Collected by Em Elledge
717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Chef/owner Aaron Silverman's farmhouse restaurant, in the heart of Barracks Row, serves creative (and Michelin-starred) cooking inspired by his travels and culinary training in the American South, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia....
1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Le Diplomate brings France’s chic bistro culture to D.C.’s trendy U Street Corridor. Upon entering through its bright blue door frame, the high ceilings, antique decor, and bread-cart centerpiece will have you checking for your...
1550 7th St NW A, Washington, DC 20001, USA
“The Thai chef, Aschara Vigsittaboot, makes classic dishes with extra-authentic ingredients. Where else can you ﬁnd duck curries? No other place in town.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District.of...
1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Nestled in charming Bloomingdale, the rustic Red Hen is a golden egg of D.C.’s dining scene. Chef/owner Michael Friedman (also of All Purpose Pizza) has created an inviting home for culinary pleasures like the cool taste of soft, bulbous...
1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
The Tabard Inn is delightfully historic and creaky, with corridors and staircases that make the place seem endless. (The inn opened its doors to guests in 1922.) You can dine in the cosy basement restaurant or out on the courtyard patio. It's a...
1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
From its humble beginnings at the corner of 11th St. and Florida Ave NW in 1944, DC's oldest soul food restaurant has welcomed longtime residents, tourists, transplants, as well as sports, entertainment, and political figures made evident by the...
1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
If you're in the northwest area of D.C., and looking for good food with fresh ingredients, or for some unhealthy beignets that are simply excellent, then check out Founding Farmers. I started out eating on the healthy side, with an egg white...
3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Like its sister restaurant Founding Farmers, the Georgetown Waterfront restaurant evokes Americana, farmhouse tradition, and seasonality in both menu and atmosphere. The weekend buffet-style brunches are a keeper that includes breakfast tacos,...
1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Sunday brunch at Perry’s is not your usual run-of-the-mill affair. Yes, there is an all-you-can-eat buffet bar filled with typical brunch fare. Yes, there are the usual boozy drinks to go with your brunch meal. Yes, there is music piped over...
225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
This longtime Eastern Market counter restaurant draws neighborhood residents and visitors every Saturday morning with their "Bluebucks." Long queues are the norm to get a stack of three light and fluffy blueberry buckwheat pancakes slathered with...
505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Brothers Mark and Ty Neal built Ted's Bulletin as an homage to their father, who loved to feed his family, his friends, his neighbors, and random passersby. The restaurant is a comfortable 1930s-style American diner serving up classy takes on...
1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
This friendly and upbeat market and pub situated east of Dupont Circle is a nod to DC native and chef Alex McCoy's early days of living amongst the eclectic atmosphere and cuisines of East London. Featuring a rotating seasonal menu featuring...
5035 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Washington, D.C. natives Matt and Jena Carr and chef Anne Alfano opened this coffeehouse and market to pay homage to the Portland, Oregon, hangout Little Red Bike Café. Not only did the Carrs replicate the café's concept, but they also copied its...
1046, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
Sandwiched between the White House, the U.S. Treasury Department, and the Willard Hotel, this legendary spot since 1906 has catered to visitors, power brokers, celebrities, sports icons, and literary figures with its stellar food and service....
1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
I'm meeting my friend for brunch at Café Bonaparte. I stroll up to the northern side of Georgetown—the part that feels more like a quaint neighborhood than the frenzied, tourist area near M Street. The space is long and narrow, simply decorated...
3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
This French brasserie located in Clarendon gives off a comfortable atmosphere with cozy tables, a bustling café and bar, and handsome black-and-white photos adorning its walls. French and German cuisine from the Alsace-Lorraine region dominate the...
3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
This split-level Clarendon tavern and upstairs dining room puts a creative spin on modern American cuisine with its rustic seasonal menu and well-priced wine and beer lists. Breads, pasta, sausages, and desserts are made in-house, and many...
Washington, DC, USA
There's often a line at this food truck (they also go to Maryland and Virginia) but their super-fresh lobster rolls are worth the wait. Go either Connecticut-style (warm and buttery) or Maine-style (chilled with homemade lemon-based mayo) with a...
1339 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Dangerously Delicious Pies was the first DC restaurant to spawn a food truck. Renamed The Pie Truck, one can score some sweet slices such as Apple, Peach, and their signature Baltimore Bomb (vanilla chess pie topped with berger cookies, a...
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is an independent bookstore popular for its knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings, occasional trivia nights, and a café that's been serving organic fare since...
1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
One of Washington's most beloved independent bookstores, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café is just as much a D.C. institution as the city's historic monuments. Opened in 1976, Kramerbooks was the first bookstore/café in the United...
2467 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Idle Time Books has been an Adams Morgan fixture since 1981 and carries a quality selection of used, recent, and out-of-print books, as well as vintage greeting cards, newspapers, records, and CDs. The best way to explore this little gem of a...
2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
When I lived in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, I would go to Second Story to check their sales carts. I still love spending time here, especially as the store has been cleaned up and the collections much better organized. You can find current...
657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Capitol Hill Books looks more like a hoarder's basement than a bookstore. It's not the best place to pick up the latest bestseller, but it is exceptional for its collection of rare books, as well as its snarky, not-so-subtle opinions about various...
101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA
Established in 1800, the Library of Congress is the oldest federal institution in the United States. The library was destroyed by British troops just 14 years after its conception, and Congress used Thomas Jefferson’s collection of 6,487...
3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
Established in 1925 in the diverse Mount Pleasant neighborhood, this public library was one of three in DC funded by the steel magnate Andrew Carnegie and is the third oldest public library still in use in the city. Today, over 50,000 books and...
1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
The National Geographic Museum always has fascinating exhibits, and I love museums. When I saw the exhibit titled "America I Am: A look into the African Diaspora and its contributions to America," I knew I had to go. Always a popular venue, there...
3120 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
Dumbarton Oaks Garden, the onetime country estate of Mildred and Robert Bliss, is a delightful place to retreat for a few hours. You'll find it at the highest point of the elegant Georgetown neighborhood. Landscape architect Beatrix Farrand...
223 S Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA
This is not your mama’s coffee shop—though your mama would still love the wide selection of Counter Culture coffees and botanical teas. Other things to love include everything on the menu (I couldn’t get enough of the sausage gravy and Ashe County...
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