapolitan then I highly recommend Red Rocks in Columbia Heights. Pete's Apizza is good, but a little more New Haven style. I haven't been to 2Amy's in a long time because it is a little out of the way and very crowded. I need to compare it with Red Rocks which is my current favorite.

      I think the lunch and dinner suggestions above are great, except I wouldn't waste my time with Old Ebbitts, it is ok, very historic, but the food is so-so. I would add Tosca, Cafe Atlantico and Zaytinya (especially if the patio is open) to the list. I would also add Proof to the list too.

      For brunch I highly recommend Bistro Bis.

      Cafe Atlantico
      405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

      Bistro Bis
      15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Pete's Apizza
      , Washington, DC 20001

      Red Rock Cafe
      385 Muddy Branch Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

      1. re: msc1248

        Old Ebbitt Grill is corporate casual food served for a mass of tourists. Part of the Clyde's restaurant chain. Horribly noisy, a traffic jam of people just to go to the bathroom. Avoid.

        Source is not open for lunch on weekends.

        Chopt is a mini-chain salad place with multiple locations in DC and NYC.

        Matchbox, yes for mini-burgers but disappointing for pizza.

        Old Ebbitt Grill
        675 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

        1. re: Steve

          The exception on Old Ebbitt ... its oyster happy hours.

          1. re: Steve

            Agree that Old Ebbitt is a waste of a meal for such a short trip. Okay for a group lunch for burgers and the like, but I wouldn't waste a meal on it.

            I strongly disagree that Matchbox is disappointing for pizza. I've loved every pizza I have had there; hands down my favorite pizza in DC (or anywhere else for that matter, now that I think about it...)

            I've had great meals at Zola and Poste, both around 8th and G.

            I would add Oyamel to the lunch list as well.

            If you want to go with Tabard Inn for brunch, make a reservation as early as possible. Tried to get a reservation four days in advance and they were fully booked.

            Tabard Inn
            1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

          2. re: msc1248

            How is the breakfast at Cafe du Park?

          3. Order a margherita at 2 Amys for the best. A super minimalist pizza. Getting an Atomica at Pizzeria Paradiso is second place.

            Pizzeria Paradiso
            3282 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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            1. re: Steve

              Re 2 Amy's:
              Not near a Metro, very noisy, charred and soupy pizza. It's hardly worth running all over town. Their side dishes are good, though.
              Pizza at Paradisio is better, don't know Matchbox

            2. - Two Amy's is about as good as it gets, DC pizza-wise.
              - Walkable Lunch/Dinner: Central, The Source, Proof and Zatinya are all winners, and there's not much overlap between the three. I'd add Zola's lunch to the list and, if a bit further, the excellent Corduroy.
              - Brunch: Tabard Inn is wonderful, though the "Latin Dim Sum" brunch is also a fun, gluttonous option at Cafe Atlantico. Another tasty place brunch and bread is the beer-centric Birch & Barley.

              Cafe Atlantico
              405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

              Two Amys
              3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016

              Tabard Inn
              1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036

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              1. re: alexc

                We stayed at The Sofitel this past Nov. and enjoyed fantastic meals at Blue Duck Tavern @ the Hyatt and Plume @ the Jefferson Hotel. Plume is a very high end, formal restaurant, it is now in my top 5 favorite restaurants. Have a great trip in this amazing city! :)

                Blue Duck Tavern
                1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

                1. re: syrahgirl

                  I'll second Blue Duck Tavern.

                  Blue Duck Tavern
                  1201 24th Street NW, Washington, DC 20037

              2. pizza: I love 2 amys and would rank it first, Matchbox also has good pizza but is best described as a gastropub with a wood burning stove that happens to make great pizza. also could consider pizza paradiso.

                1. Breakfast - JW Marriott or Cafe du Park?
                  Dinner - J&G Steak or Central

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                  1. re: six dower

                    Cafe Du Parc.

                    Can't weigh in on the second, although Central is my favorite restaurant in DC I haven't been to J&G yet.