In honor of our new blog header, here’s a list of things to make your life easier when you come to DC for The Cable Show ’09.
Where to Eat
- Serious Eats wrote up a great list of places to hit while in DC.
- Chowhound (DC Metro Area Board) – A local message board where people discuss and recommend where and where not to go to.
- OpenTable.com– Need to make a reservation? OpenTable.com lists over 300 of DC’s fine dining establishments.
We asked followers of The Cable Show’s Twitter stream what were some of their favorite places to go to that are near the Washington Convention Center and here are some of their favorites:
- Acadiana – Do you enjoy Creole and Cajun cuisine? Do you miss the food that you had while you were at The Cable Show ’08 in New Orleans? Well, Acadiana can certainly quench that craving you’ve been having. They serve an upscale take on Creole food and their Executive Chef, Brant Tesky, won accolades as a Chef at Windsor Court Hotel’s Grill Room. Word of advice, when you go, order the charbroiled oysters.
- Location: 901 New York Avenue, NW. Corner of 9th and New York. About a block from the Convention Center.
- Brasserie Beck – Now I really did not want to share this tidbit, but this place is a definite do not miss while you are in DC. This remarkable restaurant, just steps away from the Convention Center, specializes in Belgian bistro food and Belgian beer. They even have a Beer Sommelier, that’s how serious they take their beer. I recommend everything here. Sorry, can’t be too much more specific than that as everything I tried here (from mussels to the chauctuerie board to the desserts) have been tasty.
- Location: 1101 K Street NW. Corner of 11th and K. A short hop away from the Convention Center.
- Proof – If wine is more of your thing than Belgian beers, make sure to make a reservation at Proof. One of DC’s top Wine Directors, Sebastian Zutant, has put together a wonderful and exploratory selection of wines. Oh and the food (think bistro) is just as excellent. I recommend the Ahi Tuna Tartare and the Miso Glazed Alaskan Sablefish.
- Location: 775 G Street NW. Corner of 7th and G – Across from the Verizon Center.
(Thank you to all that sent some great tips via Twitter. Make sure to follow The Cable Show on Twitter at www.twitter.com/cableshow.)
Where to Sleep
You want to stay at a hotel near the Washington Convention Center and take advantage of some cheap rates? Well make sure to book your hotel room through The Cable Show. It’s the only way to gain access to the housing blocks we have at the closet hotels. Visit the Cable Show ’09 website to see the most up-to-date information on hotel room availability. Make sure to have your hotel registration completed by February 27th.
Hotel Video Tours
We have a new series of videos on YouTube.com that highlights some of the hotels with Cable Show ’09 room blocks. First video that we released is on the Fairmont Hotel. Make sure to watch our video series and figure out where you want to stay.
How to Get Around
Besides taking a Cable Show sponsored bus shuttle from your hotel to the Washington Convention Center, DC offers several ways to get around. One of the easiest ways is to walk to The Washington Convention Center is convientely located next to a Metro stop and is on the Yellow/Green Line.
- Metro Planner – Washington, DC’s Metro website has an easy to use trip planner that shows you which train to take to get you to your destination on time.
- Walk It– With the Washington Convention Center’s central location, you might find yourself wanting to walk it rather than drive it to area attractions. Visit Google Maps’ and use their handy walking directions module to find your way around the city.
If you have any recommendations or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments or tweet us @cableshow.