Well, a story on the msnbc website, reminded us that we need to bring toilet paper and handwarmers to Inauguration, and that it would also be a good idea to have meal reservations. Their site linked to a terrific piece on Time's website, which provides a link to DC restaurants.
The online service to make reservations is OpenTable.com, which we've used in the past. It's really efficient, reliable and easy to use. It also allows you to "invite guests" by choosing a graphic theme for the email, customizing the text you send, and including the date/time/location, plus a link to the restaurant. It's really pretty slick.
Anyway, I searched for restaurants and found a reservation! My search criteria were according to these priorities:
- Map...we don't want to have to walk too far or search too hard to find it. And, we need a nearby Metro station for getting back to our hotel.
- Menu...my daughter has slightly different tastes than I do (healthier, actually) and needs her salads and fruits and vegetables.
- Time...we want enough time to see all of the Inaugural activities, but don't want to wait toooo long, as we'll probably be famished.
Our reservation is at Tuscana West at 4:45. Yum.