Ted's Bulletin on 14th
The Capitol Hill breakfast bureau has expanded operations over to the kinda-sorta-popular Logan Circle/14th St area, where their massive new spot rocks a '30s era upscale diner vibe and classic-Americana comfort foods, like the Wonder bread grilled cheese & tomato soup, housemade Pop-Tarts, and
MAA! MAAA! THE artisanal meatloaf with a Mingo County ketchup glaze.
You may remember that old car dealership that turned into a monstrous brew pub in Clarendon (do you? DO YOU?!?). Well, it's back, but has been reincarnated as a 500-seat beer garden in NE DC that's all outdoors, with cornhole sets galore and two self-serving beer walls, so you really do have to "get up" to get down.
The newcomer to the 9th St corridor, Thally's is a little play off the Tally-Ho Stables that once were in Naylor Court behind the Shaw/Mt. Vernon restaurant, and it features a previous Cork chef slinging a foward-thinking American menu amidst chalkboards attached to rolling tracks, industrial pipe fittings, and large graphics of antique stables and carriage houses.
M Cafe Bar
Try not to mind the draft from the open accordion-style windows gently shifting the white chandeliers at the new contemporary Italian M Cafe Bar on 14th, while you take down Zinfandel spaghettini with spicy rapini and feverishly read that book JK Rowling wrote under a pen name.
Why choose between vices like ice cream and alcohol when you can indulge in both at once? At Ted's Bulletin, "adult milkshakes" are a crowd favorite -- towering glasses of blended home-made ice cream spiked with things like peppermint schnapps, Irish cream and coconut rum. And for those who can stomach more than a boozy shake, the D.C. mainstay offers a full menu of morning and afternoon eats. Best known for its brunch, the place boasts home-made pop tarts, hefty egg plates, and a "Walk Of Shame Burrito," stuffed with sausage, cheese and hash-browns. The trendy, leather-booth-lined space is equally as appealing as the entrées (and equally instragrammable), and the bar offers plenty of coffee, and a traditional cocktail menu, for when the dairy-liquor combo doesn't necessarily appeal.
Following up Palena, Cityzen, and Cork is this joint from Ron Tanaka, a modern American resto in Shaw.
Legit Italian grub in a ritzy space that doesn't match the less-than-skyhigh prices.
BYOP (build your own pizza) at this downtown pie joint, where a a few bucks gets you four toppings (not counting cheese and sauce) and a piping hot pie in under 3mins.