After a morning of touring it was nice to get off the Metro at the Crystal City station. To my surprise, I found there, a huge underground shopping mall with a lovely restaruant. I stopped in, for a relaxing lunch at Amelia's Restaurant. Named after the famous female aviator. The decor included early flight memorabilia, even an old plane and though it was completely underground, the ceiling reached ground to catch the sun from skylights.
Amelia's seems to have disappeared. It was not far from the station stop.
Though I think Amelia's Restaurant is no longer open under that name, my guess is that there will be another restaurant taking it's spot. The mall was originally called, " A turn-of-the-century shopping village," and that's just how it felt as I walked around. I know that some changes have been made over the years, but this is still considered a nice area, so I'd suggest stopping there and trying one of the restaurants that look interesting to you.
Crystal City is a commercial and residential section of Arlington, VA. The buildings at street level are connected by huge underground passages that can be entered from the Crystal City Metro stop service by the Blue or Yellow Line. (Just before reaching the Pentagon City station--or just after it, depending on your travel direction.) These underground passages are full of shops and restaurants, connected to the buildings above ground and are especially nice during winter months.
Favorite Dish: At Amelia's I had the Cobb Salad with a glass of white wine.
Located in the heart of Chintown DC, this Zagat rated hangout is pretty neat. When I eat at restros, I avoid pork and meat that is not halal, and they were very understanding of the fact. They assured me that they use different pans and utensils to make each new dish and it is washed and cleaned after each preparation. They don't have to do this to be a good restaurant as my specification is definitely not a norm, but it is reassuraing that they have separate pans for cooking veg and meat dishes. They make their food tangy and spicy to suit your taste.
Well, that story apart, you should def try this place out. The weather was great so we sat outside for our dinner. The service was prompt and the place clean. Definitely recommended!
Favorite Dish: Well, for first timers, I cant say I have a fav here, but we had the jumbo Shrimp with Vegetables and Vegetarian Chinese Chow Fooo Mein. The taste was different from a lot of other Chinese places I have eaten and it was definitely good.
You get historical and local info during a food tour. It's best to think of a food tour as historical tour with a food bonus! ;-)
The tours are divided up by area or neighborhood. You get to try a little something at each place where you stop. There is usually 8-10 stops. And you will be full at the end. The food is amazing local delicacies and local chef specialties. Maybe braised ribs at one place, and local sustainable dairy used in hand made ice cream at another. It is also important to mention, foodies take these tours. Foodies are really cool and interesting people. So it's impossible to have a bad time.
*I wasn't able to do a food tour, bc of our lack of time. But I have done them in other cities, it is always an awesome experience. And this company was recommended to me by a foodie friend that I would trust with my pallet any day of the week.
Favorite Dish: Most companies have several tours to choose from. I suggest choosing a tour that will give you the biggest range of foods to try. That means I wouldn't do an ice cream tour or a Little Italy tour. I'd do a neighborhood tour.
My wife and I came here for lunch with my sister and my two nieces after a day at the Zoo. Matchbox is right around the block from my sisters house so it was an easy walk back to her place. My sister said the kids love this place and the food is good so I was happy to try it out.
The restaurant is a really cool place with a nice vibe. The space is large with two levels, outdoor seating and a large bar area. The walls are the best with lots of exposed brick. We were seated at a booth on the second level. The booths are quite large; we were able to fit three adults and two kids with tons of space for bags,toys and jackets.
The menu here has a bit of everything; sandwiches, pizza, salads, burgers, pasta and more substantial fare. After perusing the menu I knew I had to have their Lamb sandwich. My wife chose the steak sandwich. The kids had a variety of items; pizza, fuit salad and chicken. I don't remember what my sister had but it was a salad.
The food here was very good; my lamb sandwich was delcious. My wife also enjoyed her steak sandwich but couldn't finsih it all. Anna helped her finish up her french fries; boy that kid can eat. Just when I thought it doesn't get better than this; a pan of piping hot cinnamon rolls appeared for dessert. Absolute yum! The kids were happy for those sticky little rolls and so were we.
After we had a dissapointing dinner in Georgetown we headed back to our hotel to have some dessert at the Blue Duck Tavern. I had read many food blogs raving about their Apple Pie; so we definitely had to check this out for ourselves.
It was rather busy and we were able to snag the last table for two in their bar/lounge area. Our waitress came by an gave us menus and a drink list. We didn't even glance at the menu, knowing that it was the apple pie were were after. We ordered two apple pies and the waitress looked at us strangely. She said they were rather big portions and perfect for two. Hey, she knows her food; so we only ordered one with a side of vanilla ice cream.
