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Offline Basquo

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Stuff To Do in D. C.
« on: January 03, 2012, 08:03:09 AM »
I'm starting this thread So we don't get too derailed on the Hotel thread...please post thoughts on and links to fun and interesting things to do in the Washington D.C. area.

This is one of my favorite things from when I was younger:  http://www.si.edu/

And I'm looking forward to the food, as usual!!

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2012, 12:34:06 PM »
 





This is one of my favorite things from when I was younger:  http://www.si.edu/

And I'm looking forward to the food, as usual!!

oh yes, the Smith is a MUST see! above all others.

A couple good standbys are the National Aquarium http://www.aqua.org/index.html in Baltimore which has MEtro service from DC. . Entry is $25, or $8 on friday evenings.

and the National Zoo (yay PANDAS!) http://nationalzoo.si.edu/default.cfm (free admission)

Ive seen the zoo and it is pretty cool. Always wanted to see the aquarium.

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« Last Edit: January 03, 2012, 12:46:23 PM by WillyWump »
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2012, 01:29:08 PM »
A few great restaurants to check out:

The Monocle Restaurant
http://themonocle.com/

Art and Soul DC
http://www.artandsouldc.com/

Circa at Dupont
http://www.circaatdupont.com/

Open City (located right by Woodley Park/Adams Morgan Metro station)
http://www.opencitydc.com/

The World Famous Billy Goat Tavern (DC Location) - on New Jersey St. - low prices, great drinks
http://www.billygoattavern.com/

Gay Bar/Grill:
JR's Bar and Grill (Dupont)
http://washingtondc.gaycities.com/bars/566-jrs-bar-grill


Definitely have to go to the Smithsonian -
and make sure to check out National Museum of African Art (a Smithsonian facility) - I just renewed my membership (can we say, 10% off all purchases, including food?  Yeah, buddy)
http://africa.si.edu/

More to come ---

Phil D (who absolutely loves Washington D.C.)

Edited to add Smithsonian Museum of African Art (was there in November and it was awesome)
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2012, 01:33:23 PM »
I absolutely love the United States National Arboretum.  We can get private group tours and they also have a moonlight tour. 

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Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2012, 03:41:48 PM »
Too bad the Chesapeake House is no longer there.  (9th and H NW).  Those boys sure knew how to shake it... but the problem is you really did not want to be near stage because distance and darkness really did a lot for them. 

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 04:03:06 PM »
If you want a slice of local legend, head to Ben's Chili Bowl like all of the politicians do.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben's_Chili_Bowl

ps: now that Commander Salamander closed a couple years ago the entire city is a mere ghost of it's former self

And this is a bit geeky of me I realize, but for something off the beaten path but always easy to get to physically, the Map Room of the Library of Congress often has interesting exhibits.  Also, if you find yourself in the vicinity of Ford's Theatre, around the corner is the often overlooked National Portrait Gallery (part of Smithsonian, just not on the Mall with the majority of the buildings). They did a lovely enclosure/renovation with a glass curtain-wall undulating roof by Norman Foster a few years ago and it would provide a nice respite from any hot weather before continuing on elsewhere. It's at Eighth and F Streets, NW

Oh, by the way, if you've not familiar with the way addresses are done in quadrants, or how numbered versus lettered streets are done and overlaid on state named boulevards do yourself a favor and learn it.
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Offline hope_for_a_cure

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 04:14:13 PM »
Oh, by the way, if you've not familiar with the way addresses are done in quadrants, or how numbered versus lettered streets are done and overlaid on state named boulevards do yourself a favor and learn it.

That is good advice. 

