Philly CH Heading Your Way
Hi! I've just booked a hotel around the Thomas Circle area for a couple of days. Am looking for some great dining suggestions, though nothing that requires us getting all decked out. So, nothing uber formal. We'd love to have paella one evening, and Italian or Modern American the next. Fun and funky breakfast places are also key.
We're figuring lunch will be on the go. On Saturday, we'll be at the Newseum, on Friday, the Smithsonian (probably Natural History). Any suggestions you can provide would be great. If there's something we shouldn't miss, even if it requires a cab ride, let us know. Good food is all a part of the sightseeing. Oh, and if there's a nice brunch place for Sunday, count us in.
Thanks for your help!
I second Jaleo for paella. I have had it there before, but a while ago and thought it was good. I normally really enjoy their other dishes, as well.
Near the Newseum for lunch there are lots of options in Penn Quarter/Chinatown area for quick on the go: Cowgirl Creamery, Luke's Lobster, Nando's Peri Peri.
On Saturday the restaurant in the Newseum (The Source) has a really good dim sum brunch. It's not too far from the Natural History. Sou'Wester also has a good Southern breakfast, I haven't been in a couple months, but used to go fairly regularly and liked it a lot. It's only about 3-4 blocks past the Natural History, on the other side of the mall. There is a lot of brunch, not a lot of breakfast in this town... Nice brunch places include- Birch & Barley, Dino, Brasserie Beck. you might also check out the blog Bitches Who Brunch.
I really like Dino, Fiola and Bibiana for Italian. Fiola and Bibiana are a little more formal than Dino, but I also don't think either are jacket and/or tie required places, so depending on what you are wearing...
Modern American- Cashion's, Ardeo/Bardeo, District Commons in DC, in Arlington Liberty Tavern or Green Pig Bistro.
Taberna del Alabardero does an excellent paella. Not far from the White House. Market Lunch at
Eastern Market is fun and Metro accessible. Try the bluebuck pancakes or "The Brick" breakfast sandwich. Tortilla Cafe across the street does a good, cheap Mexican breakfast as well. If the weather's nice, I like a nice al fresco fried fish sandwich from Jimmy's Grill at Maine Avenue Fish Market. Their strawberry lemonade is fantastic.
I know Jaleo serves paella, but I haven't had it myself, so can't recommend it personally. For Italian, I'd recommend Dino, a great neighborhood place that is more casual than most others. Fun and funky breakfast places are not a DC specialty - nothing comes to mind, except maybe Teaism. There is one near Dupont Circle (with wonderful upstairs seating) and another near the Archives Metro. Teaism is good for lunch, too. My favorite Sun. brunch place is the Tabard Inn, but you do need a reservation.
Oh, another thought for breakfast / lunch: Bethesda Bagels, near Dupont Circle. Love the place - but, it has no seating to speak of.
Have a great visit!