Latest Eats in DC

Even though we aren’t currently living in DC, we still go in to the city quite regularly (or, for Jeff, every day, since he works in the city). Here’s where we’ve been eating.


Kimchi Wa at Beefsteak

This is Jose Andres’s fast casual vegetable joint. The Foggy Bottom one is on the GWU campus, basically. I had the Kimchi-wa bowl and it delighted my tastebuds with flavor memories of Korea.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 800 22nd St NW (Foggy Bottom) and 1528 Connecticut Ave NW (Dupont Circle)
  • Hours: Foggy Bottom location is open 10:30 am to 10 pm daily
  • What to Expect: Huge bowls of tasty vegetables.


Open City

brunch at Open City

I’ve now been here twice. The first time, I was getting brunch with friends after a trail ride in Rock Creek Park. The wait was about an hour. The second time, Jeff and I came with friends to get coffee and baked goods. The food was great but I would probably not come again for brunch due to the wait. However, I wouldn’t mind trying them out for lunch or dinner another time.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 2331 Calvert St NW (Woodley Park)
  • Hours: 6 am to 12 am daily (open until 1 am Friday and Saturday)
  • What to Expect: Long waits for a tasty brunch, good baked goods.

Melt Shop

Melt Shop is a grilled cheese restaurant catering to the work crowd. I had a truffle grilled cheese and a side of tots. The grilled cheese was really nice, but the tots were kind of boring. I would maybe get the cheese or loaded tots if I go back.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 1901 L St NW (Farragut)
  • Hours: Monday through Friday 11 am to 8 pm
  • What to Expect: Tasty fast-casual grilled cheese.

Rose’s Luxury

monkey bread

Right before the wedding, we were able to secure the only reservation Rose’s Luxury has each night: the roof garden. The thing about Rose’s Luxury is that they do not take reservations (except the coveted roof garden) and there is a huge line – though I hear nowadays you give them your number and just have to stay within a 15-minute radius, so maybe you won’t have to wait in a literal line.

Average dishes are around $15-20 each, but if you get the roof garden (it’s really hard: you have to log on to their website Monday at 11 am three weeks before you want the reservation and get really lucky in your clicking, because they literally have 6 reservations per week) it’s $125 per person. NOTE: Currently, the roof garden is closed to make it weather-proof. There are currently TWO reservations per night, 5:15 & 8:30, for the main dining room and a $55 tasting menu. From my understanding, the line is quite long if you don’t make a reservation – so try to get in early.

The food for the roof garden was absolutely incredible, and the service was top-notch. We had a dedicated waiter and she was wonderful. The pork and lychee salad, the potato bread and the monkey bread were my top highlights, but every dish was delicious.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 717 8th St SE (Capitol Hill)
  • Hours: 5-10 pm Monday through Saturday
  • What to Expect: Inventive dishes and long-ass lines.

Bethesda Bagels

bagel with scallion cream cheese

DC seems to have a sad lack of excellent bagel spots, unfortunately. However, there are a few if you know where to look, and I can now say with confidence that Bethesda Bagels is one of them. As the name suggests, they have a location in Bethesda, but there is also one in Dupont Circle. If you can deal with their early closing hours and the line, you’ll find yourself some really nice bagels and some very well-flavored cream cheese.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 1718 Connecticut Ave NW (Dupont Circle)
  • Hours: 6:30 am to 4 pm daily
  • What to Expect: Delicious bagels, and crowds.

Compass Rose

As soon as I heard “international street food restaurant” I knew I had to go to Compass Rose. Especially since their most well-known dish is a cheese and egg bread (known as khachapuri) looked so delicious. We got the arepas, the tostones, the currywurst, and the khachapuri. The tostones weren’t all that great, and the currywurst was decent but not exemplary. But the arepas and the khachapuri were absolutely scrumptious. The space is small and gets quite crowded, but they too have one special reservation per night in the Bedouin Tent for a $70 tasting menu.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 1346 T St NW (U Street)
  • Hours: Open for dinner at 5 pm daily until late, open for brunch on Sunday from 11-3.
  • What to Expect: International street food inspired small plates.

Duke’s Grocery

Duke’s Grocery was on my list for one reason: the Proper Burger with a runny egg. It’s a British pub with a somewhat eclectic menu. My Proper Burger was very nice, but Jeff did not enjoy the jackfruit sandwich he ordered.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 1513 17th St NW (Dupont Circle)
  • Hours: 11 am to 2 am daily.
  • What to Expect: British pub food including a mighty tasty burger.

Pie Sisters

I could wax eloquent about Pie Sisters for day. Instead, I’ll just say that you should absolutely go there and try as many of their pie flavors as you can manage. We bought pies for our wedding from here, even though we then had to transport them three hours. They were worth all the hassle.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 3423 M St NW (Georgetown)
  • Hours: 11 am to 7 pm, Wednesday through Sunday (open til 9 Thursday to Saturday).
  • What to Expect: Totally excellent pies and mini pies, as well as delicious savory pies.

Bub and Pop’s

italian sub

Bub and Pop’s is a little hole in the wall with excellent subs. I had the Italian Hoagie and it was a serious sandwich. I loved the shaved pecorino over the top.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 1815 M St NW (Dupont Circle)
  • Hours: 11 am to 4 pm, Mon-Wed, 11-7 Thurs-Fri, 12-7 Sun
  • What to Expect: Really tasty subs.


loaded baked potato salad

One day, we were walking around Penn Quarter trying to find somewhere to just walk in to, which can sometimes be a bit difficult. We were luckily able to get seats at the pizza bar at Graffiato. We had bread with their pepperoni sauce (it tastes like liquid pepperoni), loaded baked potato salad (amazing), a beet dish, and risotto. I thought everything was delicious, and have recommended the place, only to find out it tends to provoke mixed feelings. Your mileage may vary.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 707 6th St NW (Chinatown)
  • Hours: 11:30-11 daily.
  • What to Expect: Italian small plates and pizza.

Co Co. Sala

bacon mac and cheese

Co Co. Sala is a dessert restaurant. Sure, they also serve small plates, but they recommend you leave plenty of room for their desserts. We had a gift card, and we got the bacon mac and cheese, sweet and sour cauliflower, rosemary parmesan fries, and then we each chose a three course dessert. I got the Co Co. Grown Up and Jeff got the Chocolate Onyx. Both were delicious.

At a Glance:

  • Location: 929 F St NW (Metro Center)
  • Hours: Open at 4 for dinner Monday through Friday, open for brunch on the weekends 11-2:30.
  • What to Expect: Small plates and stellar desserts.

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