Guidebook for Washington

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Guidebook for Washington

Food Scene

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Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F Street Northeast
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If you like Thai good, try this restaurant. The crispy rice and wok noodles are amazing. Reasonably priced and walkable from the house.
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Laos in Town
250 K St NE
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If you like Thai good, try this restaurant. The crispy rice and wok noodles are amazing. Reasonably priced and walkable from the house.
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Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Take out Indian food. One of our favorites. You can also eat at outdoor picnic tables.
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Indigo
243 K Street Northeast
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Take out Indian food. One of our favorites. You can also eat at outdoor picnic tables.
Good for the family. Pinball, skeeball, and Ms. Pacman in the rear of the restaurant. Good menu for the family.
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Bar Elena
414 H St NE
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Good for the family. Pinball, skeeball, and Ms. Pacman in the rear of the restaurant. Good menu for the family.
Fun pub scene where lots of Capitol Hill staff go for happy hour. Good pub food and lots of TVs to watch sports.
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Union Pub
201 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Fun pub scene where lots of Capitol Hill staff go for happy hour. Good pub food and lots of TVs to watch sports.
Good for the family. Chicken with delicious sauces. Very casual.
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Nando's Peri-Peri
411 H St NE
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Good for the family. Chicken with delicious sauces. Very casual.
Very casual chicken restaurant. Good for the family.
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Farmbird
625 H St NE
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Very casual chicken restaurant. Good for the family.
Delicious! Be adventurous and try something different on this menu. Restaurant is located in the back of a clothing store. very hip and trendy and delicious food and cocktails!
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Maketto
1351 H Street Northeast
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Delicious! Be adventurous and try something different on this menu. Restaurant is located in the back of a clothing store. very hip and trendy and delicious food and cocktails!
Delicious guacamole! Upscale Mexican.
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Impala Cantina y Taqueria
1358 H Street Northeast
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Delicious guacamole! Upscale Mexican.
Hidden biergarten in the back of this restaurant. Great happy hour and fun to sit outside and eat some bratwurst.
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Biergarten Haus
1355 H Street Northeast
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Hidden biergarten in the back of this restaurant. Great happy hour and fun to sit outside and eat some bratwurst.
This place makes traditional BBQ - very good!
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Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse
732 Maryland Avenue Northeast
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This place makes traditional BBQ - very good!
Some of the most delicious coffee I have every had.
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Sidamo Coffee & Tea
417 H Street Northeast
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Some of the most delicious coffee I have every had.
Good casual places on the main level include Shake Shack, Chipotle, Roti, Starbucks, Potbelly, Chop't. Avoid Thunder Grill - it is overpriced and only mediocre.
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Union Station
701 First St NE
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Good casual places on the main level include Shake Shack, Chipotle, Roti, Starbucks, Potbelly, Chop't. Avoid Thunder Grill - it is overpriced and only mediocre.
Off the beat and path. Good traditional pub food. I like the Tikka Masala and the fish and chips.
The Alibi
237 2nd St NW
Off the beat and path. Good traditional pub food. I like the Tikka Masala and the fish and chips.
For a special night out. Delicious Indian food. One of the highest rated restaurants in DC.
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Rasika Penn Quarter
633 D St NW
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For a special night out. Delicious Indian food. One of the highest rated restaurants in DC.
They don't take reservations - so line up early (before they open). The food is great and worth the wait.
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Rose's Luxury
717 8th Street Southeast
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They don't take reservations - so line up early (before they open). The food is great and worth the wait.
An upscale food court. They have parking. This one is worth exploring. Everything from oysters to waffles to fresh baked bread.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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An upscale food court. They have parking. This one is worth exploring. Everything from oysters to waffles to fresh baked bread.
Mussels and Frites! And a great beer selection.
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Belga Café
514 8th St SE
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Mussels and Frites! And a great beer selection.
This is a restaurant and whiskey bar. For a setting quieter than the upstairs bar - go downstairs to the basement. It is quiet and romantic. The food here is delicious!
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Barrel
613 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This is a restaurant and whiskey bar. For a setting quieter than the upstairs bar - go downstairs to the basement. It is quiet and romantic. The food here is delicious!
Very family friendly. Think comfort good. Large portions and delicious food. There is usually a wait to get seated.
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Ted's Bulletin
505 8th Southeast
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Very family friendly. Think comfort good. Large portions and delicious food. There is usually a wait to get seated.
Family friendly. Large menu that ranges from wood fired pizza, to delicious salads and more traditional entrees. Get the mini burgers.....they are amazing.
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matchbox
521 8th Street Southeast
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Family friendly. Large menu that ranges from wood fired pizza, to delicious salads and more traditional entrees. Get the mini burgers.....they are amazing.
Delicious homemade Italian. Small and casual. Also good for takeout pizza. Very close to the house.
Nostra Cucina
320 D Street Northeast
Delicious homemade Italian. Small and casual. Also good for takeout pizza. Very close to the house.
Quintessential DC. A fun place to have lunch if you are visiting the White House or the Renwick museum.
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Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street Northwest
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Quintessential DC. A fun place to have lunch if you are visiting the White House or the Renwick museum.
Half price mussels on Monday night (call to confirm). It looks very rundown, but the food and drink selection is good and it is a fun experience! Try it out!
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Granville Moore's
1238 H Street Northeast
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Half price mussels on Monday night (call to confirm). It looks very rundown, but the food and drink selection is good and it is a fun experience! Try it out!
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delicious and price is good! Mediterranean with shareable small plates.
Cafe Fili
701 2nd Street Northeast
Breakfast, lunch and dinner. Delicious and price is good! Mediterranean with shareable small plates.
Walkable from house. Delicious Italian comfort food. The real deal.
Nostra Cucina
320 D Street Northeast
Walkable from house. Delicious Italian comfort food. The real deal.
Delicious Indian takeout. Small selection, but generous portions and inexpensive.
Butter Chicken Company 3
601 2nd Street Northeast
Delicious Indian takeout. Small selection, but generous portions and inexpensive.
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Eastern Market Station
701 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Try the tater tots!!
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Sticky Rice
1224 H Street Northeast
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Try the tater tots!!

