There are 13 weeks of fall coming up. You’re gonna need a game plan to transition yourself from summer to winter, and by that, we mean: you’re going to need to eat something awesome at least once a week to build up some insulation against the cold. Happy feasting.
The top 13 things you need to eat in DC this fall
October 5th - 11th: Doughnuts & Fried Chicken
You’re getting ready to hibernate remember? So don’t be shy about grabbing The Luther at GBD. A fried brioche doughnut glazed in maple-chicken jus and buttered pecans is just the vehicle to get slabs of bacon and a fried boneless chicken thigh to your mouth. Also try Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, because this is the Oct 5-11 slot, not the Oct 5-5 slot.
October 12th - 18th: Fall Gelato in Affogato Form
Dolci Gelati has a host of fall flavors: Sweet Potato Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Gingerbread Cookie, Salted Caramel Apple and more. But don’t go at them with a spoon. Have the shop add a scoop to your espresso for an affogato that screams “October”. Check out their new location at City Market at O, and this bittersweet combo will have you making a City Market at O-Face.
October 19th - 25th: Tailgate Worthy BBQ
Hit DCity Smokehouse for The Meaty Palmer, piled high with smoked turkey, pork belly FOR DAYS, smashed avocado, and jalapeno aioli. Do not eat this next week, on account of the Texas Toast possibly jinxing us in that Oct. 27th game at Dallas.
October 26th - November 1st: Pumpkin Anything
Don’t limit yourself to novelty spiced lattes when you can load up on Nage’s flatbread with roasted pumpkin, smoked mozzarella, creme fraiche, cipollini onions, wild arugula, and toasted pumpkin seeds; sugar pumpkin risotto at Copperwood Tavern; pumpkin goat cheese ravioli at Scion; and pumpkin cheesecake at 701.
November 2nd - 8th: Chili
The best way to take in your chili is piled on top of tater tots right? Enter the tater pie at Hamilton’s. Your nachos are going to be pissed you ditched them for a much totter dish.
November 9th - 15th: Ramen
Fall is pretty much ramen o’clock. The first chill in the air sends us diving, chopsticks first, into a hot, steamy bowl of Japanese comfort food. The closest things to standing and slurping at a stall in Tokyo: twirling noodles in the spicy miso ramen at Daikaya, or the kimchi ramen at Toki Underground.
November 16th - 22nd: Fried Apple Pie
Pre-stretch your stomach for Thanksgiving with The Partisan’s deep fried apple pie with bacon (!), candied pecans, salted caramel ice cream and a little whipped cream.
November 23rd - 29th: The Bobbie
Because you’re up on politics, you probably know that this is Biden’s favorite hoagie. The magnificently toothed VEEP digs Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop’s masterpiece because it’s Thanksgiving on a roll: Homemade turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, and mayo, the Pilgrims’ favorite condiment.
November 30th - December 6th: Risotto Balls, a.k.a. Arancini
When the cold hits get baked comfort food that’s exotic (Italian) and familiar (balls) at the same time. Call them risotto balls when you order them at Taylor Gourmet or arancini at sophisticated Italian spots like Bibiana or Urbana (where you’ll find them on the happy hour menu for $5).
December 7th - 13th: Chicken Pot Pie
Tip your straw hat to the Pennsylvania Dutch because they’re responsible for this flaky, tasty classic. Get a full pie at Lincoln made with poached chicken breast, carrots, celery, Vidalia onions, and green peas, or opt for chicken pot pie fritters at Boss Shepherd’s.
December 14th - 20th: Beef Bourguignon
Right about now you’re wishing you’d been in a slow cooker soaking up love all day. You can get a positively perfect beef bourguignon at DC’s little slice of Paris -- Le Diplomate -- or at Chez Billy. The Le Dip version is dotted with crimi mushrooms, lardons, and red wine sauce, while Chez Billy’s take involves super tender braised beef cheeks. Now go find a cave and hole up for winter.
