We're hopping on Amtrak tomorrow and trekking all the way from VT to DC (so excited for the train!). I've been scouring the boards and trying to make a gameplan that keeps it inexpensive but eliminates that awful feeling of knowing we are walking into a tourist trap and about to eat bad food.
One kid is picky, the other eats everything. We like to try new stuff or just well-done familiar food but we are very casual and don't much like fancy places. The picky kid gets by with bread or rice if she doesn't like the food where we're at. We have access to good thai and sushi at home so those aren't as appealing.
One of our kids is on crutches so I'm struggling to keep an eye on the map and minimize distances. We'll use the metro and/or cabs to get around if the metro won't get us close enough.
we're staying at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill (400 NJ Ave NW).
My strategy is to have breakfast foods in the room so we don't have to eat bfast out, and to pack lunch on one or more days to keep the total cost down (and limit time away from attractions). That said, I need a place to buy some cereal, fruit, milk and yogurt, bread etc but all of the stores I've found online (WH, TJs) are at least a mile away. anything closer?
Day 1 (thursday): rent bikes at Bike and Roll; tour around the mall and visit monuments. Hoping to score tix to get in for tour of bureau of engraving and printing.
Lunch: either pack a lunch or eat at Mitsitam Cafe or Taylor Gourmet or Cowgirl Creamery. we'll have the bikes so it would be a fine day to do lunch not right on the mall.
Dinner: will go back to hotel after bikes, then options are: Jaleo or Good Stuff (with milkshakes) or
Cava (it looks delish but kinda fancy-anything in the area with more casual mediterranean food (i.e greek deli looks perfect but it doesn't serve dinner and it's way far away from our hotel)??
Day 2 (friday)
museum day: natural history, american history, hirshhorn with sculpture garden,
lunch: pack it unless there is a CH suggestion for a good food truck (is there a kabob truck that's good??) or other place very close to the museums. (?) haven't found much on CH.
dinner: maybe Jaleo/Cava/good stuff (whichever we didn't do the night prior) or pizza--I've seen recs for Vace, pizza paradiso, 2Amys, pupatella--but they are all so far away. Are any of those really easy to get to on the metro (i.e. with minimal crutching distance for the gimpy one)? We would love to find a place to have those smallish pizzas with light toppings and really crispy crust. Either that or would love a rec for inexpensive indian. Rusika looks great but too fancy. Any solid hole-in-the-walls?
Day 3 (saturday)
bfast at room
Capitol Tour at 11:30
lunch at Eastern Market (buy some good stuff to take away as well)
Air and Space Museum
big snack (from eastern market purchases)
6 pm free performance at Kennedy Center.
late dinner: we'll be at Foggy Bottom metro on the way back--need a few recs for this one. Again, things that appeal are indian, mediterranean, pizza...
Day 4: early to train. Hopefully will have some treats from eastern market still left to eat on the way back to VT. Our stinky cheese will be our easter dinner!
if you've actually read this far, thank you!
Looking forward to feedback and advice.
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