Hey lovelies! With the start of summer comes vacation season, and people come from all over the world to visit and explore DC. Being an area native, I have a lifetime’s worth of positive experiences and reasons why I love DC so much. This summer, I’m starting a new series on the best things to see and do in Washington, DC! (“You’re the jii to my yeah” loosely translates to “you’re the peanut butter to my jelly” or any two things that go together - DMV slang is a different beast entirely lol!) Hopefully it will encourage you to plan a trip here before the season ends. This first segment is on the best restaurants in the city (in my opinion, of course). There are so many restaurants I’ve been to, but I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites. Read on to hear about the best spots for each type of cuisine, and find the website (if available) to check it out and plan for yourself!
Best “All-American” Food:
Matchbox: This is hands-down my absolute favorite restaurant on this list. They have sandwiches, salads, pastas, burgers...something for everyone! The drinks are fantastic as well, and they offer a wonderful happy hour. My favorite things to order are the calamari, crab cake sandwich, shrimp linguine; the best drink is the patio pounder lemonade. Please note that the menu varies slightly at each location. Website here.
Marvin: This place has amazing soul food (the shrimp and grits are to die for), but the main appeal of Marvin is their gorgeous rooftop! Perfect for happy hour and weekend fun. Website here.
Best Asian Food:
Noodles on 11: This is my go-to spot in downtown DC for pho and other non-ramen Asian noodle soups (most of my favorite ramen places are non-Metro accessible and/or not in DC, sorry!). Small, family owned shop with amazing food, and reasonably priced. The steam dumplings, veggie spring rolls, and chicken broth-based soups are delicious. Ambience is definitely date-y or best for small groups, so bring bae or your closest friends for a great time! Website here.
Wok and Roll: Wonderful Chinese food here! MY go-to place in Chinatown when I want standard Americanized Chinese fare or sushi, but upscale and reasonably priced (I like to eat good on a budget, if you haven’t noticed lol). The shrimp lo mein here is fantastic. Website here.
Ted’s Bulletin: By far my favorite brunch place (and hence why it’s the only one I’m talking about). Wonderful, feel-good breakfast, with plenty of options for everyone. The thick-cut French toast is everything, and the grits are life-changing. You’re welcome. Please note that they do not accept reservations, so it’s best to call ahead to be put on the waitlist (as there’s always a wait!). Website here.
We the Pizza: My favorite pizza place in the city, period. Whole pies and pizza by the slice are both sold. Their cheese pizza is to die for (as that’s the best metric to judge how good a pizza joint is), but they also have a wide variety of pies to choose from if you’re more adventurous. Website here.
Timber Pizza: A recent favorite, as I’ve frequented their stand at the McPherson Square farmers market. Fantastic brick oven pizza, with my favorite being their cheese (typical Kam). Veggie options available as well. Website here.
&pizza: I had to include this for the culture! Delicious and convenient (As they’re open late for all your 2 AM DC post-bar excursions), with locations all over the city. Cheap and fresh, with lots of veggie and gluten-free options for any eater. Website here.
Alright, lovelies! Those are my picks. Which places are you up for trying?