I am wondering if any of you Chowhounds are circumstantially led to unusual places to eat.
In my case, I work in Northeast DC in a semi-tough neighborhood, around 4th and Rhode Island, NE. When I have business associates over and need to go to lunch with them, the best local spot I have found is the cafeteria at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, next to Catholic University. I find the Shrine to have decent cafeteria food and it is a beautiful, quiet place. Sometimes, if I go into work on Saturdays, I will eat breakfast there.
(Side note--there are nesting Peregrine Falcons on the Shrine, and you can see them on lucky days. This explains why there are no pidgeons around Catholic U.)
Anyone else find creative adaptation to local restaurant shortages?