5 Places You MUST Eat When Visiting DC

DC is a foodie’s paradise. When you go to the capital of the United States, you may only think about its relevance in politics, history or the many Smithsonian museums throughout the city. But, DC is also home to a massive range of diverse cultures and a thriving restaurant environment. In fact, it’s thriving so well that it can almost be overwhelming the number of food options you have, from swanky restaurants to hole in the wall eateries that locals crave daily. For someone who’s never lived in or visited DC, it can be a harrowing experience, and making a decision as to where to eat can be difficult based on where you plan to stay or what you plan to do.

Thankfully, pretty much all of the best locations to eat in DC are easy to get to because of the extensive metro system. So easy in fact, the metro is the number one way to get around the city, and out into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. Take advantage and grab a bite to eat at these amazing restaurants DC has to offer!

1. Founding Farmers


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A major DC favorite, located near George Washington University in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, Founding Farmers is a beautiful restaurant that serves up amazing brunches, lunches and dinners. The restaurant is owned in a co-op style fashion, by the North Dakota Farmers Union (a collective of over 47,000 family farmers!). This means every ingredient, wine and liquor is made right in the US by hardworking families. FRESH. You can expect to eat true American comfort food here, with true American portions.

2. Le Diplomate


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A local hotspot for french cuisine, Le Diplomate is a brasserie with authentic french baked goods and entrees. The restaurant interior is beautiful, and the outdoor patio is a fun place to enjoy good weather while eating and drinking. But really, the food is the best you could ask for. The extensive menu has all sorts of french favorites like fresh seafood, Beef Bourgignon, Steak Au Poivre and Lamb Navarin. If you’re not sure what some of these things are, it’s okay, I didn’t either but it was all delicious. Pair it with a nice french wine, and you’ve got yourself a great dinner to start off your night!

3. Old Ebbitt Grill


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Old Ebbitt Grill is one of the more famous DC restaurants. Not only is it just across the street from the White House, it’s also the oldest saloon in DC. Originally opened in 1856, this saloon has had many famous guests like President Roosevelt, Grant, Cleveland and Harding. To this day, it’s still a popular location for journalists, theatre goers, politicians and celebrities. The food is very American-oriented, popular and tasty. With such a large menu, it’ll be hard for anyone to not find something they’ll love!

4. Kinship


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If you’re looking for a nice date night dinner spot, then you should absolutely visit Kinship near Mt. Vernon Square. Although relatively new, this restaurant has been making big waves in the DC culinary scene. The food here is very interesting and unique, with the menu arrangement based on themes like: craft, history, ingredients and indulgence. The chefs here use their traveling experiences to add new takes on American cuisine, and it definitely pays off.

5. Rose’s Luxury


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It would be a travesty not to add Rose’s Luxury to this list of DC must eats. Another dinner only restaurant, Rose’s Luxury has been a huge success since it’s conception in 2013. Ever since, you’ll find lines waiting outside the restaurant every evening waiting to reserve a space to eat at this incredible restaurant. At Rose’s, you’ll find contemporary and modern takes on American classics in small-plate tapas form, great for sharing and trying a little of everything. Paired with great drinks and good weather, it’s easy to see why they became such a huge success. Not only that, but they use that success to help feed children through the World Food Program. For every meal you eat at Rose’s, they donate money to the program to give a child a meal (they’ve already donated over $30,000 so far). So, eat up and feel good about it!



Author Byline: Kate Howard is a loving mother and wife who has lived in, and visited, DC for years. When she’s not teaching preschool, eating new food or looking up funny animal videos, she’s helping people plan their trip to DC through her and her husband’s website: www.hotelsneardcmetro.com.




Food tripping across the U.S.: Sampling local delicacies from state to state

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Trying a destination’s local cuisine has always been one of those must-experience parts of traveling. Most frequent travelers recommend sampling your travel destination’s specialty dishes at least once. If you’re in Thailand, for example, you should give the Pad Thai a taste.

Have you ever considered, though, that you don’t need to travel to another country to try curious delicacies that you’d be hard pressed to find in your neighborhood? No, this isn’t about the local fare in places like Chinatown or Greektown. This is all about the U.S. and the sheer variety in local flavor that can be found from state to state.

The thing about traveling in the U.S. is that it’s relatively easy. If you’re seriously thinking about trying the many local delicacies that are being served in these United States, here’s a seven-state sampling taken from Lonely Planet’s complete 50-state list.

Alaska – Caribou steak started out as a part of the traditional Eskimo staple diet. Nowadays, you can order farmed caribou steaks from a number of restaurants in Anchorage. While you’re there, you might also want to try the reindeer burgers.

Maine – Lobster is the main dish in Maine. Fishing remains a large industry in Maine so it’s easy to find lobsters fresh from the sea. Lonely Planet recommends eating these “the way they’re meant to be eaten,” which means freshly boiled lobster served with hot clarified butter.

Minnesota – The state’s strong Nordic heritage shines through in lutefisk, an aged and lye-soaked whitefish dish. The lutefisk has a gelatinous texture and a strong, pungent odor. It’s an acquired taste, so there’s no shame in not being able to finish it all in one go.

Florida – Restaurants across South Florida usually offer key lime pie as a specialty. These pies, which are made from key lime juice, condensed milk, and a meringue topping, are an iconic Floridian dish.

Washington – If Maine is all about lobster, then Washington is salmon country. Fat sockeye salmon can be found in the rivers that crisscross the state, so they can usually be found on local tables and menus as well.

Hawaii – Spam musubi is a snack food that can be equated to Japan’s iconic sushi. Instead of fish, though, this Hawaiian specialty has grilled Spam on sushi rice wrapped in dried seaweed.

These six dishes are but a sampling of the many specialties that can be found across the entire U.S. If you plan on trying all of them, remember to pace yourself. There are 50 states, after all.