...for two lunches and two dinners in D.C. The lunches need to be located near the mall, as we will be sightseeing there. The dinners can be anywhere, but preferably near Georgetown/Dupont Circle. All cuisines considered. Thanks in advance, hounds....
Breadline is only open for lunches during the week, as is CF Folks. CF FOlks is a bit away from the Mall, but Breadline is close. For CF Folks, only order from the specials, and try to sit at the counter. For Breadline, I'd search this board for "Steve Breadline" - it's hit and miss in a big way, but the hits are good.
I'm not really going to dive into dinner at this moment, but will suggest you really think about how to manage the Mall. It's two miles between the Capitol and Lincoln, and there's so much there. One idea is to metro to Smithsonian, and walk East. If you do the Indian museum for lunch I can't say (I have yet to try it). But, end up on Cap Hill, down Penn Ave maybe at Tune Inn or something for a drink (but not food) and then metro or cab from Eastern Market or South Capitol to wherever.
Biggest thing I'm saying is that people misjudge how big the Mall is and end up getting a crummy sandwich at one of the museum delis or something in a pinch. Plan it out and know you are only going to see a smidgen of what's there. Quality over quantity.
331 Penn SE, Washington, DC
For lunch I would have one lunch at the American Indian Museum Cafeteria Mitsiam. It's not your typical cafeteria but has food from the various American Indian regions---really delicious. For your second lunch I would head over to Central. It's right off of the Mall and one of my favorite restaurants in DC. It's a mixture between classic American dishes (hamburger, lobster burger, roasted or fried chicken) and classic French bistro dishes (mussels, steak frites etc). Really, really good.
For dinner there are a number of choices: either Hook or Hank's Oyster Bar for seafood, Cashion's Eat Place (a great neighborhood gem, north of Dupont in Adams Morgan), Tabard Inn (comfy American), or on the higher end Komi (the best restaurant in DC...reservations are hard to come by).
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Cashion's Eat Place
Washington, DC, Washington, DC
Hank's Oyster Bar
1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314
If you are close to the Vietnam or Lincoln memorial during lunch, Tonic, in Foggy Bottom, is good. Moderate in price with good food and atmosphere.
Dinner, the Source, Dino, Rasika, the bar at Citronelle...
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
3000 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
The French buffet lunch at the Garden Cafe, National Gallery of Art. Menu devised by local celebrity chef Michel Richard. $20. It''s all good, some of it excellent, though the menu has probably changed since the last time I was there.