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Looking for Lunch close the Dept of Agriculture

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I have a lunch date next week, and it needs to be close to the Dept. of Agriculture (metro: Smithsonian) . Looking for a casual place to spend 45-50 minutes. Can anyone recommend anything?

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  1. That area is pretty much a food wasteland. The only place I can think of that rises above the not-offensive level and fits your time constraints is the Pavillion Cafe, located next door to the National Gallery Sculpture Garden. The cafeteria in the Museum of the American Indian is somewhat further away so I don't think you'd be able to deal with the lines in this popular place, eat, and get back within your time limits. Ditto for Cafe Provencal in the west building of the National Gallery. Can you tweak your logistics? The food in the Cafe Provencal is particularly good with local super star chef Michel Richard overseeing the menu so it might be worth carving out a bit of extra time for your lunch date.

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    1. re: Indy 67

      I might be able to spend a bit more time there, maybe an hour, but I'll be catching up with a friend who has a lot to do at the Dept for work :-(

    2. The Garden Cafe at the National Gallery of Art has a French lunch buffet with a menu devised by Michel Richard, a celebrated chef. It is impressive and quick. Allhough you can see the NGA from the Dept. of Ag, it is quite a distance to walk, so you may have to get in a cab to maximize your time. This is an area of govenment buildings, museums, and national park land, so devoid of eating options.

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      1. The hand-carved roast beef sandwiches at Atrium Cafe are about the only thing that I can recommend. 400 Virginia Avenue SW.

        1. Depending on where you are coming from, pick up something (ex. Teaism) and have a picnic on Mall.

          You might be able to hit the Warf on Maine St. Search board for feedback.

          Maybe not casual enough but the Manadrian has Sou'Wester
          http://www.mandarinoriental.com/washi...

          The Atrium might be too long a walk for your time constraint.

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