So I'm in DC for next week as part of the Transportation Research Board annual meeting, and I would appreciate any new chow ideas and hints. The conference is (as far as I care) in the Hilton Washington, which is on Florida, Connecticut and Columbia. My hotel is at 16th & T. This means Dupont, Adams Morgan and U street primarily, particularly the western part. I won't have time, energy or vehicle to venture too much into the suburbs.
My personal tastes tend to the exotic, ethnic and adventuresome. (Although we have an excellent Asian food scene here in Calgary, particularly East Asian -- so I'm not really looking too much for Vietnamese or whatever.) I also like the inexpensive and unpretentious.
I'd appreciate any good chow ideas, but I also have a couple of specific requests/questions:
- Any good recommendations for Latin American food; Mexican, Salvadoran, whatever. (Not Lauriol; I wasn't particularly impressed, and my fellow conference goers will probably drag me there at some point anyways.) Pepito's (by the Safeway on Columbia, right?) is now on my radar; thanks!
- Any lunch recommendations? (Any kind of food). We get 1 1/2 hour for lunch, so places pretty close to the Hilton, and fairly fast.
- Are Etete and/or Dukem still the grand champions of Ethiopian? Anywhere good near the Hilton? (I went to a place called Awash in Adams-Morgan last year, which was decent -- much better than Meskerem, at least.)