Cheers! This post comes to you while enjoying my Raspberry Sorbet Gin Sparkler as I read the following post shared with us by my friend Taryn of tripwishlist.com . She has visited 50+ countries and has all 50 U.S. states crossed off her list, Taryn’s wanderlust and wanderlist continues to grow! She loves historic places, off-the- beaten paths, and beautiful beaches.
While Washington, DC, is most known for national monuments, politics, and the seat of
the U.S. Government, it’s also a surprisingly great city for food, hosting a myriad of
restaurants that serve global and regional cuisines.
For foodies, DC is also the place to be!
Plume – Housed in the Jefferson Hotel, the décor of this elegant, Michelin-star
establishment sets the stage for an amazing dining experience. The restaurant’s seafood
dishes are an expression of creativity, and each dish is a work of art.
Fiola Mare – Situated on the Georgetown waterfront overlooking the river makes this
restaurant a great spot for romantic dinners. The menu offers a variety of dishes, from
chickpea tortellini to Adriatic brodetto. There’s even a sunset menu for those interested
in a culinary golden-hour experience.
Lafayette Restaurant – This upscale restaurant at the Mayfair Hotel seamlessly blends
European and American culinary influences in an elegant atmosphere. The Sunday
Brunch is a standout as are the views of the Washington Monument.
Zaytinya – With a name meaning “olive oil” in Turkish, you can’t go wrong ordering
anything from this hip restaurant. I frequently visit this quaint spot for its small-plate
offerings, which allow you to sample a variety of Mediterranean dishes. And any time I
can eat grilled halloumi cheese, I'm totally there!
Rasika – Year after year, this Indian fusion restaurant racks up the accolades. With
specialties using a variety of cooking methods, including tandoor, tawa griddle, and sigri
barbecue, there's something for everyone. Its tandoor dishes are amazing, and don't
leave without trying the palak chaat!
Founding Farmers – This farm-to- table concept restaurant serves an extensive menu of
regional American dishes and has no microwave ovens or frozen foods, except for ice
cream. The devil-ish eggs, skillet corn bread, and fried green tomatoes are just a few of
the restaurant’s signature side dishes. The restaurant also offers its own cold-pressed
Ben’s Chili Bowl – A DC culinary landmark, this restaurant’s history is as rich as its
food. Offering an assortment of chilis, burgers, and hot dogs, this restaurant has long
been a favorite stop for many celebrities and dignitaries, from Miles Davis to President
Georgetown Cupcake – The founders of this bakery definitely have the formula for some
of the best cupcakes on the planet and have even appeared on the TLC show, DC
Cupcakes. The seasonal cupcakes, such as the Cherry Blossom cupcake, are amazing, but
you can’t go wrong with the classic and special cupcakes, either.
DC-3 – This restaurant is not your ordinary hot dog stand and boasts creative
specialties, which include Tuscan Sonoran and Philly Cheesesteak-style beef hot dogs as
well as a collection of creative toppings, such as Chicago neon relish.
Ivy City Smokehouse - Located in the up-and- coming Ivy City neighborhood, this
“tavern” is the place to try some of the best smoked seafood in DC. The restaurant also
sells fresh fish, offers weekly live music, and has a nice rooftop for summer gatherings,
making it a very hip and enjoyable place to hang out.
Maydan - Craving some North African and Middle Eastern cuisine? Maydan gives you a
taste from Tangier to Tehran. And its drinks are as appealing as its meals. For example,
the Quahwa coffee blends Jamaican rum with vermouth, Turkish coffee, honey, and
Have you visited DC? What were your favorite restaurants?
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