need DC area recommendations
Will be visiting friends in Rockville next week, including probably some day trips to the mall in DC. Looking for casual, innovative, fresh, non-chain breakfast, lunch, and dinner fare. Any cuisine and price range is fine as long as it isn't super expensive. Full bar a plus. Thanks in advance.
You'll want to check out the dumplings at China Bistro. Tiny, tiny place that specializes. You'd have to travel very far to find better than these.
755 Hungerford Dr, Rockville, MD
Ok so breakfast in the DC area is pretty slim pickings, especially near the mall, your best bet is probably Poste in the Hotel Monaco. Or if you are near Dupont Luna Grill and Diner. On Capitol Hill there is Art and Soul. There isn't a whole lot of casual breakfast, except Teaism which is a chain, or one of the many little lunch grill/buffet places in office buildings none of which are great.
For lunch some options are the bar lunch at Proof, Zaytinya, Central (during week) they are all sit down. If you want more causal than that if you are near the White House there is Breadline or Roti. If you are closer to the hill there is Cava, Good Stuff Eatery, Market Lunch, Tortilla Cafe.
Dinner some of the same options except Proof, Zaytinya and Central aren't quite as casual at night. I am not extremely familiar with Rockville, but I know there are a lot of good ethnic eats that I never get myself to. The bar at PS7 has great upscale bar food. I am sure you will get lots of other suggestions.
777 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC
225 7th St SE Ste 12, Washington, DC 20003
Art and Soul
415 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001
You might want to check out Rasika, one of the best upscale-casual restaurants in town. It's highly innovative, based on Indian cuisine, but much more creative and different than any other Indian you've had. I wouldn't call it cheap, but especially if you stick to the vegetarian entrees (don't miss the palak chaat!) it isn't too bad. Great cocktails, too. It's just off 7th, about 10 mins. walk from the mall. Check out the menu on their website and see what you think.
633 D Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004