Faves and raves by
Gerry Widdicombe is director of economic development for the Downtown D.C. Business Improvement District, a nonprofit that helps maintain and revitalize a 138-block area in the heart of D.C.
NUMBER OF YEARS IN D.C. AREA: 41
NEIGHBORHOOD: Kalorama Triangle
- Hayley Peterson
1. FAVORITE NEIGHBORHOOD HANGOUT
Jaleo, a Spanish tapas restaurant in Chinatown
2. BEST MODE OF TRANSPORTATION
3. FAVORITE LOCAL SPORTS EVENT
Girls and Boys High School City Championship Basketball Game at the Verizon Center
4. BEST PLACE FOR LIVE MUSIC
The 9:30 Club, especially with a VIP pass
5. BEST PLACE FOR OUT-OF-TOWN VISITORS
The Lincoln Memorial at night
6. FAVORITE MUSEUM
The Portrait Gallery, and especially watching my nieces and nephews sliding in the courtyard fountain
7. MOST ROMANTIC SPOT
Bishop's Garden at the Washington National Cathedral
8. FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND A LAZY SUNDAY
A long bike ride on the Capital Crescent or Potomac River bike trails
9. BEN'S CHILI BOWL, OLD EBBITT GRILL OR CAFE MILANO?
Ben's Chili Bowl
10. BEST OUT-OF-TOWN RETREAT
11. BEST INSIDE-THE-BELTWAY RETREAT
The left field bleachers at Nationals Park
12. BEST BREAKFAST SPOT
The Waffle Shop -- now moved a few storefronts down into the Lincoln House across 10th Street from Ford's Theatre.
13. PROUDEST PART OF LIVING IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
The culture and entertainment scene, and especially the Woolly Mammoth Theatre. In full disclosure, I am the board treasurer of the Woolly Mammoth.
14. EMBARRASSING PART OF LIVING IN D.C.
The undeveloped sections of town that should have been developed long ago in a sustainable manner that would support a diverse city.
15. FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
I do not drink coffee, but I enjoy an afternoon Coca-Cola at the outdoor cafe at Brasserie Beck (1101 K St. NW).