Our pie arrived; and the waitress was right; it was a big portion. The pie was piping hot; as we sliced into it, steam rose from the cut. We waited a few minutes for it to be an edible temperature. From the first bite I was very happy. This pie is the best. The crust is wonderful, the spples are delicious and it is not overly sweet. The dollop of ice cream on top made it the perfect dessert. My wife and I loved this dessert; I would come back here just for dessert.
Portion is quite large and we left a large chunck of pie left over. So if you are a couple; just order one pie.
My wife found La Chaumière when searching for a good French Reatuarant in the Georgetown area. We were staying locally and this was within walking distance of our hotel which made it a good choice.
We arrived on time for our reservation and was surprised at how packed the place was; I thought that to be a good sign. The interior of the restaurant has a quaint country feel to it; not pretentious or stuffy as some French restaurants can be. The host sat us at a table for two in the back of the restaurant which gave us a nice overview of the place.
A basket of bread was brough to the table and our drink order was taken. The menu was full of typical French dishes:Moules Marinière, Onion Soup, Escargot, Steak au Poivre. After perusing the menu, I decided to have the onion soup as a starter and the Rack of Lamb as my entree. My wife chose the escargot for her starter and the Steak au Poivre for her main dish.
Our appetizers arrived after a short wait. My onion soup was too hot to attempt to eat so I let it cool for a few minutes before digging in. My wife began with her escargot and from the look on her face she was not happy. The actual meat of the snail was fine but the sauce was terrible. After sampling a bite; I understood. My onion soup was not a disapointment; it was very good and flavorful.
Our main dishes arrived soon after our appetizers were cleared. My lamb was ok; nothing spectacular. My wife's Steak au Poivre was a dissaster. The meat wasn't good and the sauce was badly seasoned. Needless to say we didn't chance having dessert here but opted to have dessert at our hotel.
Service here was good but I can't say the same about the food.
Due to being fully booked for dinner we only got to enjoy Blue Duck Tavern for breakfast on this trip. This of course was no problem because they really shine for breakfast. Currently this is my favorite breakfast I’ve ever had in the continental US.
Indoor seating was the only thing offered on this cool late winter morning. We were lucky enough to have one of the seats right in front of the kitchen. The kitchen here is open to the restaurant and you can watch the staff as they work. This was a nice change from the usual restaurants with everything hidden behind closed walls.
For my breakfast I chose the Short Rib Hash. This was an amazing dish. It came in a metal warming dish instead of on a plate. This meant the two eggs that were sunny side up sat on top of a small pile of the short rib hash. This did make it a touch greasy, but worked rather well actually. Mixed into the hash on one side was the horseradish sauce. Next time I’ll order extra of that as it worked well with everything I ate that morning. Simply put, even with minor tweaks I’d like to see for my personal taste, this dish was amazing. I also ordered a side of bacon for us to share and an order of rye toast that I used to make sure my dish was clean before I surrendered. To drink I had a hot chocolate which was very rich and I had to cut with some milk. It was very good, but a little too rich to use as my main drink without it.
My wife ordered herself the Belgian Waffle with Glazed Pecans. She has raved about this ever since. It comes with a specialty syrup called Blis that was one of the best syrups I’ve ever had (found the syrup on line and it is incredible). She also ordered the fingerling potatoes to share. Sliced in half and lightly spiced, they were delicious. She had a lemon grass tea for breakfast as well that reminded us both of being in the Seychelles.
This wonderful breakfast was included in the stay at the hotel but I would gladly pay the $60 plus dollars it would cost plus tip to have it again if not staying at the hotel. Do be aware though that we witnessed guests being turned away for not staying at the hotel for breakfast so be sure to confirm you can get in or get a reservation if you’re not staying.
Also note that if you are a Hyatt Gold Passport member you can earn points on food here whether or not you're staying at the hotel.
This place comes highly recommended for its burgers, and when I come to the US I have to try at least one good quality burger. Unfortunately this wasn't it. The burger was squashed, the bun was smeared in grease and the whole thing tasted very plain. My wife's burger looked a lot better, without the grease, but wasn't all that special. The fries were nice but overcooked. The homeless people grabbing free drinks from the dispensers added to the fast food ambiance.
Maybe on another day...
A coffee chain in the mould of Starbucks that is going for an outdoorsy vibe - a little odd in the centre of the nation's capital. It's a bit like driving an off-road vehicle through central London. The coffee was pretty good, though, and the sandwiches were decent enough though nothing special. The service was friendly and efficient.
This is a chain restaurant, but they do great sandwiches with a Mediterranean influence. The flat bread mozzarella sandwich I had was excellent - I could have eaten two. It's location, by the White House and about half way down the National Mall makes it the perfect stop off point for lunch, although there's plenty of other good places nearby to compete.
