Did you know that three alligators once lived in the White House? Crikey! Obviously, Washington D.C. is a spectacular place, and although there might not be any gators in the White House anymore, you can be sure there will be some interesting creatures roaming the streets of D.C. for the AVMA conference. 

While the conference has tons to offer, you might find yourself wondering what else there is to do while you’re in town. That is why we polled the employees of PetDesk to put together the best to-do list for you to check out while you’re in D.C. Enjoy!

What are you looking for?

Eat & Drink


440 K Street NW

Rated the best breakfast in D.C. by PetDesk’s very own Technology Consultant, Kayser. It is a coffee shop, bakery, and restaurant all in one. Kayser insists that their pastries are the best he has ever had, so if you try one be sure to let us know!

1818 14th Street NW

Do you want breakfast all day? If the answer is yes then swing on by Ted’s Bulletin! Ted’s is a classic American diner and seen as a staple in D.C.. If you’re feeling nostalgic, check out their homemade poptarts. Our Customer Success Manager, Emma, says they’re to die for!

450 K Street NW

Go for breakfast, leave with a book. Busboys and Poets is a place where you will not just feed your mind, but your body and soul as well. The menu selection is quite diverse – but Sam, our Director of Continued Education, promises you’ll be in heaven one bite into their french toast.

What are you looking for?

Eat & Drink

Lunch & Dinner

1207 9th Street NW

Home cooking at its finest! Unconventional Diner is the place to go if you’re missing mom’s famous fried chicken. Annemiek from Sales Operations absolutely raves about their pot pie poppers, so make sure someone at your table gets them!

1341 G Street NW

In the mood for something a bit more fancy? Look no further than Ocean Prime. Famous for their scallops and steak, this restaurant is a great place to take a date or friends. Be sure to save room for dessert! Branon, our Director of Strategic Partnerships, insists they are quite decadent.

523 8th Street SE

If you have never been to a Balkan restaurant before, now is your chance! According to Francine, PetDesk’s Implementation Specialist, their meat baked pie is an absolute must-try. She also said that all of their tapas are amazing, so feel free to order the lot!

What are you looking for?

Eat & Drink


1201 U Street NW

Yes you’re in D.C., and yes it is a tiki bar! Tom, our Senior Product Manager, is a huge fan of their happy hour. As you can see, the cups are adorable, and they’re even available for purchase!

613 Pennsylvania Ave SE

In D.C.? Want a drink? Want to drink outside? If the answers to all of these questions were yes then you must check out Barrel! The drinks are strong, and the atmosphere is cozy. Morgan, a PetDesk Customer Success Manager, highly recommends their watermelon cider – she says it is so refreshing on a hot summer night!

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What to Do in DC

900 Ohio Drive SW

The National Mall is a wonderful place to grab a friend, enjoy a picnic, or check out an outdoor festival. It is one of the most visited areas in Washington D.C., and should be at the top of your sightseeing list if you have never been. The PetDesk Operations Manager, Jose, highly recommends checking out at least one museum in this area!

700 L’Enfant Plaza SW

Beat the heat and get inside the International Spy Museum to check out all the gadgets and gear spy use around the world. Dedicated to espionage, this museum holds a lot more than old bones and statues. Vivian, a Customer Success Manager, is a big fan of the stories you get to learn about too!

Between 3rd and 9th Streets along Constitution Avenue NW

More art and more being indoors! Rejoice! This museum is free of charge and hosts a variety of different types of art. Our Agile Project Manager, Sara Ann, loves the east wing!

Multiple Providers

If you still have some energy leftover after visiting the show all day then you should be sure to get tickets to a guided night tour! These tours beat most of the crowds, and you don’t have to worry about sunscreen!

Are you attending the 2019 AVMA Convention?

The PetDesk team will be at Booth #6080 if you have any questions. Thinking about stopping by? Let us know, and we’ll be sure to save you a free gift that you can pick up at the show!

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