Our Favorite Places to Eat in DC

March 26, 2014

One of the most important things to me on a trip is making sure that I get to experience a city’s cuisine. Unfortunately I didn’t get to do as much research as I would have liked before our trip to DC, so many of our choices were pretty last-minute. Thankfully we found some truly awesome places that I just had to share with you all! (*Anything with a star is a must-try!)

Wednesday: For lunch we just stopped by Potbelly on the way to our hotel. We visited the location in GW’s campus (23rd Street). Obviously the food here is pretty standard to any Potbelly location around the country, but if you’ve never been, the sandwiches are pretty good. Make sure to get the hot peppers on your sandwich if you can handle the heat, they’re delicious! We had dinner with Betsy that evening at Founding Farmers (Foggy Bottom). I had multiple recommendations to check this place out before our trip, so I knew it was on our list. Thankfully it did not disappoint!

Appetizers: Bacon Lollis, Oven-Roasted Cracked Black Pepper Wings, and Prosciutto, Fig, and Marscapone Farm Bread* 
Entrees: Goat Cheese Ravioli with Chicken Cutlet (Nick), Rotisserie Chicken with Broccolini (Me)

Thursday: Since we had lunch at the cafeteria in the Capitol building, there isn’t much to review as far as that goes! I will say though, if you have the opportunity to take a tour of the Capitol, you should totally eat at the cafeteria. You’re surrounded by members of Congress and it’s one of the coolest things ever. At least, if you’re a nerd like we are. That night, we had dinner at a local Thai restaurant called Rice (Logan Circle). I have to admit, I’ve craved this place multiple times since we’ve returned to Houston. As the name might suggest, their rice is some of the best I’ve ever had. It’s cooked in coconut milk. Yeah, I know. Amazing. This place is definitely a must for those travelling to D.C.

Appetizers: Chicken Satays, Pumpkin Empanada*, Spring Rolls, Crispy Brussels Sprouts Salad*
Entrees: Shrimp Tempura with Panang Curry (Me), Chicken Pad Thai (Nick)

Friday: We did museums on Friday so we wanted something quick for lunch. We had lunch at Taylor Gourmet. I’d definitely suggest it for a quick bite! I had the Broad Street sandwich and Nick had the Cherry Street. Their potato salad is some of the best I’ve ever had, if not the best! They also had Herrs Potato Chips which are the best chips ever. Seriously, if you can get your hands on some, I will pay you to send them to me. I’m not kidding. For dinner we were craving seafood, so we chose Hank’s Oyster Bar. There are multiple locations in DC, but we did the Dupont Circle location since it was only a 30 minute walk from our hotel. Just to preface: I probably should mention that neither Nick nor I eat oysters, which sounds crazy for people going to a place called an “oyster bar” but once you read what we had as an appetizer, you’ll understand why we chose it.

Appetizers: Lobster Deviled Eggs*
Entrees: Brazilian Tigerfish (Nick), Griddled Crabcakes* with fries (Me)

Saturday: Another great choice for a quick lunch with multiple locations is Chopt. This is another one of those places that I’m craving on the regular now. Nick had a basic Chicken Caesar Salad and I had a new salad (that I can’t seem to find on their website) that had Chicken Tinga and black beans. Deeee-licious. Probably the healthiest thing I ate the whole trip yet it was still just as delicious. That night for dinner we met up with some friends at Lauriol Plaza. Nick had the shrimp and crab enchiladas while I had the chimichanga. The best thing there were the margaritas! Get the lime and strawberry swirl. Coming from two people who eat authentic Tex Mex on the regular, this place is the real deal!

Have you ever been to DC? If so, did you try any yummy places?


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