Essentials

Delicious ice cream sandwiches. Coffee, bagels, sandwiches are all good. This place is a bit expensive - but has a small selection of essentials if you need something right away.
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Union Kitchen Grocery
538 3rd St NE
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Delicious ice cream sandwiches. Coffee, bagels, sandwiches are all good. This place is a bit expensive - but has a small selection of essentials if you need something right away.
They sell beer and wine. This is a large grocery store with good prices. They also have roasted chickens and a large hot bar of prepared food. Garage parking.
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Giant Food
300 H Street Northeast
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They sell beer and wine. This is a large grocery store with good prices. They also have roasted chickens and a large hot bar of prepared food. Garage parking.
Organic grocery store. Prices are a bit high - but the food is fresh. They also have a "loft bar" and large hot bar of prepared foods.
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Whole Foods Market
600 H St NE
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Organic grocery store. Prices are a bit high - but the food is fresh. They also have a "loft bar" and large hot bar of prepared foods.
This is a really nice grocery store with good prices. They also have underground parking. Large hot bar with prepared food and they sell beer and wine.
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Harris Teeter
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This is a really nice grocery store with good prices. They also have underground parking. Large hot bar with prepared food and they sell beer and wine.
Pharmacy and drug store.
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CVS
645 H Street Northeast
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Pharmacy and drug store.
Parking below the store.
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Trader Joe's
350 Florida Ave NE
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Parking below the store.

Getting Around

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Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Drinks & Nightlife

Outdoor beer garden in a converted parking lot.
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Wunder Garten
1101 First St NE
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Outdoor beer garden in a converted parking lot.
Very fun Irish bar. Hang out spot for Capitol Hill staff.
The Dubliner Restaurant
4 F Street Northwest
Very fun Irish bar. Hang out spot for Capitol Hill staff.
Fun Irish bar.
Kelly's Irish Times
14 F St NW
Fun Irish bar.
Very fun (and small) cocktail bar. Order something exotic off their chalkboard menu. You can also order appetizers from the restaurant downstairs.
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Copycat Co.
1110 H Street Northeast
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Very fun (and small) cocktail bar. Order something exotic off their chalkboard menu. You can also order appetizers from the restaurant downstairs.

Shopping

Local artisans, fresh produce, and a fun place to wander around. Mostly a weekend activity - but the main market is open during the weekdays - just not nearly the volume of vendors.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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Local artisans, fresh produce, and a fun place to wander around. Mostly a weekend activity - but the main market is open during the weekdays - just not nearly the volume of vendors.

Arts & Culture

They have the presidential portraits and a great gift shop. Also - if you need to escape the hustle and bustle of DC - relax in the very peaceful atrium.
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National Portrait Gallery
8th Street Northwest
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They have the presidential portraits and a great gift shop. Also - if you need to escape the hustle and bustle of DC - relax in the very peaceful atrium.
Free timed tickets available from the National Park Service. A great tour - but please note, it does entail climbing some stairs.
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Ford's Theatre
511 10th Street Northwest
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Free timed tickets available from the National Park Service. A great tour - but please note, it does entail climbing some stairs.
They have an entrance fee.
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International Spy Museum
800 F Street Northwest
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They have an entrance fee.
They have an entrance fee.
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Newseum
555 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
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They have an entrance fee.
One of the most popular museums. Admission is free - just like all the Smithsonians.
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National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Avenue Southwest
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One of the most popular museums. Admission is free - just like all the Smithsonians.
Must get tickets in advance.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
100 Raoul Wallenberg Place Southwest
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Must get tickets in advance.

Sightseeing

You can get free timed tickets for a tour. Best to reserve these in advance if you can.
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United States Capitol
East Capitol Street Northeast
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You can get free timed tickets for a tour. Best to reserve these in advance if you can.
One of the prettiest buildings in DC. Don't miss the main reading room and the rotating exhibits are also great. There is an underground tunnel that connects this building to the Capitol Visitors Center.
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Biblioteca del Congresso
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
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One of the prettiest buildings in DC. Don't miss the main reading room and the rotating exhibits are also great. There is an underground tunnel that connects this building to the Capitol Visitors Center.
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Palazzo della Corte Suprema degli Stati Uniti
1 First Street Northeast
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Beautiful at night. There is no convenient metro stop. Suggest taking an uber or lyft and enjoying this as an evening stop. It is also very close to the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.
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Lincoln Memorial
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Beautiful at night. There is no convenient metro stop. Suggest taking an uber or lyft and enjoying this as an evening stop. It is also very close to the Vietnam and Korean Memorials.