dc essential eats
For my city guides, I try to have a mix of everything - new restaurants, iconic venues, and tourist spots worth a visit. These will range from casual cafes for breakfast to suit jacket fine dining. As with all guides, it is not exhaustive but hopefully full of wonderful recommendations that will help you make the most of your visit! Here's what I love in DC:
Create your own Neapolitan pizza plus beer & wine, in a hip space.
2221 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
Hip grab-&-go serving a rotating roster of donuts & creative renditions of fried chicken.
1308 G Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
Red Apron Butcher
Sandwich shop, gourmet market & butchery with locally sourced meats plus breakfast & lunch fare.
709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Wiseguy NY Pizza
New York-inspired pizzeria featuring classic thin-crust pies, plus Junior's cheesecake.
300 Massachusetts Ave NW #1, Washington, DC 20001
Old Ebbit Grill
Iconic tavern offering American meals, including popular oyster specials, in Victorian-style digs.
675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Sophisticated Italian seafood in a luxe, modern setting with river views.
3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Popular but snug Asian-fusion eatery known for ramen noodle soups, dumplings, sake & cocktails.
1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Cute bakery specializing in classic & unique flavors of gourmet donuts
749 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Modern Greek restaurant features open rotisserie grills & shareable plates.
2201 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Eclectic New American tapas menu crafted in a cozy, converted townhouse
717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
Bub & Pops
Warmly decorated nook serving up handcrafted hoagies
1815 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Tiny, longtime take-out spot, serving classic Greek fare.
1120 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
A cozy, transporting enclave specializing in Filipino dishes
3226 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Warehouse-like food market with a host of artisans offering charcuterie, empanadas, gelato & more.
1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Japanese noodle soups ladled out in casual, funky digs
705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Bustling brasserie serves classic French fare
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
This sleek & modern eatery showcases spicy Laotian dishes with an exotic twist.
3462 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010
Low-key spot for hamburgers with gourmet add-ons, sandwiches, boozy shakes
449 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Chef José Andrés' light, airy mainstay offers Eastern Mediterranean small plates
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Intimate & dark, serving an innovative set menu of Northern-Thailand specialties.
1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Upscale restaurant serving Ethiopian cuisine in a sleek, elegant setting.
401 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002