Washington is, surprisingly, a foodie’s heaven. If you look past the Starbucks on every corner and avoid the ever-tempting Chipotle (I’m a recent guacamole convert) you can find a wealth of independent coffee shops and amazing one-of-a-kind restaurants to help you pile on the pounds in true US style.
Here’s my guide to lunch, brunch, dinner and more…
Busboys and Poets (several locations but go for either 5th & K or 14th & V); an eclectic relaxed café that’s full of artistic types who flock to the poetry readings and French toast (I assume.) Great prices and a classic brunch menu.
Go for the….Classic Eggs Benedict with a side of grits
Market Lunch (inside Eastern Market); Eastern market is the perfect Sunday hang out- its food market is full of fresh, well-priced produce and right next door to a flea market rammed with treasures and hand-made items. It’s also round the corner from one of the best second hand book shops in the city. Market Lunch is tucked in the corner of the indoor market and perfect for a mid-morning brunch or later lunch.
Go for the…. “Brick” sandwich for brunch (but take a friend to finish it off) or the crab cake sandwich for lunch, with a side of fried green tomatoes.
The Well Dressed Burrito (1220 19th St NW) Literally in an alleyway and so extremely hard to miss but if you stumble upon this gem of a lunch spot you’re in for a real treat. Prices are cheap and portions are obesity-crisis sized. The seating here is extremely limited seen as its essentially based in an office, but don’t let the unorthodox style put you off, the food is incredible.
Go for the…Chimichangas. Apparently there’s nothing more amusing that hearing that word in an English accent. The Mexican Bread Pudding is also a very good shout.
DC Bread and Brew (1247 20th St NW) Cute little coffee shop/bar/lunch place. Also next door to a pretty good Jewish deli (happy Chanukah guys and girls)
Go for the… half-soup-half sandwich option to save calories and money.
Besthesda Bagels (1718 Connecticut Ave NW) I could pretty much write an entire post about this place. If you’ve learnt anything from reading my sister’s blog its that Morans heart bread, we heart it big time. And bagels are the doughnuts of the bread world. Literally. Bethesda bagels are the best in the city and, in my opinion, even give New York bagels a run for their money. I started off buying the stuffed bagel sandwiches but that much carbs makes me sleepy so now I find myself addicted to the Pumpernickel bagel with cream cheese (they have a great non-dairy range) They have over 20 different flavours of bagel, and I won’t rest until I try them all. It’s also a couple of doors down from my favourite knitting shop and across from my work (plug intended)
Go for the….I’m not going to suggest anything, instead I suggest everything.
Sweetgreen (1901 L St NW) A chain salad bar, much the same as Chop’t, but perfect for when you’re feeling the bread-guilt and need a healthy option.
Go for the… Santorini salad, only 400 calories.
Ben’s Chili Bowl: (1213 U St NW) Well, just read this for all you need to know. American food at its finest.
Etete (1942 9th St NW) Whilst I didn’t intend to go to America to eat Ethiopian food sometimes stuff like that just happens, and I’m glad it did. I have no idea what I ordered, ate, or even whether I actually ended up paying my bill before leaving but it was a whole bunch of delicious.
Go for the… just chance it.
The Big Hunt: (1345 Connecticut Ave NW) Happy Hour’s 4pm-7pm, with $2.50 beer and $3 rail drinks. Monday is free pool and half price pizza night!
Café Citron: (1343 Connecticut Ave NW) Happy Hour’s 4.30pm-7pm with money off the entire drinks menu. The weekend crowd is lively and the Latino music is great fun.
Board Room (1737 Connecticut Ave. NW) Happy Hour’s 4pm-7pm with $4 wine and $4 Rail Cocktails. The real draw of this place is huge array of board games to play with- why talk to people when you can beat them at Hungry Hungry Hippos instead.
The Mighty Pint (1831 M St NW) Apply online and you can pretty easily win a free happy hour (5pm-6pm on a Thursday) for you and your friends, for free, really. A real American bar with real Americans in it. Lovely.
Looking Glass Lounge (3634 Georgia Ave NW) Nice outdoor beer garden and good drink choice, best of all its within stumbling distance of the metro (and my house.)