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All this FEAR is making me HUNGRY!

Aramek | Sep 26, 201002:59 PM

Hello friends. How are you doing? Good? That's good. *hugs*

As I've never been to D.C., I've always wanted to visit, take a lot of pictures, and eat a lot of food. Que Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive", and I finally have the perfect reason to visit, Friday Oct 29th through Monday Nov 1st.

Now, I'll be meeting a few Internet Friends that weekend, specifcally Saturday the 30th for the festivities, and I'd like your dining advice. Been asking around, and have been getting very conflicting advice.

"NEVER eat in D.C., always drive to Arlington." one person remarked. "Stay out of Eastern and South Eastern D.C." another explained, "It looks like someone bombed it." And, even a third mentioned "Everything is stupidly expensive, you'd be better off just eating at chain places."

This has the poor North Dakota boy a bit nervous. So, in keeping with our Chowhound guidelines, what would all of you suggest I eat to prove all of them wrong?

1. I love Seafood, and, being from ND, our seafood is limited to Walleye if we want fresh.

2. Nothing too crazy, maybe around 50 bucks at the most? Not including drinks.

3. Any place kinda classy I should visit? I fancy myself a fancy lad, and my friends...less so. So, any nicer place to enjoy cocktails after a long day of walking?

4. My hotel is a block from the Library of Congress, which is, about a block from the Capitol Building. Any nice place within walking distance of the Mall?

Thank you all for your time, and I hope I don't get arrested in D.C.

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