1. GCDC1730 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington
2. The Pursuit Wine Bar1421 H St NE, Washington
3. Old Ebbitt Grill675 15th St NW, Washington
4. The Eddy Bar at Hank's on the Hill633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington
5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack1612 14th St NW, Washington DC
6. GBD1323 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC
7. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken1308 G St NW, Washington
8. DCity Smokehouse8 Florida Ave NW, Washington
9. Nage Bistro1600 Rhode Island Ave NW , Washington
10. Copperwood Tavern4021 Campbell Avenue, Arlington
11. Scion2100 P Street nw, Washington, dc
12. 701701 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington
13. Daikaya705 6th St NW, Washington
14. Toki Underground1234 H Street NE, Washington
15. The Partisan709 D St NW, Washington
16. Taylor Gourmet Dupont1200 19th St NW, Washington
17. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca1100 New York Ave NW, Washington
18. Urbana2121 P St NW , Washington, DC
19. Lincoln1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington
20. Boss Shepherd's1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
21. Le Diplomate1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC
22. Chez Billy3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC
23. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop1800 M St NW, Washington
What's better than perfectly cooked grilled cheeses (like the Kim-Cheese-Steak or The Grilled Carbonara) popping out of the ovens at GCDC? The fact that you can also get tater tot poutine AND a drink from their full-service bar at the same time.
The Pursuit Wine Bar has 45 wines by the glass, a handful of cocktails and beers for those who aren't into wine, and build-your-own grilled cheese for everyone. If you stop by this weekend, you'll agree with us when we say that The Pursuit Wine Bar is one of the best wine bars in Washington DC.
Whether you're stopping by for their raw bar happy hour, or just in the area after taking a White House tour, Old Ebbitt Grill is a historic restaurant that's worth a visit.
Gina, the mixologist extraordinaire at The Eddy Bar, is known for whipping up a dazzling assortment of cocktails such as the Dragon's Milk and the Mad Hatter. Beyond its noteworthy cocktails, The Eddy Bar offers a variety of housemade sodas, a fine selection of wines, and beer by the bottle, can, or pint.
Who says you can't play bocce while shooting oysters and sipping seasonal craft cocktails? Enjoy the Southern hospitality and the rustic, ancient mariner-inspired interior, while the chef shucks the best mollusks the East and West Coasts have to offer. They also have a solid happy hour with vodka martinis and a wine list with plenty of bottles that'll pair just right with your shelled snacks.
GBD, or "Golden Brown Delicious", is really a misnomer, as their food is actually way sweeter than even Betty White and Rue McClanahan combined. That's thanks to the crew from Birch & Barley, who're frying birds & doughnuts in this skinny Dupont spot split into three sections: counter-service in the front, bar in the middle, and pin-cushion booth seating (lit by fryer baskets!) in the back.
Exactly what it sounds like: donuts and fried chicken that are out of this world.
DCity Smokehouse hosts a four-seat BBQ joint led by pitmaster Rob Sonderman. You’ll find menu items like the chicken and red velvet waffles and Sondermans’ smoked meats, and you can get a protein grand tour with a smokehouse meat platter. As far as we are concerned, DCity is one of the best places to get BBQ in Washington DC.
Scott Circle's Nage translates to "while swimming", so it's fitting that they sank a ton of cash into a remodel of their dining room, including a beautiful Edison bulb centerpiece, refurbished barn wood wall from Kentucky, and wall tiles of live moss to provide an "organic tone".
Though you wouldn't expect it from the sidewalk patio, this Arlington restaurant is decked out like a wooden cabin, complete with a canoe on the wall, leather booths with plaid pillows, and copper embellishments all around. The American menu is strictly farm-to-table, and all of the farms Copperwood sources from are nearby in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. There's a full bar serving local Virginia beers on tap, bourbon, and moonshine.
