1. Hill Country Barbecue410 7th St NW, Washington
2. Ping Pong Dim Sum900 7th NW, Washington
3. Brasserie Beck1101 K St NW, Washington
4. Zaytinya701 9th St NW, Washington
5. The Hamilton600 14th St NW, Washington
6. Founding Farmers1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
7. Carmine's425 7th Street NW, Washington
Because there's nothing more American than Texas, Hill Country Barbecue brings the live music capital to the actual capital. All their meats are Lone Star state-inspired, smoked in-house with a dry rub, and served by the pound. Hill Country also offers classic Texas indulgence like Big Red Soda (for you Yankees, that's a red cream soda) and Blue Bell ice cream.
Pong covers 7000sqft of dark wood tables, low-hanging lamps, and lattice-work accented bars, and is serving up delicious dim sum alongisde Eastern-inspired cocktails.
From noted chef Robert Wiedmaier comes the European-style Brasserie Beck in McPherson Square. Brews include classic Belgian styles like dubbels, tripels, and saisons, while eats count options like a ratatouille crepe, classic steak frites with bearnaise and bordelaise, and Maine lobster pappardelle. Maine is notably not in Belgium, but doesn't that sound damn good?
This airy Mediterranean spot, with Greek, Lebanese, and Turkish influences in its fare, is overflowing with flavor -- and light. Massive floor-to-ceiling windows line the space headed up by Chef José Andrés. Be sure to bring along your family and friends, and have everyone dig into a variety of the menu's shareable small plates (mezze), like spice-rubbed lamb kebab and pan-roasted sweet breads. You'll also find traditional salads, soups, and flatbreads in the lineup, plus a vegetarian-friendly mezze menu that's worth a try whether or not you're meat-free.
Within walking distance of the White House itself, this traditional American eatery blends upscale-casual dining with live music. There’s a noticeable maritime focus on the menu, as regulars salivate over popular plates like jumbo lump crab cake, gingerly plated over a swoop of vibrant zucchini puree or available as a sandwich with fries and slaw. The decor blends modern tastes with Belle Époque flair (think mahogany woodwork interspersed by framed contemporary artwork, lit by art nouveau-inspired chandeliers), but the vibe is casual and unpretentious, making it a worthy outing for locals and visitors alike.
This spot was doing farm-to-table before it was even cool; enjoy your tasty, sustainable, family-farmed eats in a LEED-certified setting that's as green as the food.
The District incarnation of "NYC's legendary family style Italian restaurant", Carmine's is a sprawling behemoth, with a huge circular bar anchoring a 670-seat dining room covered in 500+ photos (...of old Italian people...), in total 20,030sqft, officially making it DC's largest eatery.