Sampling the Washington region’s food blogs

Dining in D.C., Glenn Beck Rally, MLK March, and things to do when you're done protesting

August 27, 2010 - 01:18 AM
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It may be the end of summer, but city streets will be packed this weekend. On Saturday, Tea Party supporters from across the nation will gather for Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, while the NAACP joins the National Action Network and heads of progressive organizations for the “Reclaiming the Dream” march to the Martin Luther King Memorial.  

But where are all these people supposed to eat? Today’s post features places to eat around the region, as well as dining suggestions from TBD’s Community Network.

First Stop - Breakfast

Le Pain Quotidien — 2815 M St. NW, (202) 315-5420
Belgian bakery offering different types of bread, soups, salads, and sandwiches. Breakfast items include Belgian waffles, omelets, and organic-steel cut oatmeal. Opens at 8 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom-GWU. Other locations include Dupont Circle at 2000 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Old Town at 701 King St., and Eastern Market at 660 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Founding Farmers -- 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, (202) 822-8783
Contemporary American cuisine offering dishes made from fresh, locally grown ingredients. Breakfast items include New Orleans-style stuffed French toast, buttermilk pancakes, and organic granola parfait. Opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday. Closest Metro stop is Foggy Bottom-GWU.

Kramerbooks and Afterwards — 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 387-1462
Bookstore/cafe/coffeeshop that offers American cuisine and a great atmosphere. Breakfast items include steak and eggs, blueberry pancakes, and breakfast quesadillas. Open 24 hours Friday-Sunday. Closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle.

Midday meal — food trucks, burgers, and quick eats

Food trucks that are serving this Saturday

DC Slices -- A mobile pizza truck. Columbia Heights area. Metro: Columbia Heights

Sweetflow Mobile -- Serves yogurt and salads. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 16th & Kenyon streets NW. Metro: Columbia Heights

Check out where the food trucks are parked right now...

Burger joints

Five Guys
808 H St. NW, (202) 393-2900. Metro: Galleryplace Chinatown
1645 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 328-3483. Metro: Dupont Circle
Pretty much everywhere else across the region, too.

BGR The Burger Joint
1514 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 299-1071. Metro: Dupont Circle

Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, (202) 543-8222. Metro: Capital South

Rogue States Burgers
1300 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 296-2242. Metro: Dupont Circle

Quick eats

Julia’s Empanadas
1221 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 861-8828. Metro: Dupont Circle
3239 14th St. NW, (202) 328-0008. Metro: Columbia Heights
1410 U St. NW, (202) 387-4100. Metro: U Street/Cardozo

Ben’s Chili Bowl
1213 U St. NW, (202) 667-0909. Metro: U Street/Cardozo

Sweetgreen
1512 Connecticut Ave. NW, (202) 387-9338. Metro: Dupont Circle
3333 M St. NW, (202) 337-9338. (No nearby subway, unless you walk across Key Bridge from Rosslyn. You can catch the G2 or the Circulator bus down here.)

Bread and Brew
1247 20th St. NW. Metro: Dupont Cicle

Dinner — Restaurant Week and recommendations from the locals

Washington's "Restaurant Week" promotion, in which area fine-dining places offer a three-course lunch for $20.10 and a three-course dinner for $30.10, ended on Aug 22. But plenty of restaurants are extending the promotion for another week — some until the end of the month. This could be a great opportunity for visitors to check out some pricier restaurants for less.  

See Dining in DC’s list of participating restaurants and their summer menus here.

For additional Restaurant Week tips and suggestions, check out this post.

Dining suggestions from TBD’s Community Network

“I'd recommend Palena/Palena Cafe, Dino, and Bardeo in Cleveland Park. All of these restaurants have good food--and aren't so exotic as to scare away an out-of-towner who may not be comfortable with ethnic flavors.”  
-- Rachel Wolf, Ladies Who Brunch

“I want to go ahead and submit the BGR and their lobster roll. Two of the locations are located on the Red Line...”
-- Elyse Greenberg, Capitol Bites

“Cafe du Parc is good for out of towners because it is in the Willard.”
-- Lauren DeSantis, Capital Cooking Show

“Best places to brunch if you're in D.C. from out of town this weekend:
Marvin
J&G Steakhouse

Birch & Barley

• And, if you're savvy enough to make rezzies early, Tabard Inn.
-- Becca Clara Love and Cori Sue Morris, Bitches Who Brunch

Dining suggestions from Olga Berman of Mango and Tomato:
Tabard Inn
Blue Duck Tavern 
Tour of Little Ethiopia

Birch & Barley brunch

Dining suggestions from Claudia Holwill of Brunch and the City:
Old Ebbitt Grill
Georgia Brown’s
Indigo Landing (In Virginia, but it gives you a beautiful view of the city and the planes landing at National Airport)
Morrison-Clark 
Chef Geoff’s
Busboys and Poets (they have 2 locations in DC and 1 in Virginia)
Bar Pilar
Afterwords Cafe
Ben's Next Door
And for some places that aren't about brunch but are definitely worth checking out:
Ben’s Chili Bowl
• One of our many cupcakeries
• Burger Heaven: Good Stuff Eatery, Z Burger, Five Guys, Ray’s Hell Burger, Ollie’s Trolley, Clyde’s,The Monocle

Restaurant writeups and reviews from the food bloggers

• EatMore DrinkMore reviews cheap eats: Vapiano, Ping Pong Dim Sum, DC Noodles
• Capitol Bites dines on tapas at Jaleo
• DC-Wrapped Dates checks out the scene at Bistro Bis.

What else is there to do?

DC Beer Week is going on right now... check out the schedule and attend some beer tastings, dinners and events in the District.

• August 28 -- DC State Fair
• August 28 -- Columbia Heights Day
• August 28 -- Elevation Burger is hosting a free screening of King Corn

Happy Hour

• August 27 -- Duvel Happy Hour at Belga Cafe
• August 27 -- Martini and a Makeover at Black Finn
• August 27 -- Macchu Pisco Happy Hour to Benefit Lucky Dog
• August 27 -- DC State Fair Kick-off and Homebrew Contest

Sweet Deals

• Restaurant.com: $25 Dining Gift Certificates for $2 (save $80 through 8/31)
• Ted’s Montana Grill: Save $5 when you spend $15 (through 9/19)
• Lebanese Taverna offers Ramadan special (might not be many takers on this one)
EatMore DrinkMore is giving away a $40 Groupon to iGourmet to whoever provides the best response to "If you had to smell like one food (or dish) for the rest of your life, what would it be? Why?". You can leave a comment on their site or send them tweet @eatdrinkmore.

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