BEST PLACES TO EAT IN DC, NON-CLICHES
DC has an awesome, underrated, and eclectic food scene, thanks to a largely transient citizenry. Here is a list of my favorite places in order of least to most expensive.
- •Shake Shack ($)In DC the Shake Shacks have shorter lines!
- •El Rey ($)Al pastor and carne asana tacos (the best choices, not the only ones... I've tried em all) in a fresh air restaurant built from old trucking containers. There's never a time I'm not craving these.
- •Cava Grill ($)The Chipotle model of Mediterranean salads and rice bowls. Spicy lamb meatballs and the crazy feta are must adds.
- •&Pizza ($)The Chipotle model of pizza. Impossible not to over-stuff your pizza. It's taking over DC body-snatchers style.
- •Taylors ($)Philly style subs. Many chicken cutlet options; great roasted pork; majestic bread.
- •Matchbox ($$)Best sliders anywhere, DC or not. This is a promise or your next list is free.
- •Ghibellina ($$)Personal pizzas you get to cut with scissors. Fun for your mouth and your hands. And don't you discount the anchovy pizza (Napoli).
- •Red Hen ($$)Every pasta dish here is the best pasta in the city. Hard to get into but worth the wait, plus you can wait around the corner at Boundary Stone, a great bar.
- •Hank's Oyster Bar ($$)My favorite place in DC. Daily changing menu of fresh creative seafood with classic staples always available too.
- •Tico ($$)Central American small plates that are great for dinner but better for brunch.
- •Mintwood Place ($$$)Where it's a dogfight between incredible taste and inspiring presentation. This is what the Tagliatelle bolognese looks like:
- •Kapnos ($$$)Mediterranean fare from 2 Top Chef guys. So good that I've eaten foods I dislike here (root veggies) and loved them. Also, spinning animals! Racks on racks!
- •Filomena ($$$)It's a hokey red sauce, old-school mafioso Italian spot that almost feels like dinner theatre. But the nonnas in the window making pasta is the only detail that deserves judging. This place is legit.
- •Thai X-ing ($$$)Prix fixe (fun to type!) Thai food that ranges far past comfort zone Pad Thai or Green Curry. BYOB and bring lots because this is SPICY. Great for a group.
- •Central ($$$)Michel Richard's French restaurant that may be the most dependable great meal no matter what you order. That being said, order the Rotisserie Chicken.
- •Rasika ($$$)True story: @tonyreali took me to dinner here and I didn't have the heart to tell him I didn't think I liked Indian food. Spoiler alert- I love Indian food.
- •Seasonal Pantry Supper Club ($$$$)12 person tasting table by Chef Dan O'Brien. 7-12 courses cooked in front of you, while answering questions and hanging out. An unforgettable experience more than a meal.
- •sweetgreen ($)fresh local produce served fast, and seasonal selections. best salads in DC.Suggested by @belsky