Washington, D.C. Journals

D.C. Trip

A May 2007 trip to Washington, D.C. by Bruce Horne

Quote: Holiday weekend trip.
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It was very clean and close to National Mall. There were only two of four elevators working, so there were long queues at certain times of the day. No pool and concrete courtyard, but you probably won't be there long anyway. This is not the side of town with a lot of dining choices but it is a short walk across the mall up 7th Street for many more choices. Parking garage across the street is cheaper than hotel parking lot ($17 vs $23). It's fun to watch train come through on tracks behind.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Holiday Inn Capitol
550 C Street SW
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 479-4000

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square

Restaurant | "Capitol City Brewing Company"

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It's a nice bar in refurbished warehouse, a bit noisy but the beer was good and not too expensive. The food looked good but we didn't eat. Busy lunchtime crowd. Copper sheets on bar were a nice touch. It's a good place for refreshment after getting out of Union Station. Look for Postal Museum, that's where the bar is.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Capitol City Brewing Company - Postal Square
2 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
Washington, DC 20001

Jaleo

Restaurant

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Others have praised this place and I agree. Very nice experience. Don't expect typical large American portions, but don't let that stop you from trying something new. You can always go across to the Starbucks later if you're still hungry.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

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

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub

Restaurant | "The Dubliner Pub"

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This is a typical Irish bar. The baked cod was very good, prime rib came overcooked and dampened our good mood. They have good beer and service. You could crawl between Dubliner and Irish Times if you had too, not that I recommend that.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Dubliner Restaurant & Pub
520 N Capitol St NW
Washington, D.C., United States 20001
(202) 737-3773

Kelly's Irish Times Pub

Restaurant | "Kelly's Irish Times"

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There are nice shaded tables outside where you can sit and watch the world go by. The interior looks and smells like and Irish pub, not a tourist trap. Nice people and cold beer. The fish and chips were a bit greasy.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Kelly's Irish Times Pub
14 F Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 543-5433

Murphy's

Restaurant

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This is a nice place to visit on your way to the zoo or on your way back. Typical Irish pub with friendly staff. On the back side of the block. Sit outside and look at the leafy trees.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Murphy's
2605 24th St. NW
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 462-7171

Vie De France

Restaurant

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It's a nice bakery on ground floor of USDA building. The building wasn't open on Memorial weekend but we persevered and had nice panini (ham and egg on panini bread) for breakfast Tuesday and Wednesday. Nice selection of baked goods and very strong coffee. It appears that fine dining, or at least lunch is available across the hall; look for the "after hours" sign.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Vie De France
Capital Gallery
Washington, D.C., United States 20024
(202) 554-7870

Au Bon Pain

Restaurant

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This is a nice place for baked goods and light breakfast. I couldn't find the 706 L'Enfant Plaza SW location, but did find one near C Street NW. Their website lists about 12 locations in D.C. so there should be one near you.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Au Bon Pain
Union Station
Washington, D.C., United States
(202) 898-0299

Lebanese Taverna

Restaurant

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Wonderful authentic food. This is a great place for dinner after a day at the zoo. Service was a bit slow but when the food starts coming you forget about everything else. Sit at tables outside and watch the people go by.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Lebanese Taverna
2641 Connecticut Ave Nw
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 265-8681

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum

Attraction | "National Air and Space Museum"

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It's worth the time, even if only marginally interested in air/space exploration since other topics are represented. For example, Archie Bunker's chair is there since its museum (Amer. Hist.?) is being renovated.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 3, 2007

Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum
Independence Avenue At 4th Street SW
Washington, DC

D.C. Trip

Story/Tip

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D.C. is friendly and it is very easy to get around on the Metro. Metro is clean and safe. Protect your Metrorail farecard; ours seemed to get demagnetized easily and the Metro official at Metro Center wasn't very helpful. When researching restaurants you should try to determine if they are in office buildings and understand they probably won't be open on the weekends. We could not find a bar in Dupont Circle. Man, has that place changed in 15 years.