Restaurant Recommendations

We are planning to go to Washington DC next weekend. Can anyone recommend any good restaurants? I am looking for walk-in places where we don’t have to make reservations in advance or wear nice clothes but that have great food.

For lunch, the restaurant should be close to the Mall, but the dinner restaurant can be anywhere in the metro area.

Do I have any DC readers?

Miscellaneous

If you are wondering why the posting recently has been sparse. Wonder no more.

Spring semester winds up May 2. My teaching assistantship is more demanding work during the last month of the semester as the project is assigned and then graded in multiple steps. We usually break up the project into multiple steps so that we can provide feedback to the students.

Another reason is my upcoming oral examination for the Ph.D. proposal. Traditionally, the proposal has been done by students later than it should be and I am no exception. I submitted my written report at the end of February and am now waiting for my committee to schedule a date for the oral. In the meantime, I am working on preparing a 45 minute presentation.

Postings on alternate weekends are also light because of my frequent travel to Jersey to be with my wife. This weekend, we went to Akbar Restaurant in Edison, NJ. It is a nice Indian restaurant. The food was pretty good, though spicy (we asked for mild spices, so I can only wonder what the spicy version would taste like). We also saw the movie Phone Booth. It’s a good movie which keeps you on the edge throughout. It’s also pretty short (80 minutes). But I think it wouldn’t have made sense to drag the story out.

Weekend Stuff

If you are wondering what I did over the weekend, wonder no more! On Friday, Amber and I went to Restaurant Serenade in Chatham, NJ for our Valentine’s day dinner. It’s a nice (and expensive) comtemporary French restaurant. The food was good, though I liked the food in France better.

We also watched two movies on the big screen: Chicago and The Hours. Chicago was definitely more entertaining, may be because both of us are suckers for musicals. The Hours was interesting but depressing movie. Having watched the performance of both Renée Zellweger and Nicole Kidman, it’s the consensus opinion in our home that Kidman will get the nod for the best actress oscar.

Valentine’s Day Dinner

I thought making reservations for dinner with my wife in a nice French restaurant on Feb 14 two weeks ahead of time would be enough. However, it seems everyone is booked solid. Finally, after calling about a dozen restaurants in the NYC/NJ area, I was able to get a reservation for 10pm. The only other available time: 5pm.