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Here, we provide a list of famous restaurants and diners in the Washington DC metro area. Use this guide to satisfy your taste buds when either visiting or living in Washington DC.

Lebanese Taverna
2641 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Restaurant Description: The Middle Eastern version of Spanish tapas is meze, a meal of appetizer-sized portions that you're supposed to share with your fellow diners. You can get a sophisticated sample of this family-friendly dining experience at Lebanese Taverna. Start by ordering two or three dishes each, and pass them around. Don't miss the menu's overachievers like the grilled spicy sausages in a zippy tomato sauce and thin-crusted turnovers stuffed with spinach and pine nuts. For those who don't play well with others, the single-serve entrees are just as good. Rotisserie chicken wrapped in Lebanese bread and kabobs shaped from ground beef, minced onions and parsley are two solid bets.

Bob & Edith's Diner
2310 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204

Restaurant Description: When you're looking for plain and simple comfort food, Bob & Edith's Diner is simply the place to find it. One of the few all-night spots around, this eatery has been serving the late night and early morning crowd since 1969. You'll find nothing fancy about Bob & Edith's Diner. The grill is behind the counter, and booths line the walls. The menu is big on breakfast with a wide selection of eggs, hotcakes and waffles. Here you can unabashedly order American cheese on your omelet or indulge in white bread toast.

Five Guys
4626 King St.
Alexandria, VA 22304

Restaurant Description: This is casual dining with a formula that works: delicious burgers served up with your choice of fixings at near-fast food prices. Step up to the counter and pick a hamburger, cheeseburger, bacon burger or bacon cheeseburger, all of which are prepared with fresh ground beef and come in two sizes -- one patty or two. Select from more than a dozen toppings, including sauteed mushrooms, pickles, jalapenos and hot sauce. Add an order of made-fresh, bordering-on-soggy, boardwalk-style French fries -- either regular or Cajun -- and a soda with free refills. You'll be set for just $6 or $7.

1200 New Hampshire Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

Restaurant Description: Like most big cities, Washington has so many Chinese restaurants and takeout joints that you seem to see one on nearly every street corner. So what should a purveyor of Chinese cuisine do to distinguish himself in this city? Take a clue from Larry La, owner and ringmaster at Meiwah. This downtown restaurant has a flair for fashion that's missing from most Chinese restaurants. The two-story dining room is an open, airy space that makes a lively setting for a menu that's equally flamboyant.

Silver Diner
8150 Porter Rd
Falls Church, VA 22042

Restaurant Description: Reminiscent of an earlier America, the Silver Diner offers individual jukeboxes, fifties music, milkshakes and down-home cooking at affordable prices. So it is no surprise that everyone from kids to students to grandparents love this place. This local chain of diners is a popular choice for families in search of a casual meal -- there are even junior blue-plate specials, like turkey with mashed potatoes and gravy, to keep the little ones happy. No matter what hour you stop in, booths and counter stools are filled, but the turnover is quick, and you can always order take-out. Breakfast service starts at the crack of dawn and lasts all day.

Restaurant Nora
2132 Florida Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

Restaurant Description: In 1999, Nora became America's first certified organic restaurant. It sounds like a simple distinction, but a restaurant owner has to jump through a lot of hoops to earn that certification. For Nora Pouillon, owner and namesake of Nora, it means that certified organic growers and farmers produce 95 percent or more of everything served in her restaurant. When dining at Nora, you don't have to sacrifice taste on the altar of your organic obligations. The menu, which changes daily, focuses on new American cuisine that's as tasty as it is natural.

Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20007

Restaurant Description: Everybody who knows this place loves to watch the "pasta mamas," whipping up tempting homemade pasta in the storefront window. Once inside, you'll be lost in a statue-strewn Italian garden, with few reminders that you're actually in a Georgetown basement. Filomena's lavish portions and bargain $10 lunch buffets attract tourists and office parties, and the romantic setting draws quite a few couples on first dates or celebrating anniversaries.

Lauriol Plaza
1801 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Restaurant Description: The Tex-Mex and Spanish chow at Lauriol Plaza is often lauded by locals and critics alike. That's not a surprise when you consider that Lauriol Plaza is the upper-crusty sister to longtime local favorite Cactus Cantina -- in fact, much of the two menus are identical. But it's the scene -- the crowd and the atmosphere -- that packs 'em in at this enormous three-story restaurant.

Tony's New York Pizza
13087 Fair Lakes Shopping Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22033

Restaurant Description: Like sweets on display at a neighborhood bakery, Tony's Neapolitan pies seize your attention as soon as you step inside. The casual setup makes ordering easy, but it's a tough decision with this visual lineup of Italian masterpieces. New York-style pizza, with its crispy crust and plenty of melted cheese, is a family favorite. But you can also try the Margherita with fresh basil, mozzarella and olive oil, sample gourmet white pizza with four cheeses or taste the elaborate assortment of ingredients in a pizza pie stuffed with Canadian bacon, broccoli, olives, sausage, mushrooms and cheese all simmered in fresh tomato sauce.

McCormick & Schmick's
1652 K St., NW
Washington, DC 20006

Restaurant Description: Cavernous yet clubby, noisy but intimate, the upscale McCormick & Schmick's chain manages to please everyone. Stylish interiors include velvet-draped private booths, hosting power lunchers by day and romantic couples by night, while lunching ladies choose sunny window tables. The place is sophisticated and pricey, but lunch and light entrees are true bargains. A lively happy hour draws in the after-work crowd for briny oyster samplers and icy martinis. The menu changes twice daily, but you'll always find more than three-dozen seafood choices, plus numerous raw bar offerings. This is fresh seafood, best prepared simply.

Other Great Restaurants in Washington DC

Ruth's Chris Steak House
1801 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009

2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20006

1110 21st St NW
Washington, DC 20036

Mamma Lucia
12274 Rockville Pike, Ste. M
Rockville, MD 20852

Inn at Little Washington
Middle & Main Sts
Washington, VA 22747

George Brown's
950 15th St., NW
Washington, DC 20005

Amphora's Diner Deluxe
1151 Elden St.
Herndon, VA 20170

Ben's Chili Bowl
1213 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009

701 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001

555 12th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004

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