I’m interning in the Capital this summer (good ole swamp-land), so I thought I’d share some of my favorite places to go out for food/drink in the city!
I live up near Howard University (Shaw metro, for those of you in-the-know), and have found some lovely eateries there.
I hadn’t ever had Ethiopian fare until I came to DC, and I must say that I love it. Now that I’m going Paleo, it’s a bit rough to eat here, since they don’t give you utensils and you eat your main dish by use of a spongy-bread called Injera! Which, might I add, smells like sourdough, looks like spongy pita, and is totally delicious. It expands in your stomach, though, so watch out! This place is located right by the Shaw metro station (7th and T street), is very reasonable (entrees $8-12, beers $2, wine around $3.50), and gives you lots of food to take home for the next day! They’re also a bakery for Ethiopian bread.
This places, though it’s certainly not an upperclass establishment and looks a bit shady, is heralded as one of the best in DC. No joke.
Baked and Wired
Best cupcake place in DC. Don’t listen to those people telling you to go to Georgetown Cupcake, or Sprinkles, or wherever. Seriously – don’t.
Baked and Wired is like a gourmet-foodie’s dream. You walk in, and the cupcakes are covered in glass vases. On display. Drool.
Like the others, it’s located in Georgetown (something like between 36th and 37th), and it’s near the waterfront. I recommend grabbing a cupcake and walking down with your friends to the waterfront to watch some good ole rowing. We love rowing!
A fun little restaurant just off of George Washington’s campus, it’s best known for its gourmet mac n cheese and tater tots. I love their fish tacos, and pretty much all of their burgers. PS, their burgers are the size of your head. Please take a friend.
It’s in an old Pharmacy, and the decoration is adorable. I’ve heard it’s a popular date-place for GW students.
Every Friday, most food trucks gather in Farragut Square for an insane food-fest. There are some seriously awesome trucks out there. My coworkers favorites include Basil & Thyme (gourmet Italian), Curbside Cupcakes and TaKorean (korean tacos!)
The food trucks also move around the city during the week, so you can always track them, on places like: http://foodtruckfiesta.com/food-trucks-washington-dc/. Bad news for us foodies.