During our time in D.C., the Boyfriend and I patronized four places aside from the wedding venue. I liked them all. Here’s why:
We stayed there for the entire weekend and had a good experience.
Pros: The best part about the rooms was the heated bathroom floors. You wouldn’t think it’d be a big deal, but it’s actually really nice when you get up to pee in the middle of the night, brace yourself to step on cold tile, and encounter warm tile instead.
The hotel bar, filled with young-ish, well-dressed people at night, makes tasty drinks in general and the best sangria I have ever had. I’m not sure what made it so great; the Boyfriend thinks it was some kind of watermelon flavoring, but I don’t care about watermelon in my drinks, so it must have been something else.
Cons: The rooms were pretty small, and there were only half-dividers between the showers and toilets. Also, depending on which floor you’re on, you might get some street noise, which might make it hard to nap during the day.
A casual Middle Eastern restaurant near Dupont Circle where three yummy, filling entrees and a dessert cost around $40. I don’t know how these prices compare to the rest of D.C., but they are relatively low by San Francisco standards. By the time we were full, there was still enough naan and basmati rice left over for another meal.
A casual but classy three-floor restaurant near Dupont Circle with big windows and outdoor seating. They had a three-course and endless mimosa brunch for $20, which we took advantage of right before the wedding. We went there again for lunch on Easter Sunday. Because it was Easter and we hadn’t made a reservation, we couldn’t get a table, but the manager/owner was nice and gave us free endless mimosas for showing up.
This place, located on Capitol Hill, was a lot nicer and less blue-collar than I was led to anticipate. I can’t vouch for their beer because I don’t drink beer, but they had a full bar and made me a tasty vodka gimlet. Their pepperoni pizza and ahi tuna were very good, and the pizza was just as good a day later.