Washington DC, the United States’ Capitol and home to our government, is often recognized for being a city filled with American history and culture. However, DC is overlooked in terms of its restaurant scene, but some of the best places to eat in the country can be found in our capitol. Here are just some of the few wonderful restaurants you should try out if you are in the area:
First on the list is a New American restaurant located in Capitol Hill and known for its happy atmosphere and over-the-top meals – Rose’s Luxury. With a focus on small plates, the menu has a wide range of options to choose from. Trom bold, spicy flavors to sweeter dishes, you’ll find a plate here catered to everyone’s likes. Though you will most likely have to wait a while before you’re seated – it’s worth it. Some of restaurant’s favorite dishes are the pork-lychee salad, fried oysters, and smoked brisket.
Chef Fabio Trabocchi’s beautiful Italian restaurant, Fiola, is next on list. Situated in the more modern Penn Quarter district, this dining experience is elegance at its finest, mixed with classic Italian flavors and state-of-the-art service that will be worth every penny. Fiola was voted the number one restaurant in DC on Zagat, which you can read more about here. Some of Fiola’s most talked about dishes are: the Maine lobster ravioli, the prosciutto-wrapped veal chop, and the creazione tasting menu.
Red Hen, another Italian restaurant, is next on the list of DC’s top restaurants, located in the Bloomingdale area. Red Hen differs from Fiola in many ways, including the atmosphere, which is more intimate and cozy, the rustic decor, along with dishes that are a bit more simple, but nonetheless delicious. Some of restaurant’s most well-known dishes are the rigatoni with sausage and the whipped ricotta crostini. Another great feature of Red Hen is its wine list, which includes a little over a dozen wines curated by the notable sommelier, Sebastian Zutant.
Duke’s Grocery rounds up this list as the casual, yet sophisticated, welcoming restaurant known for its unique East London vibes. The restaurant is known for its incredible classic burger, along with its full English breakfast and hearty lunch sandwich specials. Others have voted the macaroni and cheese some of the best in DC. Keep in mind, the menu changes daily, so check online for the most up-to-date offerings.
There you have it, a broad range of some of DC’s finest dining establishments. So, next time you’re getting hungry in the area, be sure to check out one of these impeccable places to share a meal with people you know will appreciate the art of great cooking.