Also if you venture to the fringes of the city and want to kinda know how far you are from the center, a general rule is that streets with one syllable names are closer in than two syllable and three.  (Cumberland Street NW would be much farther out than C street NW).  Typically the street names run through the alphabet so you would expect Porter Street to be closer to the city center than Lowell.  These rules do have exceptions but are useful if you are new to the area.  Oh and if you drive there... please remember that people already in the circle have the right of way.  That is a rule that changes from state to state and let me tell you... the DC drivers dont mind hitting your ass.
« Last Edit: January 03, 2012, 04:19:30 PM by hope_for_a_cure »

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2012, 05:14:40 PM »
.  Oh and if you drive there... please remember that people already in the circle have the right of way.  That is a rule that changes from state to state and let me tell you... the DC drivers dont mind hitting your ass.

that all sounds very confusing. I think we will leave the driving up to Gary. SHOTGUN!.  I got caught in one of those circles in New Hampshire, and since they are unheard of in Texas I was stunned at what was happening, I went around like 8 times before I got the balls to make a run for an exit, by that time I was so dizzy that I missed the exit and drove over the island taking out the suspension of the rental car we were driving.

Good times.


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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2012, 05:31:01 PM »
they are unheard of in Texas I was stunned at what was happening

Barbara please -- we even have them in rural areas. Get with the program.

Oh, and in Killadelphia we have Logan Square, which we also call Logan Circle, because it's a traffic circle within a square park :)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2012, 09:01:56 PM »
I have seen them in Colorado, but they are very confusing.

It all sounds wonderful.

HUGS,

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2012, 11:23:29 PM »
I guess I won't be driving.  I don't even know what you guys are talking about.  If I do, I'll either take the F250, Crew Cab Ram, or any other functional trucks that will automatically give me the right of way.  They really don't want to fight a Ram with a beamer do they?  I'll take a right of way when I need.  Or, I'll just fly now that I'm no longer afraid.  Already done the research, and it still amazes me that flying is cheaper than driving.....and I'm certain it's quicker.  Hell, I can air the shocks up in the S10 and freak them all out.  They'd look at that thing and assume it's not insured.  Another way of getting a right of way.

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2012, 07:28:03 AM »
Traffic circles (roundabouts for our friends across the pond) are not all that difficult to navigate.  Although, when you have to go into them the wrong way like the British do, it can get a little hairy.  Just put your big girl panties on and you will all do fine.

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2012, 09:03:28 AM »
 8)

Ed and I are seriously talking about going. ( It's been quite awhile , since we drove in Washinton DC),  And we will be driving.  We will be doing the same as we did earlier this summer and taking the auto train to Lorton, VA


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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #13 on: January 04, 2012, 09:13:54 AM »
8)

Ed and I are seriously talking about going. ( It's been quite awhile , since we drove in Washinton DC),  And we will be driving. 

Ray

Same here Ray, we will be driving to D.C. from ABQ, we did the math, and to fly it's about the same money-wise, the only difference between flying, we would get there a lot faster, it will take us about
2 days, but it will be FUN taking I-40 all the way to VA. (unless Bob changes his mind) sometimes we agree just to disagree , however I'm sure we'll come to some agreement by then, (I'm still working on him)  ;)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #14 on: January 04, 2012, 09:44:01 AM »
I plan to drive there.  My only dilemma is that I am also going on a cruise for my birthday this year (early Aug) and funds will be tight.  I plan to attend but will be staying with friends to offset the costs.  Its just a little over one tank of gas for me to get there from here so I am sure I can swing that part.
 

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #15 on: January 04, 2012, 09:55:19 AM »
I plan to drive there.  My only dilemma is that I am also going on a cruise for my birthday this year (early Aug)

James I didn't know that you were a Leo, I love Leo's, your a strong person, and can take most anything life throws your way, Mark is a Leo, your such nice people to know, always kind, punctual and cordial ;)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #16 on: January 04, 2012, 10:42:19 AM »
Well, I don't know about punctual , , ,  ;)

I am taking Amtrak to DC. I know that will come as a surprise to nobody, but I thought I would throw that out

I have already printed the map with the metro route from Union Station to the hotel. It sounds and looks simple.

Now, I am going to research some gluten-free friendly restaurants.

HUGS,

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2012, 10:46:24 AM »
Hey Mark, keep me informed of your plans.  Your train might be passing through these parts (or pert near) and I might choose to join you.  Wonder if they serve any lavendar drinks?

