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Old 10-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Gaylord National, MD - restaurants??

Restaurants nearby with decent family food?

We are staying over the Christmas holiday's for 2 nights, would like suggestions of breakfast, brunch and/or dinner places within a reasonable price range... plus decent food

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:50 PM   #2
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I was there for a conference. There are a few restauants in the area, but from what I was told you do not want to venture too far from hotel. So either water taxi (which is time consuming) or walk a few blocks. I ate at Cadillac ranch (standard fare). There was a Mexican and also a Thai place that looked good. It is sort of an upscale area so more trendy places to eat
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:54 PM   #3
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We loved the Mexican restaurant there Rosa Mexicano. They make guacamole right at your table. That was the only place we tried when we were there a few years ago but there are plenty to choose from right outside the hotel.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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Rosa Mexicana has great guacamole made tableside. That's in the area of the Gaylord.

Best restaurants would be over in Alexandria after taking the water taxi - much more variety and not all are priced for tourism as most of those that are around the Gaylord.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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Have you downloaded the National Harbor Dining guide? www.nationalharbor.com/dining

We ate and enjoyed pizza at Fiorella's, cupcakes at Cakelove, thai food at Thai Pavillion, and burgers at the sports bar in the Gaylord Nat'l Hotel. If you act quickly living social has a Ketchup deal. Ketchup is fancy hamburgers and other stuff. Anyway it is purchase a $25 voucher and spend up to $50 at Ketchup.

We found the Gaylord's breakfast options limited to muffins/rolls at the coffee place or expensive sit-down breakfast at the italian market. We didn't find any restaurants open for breakfast in the Nat'l Harbor shopping area.

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Old 10-30-2012, 09:35 PM   #6
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Thanks.

Why not venture far from the hotel?

We are staying 2 nights? Would u suggest bringing snacks etc. to the room
No local pizza? If we park at the hotel can we leave and come back? Its all
Day parking?

We will be there for the ICE show.

Whats living social? The Ketchup is a good place to eat. Reasonable?
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Thanks.

Why not venture far from the hotel?

We are staying 2 nights? Would u suggest bringing snacks etc. to the room
No local pizza? If we park at the hotel can we leave and come back? Its all
Day parking?

We will be there for the ICE show.

Whats living social? The Ketchup is a good place to eat. Reasonable?
Not sure what your idea of reasonable is, lol. Living Social is the sister site to groupon. You purchase a voucher and then redeem it at the restaurant (or whatever the voucher is for.) I've used both living social and groupon with great success.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:58 PM   #8
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Lmao@reasonable. Being from NY i guess i pay at least $10. For a good diner
burger lol :-)

I will have a look at living social. I,too, have had great success with
groupon.

I guess I am a bit taken back by the comment of not leaving the area
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:11 PM   #9
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National Harbor is in Prince George's County, the most affluent predominantly African American county in the country. Like most areas, there are parts that are nicer and safer than others, but because it's in an area where most people are black, the dangers tend to get exaggerated. The National Harbor area itself is not at all unsafe, but there are people who hear PG and get worried.

National Harbor is also kind of odd in that it's not part of a larger area. If you were to somehow wander away from National Harbor you'd find yourself in a field, or on a highway or in some other area that is clearly not made for pedestrians. Except of course you wouldn't actually do that, because you'd come to the end of the nicely lit sidewalk and realize you should turn around.

I agree that if you decided to leave National Harbor (which is beautiful but kind of sterile, I kept telling my kid it was like being in a Mars Colony) for food, going to Alexandria is a great choice. If you drove off from National Harbor into PG county looking for restaurants, you'd be in a pretty suburban area, not nearly as touristy or fun as Alexandria which is an area rich with history.
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Old 11-24-2012, 01:23 PM   #10
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Anyone see coupons yet for the ICE Shrek show??


Rooms have a microwave?

Trying to plan reasonable restaurant ideas.
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Old 11-24-2012, 08:37 PM   #11
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I stayed at the Gaylord this August. Coffee in the Hotel was pricey (4.00), but there is a grocery store (Potomac Gourmet Market) not far with pastries and coffee much more reasonable. There is a coffeemaker in the room. I thought the area was very quaint. I ate at Ketchup, Cadillac Grill, and Rosa Mexicano. I did some great shopping, and felt very safe walking around both early morning and later in the evening.

Have you looked at nationalharbor.com for more ideas?

I bought breakfast items at the Potomac Gourmet Market (great wine and beer selection). CVS also has half and half milk and some groceries. The hotel is beautiful.
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I stayed at the Gaylord this August. Coffee in the Hotel was pricey (4.00), but there is a grocery store (Potomac Gourmet Market) not far with pastries and coffee much more reasonable. There is a coffeemaker in the room. I thought the area was very quaint. I ate at Ketchup, Cadillac Grill, and Rosa Mexicano. I did some great shopping, and felt very safe walking around both early morning and later in the evening.

Have you looked at nationalharbor.com for more ideas?

I bought breakfast items at the Potomac Gourmet Market (great wine and beer selection). CVS also has half and half milk and some groceries. The hotel is beautiful.
Coffee maker in room then I'm bringing my DnD coffee! LOL

I heard Ketchup is a good meal, what did you think?

What's Cadillac Grill ... Rosa Mexicano won't work for us -- 3 of us don't eat Mexican or any type of Spanish cuisine, my husband would though...

I will look at nationalharbor.com thanks!

CVS within walking distance, rather just park and walk if you know what I mean, as long as I'm paying $25.00 per night to park
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Coffee maker in room then I'm bringing my DnD coffee! LOL

I heard Ketchup is a good meal, what did you think?

What's Cadillac Grill ... Rosa Mexicano won't work for us -- 3 of us don't eat Mexican or any type of Spanish cuisine, my husband would though...

I will look at nationalharbor.com thanks!

CVS within walking distance, rather just park and walk if you know what I mean, as long as I'm paying $25.00 per night to park
My friend recently ate at Cadillac Grill. She wasn't overly impressed. I don't know what type of food it is--I'm sure their website will tell you all you need to know.

I saw on another thread that you are a "pizza and burgers" family. There is an Elevation Burger place there. I've heard good things about the place (it is a chain) but have yet to visit one.

Old Town Alexandria is nice and quaint and a good place to visit. There's lots of little non-chain restaurants there that I haven't been to in years so I won't /can't comment on them but maybe not worth worrying about since you aren't into the frou-frou stuff--although there is plenty of casual dining there. It's still worth a trip to walk around.
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Ketchup was a very fun place to eat, food was good, little pricey but yes National Harbor is very touristy, so it is to be expected. We went to Old Town Alexandria, and they have a Bertucci's there, very good food and you can call and pick up too! They do have a small grocery store, again abit pricey but we found food staples right at CVS. I hope you enjoy your stay there!
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