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Old 03-15-2019, 07:04 AM
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Arrow Arlington, VA (by cemetery) and Washington D.C. -- where do I want to eat?

Going to be spending some time in the area of Arlington (by the cemetery) as well as touring around D.C. Looking for some not-to-miss places to eat. Can be dive places, can be fine dining.
We eat all different kinds of food.

Thanks! :-) Pete
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Just lol'd but if you think about it, a picnic by the wall would be hard to beat.
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The Silver Diner? I mean its kinda a must if you live in the area.

I have always liked Georga Browns and Rays Steaks.
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I have always liked Georga Browns and Rays Steaks.
Ray's The Steaks. Great place. Steaks, Rib Eye Steak - Ray's The Steaks - Arlington, Va
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Marios Pizza-a to go pizza joint. I stop by whenever I'm in town
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Hank's Pasta Bar in Old Town Alexandria. Quick Uber from Arlington.
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I just read their site... it sounds like my kind of place! You're there for the food, not the bullshit. I think it'll be a good stop!

Thanks, Keep 'em coming.
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Quarter deck restaurant for blue crabs (call ahead)
Iwo Jim’s memorial. A stones throw from there.
Last time I had Mario’s pizza it was beyond awful. Have Lefty make you a steak and cheese instead. Chris.
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Don't know the name of it, but there is an awesome burger place not far from the cemetery....not a block or two away, but close enough to walk if you are in decent shape. Someone recommended it to us and the burgers were good....it was a little hole in the wall place where you walked up and ordered at the counter and went and found a table and waited for them to call your name. Sure someone in that area can give you the name, worth checking out if you like fat, hand pressed fresh burgers.
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Lost Dog cafe
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My son studied and rowed at George Washington University fro 2005 until his graduation in 2009; as a result we spent a good bit of time in Foggy Bottom and Georgetown. My most favorite place, Nathan's closed in 2008. Nathan's had great food, historical political photographs decorating the walls and being in the heart of Georgetown just plain fun and full of history.

The establishments listed below are all good. My two remaining favorites are Clyde's and the DC Boathouse. Overall M Street is filled with great places.

Clyde's
M Street in Georgetown: This is fine dining at its best. Excellent food and in a great part of town.

DC Boathouse
5441 MacArthur Blvd NW
in Georgetown: A collegiate rowing regatta atmosphere with shells mounted on the ceiling;
Great bar food and drinks. Just a fun place with a ton of atmosphere.

Heavy Seas Alehouse
1501 Wilson Blvd, Arlington,
VA 22209: Pub style Maryland seafood and close to your primary location.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street NW, Penn Quarter,
Downtown, DC 20005 : Upscale Landmark location and might even see a few bigwigs dining.

Sequoia
3000 K St NW,
Georgetown Harbor: Very upscale look and feel with dramatic views of the upper Potomac River.
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You got to stop into Old Ebbitts Grill, very cool place and location
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My philosophy for eating at restaurants when traveling is to always "eat local." With all due respect to those above, Clyde's and Old Ebbitt are large-scale, vanilla restaurants, the likes of which you can find in any city. They do a great job of marketing to tourists but I do not think their food stands out in the least, not to mention they are very overpriced. I have worked in DC and lived in northern VA for 15 years and, aside from attending events planned by others at these restaurants, I have never been to either to eat with family or friends. In my opinion DC and the surrounding northern VA and MD area is chock full of better, local restaurants.

That said, the area the Arlington Nat'l Cemetery is not a restaurant hot spot because the cemetery is surrounded by a military base, the Pentagon, and the river. You'll have to stray a little bit. Ray's The Steaks should be on your list and is nearby. Staying on that side of the river, you'll want to focus on Wilson and Clarendon Blvds in Rosslyn, Courthouse and Clarendon (all neighborhoods in Arlington). If you want to venture in the other direction (south), 23rd St. in Crystal City or Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria all have very good, local options. I am partial to Alexandria as that is where I live. Some specific spots to consider include Evening Star Café, Live Oak, and Del Ray Café, all in Del Ray; and Mason Social, The Majestic, Hen Quarter, Virtue Feed & Grain, and Brabo Tasting Room (or its upscale big brother next door, Brabo), all in Old Town. If you are in search of really good international food, we have some great Vietnamese, Indian, etc., that I could also recommend.

When are you coming, where will you be staying, and how do you plan to get around? That can all help inform recommendations.

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Here are a couple of different places my daughter took me when I visited. Not the usual tourist spots.

http://dukesgrocery.com/

For some whiskey
Jack Rose Dining Saloon | Washington, DC
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My philosophy for eating at restaurants when traveling is to always "eat local." With all due respect to those above, Clyde's and Old Ebbitt are large-scale, vanilla restaurants, the likes of which you can find in any city. They do a great job of marketing to tourists but I do not think their food stands out in the least, not to mention they are very overpriced. I have worked in DC and lived in northern VA for 15 years and, aside from attending events planned by others at these restaurants, I have never been to either to eat with family or friends. In my opinion DC and the surrounding northern VA and MD area is chock full of better, local restaurants.

That said, the area the Arlington Nat'l Cemetery is not a restaurant hot spot because the cemetery is surrounded by a military base, the Pentagon, and the river. You'll have to stray a little bit. Ray's The Steaks should be on your list and is nearby. Staying on that side of the river, you'll want to focus on Wilson and Clarendon Blvds in Rosslyn, Courthouse and Clarendon (all neighborhoods in Arlington). If you want to venture in the other direction (south), 23rd St. in Crystal City or Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria all have very good, local options. I am partial to Alexandria as that is where I live. Some specific spots to consider include Evening Star Café, Live Oak, and Del Ray Café, all in Del Ray; and Mason Social, The Majestic, Hen Quarter, Virtue Feed & Grain, and Brabo Tasting Room (or its upscale big brother next door, Brabo), all in Old Town. If you are in search of really good international food, we have some great Vietnamese, Indian, etc., that I could also recommend.

When are you coming, where will you be staying, and how do you plan to get around? That can all help inform recommendations.

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Hotel just north of the cemetery... we will likely uber but may also have the use of a car.

It's a "different" trip for us since we will be travelling with older people that are more into the "experience" (wine list and being waited on) -- and perhaps not so much the food (they like good food, but likely won't be after the same level of food that we're after) (We don't care about the atmosphere or the wine list -- we purely care about the food LOL.

So, I'm scouting out places that might appeal to them or all of us and then also places where we can go alone.

The good part about this thread is that I'm getting both.

For example, they are meat and potato type people, and they love places like Morton's etc.* We don't eat beef often, but if we did a place like Ray's is of interest.* Morton's is not of interest.

I'll eat a sandwich out of the back of a trailer if it's good.* They wouldn't walk to the back of the trailer. LOL.
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Hotel just north of the cemetery... we will likely uber but may also have the use of a car.

It's a "different" trip for us since we will be travelling with older people that are more into the "experience" (wine list and being waited on) -- and perhaps not so much the food (they like good food, but likely won't be after the same level of food that we're after) (We don't care about the atmosphere or the wine list -- we purely care about the food LOL.

So, I'm scouting out places that might appeal to them or all of us and then also places where we can go alone.

The good part about this thread is that I'm getting both.

For example, they are meat and potato type people, and they love places like Morton's etc.* We don't eat beef often, but if we did a place like Ray's is of interest.* Morton's is not of interest.

I'll eat a sandwich out of the back of a trailer if it's good.* They wouldn't walk to the back of the trailer. LOL.
Skip Dukes then. If they like good whiskey, check out Jack Rose.
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Pete if you haven't already contact your representatives for tours of the capitol and the white house
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