My Current Favorite Restaurants to Eat at in DC, February 2016

While we're at it, let's talk about the places that I consistently just looooove when it comes to DC food. Some are great dives, some neighborhood joints, some just have brilliant chefs and bartenders at the helm (most of them): 

Washington, DC:
  • The Dabney - have only been to the bar, but AWESOME drinks, Mid-Atlantic cuisine
  • Rose’s Luxury - American on Barrack’s row (no reservations, but fun bar)
  • Masseria - Italian by Union Market (<3 patio bar)
  • Union Market - multiple vendors w indoor and outdoor seating
  • Wydown - baked goods and coffee on 14th Street/Logan Circle
  • Toki Underground - Ramen on H Street
  • Bayou Bakery on Capitol Hill - Southern, great coffee & breakfast, wifi, indoor and outdoor seating
  • Osteria Morini - Italian on the waterfront, indoor/outdoor seating, know the chef/pastry chef, $10 Morini Mondays pasta deal
  • Cantina Marina - waterfront bar + eats in Southwest Waterfront
  • The Source - Asian… just got a menu & decor refresh. I want to go for the Hot Pot table, Dumpling Mondays and Dim Sum Brunch (I know the Chef… Scott Drewno… nicest chef in town.)
  • Rasika - Modern Indian in Penn Quarter
  • Central by Michel Richard - Casual-ish French on Penn Ave near Mall, White House, etc. Know the bar manager
  • District Taco - TACOS! Downtown
  • Bub & Pops - incredible sandwiches in the ‘Golden Triangle’
  • Astro Donuts & Fried Chicken - what it says, downtown
  • Slipstream - coffee/cocktails with good, healthy food options (farm salad… avocado toast)
  • Shake Shack - downtown, south Dupont Circle for burgers and shakes
  • Blue Duck Tavern - farm to table, great for brunch or cocktails in West End
  • Little Serow - spicy Asian, no reservations, tasting menu only, awesome
  • Mintwood - America in Adams Morgan
  • Cashion’s - Greek-American in Adams Morgan
  • Donburi - Korean rice bowls and sashimi joint in Adams Morgan
  • Sakuramen - Ramen in Adams Morgan
  • Cork - Wine bar and American on 14th Street/Logan Circle
  • Garden District - beer garden and BBQ, only open in spring/summer on 14th Street/Logan Circle
  • 2 Birds, 1 Stone - cocktail bar with bites from upstairs Asian restaurant
  • American Ice Company - BBQ and bar with outdoor patio near U Street
  • All Souls - good bar near U Street (dark, with good bourbon drinks)
  • The Royal - coffee, cocktails and good food with outdoor seating and great wifi, open lunch and eve in Shaw
  • Makoto -- casual but pricey AMAZING sushi in Palisades, reservations only
  • Lupo Verde - Italian in Logan Circle/14th/U Street with great outdoor patio, awesome bartenders
  • Compass Rose - awesome selection of dishes from the owners world travels in 14th Street/U/Logan
  • Bar Pilar - great brunch and bar food, awesome bar
  • Saint Ex - great bar, outdoor patio, brunch
  • Fiola - swank Italian + great bar + wifi + outdoor tables in Penn Quarter/near Mall
  • Fiola Mare - swank Italian/seafood in Georgetown, water view, outdoor tables
  • Casa Luca - family style Italian in Downtown/City Center by the Fiola family
  • Room 11 - great great bar with baked goods in the morning, awesome brunch and dinner/late night eats in Columbia Heights
  • DCity Smokehouse - BBQ in (is that Shaw?)
  • BreadFurst - Bakery, coffee and sandwich shop in Van Ness
  • Medium Rare - Prix fixe steakhouse with great brunch in Cleveland Park
  • Bistro Du Coin - French bistro with great bar in Dupont Circle
  • 2 Amy's - pizza near Cathedral

  • SER - traditional Spanish with great bar in Ballston
  • Italian Store - pizza and sandwiches and more in Arlington
  • Ray’s Hell Burger - incredible burgers in Arlington
  • Bob & Edith’s Diner - breakfast in Arlington


  • Parkway Deli - Jewish Deli with awesome breakfast in Silver Spring
  • Cuban Corner - Cuban food in Rockville

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