Praline Bakery & Bistro is a fine place that offers grubs for any ages and tastes since April 2006. The ambiance is cool and casual to hang out at. The bakery has a fantastic variety of macaroons, pistachio chocolate croissant, coffees, cakes and pastries. The delectable French cuisine is much appreciated for a good meal, at any time of the day. Private parties and gathering are accommodated in the restaurant too for memorable moments. Call ahead for more details, or check out their website.
Il Canale is your quintessential Neapolitan pizzeria. Nestled in Georgetown, this restaurant serves delectable cuisine from the southern regions of Italy. The restaurant offers authentic Neapolitan pizzas, made of thin crust topped with tomatoes from San Marzano and mozzarella along with the usual herbs and sauces. Freshly prepared, these thin crust pies are made using a wood-fired oven imported from Italy. Guests can enjoy the rooftop deck when the weather is nice and take in the serene view of the C&O Canal.
Acqua Al 2 DC is a great place to visit if you would like to taste some delectable flavors from Florence, Italy. The restaurant, established in 2010 by friends Ari Gejdenson and Ralph Lee, is a recreation of the original Florence restaurant that was set up in 1978. This restaurant in Washington, DC, is beautifully decorated in hues of brown with a yellow lighting covering the room in its warmth. Guests can dine on Italian meals on the breezy patio, while dining on pretty wrought iron tables and surrounded by colorful plants.
Cava Mezze offers generous portions of Greek culinary fare like gyros, tzatziki and taramosalata or salmon. Keeping its Greek roots alive, the restaurant firmly believes in incorporating traditional Greek spices and condiments like olive oil, pepper, oregano and lemon into each one of its recipes. The specialties include lamb shanks, moussaka and short ribs. Remember to leave room for the baklava at the end of the meal. The ambiance is trendy and low lighting adds to the appeal.
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.
Located in the heart of Penn Quarter, Cedar offers locals a modern establishment to dine in. The chef uses his experience to create delectable dishes that beautifully blend together American and French flavors. Cedar loves surprising their guests with a menu that changes seasonally. The preparations use the best ingredients the season has to offer to create tantalizing fares. Those who would like to enjoy their drink and unwind can do so at the lounge that is open late into the night. Their brunch is also highly recommended.
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.
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