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Sep 10, 2011 01:47 PM

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.

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    1. re: Steve

      Not sure yet. We are still trying to decide to drive or fly. I'm thinking if we fly we are going to have to come into Baltimore and not really sure how much of a hassle it is to get to Washington from Baltimore.

      1. re: uafoodie

        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)
        2 Amys
        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)

        1. re: uafoodie

          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.

      2. 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.

        Cafe Atlantico
        405 8th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20004

        3529 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

        Poste Brasserie
        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