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LloydG Oct 4, 2010 08:08 AM

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

  1. woodleyparkhound Oct 4, 2010 08:10 AM

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

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      Steve Oct 4, 2010 03:57 PM

      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

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      nickdanger Oct 4, 2010 12:27 PM

      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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        woodleyparkhound Oct 4, 2010 12:40 PM

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

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          marcj Oct 5, 2010 06:21 AM

          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.

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        4X4 Oct 4, 2010 01:27 PM

        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.

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          jaydreb Oct 4, 2010 02:56 PM

          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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            marcj Oct 5, 2010 06:22 AM

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

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              lilkimbo Oct 5, 2010 11:32 AM

              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

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              Elyssa Oct 5, 2010 08:09 AM

              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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                HowChowBlog Oct 6, 2010 05:28 PM

                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

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                LloydG Oct 9, 2010 07:42 AM

                I ended up going to Taqueria Nacional and really enjoyed a fish taco and a chorizo taco, as well as a salad. My only regret was not waking up early enought to go there for breakfast the next morning.

                Thanks for the recs.

                Lloyd

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                Taqueria Nacional
                400 N Capitol St NW, Washington, DC

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                  woodleyparkhound Oct 9, 2010 08:04 AM

                  Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the report back, Lloyd!

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