I need some recommendations. I very occasionally make it to D.C. for work (Herndon, actually, yeehaaw!!) I'm only able to explore solo and at odd hours, ie, after work commitments. I know very little about the area, but in the past was really happy to find Pesce, and the 18th Street Lounge around the corner. Other times were less successful at some so-so places in Adams Morgan, though I love cheap ethnic spots.
I'll be visiting again for a couple of nights in November. Recommendations for good food (and an inexpensive centrally located hotel) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.