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #18 on: January 04, 2012, 10:59:21 AM »
Well, I don't know about punctual , , ,  ;)

HUGS,

Mark

Well I haven't officially met you just yet, but I 'think I'm spot on about Mark  ;)

Amtrak sounds like fun, do they still have sleeper-cars , and how many day(s)
will it take to get to VA. I'm interested, guess I better do some goggling on this
subject :D
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2012, 11:07:30 AM »
Well I haven't officially met you just yet, but I 'think I'm spot on about Mark  ;)

Amtrak sounds like fun, do they still have sleeper-cars , and how many day(s)
will it take to get to VA. I'm interested, guess I better do some goggling on this
subject :D

It takes 2 days.  I checked to see how close that route comes through my parts.  Heck of a lot cheaper than flying.  Maybe we just rent one sleeper car....lol

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2012, 12:23:53 PM »
since they are unheard of in Texas I was stunned at what was happening
yes, traffic circles are definitely not a Southern thing. I never saw one before until I was in Ohio. However, we actually have two circles in my area though right now - but they are within a shopping plaza area (which must have been designed by Yankees LOL)

Its just a little over one tank of gas for me to get there from here so I am sure I can swing that part.
I'm trying to work things out to attend also. Perhaps you and I can hook up for that ride North  ;)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #21 on: January 04, 2012, 03:28:33 PM »
If you're driving up from the south, and if you've never been, you might enjoy spending a day in Williamsburg/Jamestown.

If you're driving in from points west a stop to see Monticello would be enjoyable.
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #22 on: January 04, 2012, 09:37:49 PM »
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« Reply #23 on: January 04, 2012, 09:59:11 PM »
Anyone driving up from the South -- I am about 1 mile off Rt. 95 in Richmond (exit 83B).  Depending on timing, as I plan to attend too, perhaps you can swing by for a break and a dip in the pool.

It sounds so far away, but will be here before you know it.  Especially for me -- a very busy year for travels and the wedding in September!

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #24 on: January 04, 2012, 10:18:51 PM »
Anyone driving up from the South -- I am about 1 mile off Rt. 95 in Richmond (exit 83B).  Depending on timing, as I plan to attend too, perhaps you can swing by for a break and a dip in the pool.

Goodness gracious -- I was just at the Bill's BBQ on Boulevard a week ago :) You're really out in the burbs girl, at least I had an address in Shockoe Bottom.
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« Reply #25 on: January 05, 2012, 07:35:51 AM »
Goodness gracious -- I was just at the Bill's BBQ on Boulevard a week ago :) You're really out in the burbs girl, at least I had an address in Shockoe Bottom.

Well one wouldn't really be surprised to hear that you were a Bottom queen.......

While I always loved living in a "city" -- Richmond hardly qualifies.  The nice part of the 'burbs' -- I always have a place to park and I get to have a pool in the backyard.  So, next time you are in the area, let me know -- pool is open from mid-April thru mid-Oct.

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #26 on: January 05, 2012, 07:57:08 PM »
Anyone driving up from the South -- I am about 1 mile off Rt. 95 in Richmond (exit 83B).  Depending on timing, as I plan to attend too, perhaps you can swing by for a break and a dip in the pool.

Mike

 oh Granny, Outside of AMG I am usually in Fredericksburg once or twice a year.. maybe I can stop by sometime :) and we can knit or do grandma stuff.
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« Reply #27 on: January 05, 2012, 10:07:03 PM »
oh Granny, Outside of AMG I am usually in Fredericksburg once or twice a year.. maybe I can stop by sometime :) and we can knit or do grandma stuff.

You would always be welcome here...  only about 45 mins away -- and seriously only a mile or so off the highway.  Bring that speedo I hear you own....   :-X
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« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2012, 11:15:46 PM »
From today's Washington Post: Guide to Cheap Eats in DC
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« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2012, 08:36:29 PM »
From today's Washington Post: Guide to Cheap Eats in DC

 "Burma Road" looks yumm-yumm!

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« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2012, 08:53:35 PM »
"Burma Road" looks yumm-yumm!



