So I'm taking an impromptu trip to DC this weekend -- haven't been in many years, though I used to go all the time as a kid -- and I need some restaurant recommendations. Asking Chowhound really paid off when I did the same thing in Philly earlier this year, so I'm sure you people will come through.
My hotel is in Arlington, one Metro stop away from Georgetown. We'll be rolling into town Friday around dinner time, but we'll be exhausted from a long drive, so I definitely want to stick to Georgetown. I'm looking for a good, innovative, hip but moderately priced place -- entrees more like $20 or under, not $30 -- in the area.
I also need a few choices for Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch. (Already have Saturday brunch reservations at Tabard Inn.) Going out to eat is a great way to see a city, so I'd like to go to a couple of places that aren't in touristy areas but are still accessible by Metro -- I'll have a car, so that isn't absolutely essential, but I'm a train guy and I hate parking/paying for parking. Same specs -- young, cool, great food, won't break the bank, and ideally the neighborhood would be an interesting place to see without being a neighborhood that the tourist hordes have discovered. Discovered by locals is fine!
Cuisine isn't too important. I'm in New York, so hopefully something that this town isn't too overrun by -- no Thai or Japanese, basically. Anything else I'm willing to consider. Unique to DC is a plus. Oh, and let me know if I need reservations. (Actually, come to think of it, I have no idea what time I'll be in Friday, so I need a place I can just walk into in Georgetown.)
Thanks in advance!