Lunch and Dinner Ideas - Visiting DC in Oct - We love to eat!
My husband and I are visiting DC in Oct. I'm looking for ideas for lunch and dinner. We will be out touring sites, so lunch that will be good and close would be nice. I need dinner suggestion too! I don't care as much about the price, as long as the experience and food are excellent. We will be in town for 4 lunches and 5 dinners.
For lunch, if you're touring, you're out of luck during the weekends, but weekdays there are a lot of options. The Bread Line is great for sandwiches. And if you find yourself near the Iwo Jima memorial, you can head to Ray's Hell Burgers (best burgers in DC - and they cook to-order). On weekends, lunch is tough to come by, but the Museum of the American Indian has some good selections (I like to just order a bunch of side dishes - also, some of their soups are pretty darn good). By the Newseum, I *think* The Source is open for lunch on Saturdays, and there's a restaurant near the Spy Museum that's supposed to be OK (and presumably is open on weekends).
For dinner, if you want a memorable meal, see if you can get reservations to Komi (but call NOW!) Best meal -and service- in all of DC (in my opinion). Other nice options (and easier to get reservations for) include Palena or Poste Brasserie (the 20 Bites dinner is fun). Hot tickets (besides Komi) include Minibar at Cafe Atlantico (I've never scored reservations there but it's supposed to be quite memorable) and more recently at Graffiato's (opened by the former Top Chef contestant). And if you are willing to cross a bridge, there are a many nice (and moderately priced) options in Clarendon, VA, including Liberty Tavern and Eventide.
405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004
3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008
555 8th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
1509 17th St NW Ste 1, Washington, DC 20036
Ray's Hell Burger
1713 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
The Liberty Tavern
3195 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22201
707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Here are some favorite experiences that you may hear little about on other sites. You can do a search on this board for more details:
The Lounge at Citronelle
Me Jana (Lebanese in Arlington, VA)
Locolat (Savory Belgian waffles, chocolate)
Rays' the Steaks East River (smoked then fried chicken, ribs)
Thai X-ing (highly idiosyncratic, like eating in someone's apartment. Must reserve.)
Joe's Noodle House (Sichuan in Rockville, MD)
Getting from BWI to DC is quite easy (unless it's rush hour). If you choose to fly and don't want to rent a car, there is a bus service from the airport to the end of the subway line in Greenbelt.
Your exact same question is asked so often on this board that you might want to use the search feature to get a general background, then get more specific assistance to help you get the best from your visit.