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Washington D.C.: Dining In The District

November 26, 2013

Bogged down by government gridlock? It just gives you more time to eat your way through dining in Washington D.C.

Get a taste of good old Americana and break bread with some of the country’s political leaders with this list of Washington D.C.’s ten best restaurants.

Good Stuff Eatery

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Must Eat: Obama Burger and Toasted Marshmallow Shake

Top Chef contestant Spike Mendehlson created this burger joint that is now a hub for congressional staffers and hip Capitol Hill dwellers. Dine outside and enjoy a view of the Capitol—don’t forget to try the wide array of flavored mayos for your fries.

Eastern Market

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Must Eat: Blueberry buckwheat pancakes

At this popular market full of vendors, the star of Eastern Market is an unassuming plate of pancakes. Plan accordingly, because the line can be out of control on weekend mornings and seating is limited, but the blueberry buckwheat pancakes (“blue bucks” to the accustomed) are worth the wait.

Baked and Wired

Neighborhood: Georgetown

Must Eat: Red Velvet cupcake and Hippie Crack granola

Sure, the cupcake shop a few blocks over has a TV show about it, but locals know Baked and Wired is home to the best cupcake in town. There are also a lot of other baked good options, great coffee, and wonderful people watching of the intellectual hipsters. Look for the bright pink bike parked out front.

2 Amys Pizzeria

Neighborhood: Cleveland Park

Must Eat: Margarita Pizza

A bustling and authentic Italian pizza place, 2 Amys boasts a wide variety of flavors and toppings. It’s hip, hyped, and hurried, but the pizza sure is delicious.

Old Ebbitt Grill

Neighborhood: Downtown

Must Eat: Oysters and crab cakes

Awash in history and scandal, Old Ebbitt Grill is the District’s oldest bar and restaurant and has hosted some of the city’s largest players. The food nowadays isn’t half bad either, with a great variety of crowd favorites and a full bar. You never know who you’ll bump into here.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Neighborhood: all over

Must Eat: Wreck sandwich and strawberry milkshake

If you need a quick bite between museums and monuments, Potbelly’s in an excellent choice. A national chain, there are locations throughout the district. The quick service and affordable menu make for a perfect midday munch.

Founding Farmers

Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom

Must Eat: Fried Green Tomatoes

Known for its fresh from the farm menu, Founding Farmers is a like eating brunch at Grandma’s farm—if your grandma was an amazing cook with only the best ingredients. Everything is organic and local and the vibe is rustic and chic.

Marcel’s

Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom

Must Eat: Tasting Menu

A four star French restaurant, Marcels is one of the best for both atmosphere and menu. Dress us, eat up and pay up—Marcel’s is worth the splurge.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café

Neighborhood: DuPont Circle

Must Eat: Salted Carmel Cheesecake and Cinnamon Ice Cream

Kramer’s is more than just a bookstore—it’s a glimpse into the cross-section of life in DuPont Circle. The upstairs restaurant is open 24 hours during the weekend and til 1am the rest of the week. It is the perfect place for a full meal or just dessert and a drink. There are performers on the weekends and great books to read always.

Asia 54

Neighborhood: West End

Must Eat: Redskins Roll

A classy but casual sushi bar, Asia 54 brings in flavors from across the orient. The hip, sleek interior and friendly service have made this a neighborhood favorite.

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-Michelle Kaiser

Michelle Kaiser