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Help escaping a conference for non-touristy eats (or attractions, if you've got any)

emtilt | Jan 1, 2010 10:05 PM

Hi, I'm new to posting at chowhound but I've been reading it forever. I need some help finding places to go this week. You see, I'm going to a conference in DC at the Wardman Park Marriott (also where I'm staying), which is kinda near the Naval Observatory and National Zoological park. I'll be that tomorrow (Saturday, the 2nd) until Thursday (the 7th). I'm free every night after 5 or so, all lunches, and most of Sunday. I need to find some places to go.

Budget - I don't have unlimited funds, so moderate prices.
Transportation - Walking, Metro, or the rare cab

Things I need but don't know how to look for:
Lunch - I need quick lunches near the conference area. Any non-touristy or interesting places?
Dinners/nighttime - I'd need some suggestions for where to go get some dinners, and also for any interesting things to do at night. Bonus for anyone who can tell me somewhere to get a classic cocktail or two, the kind you can't get at most bars.
Any neat things to see otherwise.

I don't want touristy places. Just good food, worth eating, and worth going out of my way a little bit for. I really appreciate any help you guys can provide!

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