My wife and I are traveling to DC and we're hoping for a good French place and a good steak place. From other boards Bistro du Coin and Bistro D'Oc have gotten high praise (neither of which showed up on Washingtonian.com as one of DC's BEST 100 though).
I've also been recommended Annie's for steaks.
We're coming from New York and are huge foodies. We're staying around Dupont Circle but are quite used to taking subways everywhere.
I'm also thinking Eastern Market for lunch, Queen Makeda for Ethiopian, Bar Pilar for dinner one night, Kramer and Afterwords for a brunch, Science Club for booze, and Hank's Oyster Bar for pre-booze.
Maybes are Creme, Marvin, Hotel Tabard, Florida Ave Grill, and Ben's chili for a halfsmoke.
We like unpretentious, simple food. Quiet, stuffy places and places with one, super-expensive bite-sized "entree" made with frozen foam or some crap (I'm looking at you mini bar) ain't gonna cut it. If you've been to NYC our favorites are The Spotted Pig, Prune, Babbo, The Little Owl, Barney Greengrass...places like that.
Thanks. If there's anything else you think is a must-eat or if I'm way off base in my ideas...let me know. I promise to write back after my trip (Valentine's Day weekend by the way...so I've already got issues with restaurant's over-hyping this fake holiday with "Sweetheart menus" which almost always suck.