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We're going to be at the Fancy Food Show next weekend Sunday and Monday and booked a room for Sunday night at the Liaison Capitol HIll (thanks to Hotwire). Given the nature of the event (and the outpouring of invites to after-hours events we probably have food covered for the weekend. But we were wondering if there were any recs for, say, extra special cocktails in the evening or a back-pocket late dinner on Sunday night in case we're left needing a regular sit-down meal after all the noshing. Any thoughts?

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  1. The Gibson and The Columbia Room for special cocktails. I confess I haven't been to latter one yet, but have heard great things.

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    1. re: woodleyparkhound

      Columbia Room (right next to the Convention Center) requires reservations, but its sister bar, The Passenger, doesn't and you can still get great drinks. They also have great casual food.

    2. I'm going to the show as well.. trying to decide whether or not to make a late reservation on sunday night (if possible). Might be worth making one in case all the snacking isn't enough! To second the OP, if anyone has sunday night recommendations, that would be great! cheers!

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      1. re: CheezeWiz

        Zentan at the Hotel Donovan; Busboys and Poets at 5th and K; Churchkey (no reservations); If you want small bites, maybe Estadio or el Centro/Masa 14.

        I'm going to the show as well, but I tend to stick to stuff I can take with me vs. eat there. There's only so much of the same thing you can eat! Though, I'm going both days this year unlike last. Not sure if I'll feel differently this time with two full days!

        1. re: Jeserf

          I'm going as well... though i will be doing less tasting than others. tentatively given appetite, looking at Zentan, Zatinya, DC Coast, Ardeo, and one night yet to be determined... i will be alone the first night (Friday), so i will likely treat myself, without having to kowtow to others' preferences.

          glad to see other hounds will be there... maybe we'll run into each other.

          1. re: Emme

            what hotel (or area) are you staying in?
            I highly recommend going to Rasika on Friday night and sitting at the bar. The vegetarian menu is excellent because you can order a small order of a dish or two and the service is excellent.
            Or, if you want to indulge, go to CoCo Sala.

            Friday night before the show, I'm going to a work out class. You can join me! :) Be sure to report back where you go. I'd be curious about DC Coast because it's not often mentioned here (I don't eat fish, but used to work right by it)

            1. re: Jeserf

              haha i'll consider Rasika... depends whether my flight is delayed...
              Staying at the Hyatt on New Jersey Ave.

              where's the workout class? i was going to take a swim at the Hyatt :)

              and DC Coast was recommended as a fish place... we'll see!

              1. re: Emme

                I probably wouldn't go to DC Coast - I never see many people go in/out (I used to work right there). I'd probably swap that out with something else - but I don't eat fish so I don't know.

                7 blocks from the convention center is B Fit - a barre class. I go there when not at the regular gym. That's what I'm doing tonight to get the weekend off on the right foot!

      2. I have attended the Fancy Food Show for many years ( both in Washington and New York) How anyone can think of eating anything else after spending a day sampling the quality and quantity of food on display just amazes me ! My hats off to anyone that wants to have dinner after this show. I won't eat for two days!

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        1. re: MDicecreamguy

          That's sort of what I'm expecting. Plus, we have invites to special events that some of the international exhibitors are putting on at embassies and things like that, so we'll probably be good. But a smart Chowhound is a prepared Chowhound!

          Thanks for the recs everyone!

          1. re: kukubura

            First, you walk a lot and second, the samples eventually stop being THAT interesting. There are a few places I'm already excited to visit, but there really is only so much of the same thing you can eat. Send some invites to embassies my way! :)