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Lunch and happy hour near National Building Museum

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My husband and I are traveling to DC this April primarily to visit the Smithsonian Craft Show in the National Building Museum. We are staying in Alexandria and taking the metro into DC. Will probably do some sight seeing near the National Building Museum as well on foot or possibly using the bike share if that's convenient.

Looking for recommendations for eats and drinks during the day. I suspect we'll return to Alexandria for dinner.

We enjoy local fare including brewpubs. I guess we could be described as flexitarian but I'm also interested in upscale vegan restaurants.

Thanks for any info!

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  1. You might want to check the Smithsonian website...I have eaten at many of their restaurants...http://www.si.edu/Dining

    1. The National Building Museum is not that far from Rasika's Penn Quarter location (probably about 10 minute walk). I'm not sure how many vegan options they have but they have an incredible vegetarian menu. It's high end Indian cuisine and probably one of the best restaurants in DC.

      You might also like Jaleo for Spanish tapas....you can get anything there from veggie items to wonderful seafood and sangria.

      Graffiato also has a great lunch deal at their bar and they almost always have vegetarian options.

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      1. re: Elyssa

        Jaleo is the place to be for vegan options including beet salad with citrus, raisins with spinach, baby wrinkled potatoes, and garlic mushrooms along with grilled bread brushed with tomato. The managers here are very well trained to answer your dietary questions.

      2. Right Proper Brewing Company is a block north of the Shaw Metro. Excellent food and drink.

        http://rightproperbrewery.com/

        Churckkey is a bike ride from the Building Museum. Also an excellent selection of beers. Can get quite crowded.

        http://www.churchkeydc.com/

        Bluejacket is new on the craft brew scene. Broad selection of beers they brew inhouse. Have not been impressed with the food, though. Fortunately, Osteria Morini is a block away and does a fine lunch. Wine can be expensive.

        http://www.bluejacketdc.com/

        http://www.osteriamorini.com/washingt...

        1. Thanks everyone for what looks like some excellent recommendations!

          1. because of the MCI center and the Gallery place cinema and various monolith office blocks, the NBM can look and feel isolated from Penn Qtr. but it's actually really quite close, even closer in good weather. IIRC there's a back door to the cinema's atrium by the loading docks on 6th and you can easily cut through over to 7th.

            1. brewpubs: gordon biersch is close but not super special. They do have many veggie options. Bluejacket is near the Navy Yard metro and takes beer really seriously.

              Zaytinya isn't too far from the NBM, and definitely has vegan options. Poste is another nearby upscale choice with a nice courtyard.

              I'd be remiss not to mention Wiseguy's Pizza, which is a casual by-the-slice place. Really good NY-style and very close to the museum!

              1. For Alexandria Restaurant Eve with advanced warning of your needs should be an excellent choice. I think Vermillion might also meet your needs. Rustico has a good beer program, but don't know about vegetarian or vegan options, I don't know that they do that well.

                1. Ended up at Jaleo for lunch. It was a perfect choice! Thanks so much!