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Seven nights at Omni Shoreham Hotel.....help us eat

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prock Sep 8, 2010 07:55 PM

This is our first trip to Washington. We will be at the Omni Shoreham. Please give us some good spots to eat. Maybe $50p.p. for food....not too fancy for dress. We like to walk, but we can hop on public transportation for a short ride. We will not have a car. We like French, Italian, seafood, chop house....really have few food dislikes if it's good chow. Thanks.

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  1. hill food RE: prock Sep 8, 2010 11:01 PM

    is that the Darth Vader place between Chinatown and the convention center? if so search under those keywords and you'll find a TON of great places within walking distance.

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      woodleyparkhound RE: hill food Sep 9, 2010 06:13 AM

      The Omni Shoreham is near Woodley Park, which I learned by googling. If you search this board for "Omni Shoreham", "Woodley Park" or "Cleveland Park" you will find tons of recent info on this topic. Within walking distance, don't miss Dino for great Italian at Cleveland Park. Also up there is Palena and the Palena Cafe - the cafe doesn't take reservations and is much cheaper. They do excellent burgers, fry plate and roast chicken.

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      Palena
      3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

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      dinwiddie RE: prock Sep 9, 2010 06:10 AM

      DC is an easy town to get around in on the METRO. It is als fairly small geographically so don't be afraid to venture afield.

      I really like Dino for Italian. Good food, very reasonable prices and a fantastic and extremely well priced wine list.

      You should try some Ethiopian food while here. A search of this board will bring up lots of suggestions. Ethiopian food is ubiquitous here in DC.

      For french in your price range, I recommed Bistro d'Oc or Bistro du Coin. For good Belgian food and beer Brasserie Beck.

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      Brasserie Beck
      1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

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        katecm RE: prock Sep 9, 2010 10:08 AM

        Up Connecticut, north of Van Ness, is Buck's Camping and Fishing, which is a cool place. Walk east on Calvert to get to the heart of Adams-Morgan, where you'll find a few great restaurants among a good deal of bars. One particular favorite of mine is Cashion's. Perry's rooftop has a stunning view of the city.

        Right in Woodley Park is New Heights, which has been excellent when I've been in the past. They also turned their small downstairs bar into a gin joint. I highly recommend going for a gin or gin and tonic tasting.

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        New Heights Restaurant
        2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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          prock RE: prock Sep 9, 2010 10:21 PM

          Thanks for the replies. You've helped me form a list: New Heights, Palena(cafe), Dino, Blue Duck Tavern, Bistro d'Oc, Bistro du Coin, Brasserie Beck. I think that these restaurants are walking distance from the Shoreham, or are convenient by Metro. The list is a little heavy on French bistro food....but we don't get much of that in San Diego. Any comments would be appreciated.

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          Brasserie Beck
          1101 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

          New Heights Restaurant
          2317 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC 20008

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

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            woodleyparkhound RE: prock Sep 10, 2010 03:52 AM

            Beck's mussels with veal and roasted capers is one of the best dishes I've ever had in DC (it was big enough for two people). They do great frites as well. They have a wonderful Belgian beer list, but it's pricey.

            For seafood, Hank's Oyster Bar (Dupont Circle) gets a lot of positive comments; I haven't been yet. Blacksalt is probably the best seafood restaurant in town, but it requires taking the D6 bus or going by cab.

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              hill food RE: woodleyparkhound Sep 17, 2010 10:01 PM

              oh that hotel, that's much nicer.

              Hank's is good for East Coast seafood and to pile on the French: look up Central Michel Richard (just a few blocks off the red line)

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              Central Michel Richard
              1001 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20004

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                marcj RE: hill food Sep 18, 2010 10:58 AM

                Good call on Central. I like Bistro du Coin and Beck (haven't been to d'Oc), but Central's take on bistro classics is head and shoulders above theirs, and not much pricier.

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