Okay, this is my last attempt to get a rousing discussing going. Others feel free to add their own zones and suburbs to the list, we should get a ton of these going. Like Bethesda, Arlington, Alexandria, Cleveland Circle, Wheaton, Silver Spring . . . you name it.
Okay, for downtown I have to go with lunch places again, because who the heck is downtown at dinner time, anyway. It's like a ghosttown in that area after 8 o'clock, other than at the theaters and the tourist places (Hard Rock, ESPN SportsZone, etc.). My all-time favorite is Ebbit Express, the takeout backdoor to the Old Ebbit Grill. Great food, constantly changing menu, restaurant meals at takeout prices and well-worth the line. There are also great food courts at the National Press Club and the Old Post Office, although you're advised to avoid either when school tour groups are in town, they can be nightmarish. Do others have more serious restaurant recommendations for this area? I know there are some fabulous restaurants, despite my earlier dismissal. Let's get some discussion going, people! I know there must be more "chowhounds" than this in the DC area, I've never seen so many restaurants (other than in NYC, of course) as there are around here.