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we will be in dc for a few days in just over a month. staying in a hotel near the convention center. days will be spent taking the kids to the smithsonian museums. interested in recommendations for places for dinner in relatively easy reach of the convention center area where parents can eat interesting food and kids can be pleased as well. easiest ways to please them: grilled meats, roast chicken and similar. the menus of le diplomate or maydan, for example, seem like they might be doable, as would any good thai or other southeast asian place sans long lines. also interested in any decent lunch within easy reach of the museums. thanks in advance!
Of importance to tourists: Many people know that Consitution Avenue runs east-west on the north side of the Mall, and Independence Avenue runs east-west on the south side of the Mall. But just south of Constitution Avenue runs Madison Drive, and just north of Independence Avenue runs Jefferson Drive. Witness: This is the rectangle delineated by: 3rd St NW on the east side 15th St NW on the west side Constitution Ave NW on the north side Independence Ave NW on the south side Many locals know this, but very few people know *this*, and it's absolutely essential for tourists to memorize: Running parallel on the south side of Constitution Ave is Madison Drive (one-way, east-to-west) Running parallel on the north side of Independence Ave is Jefferson Drive (one-way, west-to-east) You can see this clearly on the map, but how on earth do you memorize the street names? Easy! Madison hugs Constitution, and James Madison largely wrote the Constitution Between Constitution and Madison, running east-to-west, are: * National Gallery of Art, East Building * National Gallery of Art, West Building * National Gallery of Art, Sculpture Garden * Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History * Smithsonian National Museum of American History * Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History (The Washington Monument is just west of this point.) Jefferson hugs Independence, and Thomas Jefferson largely wrote the Declaration of Independence Between Independence and Jefferson, running west-to-east, are: * U.S. Department of Agriculture (not a tourist attraction) * Smithsonian Metro Station * Freer Gallery of Art * Smithsonian Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of Asian Art * Smithsonian S. Dillon Ripley Center (not a tourist attraction) * Smithsonian Castle (only a minor tourist attraction, but a nice building from the outside) * Enid A. Haupt Garden (an absolutely lovely place to sit for a rest) * Smithsonian National Museum of African Art * Arts and Industries Building (not a tourist attraction) * Hirshhorn Museum of Art * Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum * Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Do this tour, and you'll have pretty-much done the Mall. If you still have trouble, just think top-to-bottom, and think of Michael Jordan (Madison / Jefferson). For tourists walking the mall, the streets from 3rd St NW to 15th St NW go *up* in numbers as you're walking east-to-west. You've got this down now. Write me if you need more information. Cheers, Rocks email@example.com PS - If you're on foot (which you should be), stay on Madison and Jefferson, and *do not walk on Constitution and Independence* - there's absolutely no need to do so, as the entrances to all the attractions are in the middle of the Mall. There are other things nearby you can see, such as the Archives, the Capitol, and if you're really ambitious, the Lincoln Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, the White House, the Einstein Memorial, etc., but this rectangle will keep you busy for two full days, I promise you. Need food? Eat at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History (trust me, and get tickets in advance for reservations in order to get into this museum).
Julia Child's kitchen will serve as the first gallery for this new exhibit, which opens November 20, 2012 at the National Museum of American History. http://food.american...edu/exhibition/