Contrary to its name, this restaurant has no culinary boundaries, offering an international mix of dishes from pierogis to seafood stew. Late night offerings switch from hearty entrees to light small plates like crostini and charcuterie. Cocktails also play into the international theme; opt for the I'm Thinking About Getting a Vespa (Aperol, Cocchi Americano, Blood Orange and Sparkling Wine). The simple décor with completely exposed brick walls and two-story high ceilings make for a bright and casual atmosphere. In its first month, President Obama and his wife Michelle paid this restaurant a visit.
Attention pie-a-holics: this is your jam. The purveyor of more than 50 types of all-natural pies is a tattooed, fedora-wearing musician, Rodney Henry, who loves his dough. That is pie dough, but he has got to be earning plenty of the green kind with irresistible, sweet classics like pecan and strawberry rhubarb, and savory pies with steak, mushroom, onion and gruyere. Catch the shop's live acoustic series on Tuesdays at 8 for a true representation of what this place – and H Street – is all about.
Casey Patten and David Mazza, the owners of this trendy sammie shop, spent three years tasting hundreds of hoagies. That means you will enjoy the best doggone piece of bread ever, piled with Italian-inspired toppings. All three District locations also serve breakfast hoagies for a great to-go option on busy days. Try the Frankford Avenue (bacon, eggs, arugula and parmesan) or the Philadelphia Landfill, named after the owners' hometown (roasted turkey, roasted ham, salami, roasted reds and sharp provolone).
Warning: The ramen here can be addictive. The savory dishes are also affordable, since half a dozen dumplings are $5. A crowd often begins to form outside Toki's nondescript, second-floor location before opening at 5 p.m., since reservations are not accepted and bar counter-only seats are limited. Rest your feet on skateboards and dig into the hakata classic ramen dish, accompanied by a tonkotsu broth. There’s nothing else like it in the city.