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Dinner recs, lunch recs, beer recs and market recs, 4-days, Advice please!

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Dinner recs, lunch recs, beer recs and market recs, 4-days, Advice please!

misspickypants | Mar 31, 2013 11:59 AM

Hi DC chowhounds! I'm coming from Boston for a 4-day visit with my husband next week. It's a mini-vacation for me while he will be working.

We'll be grabbing late dinners and I've made reservations at Zaytina, Table, Birch and Barley, and Fiola. The only one I'm not too sure of is Fiola, any thoughts? Any suggestions to consider instead of these? I'm big on locally sourced foodstuff but not too keen on the meat side of things and the husband appreciates pretty much anything beef or pork (especially the belly).

I'm also looking for places that serve cask conditioned beer and a good selection of craft beers to check out after dinner. RFD and Meridian Pint are on our list, any others we should consider?

Since I'll be on my own during the days it'll be lunch for one. I'm considering Daikaya, Bibiana, Cava Mezze and Union Market, thoughts? Would love to hear suggestions for places walking distance from the mall, but I don't mind taking the metro if there are any not to be missed lunch spots.

And, I love to visit any sort of food market, so as mentioned above, Union Market is on the list. Do I need to be nervous about going there on my own? Yelpers posted that it's a sketchy part of town, and they also indicated it's uber trendy and targeted towards hipsters. If the scariest thing is that I might run into some skinny-pant wearing hipsters, I think I can handle it.

Are there any cool/interesting specialty food stores or other markets worth visiting? Would greatly appreciate any suggestions for places that have locally made items (like cheese, ice cream or chocolate).

A lot of requests, I know, but I'm looking forward your responses! Thanks!!

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