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May 26, 2011 08:22 PM

4 days in DC with wife and 2 kids in June,

We're staying in Georgetown-Savoy Suites NW Wisconsin Ave- and visiting the National Mall-Monuments etc, what are the best lunch and dinner places in both areas. open to all types of food.

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  1. There are a lot of topics on this - do you have any price points? Specific requests (your location description is quite large). Age/number of kids? If you have 4 kids under 5, you have different needs than someone with 2 teenagers.

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    1. re: DCLindsey

      Thanks these links will help, We are likely doing breakfast at the hotel to cut costs. I'd like to keep lunch at a TGIFriday's type price level but do not want chains. I'd like to be directed to local spots that are more unique. Most lunches will be near the National Mall and monument area. Kids are 9 and 10 , not picky eaters. One has a peanut allergy. Dinners, I'd like to keep to 50-75 dollars give or take a few but again looking for local gems. Thanks!

    2. not sure if you guys have your own car to drive around in but if you're doing tours around the mall, having a car will be expensive because parking will be very difficult. you might want to check DDOT announcements for road closures since there are plenty of events throughout the summer. Georgetown doesn't have a metro stop but the Circulator runs through there and you can go to their website to find your route since there is a route specifically for the Mall. It's a dollar wherever you go. they operate 7am to 3am daily.

      Georgetown eateries are a bit on the pricey side especially for dinners but there are a few that are worth it. Hook, Mie N Yu, Johnny Rockets, Paper Moon, and a few in Georgetown Harbor all vary in price range.

      Lunch around the Mall is a bit tricky since you have to go a few blocks away from the actual mall. Unless you want to pay for the high prices in the stands they have around. I work 2 blocks from the White House - where Warner Theater is and that area has a bunch of good places - the Old Post Office Pavilion has quick eats and it's indoors which will definitely help due to the heat wave DC's about to get. If you go north on 7th Street, you'll hit China Town and there will be plenty of places to eat there. Do not go to Ollie's or Harry's which is where the Harrington Hotel is. It's dirty and really old. Best bets right there are Zaytinya, Oyamel Cacina. Best museum cafeteria food? National Museum of the American Indian. A bit pricey but awesome selection.

      If you guys get stuck, I suggest uploading Yelp on your phone and looking for places where you end up getting hungry. You get discounts in some places if you check in too. Hope that helps and enjoy your stay here. Bring recyclable water bottles. It's going to be hot in June.

      Mie N Yu
      3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

      Paper Moon
      1069 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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      1. re: ca1212ie

        no no no! I object! Ollie's is a great great burger esp. the bacon cheese. (ok the place IS a bit grubby and some of the seats are sort of broken but the burger is addictive) and yes Harry's does generally suck/be pointless.

        if you hit the old Post Office food court there on Penn, the tower elevator is 1: free 2: almost no line and 3: about the same view as from the Washington Monument. and the Lebanese counter in there NEVER has the cited shawarma (grumble)

        1. re: hill food

          Seconded. Harry's is just a bar to get drunk at and eat popcorn. You eat the "food" at your peril.

          The Ollieburger is indeed an addictive local relic that deserves respect. Not a fan of the seasoned fries (just too salty for me) but the Ollieburger is a welcome respite from its snootier, johnny-come-lately cousins.

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            I also love Ollie's Trolley (and I like the fries, although I get the salty comment). And I appreciate the comfortable booths and the classic jazz/american standards soundtrack -- I find it relaxing next to crowded, loud places nearby, especially after intense touristing, and good for kids. (I don't think it's dirty so much as not recently renovated....[it's actually retro, not faux-retro]) But you do have to be in the mood for a burger place -- and it's cash only. Convenient to American History and Natural History -- or Natl Archives.

            In a different vein, I don't think anybody's mentioned Zola Wine and Kitchen -- adjacent to the more expensive restaurant, they've got this great $10 lunch menu. I met friends recently who were spending the day at American History and Natural History and it worked out really well, we all loved our food (fancy italian sandwiches, grilled romaine heart salad, that kind of thing; I think there was a mac and cheese, too). You order at the cash register (there are two rooms, we were a little confused at first) and then you sit down and they bring your food. You can watch the open kitchen, it's casual but interesting high-quality food. It's also around the corner from Ford's Theater (which I highly recommend, btw).

            You might want to do a search on Teaism, too, if you haven't run across it yet.

            I don't think Five Guys has come up, but in case you don't know, it's not a good place for a peanut allergy.

            And heartily second the Ethiopian food suggestion. I think with kids Dukem might be better (atmosphere, not food, but I have to say I haven't been in a really long time). If they don't like it, go across the street afterwards for a half-smoke at Ben's.

            2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Ollie's Trolley
            425 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

            Zola Wine and Kitchen
            505 9th St NW, Washington D.C., DC 20004

          2. re: hill food

            Thanks for the reminder on the view from the post office. We were unable to get W. Monument tix as they're out for the next 3 months.

          3. re: ca1212ie

            Many of these are not in the OP's price range - he wants TGIF prices or $50/75 per meal (for the whole family, right?). Zaytinya, Oyamel, Mie N Yu (gross anyways), Hook, Paper Moon (I assume, never been), all more expensive than that.

            I recommend you go to We the Pizza and Good Stuff Eatery for very high-quality New York style pizza and gourmet burgers/fries/shakes. Prices are within your range.

            Other than that...consider taking your kids out for Ethiopian food. They get to eat with their hands. And you can share 2 combination plates for $40. Etete is my favorite, but there are others. Dukem is not quite as good, but they have Ethiopian music and dancing which is fun.

            Consider Taylor Gourmet for amazing Italian sub sandwiches - one at Mt Vernon Square could be done after a day on the Mall.

            Or,take the kids out for tacos at Pico Taco (14th and Florida, NW).

            For lunches near the mall: Depending where on the Mall you are exactly, consider Paul at the Archives metro stop for yummy baguette sandwiches and pastries. Also: Pret a Manger for sandwiches (F and 11th, NW, IIRC), Cowgirl Creamery for sandwiches (same neighborhood), Merzi for Indian fast food, Chipotle down the street from that...

            Do a search for "cheap eats", and see this link:

            1942 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Mie N Yu
            3125 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007

            701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Taylor Gourmet
            1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

            Good Stuff Eatery
            303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC

            Paper Moon
            1069 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

            6314 York Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212

            415 7th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20004

            1. re: hamster

              We the Pizza and Good Stuff are great recommendations and near where you will be.

              Two other suggestions:

              Upper Crust Pizza -- on Penn. Ave near the White House. Recently opened, great thin crust pizza.

              Tackle Box -- on M Street in Georgetown. Lobster rolls, seafood, great sides (hushpuppies, corn, other veggies).

              All of these are peanut free.

            2. re: ca1212ie

              thanks this was helpful especially the tips around the White House. I plan to take the metro and leave the car at the hotel. It has a shuttle to the metro.

              1. re: dgraybill

                Also around the White House for lunch (on weekdays), check out Breadline and G Street Foods. Very good bread, very good spots.

                G Street Food
                1706 G St NW, Washington, DC 20006