I lived in DM for awhile and my parents are still there. I wasn't into restaurants at the time. I'll be going this weekend for my birthday and to hang out over Memorial Day. Since gaining a greater appreciation for good food I've been back a couple times and been to some places, but not enough to think I've hit all the highlights.
What's great? I expect to go to one high end spot for my birthday dinner (and pay the tab for the whole family, it's a family tradition). Suggstions? I haven't been to Django or Azalea yet, and have heard a few things here and there about it. I'd rather not go to Lucca, while I liked it my birthday dinner was there last year.
I'll also have an extended weekend for lunches and other dinners. I think I may be going to Great Plains in Ames one night (ISU grad, and I have friends up there). I've found recently, thanks to this site, the B&B Grocery store which I love. Love the Chili King, Tasty Tacos, and F&Os as well. What are some other good places for under $25 that are local and have great food? This category is all about the food. If it's got good ambience great, if not, no loss.
Finally: I am a HUGE dessert fan. What places excel?