Girl please -- I know you want that cheeseburger from chef Danny Meyer's Shake Shack (plus it's just a block south of Dupont Circle). All the rage in NYC for the past 7 years! We're finally getting our first one in Filthy this year.

You can also go to Bobby Flay's Burger Palace at 2121 K Street, NW for a taste contest, five blocks from Shake Shack.
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2012, 10:50:33 PM »
Girl please -- I know you want that cheeseburger from chef Danny Meyer's Shake Shack (plus it's just a block south of Dupont Circle). All the rage in NYC for the past 7 years! We're finally getting our first one in Filthy this year.



We've got a Shake Shack on South Beach here - it is great - so, I will have to check it out when in D.C.

Also, the Billy Goat Tavern - which I mentioned in earlier post - is the chain (started in Chicago) where Saturday Night Live's "Cheezborger! Cheezborger! No fries, cheeps! No Pepsi, Coke!"? was born.... I ate and drank there when I was in D.C. in November and their burgers are pretty good (simple, but good). Cozy little place to have a drink and close to the Capital (Judiciary Square Metro or Union Station) - on New Jersey Ave. http://billygoattavern.com/
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10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline aztecan

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #32 on: January 16, 2012, 01:01:50 PM »
Hey Gang,

I have been doing some research and I came up with a few eating establishments that are gluten-free friendly.

Anyone know anything about any of these?

Bertucci's (Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom),

Legal Seafoods (Chinatown),

Morton's (Downtown and Georgetown),

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Downtown and Dupont Circle),

Uno Chicago Grill (Union Station).

And, by region:

DOWNTOWN:

The Capital Grille

Jaleo 
                               
Zengo

CHINATOWN:

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana

Zaytinya                                     

WOODLEY PARK:

Lebanese Taverna

And don't forget about the CUPCAKE scene in DC:

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS:

Sticky Fingers Bakery

DUPONT CIRCLE:

Hello Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakery

PENN QUARTER

Red Velvet Cupcakery

And someone else suggested:

Pete's APizza
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #33 on: January 16, 2012, 04:48:02 PM »
Hi Mark:
A bunch of the one's you have listed are national chains and not specific to D.C.; however, I did go through your list and put some info about the ones that I know about --- See bold highlights below:

Bertucci's (Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom), - chain restaurant - good food and reasonable prices, they do get fairly crowded, so expect a bit of a wait (especially for dinner)

Legal Seafoods (Chinatown), - chain restaurant - I haven't been to the one in D.C. - but the one in Fort Lauderdale (Sawgrass Mills Mall) is pretty good - I'm not a big fan

Morton's (Downtown and Georgetown), chain restaurant - the Chicago original - extremely pricey - great steaks, but be prepared to pay around $60 per person  (and that's if you only have one drink) - very distinguished crowd - but not a D.C. powermover crowd, as they are more likely to be at Capital Grille or one of the many well known neighborhood steakhouses (i.e. The Monocle)

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse (Downtown and Dupont Circle), - chain restaurant - great steaks and seafood - but also very pricey - about the same cost as Morton's (maybe slightly less) - and not as pretentious of a crowd - more "homelike."

Uno Chicago Grill (Union Station). - standard pizza chain restaurant - unique pizza - people either love it or hate it - it is one of the many restaurants in Union Station - The Center Cafe is actually a better place to eat and you can sit above the floor area and look out from all directions across the rotunda of the station (ate there in November) - if you check out the link, it gives a good perspective of the restaurant: http://www.unionstationdc.com/store/center-cafe-restaurant/2137040097/2138814770; another good one is Thunder Grill (gets a large crowd, but has plenty of seating  slightly pricey); Potbelly's is good for sandwiches (not sure if they have a gluten free menu or not)

And, by region:

DOWNTOWN:

The Capital Grille - chain restaurant - used to draw a very distinguished crowd and was the place to see and be seen - but has lost a lot of that as the franchise has grown (The Monocle is a DC staple where you almost always run into a Senator/Congressperson, etc.) - VERY EXPENSIVE - last time boss and I ate there (she was paying) the tab for two of us (with no alcoholic drinks) including tip was $160. A la carte for any items you want other then the steak that is on your plate (with average steak running around $45 and sides from $8-$10 each: http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/menus/D3_DinnerA.pdf

