D.C. Food Favorites

D.C. Food Favorites

Food, food, food and more food. There is no better place in the whole world for unique food than the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia). So, if you have some extra cash saved up, here are some spots I have discovered and highly recommend. Be forewarned, some of these places are a bit pricey and others are far away, but if you are up for an adventure, these places are for you. Also, if you think you can’t afford it, refer back to my earlier post about ways to conquer D.C. on a budget… Lastly, these restaurants (and a bar) are arranged by location for your convenience



Astros Chicken & Donuts




If you are like me and crave donuts, and have a roommate who craves fried chicken, then Astros Chicken & Donuts is the place for you! It includes huge chicken pieces with extraordinarily unique and delicious donuts including my personal favorite, Maple Bacon (don’t knock it until you try it). They also have Vanilla Bean, Crème Brûlée, S’mores, Peanut Butter and Jelly and Nutella donuts as well. Astros also makes fantastic sandwiches that all come fresh on a donut bun. And the tater tots are the best I’ve ever had.


Art & Soul


Art and Soul Chicken Dinner


If you are from the South, this is a little slice of home. If you have never had Southern comfort food, its time for you to try. Art & Soul not only boasts exquisite Southern fare such as Mac and Cheese, double-dipped and super crispy fried chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes and spicy collard greens, it also has a quite impressive Happy Hour menu from 3 to 7.


Beucherts Saloon


Ifrench toast


Beucherts Saloon is located in Southeast D.C. just down the road from the Eastern Market. It is a phenomenal brunch spot. It is so good, in fact, that we had to go back once more. The food is outstanding, and the service is even better. I would personally suggest the breakfast sammie, french toast, or the shrimp and grits. To start, try the beignets and the bottomless mead-mosas. One suggestion would be to make reservations at least a few days in advanced for an earlier time, such as 11 a.m. and sit inside for the best service possible.




Lobster FriDiablo


I have referred to Carmines once before, and I do try and stray from chain restaurants. But every time I go,I have a totally different meal and have yet to be disappointed. The Lobster FriDiablo entree, pictured above is enough to feed 8 of your closest friends, but is also mind-blowingly delicious. Huge chunks of lobster, clams, muscles and shrimp are combined with large poached tomatoes and a spicy red sauce. Bring your appetite and your friends to this one.


District Chophouse


Chop House Meal 1


Chop House Meal 2


This hidden gem is not only an affordable steakhouse, it is also a brewery if you are into sampling local beers. The beautifully regal dining room is paired with the rustic upstairs brewery and billiards lounge. Their salads never disappoint and to my surprise, neither does their seafood! No matter what you are looking for: steak, fish, homemade mashed potatoes or a healthy salad, District Chophouse is worth the trip to Penn Quarter.


POV (Point of View)


Point of View


If you are not 21 or older, please kindly move to the next restaurant. Point of View is one of the nicest and most well-known bars in the city. It’s location on the rooftop of the W Hotel boasts views of the White House, the Treasury and a breath-taking view of the Washington Monument. I will warn, this swanky spot is not for the tight-fisted. If you plan on going for a drink or two, the views are going to cost you. My suggestion would be to take your parents there for an evening glass of wine so you can enjoy the spectacular views before the restaurant transforms into a pricey nightclub. Oh, and dress to impress.


Ben’s Chili Bowl




You know Ben’s Chili Bowl is good for many reasons. Number one, it has been open for more than 30 years, and eating there was a requirement for my night class. Whether it is the chili, the chili dog or the desserts, Ben’s is worth the trip to U Street. Do bring cash, because plastic is not accepted at Ben’s.






The corner shop right next to The Washington Center is home to some of the best Indian take-out in the city: Indigo. My roommate and I were always very curious about the restaurant, seeing as we could always get a whiff of the food from our balcony. I personally did not take a liking to this foreign cuisine but then again, I have never been a fan of Indian food. If you are a fan, this is definitely a place to test out.


Southside 815


Spicy Pasta


On a weekend adventure to Mt. Vernon, we discovered a quaint bar and Cajun restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia, where the chicken was crispy, the pasta was spicy and the ribs fell right off the bone. If you are willing to make the trek down the blue line, or maybe just a Sunday drive, then definitely stop by Southside 815.


The Pennsylvania Dutch Farmers Market


Farmers Market


During my stay in Washington, D.C. I spent quite a bit of time in Annapolis, Maryland. One hidden gem is this farmers market located in the Annapolis Harbor Center, as this market has a plethora of homemade treats, freshly cut meats and handmade trinkets. Here you can find homemade everything: cheeses, pastries, preserves and more. When you are strolling the colorful aisles, be sure to snack on their famous “Log” sandwiches.


Treaty of Paris


Eggs Chesapeak


The Treaty of Paris in historic Annapolis is encapsulated in a quiet, intimate restaurant. Their breakfast is absolutely amazing. The Eggs Chesapeake has changed my life for the better. Poached eggs on top of Lump Maryland Blue crab and a toasted English muffin, with hollandaise sauce. If you find yourself wandering around downtown Annapolis Harbor, be sure to stop in and enjoy.


Stay Hungry My Friends,


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