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By Olivia Wingert
DC has no shortage of dining options and it can be overwhelming to know what ones are affordable, in a safe area, have a nice aesthetic, and are worth the trip. Below is the ultimate DC dining list, organized by location.
Gallery Place/ Chinatown
- Vapiano– Inexpensive pasta that is truly something special. A D.C. staple.
- Sweet Green– Good if you need a quick, reliable bite on the go. Yes, it’s a chain, but it was started by two Georgetown guys, which we love.
- China Express: Look no further for Chinese takeout. A place beloved by many.
- A Baked Joint– Amazing baked goods, cookies, breads, and toasts. Great for a light brunch.
- Wize Guy Pizza– Tasty and affordable pizza by the slice. Our recommendation: Chicken Parm Pizza.
- Milk Bar (City Center + Logan Circle)- The cool girl’s/guy’s place to go. A recommendation: the confetti cake and the cereal milk ice cream.
Capitol Hill/ Eastern Market/ Union Station
- Good Stuff Eatery– The best burgers, fries, and milkshakes. Not into red meat or are vegetarian? Get any of the burgers with a turkey or veggie patty!
- We the Pizza– Owned by the same people as Good Stuff, they sell by the slice and it is incredible.
- Talay Thai – Cozy Thai.
- Eastern Market Farmers Market – For slow Saturday mornings. Beeline for the crepe truck. It is life changing.
- Ebenezer’s– Best place to hunker down and study on the weekends.
- Founding Farmers (Foggy Bottom) – A DC classic you have to hit. Upscale “American” food. Be prepared with reservations before you go, especially on the weekend.
- Flower Child – Great for a light lunch. Most offerings are vegan!
U Street/ Dupont
- LeDiplomate – If you go nowhere else in DC, go here for brunch or dinner. So French, so cute, and so good.
- Mission (Dupont): – An absolute dining staple with Mexican food and outdoor seating. Get the quesadilla.
- Kramerbooks & Afterwords – A cute bookstore and bistro perfect for Sunday brunch or a friend’s night out. Recommendation: Try their French Sodas and waffles.
- Tatte Bakery- A Boston-based bakery and cafe that is teeming with pastries, toasts, and coffees, all served in a beautiful space full of white marble and giant windows.
- The Tombs– Go for great food and a great atmosphere. It is high end pub food. Such a Georgetown experience.
- Sundevich– Yummy, huge sandwiches on French baguettes. Not lying when I say the sandwiches are made on an entire baguette.
- Il Canale- Can’t-go-wrong Italian with great thin pizzas.
- Georgetown Cupcake – So good and so cute. Little pink boxes make everything better.
- Baked and Wired– Best cupcakes in D.C.
- Levain Bakery– The trendy NYC bakery has finally made its way to DC. Giant cookies that are absolute perfection.
Old Town Alexandria
- Mia’s (Old Town Alexandria)- Worth the trip outside the city. Amazing modern Italian food!
- Menomale– Amazing thin pizza and desert.
- Brookland Grille -Stellar diner-style breakfast that will cost you pennies.
- Union Market – This is a warehouse converted to a food and small business space. So fun to walk around.
- South Block for açaí bowls and green smoothies