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717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Chef/owner Aaron Silverman's farmhouse restaurant, in the heart of Barracks Row, serves creative cooking inspired by his travels and culinary training in the American South, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia. Notable dishes include...
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1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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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...
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1550 7th St NW A, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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“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....
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1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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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...
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1739 N St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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What I love about the Tabard Inn is that most D.C. visitors and transplants have never heard of it, yet this place requires a brunch reservation 2 weeks in advance. The Tabard Inn is historic and creaky. The corridors are lined with quirky rooms...
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1100 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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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...
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1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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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...
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3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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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,...
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1811 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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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...
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225 7th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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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...
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505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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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...
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1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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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...
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5035 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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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...
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1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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I've visited Belgian cafes across this country, and I liked this one quite a bit. With waffle brunches, pastries, and beer, they cover the whole food experience. The service has a hipster edge (and was somewhat lackadaisical), so don't go when in...
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1046, 1475 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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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....
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1303 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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When it opened in 1987, Paolo's, located in the heart of Georgetown, quickly became the place to dine for lunch, cocktails, and dinner. Today, the restaurant still bustles with energy and exceptional offerings of traditional Italian fare fused...
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1522 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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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...
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3100 Washington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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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...
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3195 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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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...
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1314 1/2 9th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Chef Dan O’Brien spends his days taking the finest of locally sourced ingredients and transforming them into the most delectable of foods including pantry items like sauces, fruit butters, pickles, and condiments. He then stocks his pantry shelves...
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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...
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1339 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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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...
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5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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A D.C. fixture since it opened in 1984, Politics and Prose is a much-loved independent bookstore. Even as the larger chain bookstores began to shutter in the '90s, this place thrived. The knowledgeable staff, author readings and book signings...
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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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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...
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2467 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
Idle Time Books is a long standing fixture in the Adams Morgan neighborhood having been in operation since 1981. Although it’s a small store, Idle Time carries a sizeable selection of quality used, recent and out-of-print books, as well as vintage...
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2000 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
I think I’m one of the few people on the planet who does not own a Kindle. Don’t get me wrong, I read plenty of content online but when it comes to books, I’m old school – I like to run my fingers across the covers, feel the pages and actually be...
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657 C St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
Like many people these days, I do a lot of my reading either online or on an electronic device of some sort. But every now and again, I have the urge to open up a book and thumb through the pages. I especially love the soft feel of worn pages and...
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101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540, USA
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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...
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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...
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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...
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3120 R St NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
When the weather in Washington, D.C., is delightfully sunny and dry, I can think of no better way to spend an afternoon than at Dunbarton Oaks Gardens. Tucked away in the highest point of this elegant neighborhood, you'll find the onetime "country...
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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...