Washington DC

Ducks swimming at the National Mall in DC. 12 May 2010.

Between visiting family and friends, as well as client assignments, I am spending a significant amount of time in the nation’s capital. After work hours, simply put, my culinary adventures take me all over the place. Washington DC has something to offer for everyone, no matter what part of the District you live in. At this rate, I will have eaten out here more often than in Philadelphia, which I find rather interesting – as it is, DC has long been my second home.

Washington DC

Baked and Wired | Cafe/Cupcakery | Georgetown
Innovative dessert cafe that sells eclectic unique cupcakes, biscotti and pastries as well as iced tea and coffee. Just off M Street.
Review | Website

Crumbs | Cupcakery | Downtown
NYC-originated bakery makes it to DC, well known for their over-the-top colossal cupcakes. Quality – at least at this location – was pretty good.
Blog post | Website

Jaleo | Spanish | Downtown
Renowned chef Jose Andres unleashes a solid lineup of Spanish food. I’ve eaten here multiple times and it’s never disappointed.
Review | Website

Julia’s Empanadas | Spanish | Various Locations
Straight up simple and affordable, locations in Dupont, Brightwood Heights, Columbia Heights, and Adams Morgan. Rotating vegetarian empanadas, meat and dessert empanadas are consistent. A very good meal for the price.
Review | Website

La Madeleine | French | Multiple Locations
Affordably-priced casual French cafe. I ate dinner – and studied at – the Georgetown location on 30th and M Streets.
Review | Website

Las Canteras | Peruvian | Adams Morgan
Small, intimate Peruvian eatery with good food and even better drinks to boot.
Review | Website

Le Pain Quotidien | French | Dupont Circle, Georgetown
Small French cafe, moderately priced. Didn’t care for their desserts though.
Review | Website

Mad Hatter | American | Dupont Circle
Typical American pub fare, better known for its happy hours and late night and special events. Although in all honesty the food really isn’t that bad either.
Review | Website

Masa 14 | Asian Fusion | U Street Corridor
Asian-fusion tapas from spiced edamame to tuna flatbread and the like. Went here for my aunt’s birthday, and it’s supposedly a great place for couples to go as well.
Review | Website

Meskerem | Ethiopian | Adams Morgan
Really hard to say if the food was any better than Zed’s, although the service certainly was. Small intimate Ethopian restaurant.
Review | Website

Meze | Mediterranean | Adams Morgan
Very reliable Mediterranean restaurant, good happy hours, apps, desserts and everything else in between.
Review | Website

Mi Rancho | Tex Mex | Silver Spring
Laid back casual Tex-Mex eatery fancied by my relatives who took me out here during a business trip down to the District.
Review | Website

Old Glory All-American BBQ | American | Georgetown
A notch above the typical American gastropub. Cornbread and honey butter were a great way to start off the meal.
Review | Website

Pitango | Gelateria | Dupont Circle, Downtown
All-natural gelato with a variety of flavours.
Review | Website

Red Velvet Cupcakery | Bakery | Dupont Circle, Downtown
One of the many go-to cupcakeries in the District. I’ve had 4 different types of cakes here, not one disappointed.
Review | Website

Rosa Mexicana | Mexican | Downtown
Guacamole was a little expensive ($24 for 4 people wow), but the food was overall good.
Review | Website

Rumba Cafe | Spanish | Adams Morgan
Tapas were served hot and promptly at this eatery on 18th St. Sangrias and mojitos were good but the former didn’t quite top the Tapeo ones in Boston.
Review | Website

Sonoma | American | Capitol Hill
Came here for a party, and the banquet menu surely didn’t disappoint. Desserts – particularly the chutney parfait – were intriguingly good.
Review | Website

Urbana | Italian | Dupont Circle
The Hotel Palomar’s signature restaurant, very eclectic and delicious Italian food.
Review | Website

Tabaq Bistro | Turkish | U Street Corridor
Five-floor Turkish restaurant with retractable roof delivers an interesting lineup to DC’s U Street.
Review | Website

Vapiano | European Casual | Gallery Plaza
Vapiano defines as fast and fresh casual – an innovative European concept serving made-to-order hand tossed pizzas, fresh, house-made pasta and hand tossed gourmet salads.
Review | Website

Zaytinya | Turkish, Greek, Lebanese | Downtown
Simply put, if I can swing another trip after work here, I will. Excellent all around. Really enjoyed the quail eggs and the prawn dishes.
Review | Website

Zed’s Ethopian Cuisine | Ethiopian | Georgetown
Food was good, service wasn’t as impressive.
Review | Website


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