Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States, is a city rich in history, culture, and many restaurants. From iconic landmarks to world-class museums and a diverse food scene, there is something for everyone in the nation's capital. I have not been to D.C. since an 8th grade class trip so we were excited to explore the best things to do and eat in Washington, D.C. for the weekend.
Where We Stayed
ADDRESS: 415 New Jersey Ave NW
The hotel was in a nice location, 8 minute walk to the Capitol Building and 35 minutes to the Washington monument. The rooms were clean and very modern. We enjoyed the coffee station on our floor each morning. There was an added $35 resort fee, which was a surprise.
Founding Farmers: Known for its farm-to-table concept, Founding Farmers offers a menu filled with delicious comfort food made from locally sourced ingredients. You can choose the buffet or a la cart menu of their mouthwatering brunch options! We got the beignets with 3 dipping sauces, crab eggs benedict, and breakfast street tacos!
Call Your Mother: before heading to the football tailgate we got a base at this amazing sandwich shop! We got an iced coffee, royal palm and sun city! The sun city is highly recommended!
Located on the Wharf waterfront, Kaliwa had Southeast Asian flair, offering both elevated sit-down fare and grab-and-go take-out options. They served street-food-style snacks family style. The mother of dragons cocktail was phenomenal as well as the Korean fried wings; and that's a lot coming from a Buffalo gal.
OLD EBBIT GRILL
ADDRESS: 675 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington, DC, located right near the White House. It is recommended to get a reservation as many special events also take place here. As we walked in there was a historic charm to the place with plush seating, large bar area and a raw bar.
The menu had a variety of appetizers, pastas, salads, sandwiches, and other meat & seafood entrées. There’s definitely good reason that this restaurant has survived the test of time. The quality of service was wonderful as well as our meals. We had a half dozen oysters, the Maryland crab soup, lobster fra diavolo, and Linz heritage angus filet.
After dinner we took a walk to the White House and Washington Monument. I wish we had more time to do the hop on/ hop off bus trip .
Landmark Tour: Start your journey by exploring the National Mall, home to iconic landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the U.S. Capitol. Take a leisurely stroll and soak in the history of these magnificent structures.
MAFIA PRE PARTY SATURDAY NIGHT
Bills Mafia really showed up! Fans of Buffalo and the DC backers orchestrated a welcome party experience at Brighton at the Wharf!
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If you're a football fan visiting Washington, D.C., attending a Washington Commanders game is an exciting experience. From the electrifying atmosphere to the thrilling on-field action, this list can assist to make the most of your visit to a Washington Commanders game.
1. Purchasing Tickets:
Official Website: The easiest and most reliable way to purchase tickets is through the official Washington Commanders website. They offer various ticket options, including single-game tickets, season passes, and premium seating. My favorite alternative app is Gametime App. The ticket prices dropped closer to gametime.
2. Getting to the Stadium:
a) Public Transportation: The Washington Commanders' home stadium, FedExField, is located in Landover, Maryland. The most convenient way to reach the stadium is by taking the Metrorail's Blue Line to the Morgan Boulevard station. From there, you can utilize the stadium's shuttle service or walk to the stadium (approximately 15-20 minutes).
b) Driving/Uber: If you prefer to drive, FedExField offers ample parking options. However, be prepared for heavy traffic before and after the game. We took an Uber there for $24 and headed to the Fans of Buffalo Tailgate, 10 minute walk to the stadium. Following the game we waited 45 minutes and finally got an Uber for $47.
3. Pre-Game Tailgating:
Tailgating was extremely fun! Fans of Buffalo and the D.C. Bills backers did a great job setting it up! Great music and the best fans around!
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FED EX FIELD
Food and Beverages: Inside the stadium, you'll find a wide range of food and beverage options. From classic stadium fare to local specialties, there's something to satisfy every craving. We got Guy Fieri Chicken Guy! The chicken strips, fries and dill ranch dip was delicious for stadium food.
Bathrooms: this stadium is older, therefore the bathrooms were not great but the lines were quick.
Seating: Again being an older stadium there are issues, but for viewing the field, there was not a bad seat, we sat by the tunnel in section 113.
Attending a Washington Commanders game was an exhilarating experience, even with some rain in the forecast. Bills Mafia showed up and cheered their hearts out!
After a Sunday Win
Following the win we headed to Exiles Bar and Salazar.
We took the Salazar "bell challenge,” inspired by Chicago Mexican spot Federales. The crew took an ice shot one at a time and then threw it at a large bell. Ding Ding!
Washington, D.C., is a city that seamlessly blends history, culture, and culinary delights. From exploring iconic landmarks, to indulging in diverse and delicious cuisine, and going to a game, there is no shortage of things to do and eat in the nation's capital. So, plan your trip, immerse yourself in the rich history, savor the local flavors, and create unforgettable memories in Washington, D.C.