The Post Office Pavilion should be a stop just to check out its architecture but with a fair food court which features some of the more economical downtown eating near The National Mall, it's worth eating here too.
Favorite Dish: Indian Delight was a handy place in the Post Office Pavilion that provided pretty decent authentic Indian food at a fair price. They had some sizable lunch plate specials but we didn't want something so big and went for two different dahls and some naan. The lentil-based soups were both tasty and the naan was fresh and delicious. The portions were not particularly big and though not expensive, it was not a super cheap place either. I lose my receipts but from memory, I think it was in the $8 range.
I stopped to eat here after one day in the National Mall. The Old Post Office Pavillion has a food court opened to anyone, and offers an ample variety of dishes of different types: from salads, coffee and ice cream to Italian, Indian, Chinese, Middle-Eastern and Mexican dishes, among others. My friend got a turkey salad from a salad stand but the turkey tasted more like pork, and the sesame chicken I got from the Chinese restaurant was just OK, the taste was a bit strong. As for prices, they were fair.
Probably we had bad luck with our choices. But, after that time, it seemed to me that this would be a very good place to stop and have a coffee, a sandwich or an ice cream (Ben and Jerry's is also there!), not for meals like lunch or dinner.
Favorite Dish: Ben and Jerry's ice creams!
Can I say right here that I LOVE Ben and Jerry's ice cream? Even though it is no longer politically correct to say so since they sold their interest to some large faceless corporation :) There is nothing better than sucking up this delicious decadent dessert from a cone right from the counter ...... aaaahhhh.
Favorite Dish: Make my Day Apple Pie ice cream is my favorite! Vanilla ice cream, w/ chunks of real apple pie mushed into it ... in a waffle cone of course ;)
This place is great to grab a bite to eat. There is basically a food court on lower level of the Old Post Office Pavillon. You can find several options from pizza to french fries to gyros to ice cream! You will also find that the prices are a bit nicer to people on a budget or people who just find it ridiculous to pay $8 for a sandwich! You can also stop by the clock tower while you are there and catch some of the ariel views of the Capitol and the National Monument.
Favorite Dish: The gyros have go to top my list of favs!! I have always liked them and they are particullarly tasty here!
The Old Post Office building is now used as various government offices. Before you walk through the atrium to the elevator to the top of tower, you'll first walk through a food court. You'll find a wide variety of food here with reasonable price. In fact, since this is not a popular tourst destination, it caters more to the workers in the building than tourists.
The photo shows the view from the elevator to the tower. The building's atrium is quite impressive.
I'd be hard pressed to pick just one good restaurant in Washington DC. It depends on what you like. If you have trouble making a decision like me, or you have a group of people who can't agree on where to eat, the Post Office is the perfect destination. I was first exposed to vegetarianism in the Post Office as a child. The old DC Post Office is a really cool indoor mall with a diverse food court of American, Indian, Greek, Japanese, etc food. Cheap and tasty! Concerts are sometimes held there, and of course, there is shopping!
Favorite Dish: The first time I ever sampled Toufutti was at the Old Post Office. Of course, the vendors change, as they do at any mall and the Tofutti place isn't there anymore. Now there's pizza, deli, chinese, indian, american, greek and middle eastern.
The Old Post Office Pavillon - good place to eat something. This former post office houses shops and restaurants, daily entertainment and a dramatic view of the city from the 315-foot clock tower. Shops and restaurants open Monday- Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday noon - 8 p.m. (summer), and Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday noon - 8 p.m. (winter). The Tower Tour is offered daily, 8 a.m. - 10:45 p.m. (summer), 10 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. (winter). Free admission. After 9.11 security control. Metro: Federal Triangle.