Washington DC
1. Calabash Tea & Tonic
Brookland

Founder Sunyatta Amen drew inspiration from her Jamaican and Native American great-grandmother’s formulas to create more than 80 teas available at Calabash Tea & Tonic. Amen is a fifth generation master herbalist and grew up behind the counters of her father’s herb shops and vegan juice bars in Harlem, so stop by to pick up tea and spices to bring home or sample tonics and light vegan food in the shop.
How to book: Order online or in store for pickup

2. HalfSmoke
Shaw
For a modern take on DC’s iconic halfsmoke, you’ve got to visit the restaurant that shares its namesake. Beyond sausages, the restaurant serves up classic American favorites with cheeky names, so you can order The Netflix & Chill, a skillet mac ‘n cheese with a choice of crispy chicken, Halfsmoke sausage, or cob-smoked bacon on top, or The W.A.P., a crab cake dish with blackened shrimp, egg, arugula, and potato hash. Between brunch served all day every day, bottomless bar snacks and drinks during happy hour, and biscuit sandwiches that are easy to grab and go, Halfsmoke can be your go-to for any occasion.
 
3. Hen Quarter
Old Town Alexandria

If you’re in the mood to sit down and enjoy a casual meal with a southern flare, head just outside the District to Alexandria to experience this cozy spot. The full service restaurant specializes in craft cocktails, fried chicken, and brunch fare. For restaurant week, Hen Quarter is offering three courses for $35, so you can start with hushpuppies or crispy Brussels sprouts; try fried chicken and waffles or shrimp and grits; and finish off your meal with a brownie sundae or bread pudding.

4. Jody’s Good Mood Café
Beltsville

This seafood bar and grill spot will put anyone in a good mood. With Happy Hour everyday from 4-7 pm, select deals on appetizers, and a live DJ Thursday through Saturday, you’re bound to have a good time, just like the restaurant’s name promises. Try the crab cake platter, one of the most popular items on the menu, or indulge in the bang bang shrimp or the seafood boil bags.

5. Land of Kush
Baltimore

Find the vegan soul food dish of your dreams at this takeout spot. The healthy eatery, established in 2011, has a menu of 100% plant-based dishes like black-eyed pea fritters, lentil patties, and BBQ vegan ribs. Co-owners Gregory and Naija Wright-Brown established the restaurant as a place for Black people to enjoy healthier soul food, and Naija continues that mission as the co-creator of Vegan Soulfest and Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week.

6. Macaron Delights
Brookland
This family business is putting its own twist on the iconic french pastry and has brought it to the DMV. Owner Brian Ward first started making macarons in his apartment and although he only recently established his business in the summer of 2020, it's already made an impression. In honor of Black Restaurant Week, you can choose between the blueberry lemon tart, strawberry cheesecake tart, or fruit tart along with a six-piece macaron variety pack comprised of the triple salted caramel, strawberry shortcake, pumpkin spice latte, tiramisu, habanero milk chocolate, and creme brûlée flavors for a $25 bundle.