Staying in DC and Baltimore (near convention center) without a car.
I'm looking for superlative examples of food not well represented in LA. Here's the rundown-- in LA we have much of Asia covered, and covered well. So while I'm interested to visit your Chinatowns, they will not be a food destination. Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan are all superlatively represented. Less so are Cambodia, Indonesia, Singapore/Malaysia, Philippines. Of course our Mexican and Central American foods are legendary.
Having said this, what can I get my hands on in Baltimore and DC that is a superlative representation, and not well represented in LA? And without a car?
I know in DC you have those half-smokes-- gotta try those. Also, Maryland is of course famous for your crab. I know there is a much larger African population here than in LA. Having said that, I'm fine with eating great examples of regional American cooking as well. This doesn't have to be a "cuisines of the world" trip.
We've got a economic preference for budget eating, though I am not bound to this rule. And while in Baltimore, my sister might be visiting with her 3 year old so we'd be looking for a kid friendly place to eat some superlative crab. She may be driving, so it's possible we may have a car in Baltimore, though I can tell you that she will not want to drive very far.
Thanks in advance for all your help
of the Los Angeles Chowhounds