Hello! It's been about 16 years since I was last in D.C. and at that time I was following the Grateful Dead and eating veggie burritos in the RFK parking lot. Times have changed. I will be visiting Washington from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday afternoon of next week and I need to find places to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I don't want to waste even one meal on mediocrity.
I will be staying at the JW Marriott on Pennsylvania Ave. I will not have a car. I look forward to utilizing the Metro, but a cab isn't out of the question.
Whenever I travel I like to eat locally - in Philly it's cheesesteaks and Italian food, in NYC I'm going to Chinatown but also to the places that are getting raves in NY Magazine. If I'm in Texas I'm eating at Mexican taquerias. I'm from ATL and eat at all the ethnic places along Buford Hwy AND at the "New South" places that are hopping until 4am. Ideally, there are recommendations for old school, non-chain breakfast and lunch spots near the Mall and maybe more cutting-edge, upscale places with good bar scenes for dinner/drinks.
I'm NOT interested in steakhouses a la Capitol Grille.
And, to make things a bit more complicated, I'm a female traveling alone, so no romantic, date-night places please. I've found that sushi bars are great for single travelers.... Any recommendations? Is the sushi good in D.C.?
I hope there are some D.C.-area Chowhounds who are dying to recommend their favorite spots. I'll gladly return the favor if you are looking for good NC barbecue (I now live in Charlotte). Thanks!