NoMa

NoMa

Let me tell you something now. You're going to get here, and for about the first two weeks, it'll feel like 50% of the words you hear will be "up and coming." You'll develop a love-hate relationship with this term, used to describe the neighborhood in which you'll be living. The area doesn't yet have the draws of Foggy Bottom or Adams Morgan, but you'll grow to love some of its charming features:

  • Ebenezer's Coffee (201 F St. NE): Awesome place to do homework. I am actually addicted to their iced tea.
  • Toscana's (601 2nd Street NE): This little gem is run by an adorable Italian family and serves homemade pasta, sandwiches, etc. You MUST get the tiramisu. It's just as good as the tiramisu I had in Italy.
  • Dangerously Delicious Pies (1339 H St NE): This place was featured on "Best Thing I Ever Ate" (Baltimore Bomb Pie) and "Throwdown with Bobby Flay." Need I say more?
  • Sticky Rice (1224 H Street NE): This might sound weird, but go for the tater tots.
  • Harris Teeter's (1201 1st Street NE): This is the closest grocery store. I'd recommend you bring reusable bags to save the 5-cent tax D.C. has on plastic bags, and sign up for a VIC rewards card once you get here.
  • Potbelly's (1275 1st Street NE): This sandwich chain is delicious and cute and doesn't feel like a chain at all. It's about as prevalent as Starbuck's in D.C., but still, it's a fun place to have
  • Roti's (1275 1st Street Northeast): Right next door to Potbelly's. I haven't tried it yet, but it's a cute Mediterranean restaurant, kind of along the lines of Chipotle.

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