Hi DC Hounds!
My husband and I are soon going to DC for the first time, visiting his brother in Bethesda over Thanksgiving. We will have access to a car, should we choose, though from what I understand, we should *not* choose -- at least not for going into the city. Metro for that, I guess, which sounds easy enough.
We will be flying in Tuesday morning, out Saturday evening. Of course we want to see many of the landmarks and museums, but we would also like to EAT! We'd like to try some cuisines we don't have in our home area, and I'd love some recommendations. I've perused the boards quite a bit, but would like a few up-to-date suggestions that fit with our requirements, as follows.
*Cuisines of particular interest: African (besides Ethiopian) (yeah, I know it's a rather large continent), Cuban, Caribbean, French, Soul, Spanish, Moroccan (yes, I know that's *in* Africa). Also my husband loves seafood, and DC is a lot closer to a shore than we are here (landlocked), so some seafood recs would be nice.
*We love spicy food...hot, hot, hot
*Metro accesible, or car if necessary with not-too-expensive parking
*Budget: We probably should do only one splurge (for us) meal, where we could spend up to $120 for the two of us, including tip. We do not drink alcohol, so at least we don't have that strain on our pocketbooks. What do you recommend? Also, any recs that are really cheap - like under $10pp - would be great. Instead of a splurge, maybe we should do a couple of medium-range places instead, along with our cheapies.
*Might consider a day/evening in Baltimore, since my brother-in-law wants to go there.
*My husband really likes whole-fish entrees. And crab.
Here are a few places that sounded interesting to me (for various reasons) based on what I've read. Please enlightne me:
Chez Auntie Libe
Ras Doobies (Baltimore)
Chinatown Express (dumplings/noodles/cheap)
Oohs & Aahs
Jaleo - this one sounds really great to me. How does the Bethesda location compare to the central one in the city?
My husband is saying he wants to cook duck for Thanksgiving at his brother's house. My sister-in-law had no clue where we could buy one. Any market recommendations?
Sorry this is so long. I really appreciate any advice about your favorites in DC! I know we can't do/eat everything...but we can try!