I'm in town for a conference in a couple of weeks that's based at the Hyatt Regency near Union Station, and was looking for lunch recommendations. It's been a couple of years since I've been to DC, and on previous trips, I spent more time around Dupont Circle and Cleveland Park. I used to spend a fair amount of time in DC when I lived on the East Coast, but unfortunately haven't kept that up-to-date on the dining scene. My friend and I, who're coming from LA, are willing to walk up to a mile's radius from the hotel. (I suppose we could take the metro too, but I prefer to be on foot so I can see the city. Unless it will be nastily humid.)
So far, I've made reservations at Jaleo (which is a favorite of mine, and the restaurant I like the best amongst all the José Andrés restaurants) and Central Michael Richard. I was wondering if there were any recommendations for great lunches (perhaps more in the price range of Jaleo), preferably amongst restaurants that've popped up in the last two years. If there's something older that shouldn't be missed, that would be lovely too, but I'd like to try new places. Cuisine is any sort, we're not picky on that front. Hole in the wall places are also very welcome. We need good meals to help us get through the long conference days!
On that note, if there are any nearby coffee shops with tasty baked good/pastries, those recommendations would be very helpful too.
Oh, and a recommendation for casual lunch near Dumbarton Oaks? All I vaguely remember the last time I walked by there was that the only options were around M Street, and those were either too fancy or were chain restaurants, but that might have been because I took the scenic route walking there from Foggy Bottom. I do really like to walk.
Thanks in advance!