If you are visiting the Washington, DC metro area, avoid the tourist traps and come to a little three block stretch of great mom and pop restaurants in Arlington, VA.
Located at the top of the Clarendon metro stop (ORANGE LINE), it is very, very, safe and locals eat and drink there.
Long known for the little Vietnamese restaurants, there are other places that serve great food at moderate prices. Among them are:
Facia Luna-great New York style pizza, hoagies and pasta. Plus they have BIRCH BEER on tap, with free refills. Also a good beer selection.
Whitlows-1/2 price burgers all day Monday. Their downtown DC restaurant (long torn down) was featured in the movie Broadcast News.
Hard Times Cafe and Chili Parlor-Five way chili, vegetarian chili, Cincinnati chili. A very good onion tangle too. Good Beer selection.
And who can forget the local Vietnamese restaurants which all have weekday lunch specials. All of these have been in business for ten+ years. My favorites include:
Little Viet Garden
Also in the neighborhood is a Whole Foods Market and IOTA cafe, which features live music most evenings. Check it out, and avoid the tourist traps in DC (did somebody say Phillips on the waterfront??)