The second you step into Los Hermanos, the smell of delicious home cooked Dominican food will overwhelm your senses. Located in Columbia Heights, this spacious buffet style restaurant is ideal for the hungry diner - with an option to pick a rice, side and meat, you can choose everything from fish with coconut sauce and stewed beef, to oxtail and goat. The portions are huge compared to the small price, and the service is prompt and efficient.
Want to have a bite of the world famous Middle Eastern delicacy, falafel? Head to Amsterdam Falafelshop, where you can enjoy these delicious treats at a reasonable price. The restaurant offers a variety of toppings which you can sprinkle over the pita bread and falafel. You can create a falafel perfectly suited to your taste! For a quick meal at a great price, this eatery is one of the city's favorites.
A cute little gem located in upper Georgetown, this is the perfect place to fulfil your Vietnamese food cravings without breaking the bank. On top of an impressive selection of banh mi, with the barbecue pork belly being the most popular, there are also a plethora of vermicelli and rice options, as well as pho and vegetarian dishes that are jam packed with flavor. Delicious food aside, the service is impeccable - the staff is always ready with a smile, and the quaint interior brings to mind a comfy home.
What had formerly started as a popular food truck, District Taco has since evolved into an equally beloved restaurant that serves authentic Mexican fare at an affordable price. For breakfast, opt for the tacos with egg, cheese, and potatoes. For lunch and dinner, don't miss the famous Burrito Mojado, a spicy powerhouse of black beans, cheese, rice, sour cream and fantastic Salsa de Chile. Round out your meals with a side of rich guacamole, or their house special tangy garlic-lime rice. This particular Metro Center location is spacious but especially packed during lunch hours, so be sure to time your visits to beat the rush.
Rasika combines old and new in a most striking manner. So grab a table and order up a selection of your favorites, and rest assured that they'll be made with ingredients fresher and more flavorful than at your dingy neighborhood joint. After you dine, settle into the lounge and while away the rest of the night with a cocktail or four.
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.
Sweetgreen is a haven for salad fanatics. Known for their healthy delectable food and excellent core values, Sweetgreen sources local and organic ingredients from farmers to create simple and pure authentic flavors. You have the option of either creating your own salad, or choosing from one of their many specialty bowls. The Strawberries + Local Feta is a definite favorite among customers, with its fat juicy strawberries and fresh arugula leaves, as well as the Blueberry + Basil Fresca, which mixes savory and sweet with plump blueberries and a touch of ginger. This particular location at Logan Circle boasts a charming patio area and a sleek wooden interior that serves as the perfect backdrop for a quaint lunch with friends.
Chances are you will get duped by the name, for Duke's Grocery is an East London inspired gastropub! This bi-level space has a laid-back vibe to it and you can enjoy their happy hours with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Their ever changing menu consists of tasty sandwiches, charcuterie, shared plates, salads and soups. Their market-driven fare will definitely keep you guessing what's on for the day. It is a nice spot to hangout with your friends.
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.
Named after the legendary Russian damsel Mari Vanna who is said to have been the perfect hostess, Mari Vanna restaurant is a popular dining place in Washington. Drop by for a night of revelry in true Russian style. The menu boasts traditional specials like Pelmeni, Black Caviar, Smoked Fish and Chicken Kiev. Drinks and libations are also served in plenty. At night, live music and talented DJs enthrall the audience and keep them captivated.
Lincoln is more than just an American restaurant, it celebrates the very spirit of the United States. It was the restaurant of choice for both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama during their presidential campaigns. It has also received numerous awards for its happy hours. Its flooring is constructed from antique wood dotted by a mosaic of a million pennies. Its walls exhibit pop art and a painting of the American flag. Their Presidential Tasting Menu offers the preferred dishes of Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Savor items like Winter Turkey Salad, Maryland Smoked Quail and Chicken Pot Pie. Do not miss their cocktails such as the 1944 Mai Tai and Gettysburg Address.
Located in Dupont Circle, Luna Grill and Diner has been serving patrons diner fare since 1970. It's a diner with a casual atmosphere done right, although the floors could use more regular attention. The friendly staff are eager to help you with your choices, whether that be a burger, breakfast, or turkey with mashed potatoes. Try the French fries. Specials change daily, and there are even early bird ones. In the evenings, a full bar helps to wash down the greasy spoon delights. Luna gets busy during the lunchtime rush, but is usually worth the wait. Save room for dessert. - Wynne Boelt