Petworth Citizen (Upshur St & 9th St NW)
It’s becoming clear that all the places you want to go these days to avoid big crowds and long waits are tucked away in the up and coming neighborhoods of Shaw, Petworth and Bloomingdale. Just looking at this place makes me want to sit back and enjoy a cocktail.
The Partisan (7th and D St NW)
As if Penn Quarter needed more fancy, delightful restaurants. The Partisan is a delicious restaurant where whiskey and small plates dominate the menu. The bar in the back of the restaurant will be key for cold winter nights.
Seasonal Pantry (9th and N St NW)
Gather up your 10 closest friends and foodies and make a date to enjoy an incredible meal at Seasonal Pantry, a one-table restaurant where it is chef’s choice and the food is local. If the carafes of wine don’t allow you to have a good time, the food will keep you very satisfied as you go through 10 courses of small plates and leave incredibly satisfied.
Casa Luca (New York Ave & 11th St NW)
Stop by Casa Luca for great outdoor seating or enjoy the air conditioned restaurant for delicious Italian food that doesn’t disappoint.
Menu (8th and D St NW)
The upstairs bar at Menu is perfect for a before or after dinner cocktail. The space used to be used for DC’s famous Minibar, but now offers a cosy lounge and delicious craft cocktails. The atmosphere makes you think you should be in Aspen rather than DC.
Vendetta (12th and H St NE)
Vendetta was started with the help of the same folks who brought you H St. Country Club. It has seriously tasty Italian food and a side of fun with Bocce Ball courts upstairs alongside a great bar to hang out in after you’re done eating your meal. It has put in great attention to detail with regard to the interior aesthetic and it offers a nice break from the traditional insanity of H Street.
Cashion’s Eat Place (18th and Columbia Rd NW)
I had the honor of interviewing Ann Cashion years ago so it was a real treat to be able to sit in her restaurant and enjoy some of the best food I’ve had in DC. Great spot for all occasions.
Mockingbird Hill (7th and T NW)
Like Sherry? Like ham? This is the spot for you. One of Derek Brown’s latest restaurants to grace the DC scene, this place has knowledgeable staff who are passionate about sherry. If you don’t feel like sherry, they can still make you a decent martini too.
MXDC (14th and F NW)
Finally! A Mexican-Spanish restaurant in DC that has delicious food, cocktails and creativity. There is a lovely upstairs that can hold large tables and groups if you want to take over for a night. It is a serious contender for one of my favorite places in DC.
Le Diplomate (14th and Q St NW)
I came here 3 days after it opened and the service, food and ambiance was impeccable. I’ve been here at least 10 times since and will continue to go as long as the cheese plate is available. Make reservations in advance or be willing to sit outside.
Rasika (New Hampshire & M St NW)
Worth all the hype. A true culinary adventure if I’ve ever had one.
Izakaya Seki (11th and V St NW)
This hidden Japanese spot in the outskirts of U Street Area delivers quality, authentic food that reminds you of a New York or San Francisco restaurant.
Teddy and The Bully Bar (19th and M St NW)
Walked in here and the bar looks amazing. Very spacious. Great for big groups and there’s a space in the back that would be perfect to rent out for 100 people. Haven’t tried the food or cocktails, but it is a sorely needed after work venue in this part of town.
Harold Black Speakeasy (7th and CE St SE)
Challenging to find, but worth the adventure. A great hide out in Capitol Hill right in the middle of Eastern Market. Cocktails are divine and it feels like you snuck into someone’s house for a late night drink.
Oyamel (7th and D NW)
Another great spot in a long line of Jose Andres restaurants. One warning: the brunch “tapas” are way more food than one would think. No need to order more than you can handle.
District Commons (22nd and Pennsylvania Ave NW)
Spacious American restaurant in Foggy Bottom. A welcome addition to a formerly drab part of town where I spent my college years.
Chez Billy (Georgia Ave & Randolph St NW)
Tres jolie. This cute French place in Petworth is a great getaway with a solid ambiance, a well stocked French wine list and delightful dishes that is perfect for a date or a night with girl friends.
Graffiato (7th & G NW)
Small plates taste better while shared with friends. Trendy spot in Chinatown tucked away from the madness of the Verizon Center.
Dr. Granville Moore’s (12th & H St NE)
Moules & frittes can make a girl do strange things. Start the night here, enjoy the world outside on H St afterwards.
1905 (9th & T St NW)
It is like eating a really great dinner in a really old house. Try it sometime.
Maple (11th & Monroe NW)
Eleventh street is booming with business lately and this restaurant is the lovely centerpiece on a strip of growing bar & dining options.
The Quill @ The Jefferson (16th St NW and M St NW)
This is where all good gin martinis go to be sipped, seen and seduced while a live piano plays a pretty tune.
The Edgar (Connecticut & L)
While nothing can ever replace the historic Mayflower bar that used to be here, The Edgar is a welcome addition to an area of town with far too many working people and far too few dim lit bars.
Founding Farmers (19th and Pennsylvania NW)
This is where I like to go for a morning breakfast meeting. After all, who doesn’t like a “drag through the garden” at 8am?
Bistro du Coin (Connecticut Ave & 17th St NW)
I never get tired of this place where it is always Christmas and the wine, baguettes and creme brulee never lets me down.