Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Washington DC & Baltimore >
Jun 21, 2011 09:38 AM

Foodie 1st anniversary in DC

My husband and I are spending our first wedding anniversary in DC and would love to see not just great sites but munch on some awesome eats. We like anything and everything. We are staying on New Jersey Ave and would like to able to walk. Looking for recommendations for breakfast lunch and dinner.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. Can you give us a few more details? It would be helpful to know your price range for these meals, if there are certain cuisines you would like to try (or avoid), would you be willing to take the metro or a cab to the restaurant, where on NJ Avenue you are staying (a neighborhood or hotel would help a lot). Thanks.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Elyssa

      We are open for most any cuisine but would like to get in some seafood while we visit. My husband is a sweets junkie so a good bakery would also be nice. We are staying at the Liaison Capital Hill. Price range we are open but staying for three days so want to hit one really nice place for dinner and then try to stay in a $50 a day per person a day budget after that.

      1. re: albrig30

        Art and Soul is in your hotel - I'd be sure to include it on your list.

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

        1. re: eguder

          They also have a fantastic happy hour, which means you could get some good munchies for dinner for your $50 budget.

          Also, just around the corner from your hotel is Johnny's Half Shell, which could meet your seafood needs (and another great happy hour if you just want some munchies)!

          1. re: katecm

            I've been to Johnny's Half Shell at least 4 times this year and never felt the meal was worth price - and I've done the famous crab cakes. Why it is my friend's favorite restaurant I'll never know. But it is close to your hotel.

            Johnny's Half Shell
            400 North Capitol Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

        2. re: albrig30

          For your nice dinner out, suggest you also check out Bistro Bis, which is pretty much right around the corner from your hotel.

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

      2. For your one really nice dinner, I'd recommend Black Salt - DC's best seafood restaurant. It's inconveniently located (not on Metro). You would need to either take a cab or drive - or take the D6 bus if you are adventurous. Hmmmm.... I just noticed that you want to be able to walk from your hotel. Where on NJ is your hotel?

        2 Replies
        1. re: woodleyparkhound

          I highly second Blacksalt for your nice meal. I think they have the best seafood in DC. Although Corduroy also does wonderful things with seafood, as well. It would be your nice dinner too, pricewise. You will be able to walk to neither, but it would be worth it.

          You should go to the Eastern Market and pick up some sweets, lots of variety, and a fun place to wander. A little bit of a walk, but a pretty walk. There is also CoCo Sala not to far away, they do a ton of sweet stuff, they have a whole dessert tasting menu. And there are lots of other eating options in that area.

          1. re: ktmoomau

            Don't forget Corduroy's three course/$30 meal at the bar!

        2. Your hotel is near Union Station, so you should do a search on the board for "Union Station". That is not exactly a hotbed of good eating.

          You are not too far from Penn Quarter, a restaurant neighborhood with lots of high-end options.

          You could be adventurous and take a quick taxi to H Street NE. Check out Ethiopic for Ethiopian, Dangerously Delicious Pies for...pie, Souk for Moroccan, Taylor Gourmet for hoagies.

          Or you can also head over to Barracks Row near the Eastern Market metro. I recommend baked goods at Peregrine coffee (from Buzz Bakery). Fun open market to walk through there. Another good search term would be "Capitol Hill".

          Dangerously Delicious Pies
          1036 Light St, Baltimore, MD

          Taylor Gourmet
          1116 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

          1. As an alternative to Art and Soul, check out Watershed, which is also very close to your hotel.

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