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Penn Quarter - Cultural and Urban Revitalization

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Quote: Penn Quarter has been undergoing a major revitalization while maintaining at least the facades of the original 19th-century buildings. Boutique hotels, excellent restaurants, and loft apartments abound amidst a multitude of museums and art galleries.

Penn Quarter - Cultural and Urban Revitalization

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Overview

General Winfield Scott Hancock Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Penn Quarter (also known as the 7th Street Art District) refers to the area just north of the National Mall from Pennsylvania Avenue, continuing to the new DC Convention Center. This area has been undergoing a major revitalization while maintaining at least the facades of the original 19th-century buildings. Boutique hotels, excellent restaurants, and loft apartments seem to be sprouting almost weekly amidst a multitude of museums and art galleries. I've worked in this area for several years and have been experiencing both the pain and joys of progress. Unfortunately, most of my favorite Chinese restaurants have been forced out of Chinatown and replaced by mundane chain restaurants since the ad...Read More

Capital Grille

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Restaurant

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Washington, D.C., boasts many fine steakhouses, but a dining experience at the Capital Grille far surpasses any other. Its location, within view of the Capitol, is centrally located to many attractions. Its ambience is cozy and sophisticated without being stuffy. Its service is impeccable. But all is surpassed by the food. For starters, try the clam chowder. It's has a rich, creamy broth full of the freshest clams I ever tasted. On another trip, I enjoyed roasted yellow tomato gazpacho, which was equally good. Other starters on the menu include smoked salmon, fresh oysters, and a delicious lobster and crab cake. The steaks are dry-aged in a temperature-controlled, glass-walle...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Capital Grille
601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 737-6200

Jaleo

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Restaurant

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Jaleo opened in the Penn Quarter in 1993 next door to the Shakespeare Theater at the corner of 7th and E Sts. NW. Tapas are usually for an early evening snack with drinks, usually eaten before a late dinner. At Jaleo, most diners order three or four plates a person and make a meal of them. Tapas are much more enjoyable in a group setting, where diners can taste a multitude of different dishes. It's amusing to watch the uninitiated order only one dish per person, and see the surprise on their face when a seemingly small plate is served to them. Menu items include a selection of Spanish sausages and cheeses, salt-cod fritters, pork loin with figs, steamed mussels, crispy calamari with...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2005

Jaleo
480 7th Street North West
Washington, D.C., United States 20004
(202) 628-7949

District Chophouse and Brewery

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Restaurant | "District Chop House"

District Chophouse and Brewery Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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The District Chop House seems to have it all: location (close to MCI center in the heart of Penn Quarter), ambience, good food, and great beer. The two-story restaurant is situated in a turn-of-the-century bank that has been transformed into a restaurant and brew house while maintaining the original architecture. The two-story ceiling showcases exposed beams and brick, as well as huge copper vessels where the handcrafted beer is brewed and fermented. Even so, the atmosphere is warm and cozy. The prices are a bit lower than the surrounding D.C., steakhouses, and the atmosphere is more casual. It's a great place to meet friends for happy hour or bite to eat after a game at the nearby MCI center. L...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

District Chophouse and Brewery
509 7th Street NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 347-3434

Sushi Go Round & Tapas

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Restaurant | "Sushi Go Round & Tapas"

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Sushi Go Round & Tapas is a great new restaurant hat just opened this week. It's nestled in a little courtyard in the same block as the MCI Center right next door to the Hagen Daaz ice cream shop. Finally, great-tasting fresh sushi in the Penn Quarter! There are two separate parts of the restaurant, a small cozy section of intimate tables that seats no more than twenty diners at a time, and around the corner, a unique sushi bar that has variety of sushi, sashimi and salads rotating around the bar table on a conveyor belt. The plates are color coded to designate price, which ranges from $2 to $4 per plate. You just grab what you want as it passes by you. In the restaurant section, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2005

Sushi Go Round & Tapas
7th Street, NW (at MCI Center)
Washington, United States

International Spy Museum

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Attraction

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The museum is the only one of its kind in the country and houses hundreds of gadgets, weapons, vehicles, and devices that have been used for espionage throughout history. You can also learn about famous (and little-known) spies throughout history. Although most museums in Washington, D.C., are free, this one has an entrance fee of $13 for adults and $10 for children over 5 years of age. To control crowding, tickets are assigned an entry time. Get in line early to purchase your tickets and plan the rest of your day according to your assigned time. These exhibits can be very crowded, even with the assigned entry times, so if you are a spy buff and like to read and experience all of t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

International Spy Museum
800 F St. NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20004
(202) 393-7798

National Building Museum

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Attraction | "The National Building Museum"

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What can you do with more than 15 million bricks in the 19th century? If you're Montgomery Meigs, you can design and construct a tribute to engineering and architecture based on an Italian Renaissance palace that's an entire block long in the nation's capitol. The entire building is encircled by an impressive terracotta frieze depicting an endless procession on Civil War troops. Inside the building at its center is the Great Hall, measuring 316 feet by 116 feet, and featuring some of the highest interior columns in the world. The hall is breathtaking. It's almost 15 stories high at its tallest point. Surrounding the Great Hall are 72 terra-cotta columns in the Doric style. Encircling the secon...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 272-2448

Shakespeare Theatre

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Attraction | "The Shakespeare Theatre"

Shakespeare Theatre Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Tucked away behind an unassuming façade lies a treasure that has been touted as "the nation's foremost Shakespeare company" (The Wall Street Journal) and one of the three greatest Shakespeare companies in the world. The Shakespeare Theatre at 450 7th St., in the heart of Penn Quarter, has been the recipient of 47 Helen Hayes awards over the last 18 years. The theatre's award-winning company of classical actors includes distinguished guest artists such as Jane Alexander, Stacy Keach, Elizabeth Ashley, Dixie Carter, Harry Hamlin, Hal Holbrook, Tom Hulce, Judith Light, Kelly McGillis, Jean Stapleton, Patrick Stewart, Richard Thomas, and Joan van Ark. Director Michael Kahn has received five awards f...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 12, 2005

Shakespeare Theatre
450 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 547-1122