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Don’t Miss These Top 5 DC Restaurants

As a bustling international city, Washington DC boasts a smorgasbord of interesting restaurants. From casual street food to eclectic ethnic fare to fine dining to classic southern cooking, there is something for every personal taste and preference in the nation’s capital. Here are five restaurants to be sure not to miss when traveling to DC:


This landmark tavern is a Washington institution. Located just a few blocks from the White House, this upscale restaurant is known as a gathering spot of top political and business leaders. Many deals have been made over a meal at Old Ebbitt Grill and you never know who you might run into when you walk through its doors. The Victorian-style decor is both plush and cozy at the same time. Start your meal with a bowl of the fried oyster stew and then move on to specialties such as the blackened shrimp and grits, jumbo lump crab cake, and crispy roasted chicken.

675 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005


This iconic DC restaurant has locations in both Capitol Hill and on 14th Street. The neighborhood diner is a great choice for any meal of the day with its contemporary spin on a number of classic American dishes. Breakfast diners will appreciate the breakfast nachos and massive cinnamon rolls while lunch and dinner guests will love the country fried chicken, meatloaf, fresh salads, and hot sandwiches. Ted’s is famous for its spin on a Pop Tart with a variety of seasonal flavors. These delectables are the perfect treat after any meal of the day.

1818 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


The central Foggy Bottom location of this farm to table restaurant makes it a convenient stop during any day touring the city. With an emphasis on cooking from scratch, the inventive dishes at this restaurant taste as good as they look. The moderately priced Founding Farmers is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The welcoming digs are especially popular at breakfast as diners flock to try the farmhouse waffles, beignets, and a myriad of egg scrambles and benedicts. An expansive drink menu invites you to stay awhile.

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006


If you are looking for a quick meal on the go, We, the Pizza has you covered. Available by the slice or as a whole pie, this favorite local pizza place makes for a convenient lunch when near its Capitol Hill location. We, the Pizza also offers garlic knots, fresh salads, wings, and more. The flavorful homemade sodas or draft beer make the ideal accompaniment to any pizza meal.

305 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003


Washington, DC is the perfect place to push the boundaries of your palate. With so many ethnic foods to choose from, there is always something new to experience. One of the hottest restaurants today is Thamee, specializing in Burmese cuisine. Located on H Street NW, this gem offers a cornucopia of curries, noodles, and veggies, giving diners the perfect introduction to this flavorful type of food. Thamee is open daily for dinner but closed on Tuesday. A weekend brunch is also a fun way to try out this eclectic fare. 
1320 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

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