...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....
in my humble opinion, for LUNCH you should just stay down around the mall museums to eat. going other places for lunch will take a lot of time and energy out of your short time at the museums & monuments. http://www.si.edu/dining/
you will be tired. you will get cranky. the food there in the musuems is fine, though a little pricey. i like the national gallery of art cafeteria and the garden cafe (mentioned by steve). the garden cafe buffet is a truly special meal -- and lots to eat. get there early, or, better yet: make a reservation!. http://www.nga.gov/pdf/dale-menu.pdf THIS LUNCH MUST BE ONE OF YOUR TWO!
at the national museum of american history, there is this special theme in the cafeteria:>>> ""Special Hispanic Heritage Month Menu
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), the Stars and Stripes Cafe presents a series of Latin-flavored specials. The menu will vary daily, but you can expect quesadillas and soup, entrees such as pescado en cilantro and grilled pork adobado with smoked sweet potatoes and guajillo salsa, as well as special additions to the salad bar and delectable desserts. Buen provecho! """<<<<
the only exception to the "mall" race is the national portrait gallery, where you can easily pop out to eat at zatinya -- which is fun and "famous" for its celebrity chef-owner jose andres.
for DINNER/HAPPY HOUR: Go to OLD EBBITT GRILL for oyster bar deals. cool bar. washington scene (though a bit overly-touristy sometime). http://www.ebbitt.com/main/home.cfm?S...
another stop from the mall at happy hour should be the rooftop terrace bar at what was the old hotel washington. someone will tell you the name now...i always forget.
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...
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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).
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Hank's Oyster Bar
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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.
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