Get Down in DC

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Beyond the pomp and circumstance of the inauguration festivities in the Capital, there’s something for everyone in Washington, D.C. Look past the Mall and monuments, you’ll find a bevy of food and fun:

Breakfast/Lunch/Tea/Chai

Teaism

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4 locations (1 in Alexandria) keep you sated wherever you roam. Sample light lunches like well-priced bento boxes, or refresh with a chai or mint tea (hot or iced). Looking for something sweet? Try a chocolate salty oat cookie or a ginger scone.

Brunch or Dinner

Cashion’s Eat Place

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Diners recommend the salmon on corn pudding, brunch menu, the smoked salt prawns, and the reasonable wine prices. A great pick for sophisticated dining in a casual setting in Adams-Morgan.

Dinner and Happy Hour

Johnny’s Half Shell

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If seafood is your thing, this is the place: Lobster Rolls and Shrimp & Grits are “go-to standards”, and regulars say “never pass up the She Crab Soup when it’s on the menu!” Happiest Hour: Awesome beer, and signature apps like tuna sliders and grilled oysters

Pizza

2 Amy’s Pizza

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2 Amys has fantastic pizza and Italian food, popular with DC locals and some politicos; also great for families with kids.

Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

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Aficionados recommend the Staven or the Plain (no Mozzarella), washed down with all-natural Foxon Park Soda.

Sights and Activities

Union Station

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Union Station is more than a train station–it’s a magnificent piece of Beaux-Arts architecture, and the city’s main rail hub. It’s majestic: The grand entrance hall was designed to resemble a Roman triumphal arch.  The main hall, known as the Grand Concourse, is patterned after Roman baths. In the station’s east wing is the old Presidential Waiting Room, originally reserved for dignitaries and celebrities (now B. Smith’s delicious Southern-chic restaurant). Just south is Union Station Plaza, a park with a large fountain, and the Taft Memorial Carillon, whose bells ring every quarter-hour.

C&O Canal Towpath

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The C&O is a pleasant, unexpected green space in the DC urbanscape, if only because of its seemingly sudden appearance: As you wander through Georgetown on a sunny day, a scene of wooden water wheels, horses, flat-bed barges and a cobbled path running alongside a green canal makes it seem as if you’ve traveled back in time. The canal, a civil engineering feat of the 19th century, runs 185 miles to Cumberland, MD, and once brought goods and passengers from the capital to what was then the edge of the Western frontier. Today the canal’s towpath marks the start of a wonderful hiking and cycling trail.

The Exorcist Steps

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Anyone who has seen the 1970s cult classic horror film “The Exorcist” will remember that these steps were the location of two pivotal deaths in the film.

The actual steps are in Georgetown, too. To see these famous 97 steps, head toward Key Bridge on M Street NW. The base of the steps, which used to be called the “Hitchcock steps,” is right next to the Exxon station across from the bridge.

Eastern Market

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Eastern Market is a hidden DC treasure and a secret locals tend to keep to themselves. Located just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol, on the weekends the Market explodes into a frenzy of food and art. Vendors from all over the Mid-Atlantic travel here to sell their arts and crafts, antiques and of course food. Tip: Come early.

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by Rebecca Carroll

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