Re: Any DC area posters...
A few additional notes, based on what others have offered:
*Ben's Chili Bowl (as discussed in the link provided by CHILI, no less) has fantastic food, but it is in a recently gentrified area. Some might be scared off by the term, "gentrified," but I think it is a great place to grab a rather quick, cheap dinner.
*Lauriol Plaza: it has moderately good food, but the wait for a table is always an hour or more. It is more of a "see-and-be-seen" place. I think you can get better value at other Mexican joints sans the wait, such as Cactus Cantina (next door to Two Amy's), Rio Grande Cafe in Arlington, or even the outrageously expensive Rosa Mexicano near the MCI Center (I have enjoyed one or two $10 Pomegranate margaritas there in my lifetime).
*I agree with registerthis' assessment that Old Town Alexandria is great, but unless you are staying in South Arlington or Alexandria, you may want to do something different. It is very difficult for out-of-towners to traverse the maze of roads around the Pentagon, and the Metro will usually require a transfer if you are staying in downtown Washington (plus a 45-minute ride/walk from the Metro). If you want to feel like you stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting, it is worth it.
Last edited by D-Man; 12-12-2005 at 08:28 PM.