Capitol Hill, North side, good flavors?
At a conference next week, staying in the Hyatt Regency on New Jersey Avenue, and looking for a dinner place that cares more about food than style, comfortable for a singleton.
I like all kinds of animal and vegetable food, strong flavors, cooking with care.
There are a ton of great restaurants on H St NE (especially between 8th and 14th). Honestly, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
Granville Moores (moules, frites, burgers)
Queen Vic (British pub)
Star and Shamrock (Jewish-Irish pub)
"There are a ton of great restaurants on H St NE"
"You cant' go wrong with any of them"
I appreciate your enthusiasm. You are being generous with your unqualified praise.
I would say there are a bunch of good restaurants on H Street where you can order well or poorly. Ordering the kimchee ramen at Toki Underground is an example of ordering very, very well - but it does take some fortitude to brave the long wait to get in. If the OP is dining solo, there's a good chance to get slipped in at a counter stool quickly.
On H: I would recommend Batter Bowl Bakery for nice open-faced sandwiches (great bread) and pastries, as well as Ethiopic next door, and further down Shawafel for awesome authentic Lebanese sandwiches. I recommend the shawarma over the felafel. This place really respects food.
In Penn Quarter: I would second the recommendations for Rasika and Daikaya, and also suggest Proof, maybe Central.
Near Eastern Market, a hike, I would suggest Montmartre. Dynamite, super high quality, French bistro fare. My visit to Tash on 8th Street was also quite good: Persian food with an upscale feel (and price). I enjoyed the olive and egpplant spreads as appetizers, and the lamb chop entree.