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Lunch in/near Union Station

I'll be arrviing at Union Station at lunchtime on Thursday and would love to find a good place to eat before checking into my hotel. Since the hotel is right near Union Station, can anyone recommend a place for good eats? I know there is a big food court in Union Station, and a place there would be fine as long as its recommended.

Thanks.

Lloyd

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  1. The Tacqueria Nacional at 400 N. Capitol, very near Union Station.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      If you go to Taqueria Nacional, get the horchata. Not from a mix, really made from chufa. Extraordinary. The tacos I find a bit dry. I've only been there once, so YMMV.

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      Taqueria Nacional
      400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC

    2. The Dubliner or Irish times, for classic Irish bars, which you will pass on the way to Taqueria Nacional. The taqueria is fine, but it is carry-out only. At Union Station is B. Smith's, if you don't feel like dragging your bags anywhere.
      http://www.bsmith.com/restaurant_dc_h...

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      Taqueria Nacional
      400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC

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      1. re: nickdanger

        Really? The last time I was there, which was probably about a year ago, they had (limited) seating. Have they removed it?

        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          There's seating for 8, but every time I've been there it's been completely full, with another 20 or more people waiting in line. On a nice day, it's better to take your food (don't forget the yucca fries!) to the little pocket park across N. Capitol, or over to the Capitol itself; lots of benches in both spots.

      2. Cafe Phillips for excellent sandwiches (hand carved roast beef, turkey and ham, with a nice variety of breads and toppings.)

        I like Sunspot Cafe, and I usually get their greek salad supreme.

        Some of the popular food trucks park on Mass Ave. I don't use Twitter (and even if I wanted to, it's blocked at work) - I just go outside and see who's there.

        1. Toscana Cafe on 2nd St, NE for excellent sandwiches and pastas. Take out or dine in.

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          Toscana Cafe
          601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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          1. re: jaydreb

            Yes, I was just going to recommend this. This and Tacqueria Nacionale are the two best options within shouting distance of the station.

            1. re: jaydreb

              I'm going to third Toscana cafe. Their sandwiches are great and if weather permits you can sit outside and enjoy your lunch.

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              Toscana Cafe
              601 2nd St NE, Washington, DC 20002

            2. Skip the food court...there is nothing really worthwhile there (especially since a large portion of the court has been shut down recently).

              Does price matter? If not I would grab a seat at the bar at Bistro Bis and enjoy their delicious French cuisine. Also near by is Art and Soul for a taste of the south.

              Heading in the opposite direction, but also a short walk from Union Station is Bistro Cacao which is a great French bistro with affordable prices (and outdoor seating if weather permits). Their salmon with lentils is delicious.

              For something a little more causual I have found the burger at Irish Times to be pretty good. There is also a good sandwich/soup/salad shop called Phillips, which is good. They carve their own turkey, ham, roast beef for the sandwiches.

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              Bistro Bis
              15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Art and Soul
              415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001

              Bistro Cacao
              320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, Washington, DC 20002

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              1. re: Elyssa

                Art and Soul is expensive, but I have been twice and really liked it. If you want to splurge, Elyssa has a great idea.

                Also, I like the sausage sandwiches at Cafe Berlin at 322 Mass Avenue. Cheaper than Art and Soul, and a fun lunch.

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                Art and Soul
                415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001