10 Best Neighborhoods For Dining in Washington DC

September 6, 2018 0 0

In the nation’s capital, there’s not one area for great food, there are many – so we’ve put together a list of the 10 best neighborhoods for dining in Washington DC. Here, you’ll find the restaurant selections in these neighborhoods can vary block by block, but you’re bound to find something to your liking. Try Mexican like Espita Mezcaleria, Caribbean at Caribbean Citations, or Italian at Cafe Milano just for a start. That’s not all, though — pick a nabe and chances are your favorite dishes could be nearby and enjoy what the 10 best neighborhoods for dining in Washington DC have to offer.

Bloomingdale

The historic Bloomingdale neighborhood of DC is a direct eastward expansion of places like Shaw or U-Street. In lieu of luxurious food, Bloomingdale is where you’ll find friendly neighborhood locales that won’t break your budget, and comfort food of all sorts. Restaurants in the area include The Red Hen, where you’ll sup on delicious sausage rigatoni, ANXO Cidery & Pintxos Bar, a pintos bar with cider and food like short rib montadido, and Boundary Stone Public House for wings, burgers, and lots of beer.

Adams Morgan

Thanks to jazz venues like Columbia Station Inc, the nightlife in Adams Morgan bustling with places to dine out. The restaurants in this neighborhood are as diverse as the colorful houses dotting 18th Street. Check out The Diner for great burgers and fried chicken, Smoke and Barrel, a vegan-friendly barbecue joint, or Tail Up Goat, a famous Mediterranean restaurant with eats like rabbit sausage or stuffed porgy.

Capitol Hill

It’s home to the Capitol Building and the Library of Congress, so you already know this locale can get crowded. But there’s a plethora of dining options; in fact, this is one of the 10 best neighborhoods for dining in DC with good reason. The places here are ideal for a fancy night out or business meetings. Restaurants in the area include Bistro Bis, with French dishes like steak frites or bouillabaisse marseillaise; Charlie Palmer Steak, famous for its dry-aged steaks and game, fish, and fowl; and Johnny’s Half Shell, which has a raw bar with oysters, shrimp cocktail, and neck clams.

Shaw

Shaw is the hottest culinary spot in DC. Options here are trendy, and dishes are usually worthy of the ’Gram. Try mezcal flights and Mexican food like mole de frijoles at Espita Mezcaleria, or shareable French plates like beef tartare and quiche Lorraine at Convivial.  All Purpose Pizzeria may be a newcomer when it comes to the Shaw scene, but the Sicilian marinara is too good to pass up.

Logan Circle

Logan Circle remains a staple for great restaurants. There are countless numbers to try, from Rhode Island Ave to U Street. Logan Circle’s strenght is in diversity, so you’ll be able to find authentic cuisine from all over the world. Start with Estadio, where Spanish tapas like boquerones or cured meats like chorizo is as impressive as its extensive wine list, Compass Rose, which brings together a ton of international street food from Denmark, Mexico, or Tunisia, and Le Diplomate, with dishes that will transport you to Paris.

Penn Quarter / Chinatown

Penn Quarter and Chinatown are just a short walk away from National Mall, and is a good option when it comes to eats. It’s the perfect mixture of quality and convenience. Grab some ramen at Daikaya and you can be out the door within 20 minutes, or get roast pork sandwiches from Red Apron Butchery. Most of the restaurants of the Jose Andres empire — Zaytinya, Oyamel, Jaleo, and China Chilcano — are here. Don’t miss Momiji either if you’re a fan of sushi: The Valentine’s and Happy Santa rolls are a must-try, and there’s a hibachi grill hiding there as well (who doesn’t love catching veggies with their mouth?).

Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle is a classically elegant dining neighborhood. No trendy restaurants filled with hipsters and long wait times: just some solid cuisine. Pay a visit to Iron Gate, which has a secluded garden area and small plates like broccoli bruschetta or spice roasted carrots, or Hank’s Oyster Bar, where you can dig into clams, jumbo shrimp cocktail, lobster bisque, and crabcakes. Venture a little further for Komi, with small plates like suckling pig.

Georgetown

The historic buildings and cobblestone streets, and the Potomac riverfront gives Georgetown an advantage to the average neighborhood dining experience. Most restaurants along M Street or Wisconsin Avenue, the two most popular streets, are quaint hidden gems elsewhere. 1789 is a great option if you’re looking for something elegant with a historical background (be sure to try the new bar, which offers a sophisticated, yet unpretentious vibe and delicious house-made cocktails and bites), and hotspots like Cafe Milano prepare risotto armani or versace like no other. A lot of the options here are Italian or French, but you can get Turkish, Lebanese, or Middle Eastern cuisine at Neyla.

Anacostia

Anacostia may be up-and-coming, but the locals here still maintain a very tight-knit community, centered around diverse food options. For the best crab fries you’ll ever taste, you have to stop by Capitol Hill Crab Cakes. Art Drenaline Cafe has a $20 brunch on Sundays with unlimited omelettes, a hot bar, and fresh smoothies. Caribbean Citations has a unique spin where a traffic ticket can get you some oxtail, curry goat, or jerk chicken. If you’re in a rush, Good Hope Carry Out will gift you with wings and all the mumbo sauce you could want.

Columbia Heights

You’ll find Meridian Pint, which has over 20 beers on draft and pub fare like wings, ceviche, mac and cheese, or sweet potato wedges. You’ll also find Maple, which has an amazing half-off wine happy hour deal on Tuesdays before 7pm and light fare like a grilled eggplant panini or homemade gnocchi. Or, you can check out Thip Khao, where the “jungle menu” includes experimental dishes like fried duck heads or fried pig ears and a very delicious sticky rice. And, if you’re able to snag a seat at Bad Saint, try Filipino food off an ever-changing menu, and consider yourself lucky.

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Christina Elia

Assistant editor Christina Elia is currently pursuing her BA in Art History Communications at Fordham University, and writes about various topics ranging from arts and culture to practical tips and how-to advice. She has been published on online platforms such as The Odyssey. You can follow her on Twitter via @stinaelia

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