I was stuck in Crystal City Marriott for 3 days attending a conference. Brief notes:
Monday night - had dinner dinner at the hotel's restaurant - CC - decent Ceasar salad, good piece of fish - pecan crusted halibut.
Tuesday - lunch - at the same place (I read they had a buffet for $13) - it was decent - chicken, lasagna, and one other hot item, and several cold items.
Dinner - ventured across the street to McCormick's & Schmicks - extremely crowded, so I ate at the bar. They had a soup with fresh Maryland soft-shell crab meat - was quite good. Slight heat that built as I dug into the bowl - lots of crab meat. The Hawaiian mako was also quite good. No dessert.
Wednesday - lunch was at the Au Bon Pain underground (not my choice) - had one of their house hot sandwiches with chips.
Dinner - Ruth's Chris - on the 11th floor of a building overlooking the Reagan National airport. Good views of the Capitol across the river (what is the other dome one can see prominently?). Had their special of the day for apps - ravioli filled with a light seafood mousse (? - I forget) in a slightly tomatoey sauce with beef cheeks. It was excellent - I could have made a full meal out of that. My dinner choice - Filet - was poor. The meat was not as great as I expected from a decent steak house, and it was overdone in the amazingly hot dish it was served on. Also poor choice of side - au gratin broccoli - the waiter (a very French Jean-Marc) was guiding me towards creamed spinach - should have listened to him. The ambience was great, the food was a hit and a miss. But this is a great location for corporate entertaining - they have several side rooms for private parties.
Thursday lunch - met up with a couple of Indian attendees to the conference and walked to a nearby Indian restaurant - can't remember the name - for their buffet lunch. Not memorable, but not bad either. Standard fare.
Dinner - Neramitra Thai - nice location, and great that I could reach it through the underground passageways since it was raining on and off - food was quite poor. I had their beef salad - the portion was generous, but the flavors were tired - this is an easy dish to make - I have made it at home - but unless the ingredients are fresh, it does not have the spicy Thai wake-up flavorfulness. For main I chose their seafood hotpot - again the sauce tasted like it was not freshly made and out of a plastic jar from Thailand. I think I also got sick from eating here!