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DC neighborhoods, ranked by their food and drink

Laura Hayes

Ever wonder how your neighborhood stacks up when it comes to eating and drinking? Have you been too busy eating amazing things to even ponder such a question?

Either way, we've aimed to settle the score on which DC 'hood brings the most to the metaphorical and literal table when it comes to ingesting and imbibing. By all means, defend your neighborhood's honor in the comments.

Laura Hayes

12. Georgetown

There’s been very little new life breathed into this neck of the woods, besides and their accompanying Whiskey Room; beautiful but wallet-swallowing Fiola Mare; or , in case you want to bowl and play bocce while you booze. Many other bars and restaurants are toned down for tourists. Fortunately a few classics still dazzle like , , and The Rye Bar inside of the Capella Hotel.
The Heights

11. Columbia Heights

CoHi is home to some notable bars: ’s beer selection is remarkable, offers duck-studded bar food, is rad in a Montana sort of way, is full of stories, and never disappoints. Reasonably priced eats can be found at Room 11, , , and Pho Viet. Then there’s El Chucho’s standout happy hour. 
Laura Hayes

10. Navy Yard

Bluejacket, with its palatial beer-making accommodations in an old boilermaker factory, put the Navy Yard on the map as a dining and drinking destination. Others soon followed, including Italian gem , taco-centric , Buzz Bakery, and Ice Cream Jubilee. Coming attractions include TaKorean’s first full-service restaurant, Willie’s Brew and Que, and 100 Montaditos.
Laura Hayes

9. Bloomingdale

This small section of the city is inching up there when it comes to great eating. is certainly the star -- the rustic restaurant reeled in the accolades this year, and for good reason (like rigatoni). Then there’re hidden gems like with a sweet patio swallowed by vines, for laid-back eats and whiskey, Rustik for a solid brunch, and newcomer KoChix -- a Korean wing hut that will make you forget Bonchon exists. 
Laura Hayes

8. U Street Corridor

There’s so much more to U Street than (but don’t tell tourists that). delivers on the promise of true soul food, Dukem is a quick trip to Ethiopia, is a favorite outdoor hangout, and is a fun neighborhood gathering place. There are no shortage of bars deserving of your time and money, like , ,The Gibson, The Brixton, American Ice Co., and El Rey

7. Dupont Circle

The buzz has dipped to a low din in Dupont, but standbys like , , , DGS Delicatessen, , and help the 'hood retain its status as a nightlife anchor. Glen’s Garden Market, with its beer club and yummy sandwiches, also ups the foodie quotient. Most of the bars still skew a little college with sticky floors and Long Island iced teas -- here’s hoping Spike Mendelsohn’s new speakeasy, The Sheppard, is one of many new cocktail options for those not looking to grind with strangers.
The Partisan

6. Metro Center/Chinatown/Penn Quarter

For starters, you have the José Andrés triple play -- Jaleo, , and  -- which are reliably a good time. , , and  offer great pre- or post-Verizon Center meals and is home to the best Indian in the city. Additionally, there’s nothing happier than happy hour on ’s terrace and newcomer, , impresses with its charcuterie and bar program.

Toki Underground

5. H Street NE

Variety is king on H Street. For starters, there’s biblically themed bar Church & State, sweet and savory (stoner) pie emporium , cool neighborhood bars like and , mussels maven , the Rock & Roll Hotel, German beer hall , Ethiopic, and a sweet dive called The Pug. Then there’s Toki Underground, which continues to sling some of the best bowls of ramen in the city. Those living on H Street benefit from how difficult it is for the rest of us to get there.
Laura Hayes

4. Adams Morgan

If you like whiskey, you should probably move to AdMo because they do whiskey like a boss thanks to , , , , and . The neighborhood is also shaping up to be something more than where college kids go to wile out. and Cashion’s Eat Place are putting out some seriously good food and quick-bite options like and  never disappoint. Roofers Union has a top-notch roof offering great views of the city. 
Brian Oh

3. Capitol Hill

Barracks Row got a big boost when opened their doors to awesomeness (literally, there’s an "awesome" sign). Cava Mezze and are other fun options on 8th St. On Pennsylvania Ave, , We, the Pizza, and Hank’s on the Hill are crowd pleasers, as are newcomers Barrel and Sona Creamery & Wine Bar -- the District’s first restaurant with an onsite creamery.
Laura Hayes

2. Shaw

Not only is Shaw hot now, but it’s also the future. The center of all things cool is undeniably moving East. Shaw’s already home to the Derek Brown drinking-and-dining trifecta of Southern Efficiency, , and . Then there’s brewpub , cozy corner bar , bumping beer garden , quirky dive bar , hipster coffee joint La Colombe, and new spots like and . Want a full meal? Try Rogue 24, Table, Thally, or Seasonal Pantry.
Barcelona Wine Bar

1. Logan Circle/14th Street

Let’s be honest about where you’ve been spending all your Friday nights. The 14th Street corridor, stretching from Logan Circle to U St and beyond, is officially in beast mode. It’s home to one of the best beer bars in the country (), the buzziest French bistro in town (), an oyster powerhouse (), top tapas spots ( and ), a small but charming beer garden (), and an intimidating amount of new restaurants well worth trying -- that is if you can keep yourself from repeating the great spots you've already frequented.

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