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Mid-Atlantic Dental Meeting: Explore Washington, D.C.

The Mid-Atlantic Dental Meeting arrives in Washington D.C. on May 5 and concludes on May 6. For doctors who are attending, Spring is an ideal time to visit the District. Temperatures tend to be tamer, and flowers and trees will be in full bloom. While you’re in town, here’s where you’ll want to spend your time, including bars, restaurants and museums.
Candyce H. Stapen
PUBLISHED: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
At Arlington National Cemetery, across Memorial Bridge in Virginia, hundreds of thousands of people who served the United States are buried. Watching the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier always re-enforces the solemnity and seriousness of war. Other famous gravesites there include those of John F. Kennedy; his widow, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis; and Robert F. Kennedy. 
The District blooms with interesting places to eat, ranging from Michelin two-star dining rooms to spicy cheap eats at food trucks. The recent Michelin Guide awarded stars to 12 area restaurants, and an additional 19 eateries made Michelin’s Bib Gourmand list, which features the best moderately priced eateries.
Chef Aaron Silverman, known for his playful and unlikely combinations of ingredients, features a 13-course tasting menu at two-Michelin-starred Pineapple and Pearls. At his casual, one-starred Rose’s Luxury, tables can be had only by lining up in advance. Usually, you need to be there by 3 p.m. or so for the beginning of the dinner seating at 5 p.m. Professional line sitters—yes, they exist—hold the places of those who can’t or won’t queue up.
Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola, a noted Italian restaurant, received one Michelin star. His Fiola Mare, even without a Michelin star, rates as one of  the District’sbest restaurants and the dining room comes with a Potomac River view. The one-star Blue Duck Tavern serves seasonal and innovative American cuisine. Chef Nick Stefanelli’s Masseria, also the recipient of one Michelin star, plates memorable Italian cuisine. Diners choose either a four- or five-course meal or a six-course tasting menu. Zaytinya, among Michelin’s Bib Gourmand recommendations, serves savory Greek/Mediterranean tapas near the Verizon Center.
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Sometimes when exploring a museum, it’s most convenient to eat there. Mitsitam Cafe, at the National Museum of the American Indian, and Sweet Home Café, at the National Museum of African American History and Culture, rate as two of the best Smithsonian cafeterias. Mitsitam (which means “let’s eat” in the language of the Piscataway and Delaware peoples) serves Native American tacos, fry bread, squash, grilled salmon, and other traditional foods. Sweet Home features African American-influenced fare from the Creole Coast, the agricultural South, the industrial North, and the West.  Entrees often include Gulf shrimp over grits, buttermilk-fried chicken, and pan-roasted rainbow trout. Desserts can be sweet potato pie and praline bread pudding with bourbon caramel sauce.
To stretch your budget, get lunch at one of the many food trucks. Fill up on homemade stuffed pockets at DC Empanadas, tasty pizza at DC Slices, and for snacks, try the ice-cream sandwiches, cookies and milk from Captain Cookie and the Milk Man. Track the moving feast online at Food Truck Fiesta (
For D.C. nightlife, think theater. Two noted companies offer innovative takes on the Bard, as well as other productions. The Shakespeare Theatre hosts “Macbeth” from April 25 through May 28, and the intimate Folger Theatre presents a program of medieval troubadours’ songs and poetry April 28 to 30, followed by Shakespeare’s “Timon of Athens,” May 9 to June 11. 
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