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DC Trip Report (long)

DCVisitor | Apr 3, 2006 05:12 PM

My family and I enjoyed our visit to Washington DC, cold weather compared to home but we were able to see all the sights we came for. Our meals were eaten at mostly moderate restaurants and we only managed to make our way a quarter of the way down my list.

First afternoon found us in Georgetown to visit the University campus. We had lunch at Martin's Tavern which we all enjoyed, hot turkey sandwich, a great cheeseburger and corned beef hash and eggs.

Dinner at Johnny's Half Shell were everyone had the crabcakes, fries and slaw. Absolutely delicious crabcakes with tartar sauce and the slaw was a refereshing side dish. Excellent and worthy of a return visit!

Second day lunch at the Dubliner after a morning tour of the Capital since we had to go to Union Station anyway. Not bad, not great, mostly convenient and I don't think I would go back.

Second day dinner at Otello in Dupont Circle, homestyle Italian food, red checkered table cloth, we all thought this was a very good value restaurant with delicious food. Chicken Parmesan with eggplant was moist and tender, rigatoni with spinach and sausage was hearty, veal marsala very good. Another place to return to.

Third day lunch at the Atrium Cafe near L'Enfant Plaza. What can I say? Some of the best sandwiches I can remember having. We got there a bit late, so they were out of roast beef and egg salad. Had the roast turkey and tuna salad, both were excellent. The tuna salad was better than Eisenberg's in NYC which serves a pretty good one, fantastic place, busy and very reasonable.

Third day dinner at Kotobuki. Another great value sushi restaurant, not the best sushi rice but the fish was fresh and delicious, can't beat the price. The eel kamameishi was very good, I especially liked the way the rice kind of burnt along the sides of the container (koge rice the japanese call it), pour in some hot tea and scrap it for a delicious ochazuke.

Fourth day breakfast at Luna Grill was a bit dissapointing. Not bad, not great, maybe we just didn't order the right things as it seems very popular.

Fourth day dinner at the Old Ebbitt Grill, a return visit for us and probably our favorite restaurant in DC. Parmesan trout and a terrific ribeye steak, perfectly cooked followed by a banana split for dessert. Good service and we had a nice table just before the terrace. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here.

Next morning made our way to Union Station to catch Amtrak to New York City, picked up Au Bon Pain sandwiches for the train ride. A great way to end our visit. Thanks for all the help you all provided. Cheers.

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