Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Neighborhood Restaurant Group
Dolci Gelati
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Scott Hamilton
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
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1. GCDC 1730 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20006 (Foggy Bottom)

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.

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2. The Pursuit Wine Bar 1421 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

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.

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3. Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Downtown)

Depending on your tastes, it will either be extremely appealing or off-putting that the Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington, once frequented by Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Roosevelt, and McKinley. Just steps away from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Old Ebbitt’s Beaux-Arts façade begs you to enter for a cocktail, while its mahogany and velvet booths and bars set in marble, brass, and beveled glass implore you to stay for a few more as you imagine what kind of political secrets and scandals were shared here. As you’re doing your best Woodward and Bernstein impressions, munch on breakfast, lunch, brunch (if you’re there on a weekend), or dinner. The menus certainly have a Southern slant (chicken and waffles, crab cakes, shrimp and grits), though you can also opt for house-made cannelloni, pappardelle, and ravioli or flash-fried swordfish tacos.

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4. The Eddy Bar at Hank's on the Hill 633 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

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.

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5. Pearl Dive Oyster Palace and Black Jack 1612 14th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

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.

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6. GBD 1323 Connecticut Ave NW , Washington, DC , DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

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.

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7. Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken 1308 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Chinatown)

Exactly what it sounds like: donuts and fried chicken that are out of this world.

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8. DCity Smokehouse 8 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Noma)

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.

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9. Nage Bistro 1600 Rhode Island Ave NW , Washington, DC 20006 (Downtown)

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".

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10. Copperwood Tavern 4021 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206 (Arlington)

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.

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11. Scion 2100 P Street nw, Washington, dc, DC 20037 (Dupont Circle)

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.

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12. 701 701 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20004

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.

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13. Daikaya 705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Chinatown)

Don’t let the wait for this Chinatown ramen shop deter you: it’s more than worth it for the chewy noodles imported from Japan and the chicken, pork, and beef Chintan stock that’s cooked over 16 hours for extra richness. An unsuspecting standout among the Sapporo-style ramen on offer is the vegan version topped with Brussels sprouts, snow peas, carrots, and braised shiitake mushrooms. As if the ramen didn’t already, Daikaya’s wooden accents, dangling lightbulbs, and blue- and yellow-striped walls will have you feeling warm and cozy.

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14. Toki Underground 1234 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002 (H Street Ne)

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.

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15. The Partisan 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

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.

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16. Taylor Gourmet Dupont 1200 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

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.

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17. Bibiana Osteria & Enoteca 1100 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Downtown)

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.

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18. Urbana 2121 P St NW , Washington, DC, DC 20037 (Dupont Circle)

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.

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19. Lincoln 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005 (K Street)

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.

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20. Boss Shepherd's 1299 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

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.

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21. Le Diplomate 1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

Le Diplomate is a Logan Circle brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr, meaning you can count on its traditional French dishes to be consistently excellent. From hors d'oeuvres like fresh oysters and steak tartare with quail egg to entrees including moules frites and beef bourguignon, the menu is brimming with classic, perfectly executed plates. There's even a killer cheeseburger on a house-baked brioche bun. Be sure to secure a sidewalk seat for that extra Parisian feel.

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22. Chez Billy 3815 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC, DC 20011 (Petworth)

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.

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23. Capriotti's Sandwich Shop 1800 M St NW, Washington, 20033

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.