(Closed) DC AREA BEES: I'm in DC this weekend, what should I do?

posted 5 years ago in Washington, D.C.
Post # 3
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@Blush.Champagne:  Tony Chang’s in China Town is delicious! Hmm. There is an amazing Italian place too, situated conveniently next door to a sex toy shop. Can’t remember what it’s called, but it’s delicious. (in NW somewhere)

Post # 4
2116 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Eat ALL the food! 😀

Post # 5
3772 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Make sure you get a half-smoke. I don’t have any suggestions as to where to get one (I was always get one with my dad off the street and never really pay attention).. but yum those things are GREAT! 


Definitely hit up all the monuments and all of the smithsonian museums. Other than that I’m not too much of a help since I never lived IN DC. Just visited several times a year and fly in and out of that airport! lol

Post # 6
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

DC has the largest Ethipian community, by population, outside of Ethiopia. So I definitely recommend trying Ethiopian food, because you really will not find a better selection or better quality anywhere.  In Georgetown, there’s Zed’s, but I prefer to have Ethiopian near U Street (either Dukem on 11th and U, or Axxum on 9th just below U) or in Adams Morgan at Meskerem on 18th Street. Ethiopian food is not the prettiest food I’ve ever seen– lots of slow cooking/stews— but it’s delicious stuff, good and cheap.  You eat without utensils, using injera bread, which is kind of like a giant crepe, to scoop up bites of food.

Pubs we don’t really have but we have plenty of neighborhood bars; they just don’t have that “pub” feel.  If you’re a beer snob, try Meridian Pint on 11th and Park NW (about 5 blocks from Columbia Heights metro) or Big Hunt on Connecticut Ave near DuPont Circle. The Hunt is more of a “neighborhood dive” kind of place, not divey as in dirty, just not super fancy. They have about 20 taps and tons of beer in bottles. The Pint is more upscale and only serves craft brews, about 30 on tap and a massive bottles list, both have good food but the Hunt is more of a burgers-and-fries kind of place whilst the Pint is proper dinner.

It’s supposed to be nice this weekend so I’d do the water taxi between Old Town and Washington Harbor; Washington Harbor has a little shopping area but really not much to do there, but it’s still a nice boat ride.

@Woodstock: If you’re gonna get a half-smoke, you kind of have to do it at Ben’s Chili Bowl on 12th and U NW. Ben’s has been around since the 1940’s or so, and was the only business on U Street not to burn during the Civil Rights Riots; Ben Ali, the owner (RIP) at the time, was very well-respected in the community, and a lot of people think the rioters purposefully did not damage that business because of all the good he did. Maybe it was just luck, who knows?  But it served as the neighborhood anchor during the riots, and was where the city leaders, the police, and the leaders of the protesters met peacefully to try to plan how to end the civil unrest in the city. Obama has bought many half-smokes at Ben’s, as have many other presidents and famous people.  Get it with chili and onions like a local does.

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