Located in Dupont Circle, Scion serves up American comfort food with a sophisticated edge all day long. Expect fancy salads, sandwiches, and entrées that are a touch more elevated than what you grew up on -- mac & cheese with lobster and bacon, duck-filled ravioli, a cheeseburger topped with smoked mozzarella. Scion also has a great craft beer selection and a knockout brunch, especially when nice weather calls for a table outside.
701 just got a Bruce Jenner-worthy facelift in the form of a 24-seat private dining room, a back lounge with room for 50, and a crystal vinyl, glass-topped bar, plus a menu from a Gotham Bar & Grill (NYC) alum including apps like the Crab Summer Roll.
Authenticity is the name of the game at this warm and vibrant (think yellow and blue stripes on the wall) Chinatown ramen shop: they import their noodles from Japan, use a special recipe they concocted themselves, and make their flavorful chintan stock over 16 hours. Among their five varieties of Sapporo-style ramen is a vegan choice topped with veggies like brussel sprouts, snow peas, carrots, and braised shiitake mushrooms that -- even against the classic pork-based bowls -- reigns supreme.
One of the first authentic ramen joints in DC, Toki Underground serves comforting noodle dishes inspired by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s culinary memories -- whether it’s the Taipei ramen shop he worked at or the family-made dumplings he ate growing up. Made with that much TLC, the dishes here are well worth the occasionally long lunchtime wait. You’ll want to dig into the Toki Classic, a steaming bowl of ramen topped with pulled pork and a soft-boiled egg, and sip -- or bomb -- one of the specialty sakes.
With 30+ charcuterie options, medium plates like sausages and corned beef belly, and feasts like a whole roasted pig's head, The Partisan will cater to your meat cravings, no matter your appetite.
One day,Taylor Gourmet, a lauded sandwich shop located in DC's Dupont Circle, decided to give people not the hoagie they wanted, but the hoagie they deserved. Each hoagie on the menu is named after local DC streets and neighborhoods, now that sounds like guys who are looking out for your better (sandwich) interests.
This awe-worthy spot by Franklin Square sits comfortably at the heigh of luxury with 120 seats sitting amidst a Milano-inspired design with glass artwork, soft lighting, and black leather/dark, polished wood accents. Prices are going to be a little higher than your average Italian joint, but you're paying for what you get -- house-made pasta dishes, grilled, seasonal fishes, chicken, and duck along with a handful of (what else) artisan, wood-fired pizzas.
With a swanky lounge vibe, Urbana offers a classic Italian menu from Chef Ethan McKee that features artisan pastas, fresh-caught seafood, and locally grown vegetables. You can't go wrong with the bucatini with jumbo lump crab or the diver scallops. The cocktail program as Urbana is just as classic and quality, brimming with Italian liqueurs and house-made ingredients, plus a happy hour that never disappoints.
Lincoln reps the former head-of-state not only in name, but in taste as well, spotlighting some of his favorite eats, which apparently included oysters and gingerbread. Lincoln's small plate menu focuses on contemporary American cuisine sourced locally from farmers and fishermen in the region. Nothing says 'merica like infused bourbons and a full list of moonshines approved by honest Abe.
Located in Penn Quarter, this new Creative Eats-helmed restaurant offers up farm-to-table Southern-inspired American fare. Come for the food, (Pot Pie Fritters are a must) and stay for the extensive, high-quality drink menu.
Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its classic French dishes to be consistently tasty. From hors d'oeuvres like steak tartare with quail egg to entrees like moules frites, the menu is brimming with traditional and delectable choices. They even have a killer burger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to grab a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.
A French bistro seated just north of the Georgia metro, Billy homages its previous tenant (Billy Simpson's House of Seafood & Steak), keeping its original marble floor & wood-burning fireplaces, while adding the vintage appeal of antique couches, chandeliers, and a wall-mounted goose -- so get down there.
It's not every sandwich shop that can house "Diamond" Joe Biden's favorite sandwich. If you want a taste of VEEP approved greatness that's second to none, get "The Bobbie" with turkey, stuffing, and cranberry.