Melvin C. Hazen Park | Indique | Cleveland Park Bar and Grill | Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine | Zoo Bar Cafe

Melvin C. Hazen Park: A Charming Gateway Near Avalon at Gallery Place to Rock Creek Park

Melvin C. Hazen park isn't known for its sprawling lawns, but it's still a popular park in Washington, DC. That's because it features a path that feeds right into Rock Creek Park, a much higher-profile natural space in the city. Rock Creek Park boasts 1,700 acres of grass, trees, and wildlife, and you can easily get there for a long, leisurely run via the trail at Melvin C. Hazen Park.

Located not far from Avalon at Gallery Place, the park features a single path that locals seem to love. One Yelper posted a photo of the trail, which is lined with trees and green undergrowth. The canopies aren't so thick overhead that natural sunlight can't stream through, however, and the path usually is awash in the rays. Visitors also say that the trail rarely attracts a crowd, so it's a nice place to go for a secluded run—albeit, a quick one, given that it only measures about a mile long.

Melvin C. Hazen Park
Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 2008
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Indique Serves Unique Indian Cuisine Just a Short Distance From Avalon at Gallery Place in Washington

The owners of Indique combined the words India and unique to come up with the eatery's name. To see if this Washington, DC establishment lives up to its name, make the short trip from Avalon at Gallery Place to taste some of the dishes that regulars say are a result of spices and flavors blended together perfectly.

Chef K.N. Vinod is the mastermind behind the dishes such as the yogurt-marinated tandoori quail and the mussels a la Indique with Prince Edward Island mussels in a coconut milk broth. Don't forget to try the appam, a fermented rice bread with vegetarian or chicken stew. When it comes to tandoori, there are plenty of choices on the menu. Vegetarians will be glad to know that there is a selection of meat-free dishes available.

Indique
3512 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 244-6600
www.indique.com

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Enjoy the Game and a Rooftop View at Cleveland Park Bar and Grill Near Avalon at Gallery Place in Washington

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill is a neighborbood establishment with a few extra amenities. In fact, the rooftop patio is the main attraction at this Washington, D.C. eatery when the weather cooperates. Regulars insist that dining on the top floor and gazing at the Cleveland Park is the way to go here.

If there's a big game you want to watch, Cleveland Park Bar and Grill can accommodate all of the sports fans, too. The self-proclaimed sports bar, located just a short distance from Avalon at Gallery Place, broadcasts MLB, NHL, NFL, and NCAA games on the 27 televisions that are scattered throughout the establishment. Despite the setting and the atmosphere, the fare is considered to be a step above your average bar food. Check out the selection of wood-fired oven baked pizzas, which is a specialty here, and a variety of other Italian dishes. Of course, beer, cocktails, and wine are also on the menu.

Cleveland Park Bar and Grill
3421 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 806-8940
www.cpbargrill.com

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Enjoy a Healthy Meal at Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine, Near Avalon at Gallery Place in Washington

If you think about more than taste when it comes to Chinese food, you should think about dining at Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine. This Washington, DC eatery makes all of its dishes using organic ingredients. As a result, the fare here is not only well-prepared, but it's also on the healthier side. Make the short trip from Avalon at Gallery Place and dine in or eat out at this popular Chinese restaurant.

The dinner specials at Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine are quite popular thanks to the fact that they are reasonably priced. Try the shrimp with broccoli or the Mongolian pork. The vegetarians should check out meat-free dishes such as the kung pao tofu or the crispy eggplant. Also on the menu are a variety of rice, lo mein, and appetizer options. Start with the spring rolls or fried wontons before digging into your dinner, which is sure to be healthier than those at most other restaurants, considering the organic make-up of the meals.

Mr. Chen's Organic Chinese Cuisine
2604 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 797-9668
www.mrchens.com/new

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Zoo Bar Cafe Near Avalon at Gallery Place in Washington: Upscale American Cuisine with a Side of Jazz

Zoo Bar Cafe resides right across the street from the National Zoo on Connecticut Avenue, the institution from which Zoo Bar takes its name. Like the zoo, Zoo Bar Cafe exudes a friendly, laid-back vibe. Unlike the zoo, however, Zoo Bar serves up some upscale American food.

Make the short drive here from Avalon at Gallery Place to nibble on a few starters or enjoy a full meal. Appetizers include Buffalo wings, jalapeno poppers, sweet potato fries, and chips and salsa. Once you've whet your appetite, move on to the main course. Try parmesan chicken breast, filet of fish, an oven-baked Reuben sandwich, or beef brisket. You can also opt for a slightly larger entree, such as salmon steak with lemon butter, beef steak served with a baked potato, or stir fried chicken. While you dine, enjoy Zoo Bar Cafe's live blues and jazz music.

Zoo Bar Cafe
3000 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
www.zoobardc.com

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