Jaleo  - don't know anything about
                               
Zengo - don't know anything about

CHINATOWN:

Oyamel Cocina Mexicana - don't know anything about

Zaytinya                                     

WOODLEY PARK: - great area, lots of good restaurants to satisfy most any palate; http://www.urbanspoon.com/n/7/654/DC/Woodley-Park-restaurants

Lebanese Taverna - don't know anything about; I've been to Open City and liked it - great enclosed patio dining experience

And don't forget about the CUPCAKE scene in DC:

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS:

Sticky Fingers Bakery

DUPONT CIRCLE:

Hello Cupcake

Red Velvet Cupcakery

PENN QUARTER

Red Velvet Cupcakery

And someone else suggested:

Pete's APizza - I've heard of Pete's but have never eaten there - looks interesting: http://petesapizza.com/vegetarian_vegan_gluten-free.html

Don't know anything about the cupcake places - I'm not a big sweet eater   ;)

List of restaurants located in Union Station (I am going to include this on a separate post also):
http://www.unionstationdc.com/Restaurants
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #34 on: January 16, 2012, 04:51:58 PM »
Plenty of great restaurants and "grab a bite" joints located in Union Station (all of the Metro trains go to the station):

http://www.unionstationdc.com/Restaurants

September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #35 on: January 16, 2012, 05:41:52 PM »
I would not call the Capitol Grille a chain restaurant.  When I lived in DC area (1990-1994) it was one of my favorite late night places.  There was a cheaper "pub" menu and one of the memorable items was their burger.  One time I sat next the George Stephanapolous at the bar around 11:30 at night.  One frequently spots White House staff there.  The dinner menu is pricey though....
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #36 on: January 16, 2012, 05:56:26 PM »
We have a Capital Grille here in Philly, directly across from the Ritz Carlton and City Hall. However, I'd never eat there. Talk about a lack of creativity on the menu. Reminds of a hotel restaurant, though upper end.
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Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #37 on: January 16, 2012, 05:58:33 PM »
I would not call the Capitol Grille a chain restaurant. 

I guess I see restaurants that have more than 20 or so restaurants in multiple states chain restaurants - doesn't mean that it isn't good food - but judging by the map the CG has locations in a great many states and cities - with multiple locations in some cities...  Back in the early 90s, I would definitely not have categorized it as a chain - it has lost a bit of its "originality" and "distinguishability" (is that even a word - lol) since it greatly expanded.
http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/stories/2009/03/16/daily58.html

Not that it is a "reliable" source, but wikipedia uses the same term to describe the restaurant. Also, it is owned by Darden Restaurants - they also own and operate Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, and Seasons52.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Capital_Grille
http://www.darden.com/

http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/locations/Main.asp



Edited to add appropriate links
« Last Edit: January 16, 2012, 06:43:25 PM by phildinftlaudy »
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #38 on: January 16, 2012, 06:08:47 PM »
BTW, I think I could give some of the finer steakhouses a run for their money....
Tonight's dinner...
A 16 ounce T-Bone steak - seasoned and marinated for 19 hours, then broiled, served with perfectly sauteed onions and mushrooms on top, with seasoned, steamed green peas, and macaroni and cheese.  YUM YUM.  I think this would go for about $65-$70 at one of D.C.'s finer steakhouses   ;D

September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #39 on: January 16, 2012, 10:05:13 PM »
Hey Gang,

I have been doing some research and I came up with a few eating establishments that are gluten-free friendly.

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Oh Mark, that sounds like fun, I've never had gluten-free, and with the gutt- issues I already have, it sure couldn't hurt, we'll have to go gluten-free eatery hopping in D.C. .....looking forward to it  ;)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #40 on: January 24, 2012, 02:40:34 PM »
for you techy girls, you might be interested in downloading this app for getting around DC. It comes in both iPhone and Android versions:

http://letsembark.com/#features
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #41 on: January 24, 2012, 03:16:16 PM »
for you techy girls, you might be interested in downloading this app for getting around DC. It comes in both iPhone and Android versions:

http://letsembark.com/#features

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #42 on: January 24, 2012, 09:55:51 PM »
My bad!  The restaurant I am referring to is "The Old Ebbitt Grill" and it is around the corner from the White House.  The Capital Grille is a national (and overpriced if you ask me) chain and not very imaginative.

