Hungry Anyone?

8 01 2009

If you haven’t been to DC, you may not know what an incredible dining town it is these days. Everyone from famed chef Michel Richard to Top Chef veteran Spike Mendelsohn has put down roots at restaurants around town, and the result is delicious meals in every price range. With bars and restaurants planning to stay open until 5am you should have plenty of chances to eat well, all over town, and I have a few tips to make it easy to do:

  • Get an OpenTable.com account if you don’t already have one–its the fastest way to see what restaurants have availability. If you are looking for a certain time and its not available, try giving the restaurant a call before giving up–in many places only a portion of the seats are online, so you might get lucky calling. Open Table has a good list of restaurants with special inaugural menus from the 19th through the 22nd, including $44 specials for multiple courses so check it out.
    • There are many excellent restaurants near the Mall, White House and Capitol (Central, TenPenh, Good Stuff Eatery, Equinox to name a few), but the goodness doesn’t stop there. Venture uptown a bit to Palena in Cleveland Park, or get a half smoke on U Street from Ben’s Chili Bowl, one of DC’s true institutions. And if you can, check out Ben’s new sister restaurant next door called, ahem, Next Door, for a meal prepared by Hell’s Kitchen winner Rahman “Rock” Harper. All are Metro accessible.
      • If money is no object for the ultimate mean, eat incredibly well for a good cause. Put down $500 and you could be one of 80 dining at the masterful hands of Alice Waters when she creates a meal at the Phillips Collection on Jan. 19th. According to the New York Times special guests include Michael Chabon, Anna Deavere Smith and Maya Lin. And the best news? Since its a charitable event, $350 of the ticket price is tax-deductible. Cha-ching! Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com, although there is nothing on the site yet. If you’re interested check back or call the Phillips.

          DC residents, have other suggestions from our out of town guests? Share!

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