Amsterdam Falafel – Adam’s Morgan
Cantina Marina – SW Waterfront – a fun lunch place or weekday dinner or early dinner on weekends. Right on the Potomac with great views. Food is ok. Let me suggest the Fish Tacos. Atmosphere is wonderful. Not a family place late friday or saturday night, though.
Center Cafe – Union Station. 360 degree view of Union Station s historic Main Hall. Watch the hubbub of Union Station. Food is decent – the experience is fun. Sit upstairs.
The Dubliner – despite being the best Irish Pub in the City, it’s family friendly for lunch and dinner with dinning rooms that are away from the bar. Food is outstanding.
Breadline – LaFayette Square – local lunch favorite.
Market Lunch – Eastern Market. Although the original Eastern Market building is under construction following a devastating fire, the temporary quarters for the market is still worth visiting, and the Market Lunch is a great Capitol Hill tradition. Come on the weekend, and peruse through the flee market and street vendors.
Pete’s Diner – Capitol Hill near James Madison Building of the Library of Congress. Cap Hill staffers and construction workers converge at this shoe-box-size greasy spoon run by the amiable Mrs. Gum. On the weekend, it’s a hangout for the local residents.
Booeymonger’s – Georgetown. A homey deli serving hearty sandwiches.
Cafe Divan – Upper Georgetown – excellent Turkish food.
Chadwick’s – Georgetown – best burgers in DC. Also, you may recognize the inside. Many films have used Chadwick’s as a setting.
Martin’s Tavern – go for lunch for cheaper prices. It’s Georgetown’s oldest tavern and has served presidents and politicians, while retaining a corner pub atmosphere. Lots of history inside.
Max’s Best – onsite made ice cream – Glover Park
Kavanagh’s Pizza Pub – don’t let the Irish name fool you. It’s formerly Faccia Luna, and have nice pizza, but also good grinders and pasta dishes.
The Dutch Mill – Navy Memorial – a popular lunch spot for Federal Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys (and other such staffers) Take your lunch out and sit at the Navy Memorial on a nice day.
Morty’s Delicatessen – Friendship Heights – the only real Jewish deli in DC. As close to a NYC deli as one can get, without actually hopping onto the Chinatown Bus and going to NYC.