The Old Ebbitt Grill is a bit more reasonable and you never know when a White House celebrity or staffer may be in there.  Google "Old Ebbitt Grill" to read more about it.

Gary
Diagnosed Oct. 2005
10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2012, 09:23:29 PM »
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2012, 08:22:21 PM »
Something to do in DC: hang out with me!

I'm getting a shweet tax return this year due to being in college so I now have most of the money needed for the trip! Woohoo! I'll be seeing my peeps in DC this year! I love you guys!

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01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2012, 04:58:35 PM »
James I didn't know that you were a Leo, I love Leo's, your a strong person, and can take most anything life throws your way, Mark is a Leo, your such nice people to know, always kind, punctual and cordial ;)

   I am a LEO  :-*

I like fancy CAR Museums !  and that sort of Hoopla  ???

 I will see all that can be seen  :)

 I will see the sites with other Leo's ?   Hope so  ;)

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2012, 05:29:00 PM »
   I am a LEO  :-*

I like fancy CAR Museums !  and that sort of Hoopla  ???

 I will see all that can be seen  :)

 I will see the sites with other Leo's ?   Hope so  ;)

                                                                              The Weasel  :-*

If you don't go to D.C. then I won't go  :-[ so, don't make my sad, hope to see you there  ;)
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2012, 05:40:55 PM »
Perhaps that's why I get on well with all those Leo's mentioned.  I'm the cancer sign and Leo's are supposedly our most compatible. 

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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #48 on: February 10, 2012, 04:15:46 PM »
Here are some of my personal favorites/suggestions which may be mentioned by others:

1) Dukem (Ethiopian Food): communal eating without utensils, but spicy food.

2) Ping Pong Dim Sum (a little pricey, basically Chinese tapas dishes, but yummy): one new location in Dupont Circle and one by Gallery Place Chinatown.

3) Ben's Chilli Bowl (always packed though, so stand in line...and sometimes, the line is almost 2 blocks long if you consider how it also goes inside the restaurant)

4) Rosemary thyme (one of my favorite brunch places off 18th and S St NW)

5) Perryís (drag brunch, funnest place with all you can eat breakfast on the weekends)

6) Circa (off Dupont Circle)

7) Hank's Oyster bar (off of 17th/gay street and R St?)

8) Gallery Place Chinatown has some very nice restaurants too as well as the Verizon Center (e.g. Rosa Mexicano, Matchbox Pizza, Clyde's)

Some things to do besides the sight seeing/touring:
1) Odyssey cruise along the Potomac around key DC points of interest (i.e. Jefferson/Lincoln Memorials, Washington Monument, Watergate hotel). Can accommodate groups of people and also serve food. I suggest doing this at night and the moon is out.

2) The Kennedy Center (The only thing scheduled this early on is the Addams Family)

3) Shakespeare Theater (Too early for them to list whatís showing)

4) Gay outings: Town is the biggest gay club in DC and across the street is Nellies, which is the only gay sports bar in DC and also my favorite because it's laid back and has OK food with very goodlooking servers/bartenders. 17th (aka Gay) Street has Cobalt (a club)/Level One (which is a restaurantÖan ok place for brunch), several gay owned/friendly restaurants like Annies, Dupont Italian Kitchen (or DIK), and JRs (overly crowded bar).

Let me know if there's something you are particularly interested in (e.g. a specific type of food or place to go, and I may be of further assistance). Don't be surprised if I drop in on one of your outings as I haven't seen some of you in over 5 years!
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Re: Stuff To Do in D. C.
« Reply #49 on: February 10, 2012, 05:23:43 PM »

 Don't be surprised if I drop in on one of your outings as I haven't seen some of you in over 5 years!

Looking forward to meeting you !   8)


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