Longtime Boston and Austin Hound here. We'll be spending the next week in DC. I've scoped the boards, Eater, Serious Eats and Thrillist so I've got bookmarks galore. But, recommendations from locals are always best.
Any suggestions for:
•Staying in Dupont Circle (Topaz Hotel)
•Traveling companion won't eat Ethiopian
•No Mexican or Tex-Mex, as I get plenty in Austin
•Entrees in the $20 range for dinner, less for lunch
•Keeping to DC proper, except for a day at Monticello
•Doing Rasika (which I know is pricier) for the last dinner