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The Pig is a must visit for pork lovers in Washington DC. This restaurant in Logan Circle advocates a nose-to-tail culinary philosophy and specializes in creative renditions of pork. It sources its meat from La Plata MD, its local farm, and features specialties with global influences like barbecue pigtails, bratwurst, Cuban porchetta and cider braised cheek. Their sausage board and pig platters are great when paired with wine, sake or champagne from their beverage list. Other contemporary dishes include salad and seafood. Their pork blood chocolate pudding deserves a special mention. This place is ideal for hosting private parties and events.
"Tiny Jewel Box" are the last words one would use to describe this store, which dubs itself “a Washington treasure.” It contains several floors, each devoted to particular merchandise. The top floor is reserved for customers with a private appointment. The jewelry here is exquisite and of the highest quality, as are the myriad crystal objects like the fragile vases and candlesticks. The exquisite antique and vintage jewelry is sure to make you sigh with longing. Among these classics find stunning creations by designers Paul Morelli and Alex Sepkus. Precious coffee mugs and children's sweaters are available too.
Serving two of the country's favorite comfort foods under a single roof is Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken. The donuts and chicken are prepared fresh daily and served with a smile. While the menu prominently features the classic buttermilk fried chicken, a sriracha and spicy garlic blend is offered up as well for those favoring spice. The donut selection changes daily, featuring delicious flavors like peanut butter & jelly, maple bacon, crème brûlée, caramel macchiato and s'mores. Whether you come for the chicken, the donuts, or both, you will surely leave Astro with a big smile on your face.
Bossa provides an atmosphere of unique live music from across the globe. Art lines the walls, and poetry fills the venue every second Monday. Live music can be heard every night, and weekends in the upstairs lounge bring out eclectic crowds who move to world grooves. The menu takes inspiration from Italy and Brazil, and is known for its heady flavors.
Red Apron Butchery has a golden rule: to serve the highest quality meat to the customers visiting them. An for the last many years, they have been incredibly successful in doing so. The butchery has a whole army of cured meats waiting to be taken home, made into sandwiches and devoured. You can also purchase sandwiches and sides at the counter, or pick up some beautifully cut and locally-sourced lamb, beef, pork, or chicken to cook at home.
Ship's Hatch bills itself as "Washington's Nautical Store." Nautical fanatics will find a nice selection of ship's clocks, nautical antiques, ship's wheels, t-shirts, lanterns, barometers, books and ship models among many other interesting things at this store. The store carries official United States Navy hats in addition to sweatshirts, polos, and jackets, available with various military insignias and ship names.
Inspired by Chinese street food carrying the same name, Mala Tang simply serves this hot and spicy broth special, a popular dish from Sichuan. Comprised of vegetables, meat and a garlic-sesame oil concoction which is brewed to form a searing soup, this dish is a crowd-pleaser. Diners can choose their add-ons such as dan dan noodles, pork dumplings, tofu or wontons. Accompany it with sake, flavored tea or fine spirits, forming a complete meal. Check out for the chilli signs on the menu and order accordingly.
Busboys and Poets is more than your local neighborhood cafe. Its unique name finds inspiration in the life of Langston Hughes, whose poetic recognition was realized during his stint as a busboy. Iraqi-American, Anas "Andy" Shallal, launched the first branch of this restaurant chain in 2005 as a melting pot of thoughts of artists, writers, activists and those in pursuit of social change. This eclectic space is a platform for community empowerment. Trade the mundane for an inspiring conversation over coffee, an engaging poetry reading, or to marvel at the rotational art exhibition. The menu features timeless favorites like burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, pasta and paninis, including vegan and vegetarian alternatives, that complement inventive cocktails and premium libations.