We are coming to D.C. from Philly in a couple of weeks for a Sat.-Mon., primarily to do tourist stuff (see the monuments, National gallery, Smithsonian, zoo, etc.), staying at the Embassy Suites at 22nd and M. We are two adults, and two kids ages 6 & 8. The 6 year old is ridiculously picky, but we don't let her dictate our restaurant choices, as long as the place has bread or noodles). My husband can't eat wheat (celiac), so burger and pizza places are out, but just about anything else goes. We like all kinds of food and like to avoid chains.
So, I guess what I'm looking for is suggestions for dinner near the hotel (Dupont Circle? GW?), and lunches near the Smithsonian and zoo. Because of the kids, places that are relatively casual and with fast service are the easiest, though they are well behaved in restaurants.
We will have a car, but I'd prefer to leave it in the garage and take the metro. I'd love to try some peruvian chicken, and would also love to get some pupusas if there is anyplace convenient that has Salvadoran food. Those places could also be stops on the way in and out if they are more convenient coming in our out of the city from the north.
Thanks for any help you can give me!