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Apr 19, 2010 12:35 AM

Looking for suggestions near Union Station in DC - SF hounds with no car

Hi all,

I'm going to be in town for a conference, and have 3 dinners with my wife/baby. (We'll have 1 lunch together as well) My wife/baby will also have 2 lunches on their own.

We're staying at the Hyatt Regency (Capitol Hill), near Union Station. We'll have no car, so need to find places within walking distance. (close enough or easy enough for my wife to get to with a stroller)

We're SF chowhounds who love all sorts of food, so any recommendations would be swell. I read through some posts using the search function but get confused b/c I don't know what is and is not close.


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  1. Union Station has a metro station, so you can easily get to other parts of city with more options.

    There's a decent taco 'hut' in the CSPAN building (Tacoria Nationale?) On the other side of the Capitol (not a bad walk, lots of sights to see) there are lots of places I consider great, including Le Bon Cafe, Good Stuff Eatery and a bit further up PA Ave, you have Eastern Market and Barracks Row (Matchbox, Cava).

    If you say what type of food/pricepoint, it might be easier to recommend places. Also if you'd consider taking the metro (or even the circulator bus, which is a great addition to DC)

    Le Bon Cafe
    210 2nd St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    Good Stuff Eatery
    303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

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    1. re: Jeserf

      Price point, if we can find under $25/person, that would be best. We dont mind splurging once or twice, but on the whole, budget is important.

      Types of food, we literally eat everything. I like Asian, Indian, Italian, Mexican, American. My wife has a more Asian oriented palate, but can eat everything too.

    2. You're also very close to the Penn Quarter neighborhood which has Cafe Atlantico, Oyamel, and Jaleo (Jose Andres restaurants). Teaism for a quick, good and cheap breakfast or lunch, and Zola kitchen (lunch only) are also easily walkable from the hotel. Right around the corner from your hotel is Bistro Bis which is very fabulous and very expensive. I wouldn't take a toddler there for dinner, but certainly for lunch. Don't be tempted by Johnny's Half Shell. The patio is lovely, but the place has gone down hill in my opinion.

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

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

      2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Johnny's Half Shell
      400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

      1. Agree with the other posters that you're an easy metro ride from a lot of excellent restaurants so don't limit yourself to your immediate neighborhood for dinner if you are able to get out and about with the baby. I work near the Hyatt Regency and there is not much within that couple of blocks.

        In addition to the good suggestions already given, there is a small strip of restaurants on Massachusetts Avenue on the other side of Union Station. It's probably a 10-15 minute walk from your hotel. I recently had a nice lunch at Bistro Cacao over there. There's also a decent Indian buffet lunch at White Tiger. Also in that vicinity is Toscana Cafe, a small Italian deli with outdoor seating. (I've only been to Toscana once and thought it was only ok - but I'm a vegetarian and just ordered pizza. I know others who really liked their deli sandwiches.) The rest of the places on that strip are nothing special.

        White Tiger
        301 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

        Bistro Cacao
        320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

        Toscana Cafe
        601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002