Founding Farmers offers fresh food straight from the farm in its elegant ambiance. The menu features typical American favorites of salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers, steaks, meat and poultry dishes. Try out the signature dishes of Yankee pot roast, farmers meatloaf and rotisserie chicken. Weekday mornings guests can enjoy a nutritious breakfast. On weekends visit for a delectable brunch fare like hearty egg scrambles, thick Belgian waffles, fluffy pancakes and more.
Lyon Hall is a quintessential neighborhood brasserie in Arlington. It features an unrivaled beer list with over 20 on tap and over 50 bottled brews on offer. Enjoy a chilled pint with delectable bar fare. German and French classics dominate the menu with the likes of pretzels and steak frites. A packed house and energetic vibes during their weekend brunch reveals its local favorite status.
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.
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.
An old vending machine warehouse on Capitol Hill, almost a century old, was transformed into a refined bistro known as Matchbox. Matchbox is renowned for serving pizzas made in wood-fired brick ovens. This restaurant on Capitol Hill is covered in wooden furnishings surrounded by brick walls, giving it an elegant vintage ambiance. Try out their signature Matchbox Meat pizza covered with bacon, pepperoni and sausage submerged in alluring gooey cheese. Guests can chose to dine on the patio while watching the world pass by.
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.
Nazca Mochica is a Peruvian restaurant located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington DC offering modern interpretations of classic Peruvian delights in a warm and comfortable setting. The restaurant is spread over two floors featuring a pisco bar with tapas, and an upstair dining area. The lower floor lounge serves a variety of handcrafted Pisco-based cocktails, carefully curated spirits and a notable list of Cebiches. The Cebiche Nazca, Cebiche de Pato and Lomo Saltado are some of their signature dishes on the menu. If you're looking forward to a mouthwatering Latin-American meal, Nazca Mochica is the place to be.
Situated adjacent to the Mason and Rook Hotel, Radiator is a friendly neighborhood restaurant and bar that pays homage to the rich automotive history of 14th street. The dining area features vintage parts of automobiles and checkerboard floors, exuding a nostalgic vibe. The menu includes a wide range of International cocktail-friendly small plates meant for sharing and innovative drinks and an eclectic selection of specialty cocktails and spirits.
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.
Enjoy authentic Thai cuisine at Baan Thai. This restaurant is located in the Logan Circle and is visited by locals as well as tourists. Try the Papaya Curry with Chicken or the Northern Thailand Pork Curry for a traditional Thai twist. They use fresh ingredients and authentic spices and condiments. The staff is helpful and attentive.
For seafood enthusiasts, Hank's Oyster Bar is IT. Upon entering the humbly sized restaurant, look to the blackboard for the oyster, clam, and other crustacean catches of the day. If eating raw goodies from the half shell isn't your thing, try the succulent Lobster Roll, hailed by the Washington City Paper as being "not some sad attempt to drown mediocre meat under an ocean of mayo; this version insists that the sweet, tender flesh do the heavy lifting." Besides Dupont Circle, they also have Hank's outlets in Old Town, Capitol Hill and the Wharf.