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Jun 29, 2010 12:04 PM

Lunch in DC near Capital Hilton or museums

I'll be in DC later this week with my 10-year old daughter. She and I are both adventurous eaters, so the food doesn't have to be kid-friendly. We are looking for a couple of lunch recommendations. We'll be staying at the Capital Hilton (checking in at lunch time) and spending some time at the museums on the mall, so any recs in these two areas would be great. We won't mind hopping on the metro for something that comes highly recommended, either.

Thanks in advance.


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  1. You should try the restaurant inside the National Museum of the American Indian on the mall. It's near the Air & Space Museum. They have foods from all the native peoples around the world. Even the Wash. Post food critic has nice things to say about it.

    It's expensive, but so is most food in D.C. I didn't like the buffalo burger - too dry. On another visit, i had the buffalo roast sliced, and it was excellent.

    I think most of the menu is gone by about 2 p.m.

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    1. re: Swissmiss150

      I've never been a fan of Mitsitam Cafe (american Indian restaurant at the American indian Musuem) but then I'm in the minority.

      Bombay Club is reasonably close to your hotel if you feel like having south asian indian food. I think they do

      Bombay Club
      815 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20006

    2. Garden Cafe in the National Gallery of Art. Menu devised by French chef Michel Richard. Really, really impressive.

      Jaleo is not far from the Archives. Spanish tapas including patatas bravas, tortilla espanol, asparagus with romescu sauce and spinach with raisins. Like msjess, I am also not a fan of the cafe in the National Museum of the American Museum.