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Dinner and brunch near Convention Center (DC)

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Hi DC'ers,

We'll be in town next month for the Cherry Blossom 10-miler, staying at the Renaissance at 9th and K NW. Can anyone suggest a low-key Italian restaurant nearby for dinner Saturday evening? "We" consists of four adults and two kids (9 and almost 4), so dinner will be on the early side. Cuisines other than Italian are fine, just nothing really adventurous before the race and no fine dining. Brunch recommendations for Sunday would be helpful too.


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  1. About 6 blocks away at 425 7th St NW is Carmine's. Family style Italian.

    You are also very close to Chinatown/Verizon Center so there are plenty of restaurants there also. Clydes is American food if kind of noisy.

    Matchbox at 713 H Street has wodfired/brickoven pizza, mini burgers, etc. It can be loud, but if you are eating early that should not be much of a problem.

    1. City Tap House is a fairly new restaurant on 9th and I. I've only been to the bar but the menu is varied, food prices are fair, and they take reservations.

      See you at the starting line!!

      1. You are not that far away from Graffiato which offers delicious Italian-American small plates (not fancy, certainly casual and I've seen kids there before). Otherwise you can always go to Carmine's (i've personally never been before).

        For brunch, you could go to Busboys and Poets for something more casual. Or you can try Acadiana for a wonderful cajun-style brunch (they also have a delicious and affordable 3-course deal for brunch).

        1. Thanks - these suggestions all sound great! I'll report back...

          (OT: shake N baik, I'm really looking forward to this race - I went to GW for undergrad but was not a runner then, so it will be interesting/fun to run through my old stomping grounds.)

          1. I've heard good things about the Carving Room and the brunch menu looks awesome:

            Busboys and Poets is a good brunch spot too, I second that.

            1. I've brought my toddler along to Graffiato and Busboys multiple times and they've been accommodating of us. It's a reliably enjoyable meal at both places and fairly loud environments where a little kid noise blends in.

              Also nearby: District of Pi has delicious pizza (not your usual chicago-style deep dish) and Matchbox has a wide variety of choices, pizza-burgers-entrees-etc.

              1. Recently had a great brunch at this newish little place, Silo, at 919 5th Street NW. I had my kids with me and they were great (we went there because the wait at Busboys and Poets was insanely long and we were really happy we found it).

                Casa Luca (1099 New York Ave NW) is very close to your hotel. It's on the fancier side but I brought my 2 year old and 3 month old for an early dinner and it was fine.

                1. After all these great suggestions, our travel plans got thrown for a loop... We ate dinner Fri at Rosa Mexicano, which was great (although very noisy) - the beef short rib enchiladas were amazing, as were the churros for dessert.