1. Bub and Pop's1815 M St NW, Washington
2. Fish Taco7945 MacArthur Blvd, Cabin John
3. Fat Pete's Barbecue3407 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
4. Wiseguy NY Pizza300 Massachusetts Ave NW , Washington DC
5. Ivy and Coney1523 7th St NW, Washington
6. Acadiana901 New York Ave NW, Washington
7. Sophie's Cuban Cuisine1134 19th St NW, Washington
8. Bourbon2321 18th St NW , Washington, DC
This charming mom & pop shop in Dupont Circle has a whole host of hearty hoagies at their disposal, like their traditional Italian, roast pork, or our favorite, Pop's Beef Brisket, with apple-horseradish cream, five-year-aged Gouda, and veal jus.
Close your eyes when you bite into these fish tacos and you’ll be brought back to better times when rush hour was at 3pm, four-person bikes were a thing, and a shell of a North Face was considered a "winter jacket." Chef Eddie Moran’s ability to drop perfect-ten tacos every time is no coincidence. He has his Mexican heritage and SoCal upbringing to thank, and so do San Diegans stuck in DC. The restaurant’s namesake dish comes with local fried fish, slaw that isn’t slimy, and Eddie’s signature sauce -- a mayo mixture boosted by charred corn and guajillo chiles. They’re good enough to get Philip Rivers’ mouth to curl into an actual grin.
Fat Pete's brings 10 types of delicious 'cue to DC (two kinds of pulled pork! Two kinds of ribs!), delivering fantastic wood-smoked flavors by the pound. 16 drafts, small-batch bourbon, and killer sides -- like stuffed hush puppies and mini marshmallow-topped candied yams -- shore up the massive meat menu.
New York-style pizza is its own animal, and here in DC, only Wiseguy NY Pizza in the Mount Vernon Triangle manages to replicate it. It imports its Parmigiano-Reggiano and olive oil from Italy; makes its own marinara sauce from canned tomatoes imported from Italy; and, best of all, uses a specialized filtration process (seriously) to replicate New York water, which serious pizza aficionados consider essential to the New York slice. The tin-cieling'd parlor features plenty of knickknacks like a prominently displayed tommy gun, part of a collection of Big Apple nods including black and white city photos, an old-timey radio, and a 7ft replica of the Statue of Liberty.
Ivy and Coney is a homey dive bar in Shaw that delivers a relaxed neighborhood vibe, delicious hotdogs, and a menu that includes nothing over $6.
Head to Acadiana for a blast of the bayou. Chef Jeff Tunks not only worked in New Orleans for a number of years, but he also continues to do research. A bowl of Acadiana’s Louisiana seafood gumbo is like gulping the gulf, because it’s loaded with jumbo lump crab, shrimp, crawfish, oysters, redfish, and mahatma long-grain rice. Go for lunch to try six different po’boys, all on bread flown in from Leidenheimer Bakery in New Orleans.
19th S NW is not Calle Ocho, but Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine puts out a better Cubano than Jon Favreau’s character in Chef. There’s the original, stuffed with requisite roast pork, ham, Swiss, pickles, mayo, and mustard or there’s one there’s one "with a twist" that invites onions, sweet plantains, and Sophie’s addictive green sauce to the party (pictured). Cool off with a batido in flavors like passion fruit and tamarindo while trying not to audibly cry out for Versailles.
Adams Morgan: booze, booze everywhere, and not a drop to drink (...at least not without making a "that's sort of gross" face afterwards). Unless of course you drift into Bourbon, whose fresh cocktails are all ponderously named after Anchorman, but stay classy nonetheless. This dimly lit, multi-level space has a patio and serves up bar eats like house-made fried pickle chips, bourbon baked beans and buffalo chicken nuggets.