Posts Tagged With: Crystal City

Our Foray into Ethiopian Food

My cousin suggested we find an Ethiopian Restaurant while in DC for something new.  We pitched the idea to my sister with the promise that if she was hungry afterward we would find her something she recognized to eat. With some reservations she agreed and I had list of place to try depending on where we ended up around dinner time.

We oddly were back at our hotel around 7pm after leaving Georgetown. (I had a place in mind if we stayed in Georgetown but everyone was ready to head back.) Luckily a place with great reviews was just around the corner from our hotel.

Harar Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant was relatively full when we arrived.  This  picture is from Trip Advisor as the tables were close and it seemed rude to take a picture.

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Hearthstone Pizza Bistro in Arlington

I like to use Restaurant.com for dinner coupons when I travel.  The site allows you to search by zip and then by distance.  I use the hotel zip code and search for with in a mile of that zip code for locations they offer.  This trip I purchased $15 off $30 at Hearthstone Pizza Bistro.

The restaurant is located a couple of blocks from the Radisson Reagan hotel.  We made plans to eat early as we had to be 6:30 in DC by the mall area.  It was around 5pm when we arrived for dinner. We were quickly seated and told the happy hour specials.  We settled on a started of mozzarella sticks and garlic knots.

I had the chicken parm which was very good!  Daughter ordered Chicken Alfredo and sister had the eggplant rollatini.  The portions were large and we had plenty to take back to the room for later.

Our food was good but nothing exceptional.  If we stayed in the area again I think I would try some place else just because there seemed to be some really outstanding restaurants in the area.  This is more towards average for over $60.

The service was quick and very friendly!

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Radisson Hotel Reagan Airport has a Great Location!

We stayed two nights on points at the Radisson Reagan Airport hotel in Arlington.  The hotel is 38,000 points a night or the second night free if you have the visa card.

The location is great for DC.  We are in the Crystal City area off the yellow metra line, two stops before you reach the tourist areas of the mall.  Reach the metra with a four minute walk.  Walk to 20th and cross, take a left past the Marriott.  Go up a block and the train is across the street to the left. You cannot miss it.  And two blocks over on 23rd there were several great restaurants and a CVS. we had dinner in the area each night as there was a lot of variety!

Check in was quick and efficient, there were two elevators and we never had to wait for the car to the 8th floor.  We had a two queen room that was comfortable in size.

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