This place was a nice surprise. It's a hotel restaurant, and typically I find these somewhat bland and underwhelming, but Article One served up some of the tastiest food I've eaten in a long time. It was also beautifully presented and the staff were excellent. The only downside is that, well, you are in a hotel so it's not the most incredible ambiance, but they do a good job of screening off the restaurant from the rest of the foyer, which is overall a very pleasant design. It's also a little expensive, but I thought it was good value. It's probably not a place I'd search out, but if I was nearby I'd definitely come back again.
Even though the menu is themed as an American Grill there's quite a lot of variety, and the off-theme items were great.
Favorite Dish: The tofu steaks were fantastic.
A slightly strange place with good, fresh well priced sandwiches. It's seems like half cafe/half snack shop. If you want a drink with your sandwich, and you can't buy beer as their license ran out, you have to go back to the checkout cashier near the entrance and wait for someone to serve you. It must get busy at lunchtimes, because that's the only way I can see them making money from such a huge cafe. We were the only people there late on a Thursday afternoon.
Tryst is old entity that has been in Adams Morgan for more than a decade. Its a relaxed and chilled out place to unwind after a long day or to start a day, heck even have a cup of coffee in the middle of the day, if you will. They have specialty coffee and espresso drinks, and cocktails. Fine, pastries and flavors from around the world. The have some light food fare to go along with it.
It is a nice place to connect with people in local community, travelers, or just office goers heading back home. It is a family owned business that makes some amazing made to order, ready to eat snack and coffee.
Favorite Dish: I always do the choc chip cookie and chaipuccino here, its amazing, always, all the time!
Since there was to be a lengthy interval between getting our timed-tickets to the Holocaust Museum and the time we could actually be admitted, we decided to stop closeby to have a bite to eat. Very closeby was the Museum's own cafe located next door in the Ross Adminstration Building.
Entering on the ground level, diners or visitors must have belongings scanned and you must walk through a scanner. Upstairs the cafe is really a small cafeteria where the offerings include a decent selection of bagels, muffins, yogurt, doughnuts, cereal and fresh fruit for breakfast. Lunch items include soups, salads, sandwiches, knishes, pizza, panines, desserts and beverages: hot varieties of coffee & tea, fruit juices, milk, smoothies, bottled water, etc.
Preferring a light meal, we chose the soup and salad combo for $8 each. The salad was small but OK, but I didn't really like the flavor of the vegetable soup too much. We each also bought a bottled water and for this very modest lunch, the bill came to just over $23--not what I'd call a modest amount for what we got!! Other than street vendors, it's probably a fact that you can expect to pay higher food prices in tourist areas.
We saw people trying to refill their personal or purchased water bottles from the soft drink fountain's water outlet, so I also tried this but the water tasted terrible!!
The cafe interior is modern and light but far from being cozy as the term cafe might imply. Still it's a decent place to take a break.
Cafe hours are: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. every day including weekends. From March 25 through June 7, 2013, the Cafe will remain open until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Rules state that only food and beverages purchased from the Museum Cafe may be consumed in the Cafe but I didn't really see anyone watching for this.
Closed only on Yom Kippur (September 14, 2013) and Christmas Day (December 25, 2013).
With still a good amount of time to wait before our assigned, timed-ticket entrance to the Holocaust Museum and not wanting to waste that, we visited the World War II Memorial since my husband and I both had family members who had fought in that war.
My better half tells me this is a 5 or 6 year restaurant that did brisk business and was very popular for its delectable Asian cuisine, but had to close down for a year or so because of a fire. Thankfully, for me its now open after renovation and I am just glad they are back in business because the food I ate here last week was just awesome.
My theory about restaurants is that if they are good at any particular dish, then they pretty well know their stuff and they must surely excel with other dishes as well. Also with their history of a fire and commendable effort to get back in business, its like the proverbial underdog that needs to be supported. So I would definitely recommend it, not just because they suffered a fire but because they make amazing food, my wife loves it, and its very reasonably priced!
Favorite Dish: We had hot and sour soup and Vietnamese shrimp roll for appetizers, which was spicy (as desired). But the piece de resistance was undoubtedly the Veg Mee Goreng with extra tofu! What an amazing dish, I almost walked up to the chef to ask about the ingredients that went into making this delicacy!
On one of my recent trips here again, I had Combination Vegetables with Tofu with generous sprinkling of garlic sauce. Now before you go ewww...because of the garlic sauce, i suggest you go ahead and order this dish. It has crispy tofu with fried vegetables (broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, edemame). Healthy, safe, and affordable at $10!
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