Lifestyle Seasoned Traveler the Jan/Feb 2019 issue

Our Washington, D.C.

We couldn’t resist tapping into our own local experts to cap off our coverage of Washington, D.C.
By Carrie Williamson

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.

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