I will be in town for the National Education Association convention @ the Walter Washington Conv. Center for six nights. I looked through Tom Seitsma's DC Dining Guide, with particular attention to one of his features titled "15 Restaurants Where I Wish I Was A Regular." I'm an adventurous eater, likely dining by myself w/ the exception of two evenings. My cuisine region of choice is Asia (be it Chinese, Indian, Thai). I'm not big on fancified, high-end Italian. My meal per-diem is $60/day, but I'm the type to have a protein shake or cereal bar for lunch if it means a kick-butt dinner.
The choices I've made thus far, that I don't intend to change:
* Rasika (I've heard from many people who's palates I trust that this is the best Indian restaurant they've ever been to)
* Georgia Browns (good friend of mine, whom I'll be attending the convention with, likes the place a lot. I've never been, so I'm giving it a shot.)
* America Eats (I'm intrigued by the concept of recipes from the National Archives, however that takes shape... The fact that it is closing on July 4th also appeals as I'd like to try the concept and a Jose Andres restaurant before it's closed.)
The following restaurants are others that I've tentatively identified for dinner (feel free to talk me out of or in to any of these):
* Central Michel Richard
* Belga Cafe (I love Belgian beer, which is the only reason this is on there)
* Little Serow (probably no chance I get a seating here, but very intriguing)
These are some places that don't appear to be upscale, reservation-needed type places but look very interesting for lunches or a no-frills dinner:
* Amsterdam Falafel
* Shophouse Southeast Asian Kitchen
* Fast Gourmet
Here's what I'm hoping for some advice/suggestions on: (1) any other *must try* places in the DuPont Circle area or brief cab rides from the Renaissance Washington; (2) Bars near the same DuPont Circle/Renaissance Washington with excellent beer options; (3) quick, hole-in-the-wall, lunch options near the Convention Center (Chinatown being right nearby).
Thanks in advance for all of the help. I'm pretty excited to visit the city and looking forward even more to the culinary adventure.