Our Washington, D.C.
They’ll tell you where to go and what to get there. This is your insider list for your next visit (in no particular order). —Editor
Bistro Cacao >> One of D.C.’s finest and niche French restaurants.
Mari Vanna >> Serious Russian dishes both bitter and sweet.
Comet Ping Pong >> Hand-crafted pizza and an assortment of ping pong tables
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern >> A quick meal before attending a sporting event (or even to watch an event there). I just love their fried Brussel sprouts.
The Source >> Layer carrot cake with ginger ice cream. Very thinly sliced and plenty to share.
The Smith >> Grilled chicken sandwich on a sesame baguette with all the works. A meal in itself and absolutely delectable.
Founding Farmers >> Chicken and waffles with homemade syrup. Must leave room for their kettle popcorn.
Tosca >> Outstanding scallops and pasta.
Sticky Fingers >> Infamous bakery treats as well as unforgettable vegan alt-tuna melt and black bean and green chili.
China Chilcano >> Funky, comfortable, artsy fartsy. Try the yummy citrusy Pisco Sour, Aeroporto (a noodly bunch of stir fired veggies with a bite of garlic and spice) and Passion Fruit Chicha Morada.
Beau Thai >> Voted D.C.’s best Thai (casual spot with the best drunken noodles).
Jaleo >> Great Spanish tapas and the perfect G&T.
All-Purpose Pizzeria >> Go-to spot for gourmet pizza and a glass of wine.
Etete or Chercher >> Where to dine on D.C.’s great Ethiopian cuisine.
BToo >> Contemporary Belgian with mussels and waffles.
Barcelona >> A happening cocktail place with a fire pit on the patio.
San Lorenzo >> Superb veal cheeks & polenta.
Tryst >> Best coffee and casual atmosphere with live music in the evening.
Bistro Boheme >> Authentic Eastern European cuisine.
Doi Moi >> Modern take on Asian favorites; anything with caramel fish sauce is a must.
Tabard Inn >> Drinks in front of the fire in the old hotel lobby or dinner in the back.
Estadio >> Spanish tapas, wine or Europe’s football—you choose.
SEI >> Best happy hour specials featuring the freshest sushi.
Tune Inn >> Hands down the best dive bar on Capitol Hill for reasonably priced beer and late night, greasy eats (they have tater tots!).
Indigo >> Hidden gem in NoMa that may have the best and most affordable Indian food I’ve ever had (don’t tell Rasika).
Biergarten Haus >> The most dog-friendly establishment in D.C.!
Trusty’s >> Another hidden gem on Capitol Hill that has the best burgers, board games and craft beer (a Hipster’s paradise).
Rasika >> For something unique—fried spinach and black cod.
Jack Rose >> Best bourbon spot.
Oyamel >> Best ceviche.
Chez Billy >> For dinner followed by Bar Au Vin by the fire…best date night.
Le Diplomat >> BEST brunch EVER.
Trump Old Post Office >> Excellent whiskey and Kansas City steak. And don’t miss the maple-encrusted bacon on a clothesline.
Martin’s Tavern >> (Georgetown) John Kennedy’s old digs—a historic haute pub that never got old.