a recap of my dc trip. we stayed near l'enfant plaza,which seemed to have nothing nearby that interested me. on my last day i discovered i could at least get non holiday inn coffee in the am at vie de france in the gallery building. also, saw the olympic espresso which i didn't get to. it was very nice to stroll through the hirschorn sculpture garden early with coffee. because it was close and we had a couple of people with us, and it was late, we ate dinner one night at legal seafood on 7th st nw. i had a crabcake that was dry and reminded me of a tennis ball. actually inedible. the greens for the salad had to be picked through, which is my current pet peeve, because the mesclun salad mix everybody buys nowadays usually conceals some slimy yucky stuff. the cioppino looked great,but i didn't taste it. polenta that came with mahi mahi was pathetic. old and dried out. the steamed mussells were average, and the fried calamari with chilies were fabulous. martini was great too.
dinner at the tabard inn was so good and so much fun. tables close together, which i don't mind, and a pumpkin risotto that had such a deep essence of something i can't put my finger on. goat ribs that had a wild-ish gamey taste, but beefy also.
teaism in dupont circle was perfect on a freezing cold day, rice pudding with coconut was very good.
breakfast at midi in dupont circle was just perfect. the best scrambled eggs i've ever had, came with rosti, and a little cup of lemon butter sauce. fresh fruit on a plate on the side. good coffee in a press pot on your table and, a good chunk of baguette.
this was my first trip using chowhound advice, and it was such a blast to have all your resources. thanks.