Visiting for the Fancy Food Show
I will be in Washington July 9 -11 for the fancy food show.
Seeing as I will be eating my way thru the show - I will not have a lot of opportunity for meals. (sad but true).
However I am looking for:
-little snacks (unique foods I could only find in DC)
-a great BAR...think molecular, upscale, cocktails.
-a great bar for beer.
PLUS...my boss is looking for a fabulous Italian Restaurant.
Staying near the convention centre. Plus I will have a car.
Many thanks for your help - in advance.
A great bar - The Passenger is near the convention center. I haven't been, but it's been on my list for ages - it's well regarded on this board. Even better, make a reservation for The Columbia Room, which is inside the Passenger. I think this is exactly what you are looking for.
Another great bar - and this one I have been to - is The Gibson at 14th and U. Classy, upscale cocktails in a very pleasant environment. It's behind an unmarked door next to Marvin's.
Great bar for beer - definitely Churchkey, at 14th and Rhode Island. Great selection, great atmosphere (so-so food though - eat elsewhere).
Fabulous Italian restaurant - Obelisk is small, upscale and very special (your boss should reserve now). Bibiana is highly regarded on this board. I have a reservation there in 3 weeks. More casual, neighborhood Italian is Dino in Cleveland Park (very good food and a fabulous wine list).
Snacks unique to DC - all I can come up with here would be a hot half smoke in natural casing at Camales Meats at the Eastern Market, but that would be out of your way (Eastern Market Metro). Another would be a salty oat cookie from Teaism (3 locations).
2009 R St NW, Washington, DC 20009
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Many vendors will let you sample their products.....there are unique foods from all over the world. The LAST thing I would be worried about is where to eat AFTER this show.
It is huge.....If you've never been you really need to pace yourself. You might be stuffed after you've been through the first aisle. This show is usually in New York....hasn't been in DC for about 20 years.....definitely worth $35 pp
From the website: This event is open to trade professionals only. No one under the age of 18, including infants and toddlers will be allowed onto the Show floor.
How strict are they? I don't know. My wife is going, but she's a professional food writer. I could have gone with her but a variety of factors won't permit. I'll have to settle for looking at her photos.
(The really extra crazy thing is all of the related special dinners and tastings that she's getting invited to outside the show. Lordy lord!)