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Vox Conversations 2016: Where to Eat Nearby

Dinner recommendations for conference-goers

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Eater's sister site Vox.com will host its first-ever conference, Vox Conversations, this Wednesday and Thursday, September 21 and 22. The conference — about ideas that will shape the future — has no panels and no pre-set schedule, instead allowing participants to raise topics for discussion and for conversations to follow their own momentum. Read more about it here.

Vox Conversations will be held in D.C.'s Penn Quarter; here's where to eat dinner nearby.

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Hill Country Barbecue Market

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This DC outpost of the New York BBQ staple is your best bet for barbecue favorites. The casual setting allows you to select a range of BBQ meats and southern sides. Don't miss the brisket and the wings.

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The Partisan

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The Partisan, a sexy red-and-black hued Penn Quarter bar, is a triple threat because wine, beer and cocktails all compete for patrons' attention. Beer director Greg Engert's beer list focuses on sours–the buzziest beer style of the moment–while Brent Kroll's wine list challenges palates with rare pours like Lambrusco, orange wine, and wines from lesser known regions like Greece and Serbia. Cocktails are dark and broody like the "Rise Above," with rye, aquavit, Cardamaro, Cocchi Americano and salt.

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There's something dreamlike about the setting at Jose Andres' barmini outfitted in striking white with wild accents like a cactus couch. The cocktail lab where reservations are recommended has a thick book of more than 100 classic and experimental cocktails. Part of the fun is watching bartenders use cutting-edge technology and general wizardry to craft drinks right in front of patrons. Some change color, others arrive still smoking, and cotton candy may very well be an ingredient. Small snacks that appeal to gourmands are also available.

Penn Quarter is Jose Andres country and Jaleo is the original of many longtime neighborhood staples. Visit for the croquetas, tomato bread with manchego, patatas bravas and other seasonal specials. Not a fan of Spanish food? Andres' Zaytinya (Mediterranean) and Oyamel (Mexican) are also within walking distance.

China Chilcano

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Another Jose Andres staple featuring a combination of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines. Stop in for a festive dinner amongst colorful decor and make sure to order the ceviches and chifa.

Rasika is DC's best Indian restaurant. Reservations are hard to come by, but worth the wait with dishes like black cod, palak chat, and dal, though generally it's hard to go wrong. After undergoing renovations in 2015, the environment is just as satisfying as the food.

Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

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Fabbio Trabocci's first DC restaurant is a great place to splurge on delectable Italian fare. Go for the homemade pastas, roasted seafood and, of course, pair with a Negroni.

701 Restaurant

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Ahsok Bajoj's elegant restaurant is a known dining destination for DC's power-players. This is the perfect atmosphere for a classy dinner featuring fish entrees, pastas, and interesting desserts.

Hill Country Barbecue Market

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This DC outpost of the New York BBQ staple is your best bet for barbecue favorites. The casual setting allows you to select a range of BBQ meats and southern sides. Don't miss the brisket and the wings.

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The Partisan

The Partisan, a sexy red-and-black hued Penn Quarter bar, is a triple threat because wine, beer and cocktails all compete for patrons' attention. Beer director Greg Engert's beer list focuses on sours–the buzziest beer style of the moment–while Brent Kroll's wine list challenges palates with rare pours like Lambrusco, orange wine, and wines from lesser known regions like Greece and Serbia. Cocktails are dark and broody like the "Rise Above," with rye, aquavit, Cardamaro, Cocchi Americano and salt.

Barmini

There's something dreamlike about the setting at Jose Andres' barmini outfitted in striking white with wild accents like a cactus couch. The cocktail lab where reservations are recommended has a thick book of more than 100 classic and experimental cocktails. Part of the fun is watching bartenders use cutting-edge technology and general wizardry to craft drinks right in front of patrons. Some change color, others arrive still smoking, and cotton candy may very well be an ingredient. Small snacks that appeal to gourmands are also available.

Jaleo

Penn Quarter is Jose Andres country and Jaleo is the original of many longtime neighborhood staples. Visit for the croquetas, tomato bread with manchego, patatas bravas and other seasonal specials. Not a fan of Spanish food? Andres' Zaytinya (Mediterranean) and Oyamel (Mexican) are also within walking distance.

China Chilcano

Another Jose Andres staple featuring a combination of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines. Stop in for a festive dinner amongst colorful decor and make sure to order the ceviches and chifa.

Rasika

Rasika is DC's best Indian restaurant. Reservations are hard to come by, but worth the wait with dishes like black cod, palak chat, and dal, though generally it's hard to go wrong. After undergoing renovations in 2015, the environment is just as satisfying as the food.

Fiola da Fabio Trabocchi

Fabbio Trabocci's first DC restaurant is a great place to splurge on delectable Italian fare. Go for the homemade pastas, roasted seafood and, of course, pair with a Negroni.

701 Restaurant

Ahsok Bajoj's elegant restaurant is a known dining destination for DC's power-players. This is the perfect atmosphere for a classy dinner featuring fish entrees, pastas, and interesting desserts.

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