For a weekend trip to Washington DC, we're looking for restaurant ideas, 2 adults, lunch and dinner. We'll be coming in by Metro to visit the main tourist areas - - the Smithsonian, Lincoln Memorial, the White House, etc.
Price range - under $150 for dinner for two (and less is always good). $50 or less at lunch.
Type of place - bistro / brasserie is favorite, both type of food and level of formality/informality. (In NYC we often go to Balthazar or Cafe Katya; in Boston, the Eastern Standard.) One is a "no" on Japanese food, the other a "no" on Ethiopian and vegetarian. For what I read here, Birch and Barley sounds like we would like it. A diner that's a bit Southern style would also appeal.
All suggestions and tips welcomed. Thank you!