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Apr 12, 2011 04:25 PM

Casual Kid Friendly Dinners - Near Crown Plaza Hamilton

Looking for some casual dinners this weekend near the Crown Plaza.

I saw Lauriol Plaza - looked great for Mexican.

Any other easy, nearby places for us?

Nothing too fancy or ecletic. Italian, American, etc...


Lauriol Plaza
1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

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  1. I work near that hotel. Everything I can think of near it is either horrible and/or a chain, or "too fancy or eclectic".

    I have never been to Lauriol Plaza as I have heard from many sources that it is terrible. There is lots of outdoor seating there, so it's good for that when the weather is nice.

    There are plenty of great places a few Metro stops either direction on the blue or orange lines from McPherson Square. I would suggest taking the orange line to Court House - 4 stops -- to Ray's Hell Burger, for the best burger in town. It's about a 10 min. walk downhill to Ray's, then about another 10 min. walk downhill to Rosslyn Metro.

    Capitol South station gives you Good Stuff for burgers and the best shakes in town and We The Pizza for good pizza and fantastic homemade sodas.

    Eastern Market gives you Ted's Bulletin, among others.

    For a good food experience in DC, I think you'll have to get out of that neighborhood for the kind of food you say you want.

    Lauriol Plaza
    1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Ray's Hell Burger
    1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

    Ted's Bulletin
    505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      What have you liked at Ted's Bulletin? I finally gave it a shot for lunch last week and was mightily disappointed. I enjoyed the chocolate-banana-peanut butter shake, but that is hard to screw up. I ordered a side of mac and cheese which sadly included blue cheese (gag), and then an uninspired (though large) side salad composed mostly of romaine. The annoying thing is that I ate like two bites of the mac and cheese, and when I told the waiter/bartender (I was at the bar) that I didn't like blue cheese, he said that he doesn't like blue cheese either but he can't taste it in that dish. Um, that's weird. And he didn't deduct it from my bill or offer to replace it. I was not in the mood for a confrontation, but honestly, that is just not classy. For a place at that price point, you would expect something more on the service side.

      Ted's Bulletin
      505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    2. If you want nearby DC Coast is very good, it isn't extremely casual, but not uptight or formal at all either, just perhaps a little nicer than you wanted.

      If you do go to Lauriol Plaza, their cuban and peruvian dishes are much better than their mexican ones.

      Hank's Oyster Bar also has more casual seafood.

      Not sure exactly where the Crown Plaza is... If you are downtown halfway home would be Clyde's a local chain with not exceptional food, but good food, totally casual. Carmine's has family style Italian. Dino in Cleaveland Park near the Zoo has wonderful casual Italian.

      Lauriol Plaza
      1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

      Hank's Oyster Bar
      1026 King St Ste 1, Alexandria, VA 22314

      DC Coast Restaurant
      1401 K Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005

      1. I work on that block! You'll be either one metro stop or a not-long walk over to the Chinatown-Verizon Center area, which has plenty of family-friendly options. One to consider is Matchbox, which is known for sliders and pizzas. I'm taking my family there on Monday, in fact, after a visit to Ford's Theater.

        PS to help get more feedback for the OP, the Hamilton is at the corner of 14th and K (the hotel restaurant, which is decent, is called 14K).

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        1. re: Bob W

          Hank's looks good, if Lorial Mexican is too crowded.

          Totally going to Matchbox - looks fun and good. Any other ideas?

          Seems like nothing around hotel - we are going to Kennedy center - anything near there good?


          I need some good lunch ideas too for the Smithsonian area - or nearby - anything?

          1. re: serialportme

            Cafe at the Native American Museum, The Source, Nando's Peri Peri up in Chinatown. Matchbox has a location not too far from Smithsonians.

            Lots of stuff up 9th St. around the Smithsonian.

            1. re: serialportme

              On the Mall I would go to the cafeteria in the American Indian Museum. Really good food...not the usual stuff. Dishes are representative of the various regions around the US where there are Indians. I like the cedar plank salmon and the fry bread.

              Gallery Place/Chinatown is near the Mall and there are some good options there including Matchbox, California Tortilla, Hill County BBQ, and Nando's Peri Peri Chicken.

              And heading up towards Capitol Hill you can go to Good Stuff Eatery for burgers and shakes.

              Good Stuff Eatery
              303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC