As I will soon be leaving my Metro Center job for a new job in Rosslyn (a culinary wasteland except for Cafe Asia) I thought I would share the dining experiences I have had in the little area surrounding approximately 13th and F Streets.
Red Sage: As a Californian who misses Mexican food, I always enjoyed lunch upstairs at Red Sage. The enchiladas were always yummy and I love that black bean stuff you get in the salsa trio. Reasonably priced and reliably tasty.
I only ate downstairs once and it was quite nice. Great atmosphere, good experience.
M & S Grill: my office's fav place for lunches. I love getting one of the little booths with curtains. A simple fish meal is quite well done here, and I have always liked the food. They also have one of the best happy hour deals around: a variety of small meals, including a full-fledged hamburger and fries, for just $1.99. Woo hoo! Of those specials, the chicken strips are good, the queso dip was underwhelming, and the hamburger always a winner.
John Harvards: Having spent some time at the original in Harvard Square, this one seemed a little weird at first. Their beers are GOOD and the appetizers are yummy! They don't make queso dip anymore, which is a tragedy. I had lunch here a few times as well and it was pleasant.
Shops at National Place, Sushi take-out. This is the sushi place closer to the 13th street side of the food court. I love coming here and getting cheap sushi. It's not the best ever, but it satisfies the craving.
Old Ebbitt Grill: normally I just drink here, but had lunch the other day and was pleasantly surprised. Of course, the oysters might have had something to do with that. My fried chicken salad was a little over-crunchy, but my friend's dishes that I sampled were quite good. Also surprisingly reasonably priced for what you get.
Capitol City Brewing: On H and 12th, I think. Again, mostly I drink here, but the lunches I have had have been pleasant. They don't have the same happy hour specials here that they do over on the hill, though. Bummer.
Port of Piraeus: Great place to come and get a big, yummy greek salad made to order. Love their selection of yummy little treats. I'm going to have to remember to get a salad from there before I leave.
High Noon: Or High Price Noon, as we call it. The way to success here is to get the little pasta salad in the refridgerated section for some ridiculously low price and supplement with a soup or small sandwich. I love that little pasta salad. I have always, however, been disappointed with the fancy shmancy design your own salad option. The salad ends up being way to huge to eat in one sitting but is never good the next day. Their sandwiches, however, are a worthwhile treat. My favorite is the one with the sweet potato roll, or, when I need comfort food, the grilled ham and cheese. Yeah baby!
Oceanaire: I had dinner here once and it was overpriced and not that great. I like the bar, though, and the oyster selection is excellent.
I'll post again if I forgot anything. Hope this helps any metro-area diners.