Food & Drink

Get a taste of the DC food scene and discover the best places to eat, drink and more in the nation's capital.

20 Places to Enjoy All-American Eats in Washington, DC

While DC is a culinary capital filled to the brim with international cuisine, the city can also offer the finest in American specialties. From tasty burgers and juicy steaks to authentic barbecue and handmade ice cream, the District has numerous options for enjoying them all. Dig in. Hot Dogs...

Ben's Chili Bowl in DC's U Street neighborhood - Where to enjoy all-American eats in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is home to the U.S. Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. By day, the neighborhood is buzzing with everyone from senators and Supreme Court justices to law clerks and Capitol Hill staffers as they go about the business of making and interpreting the laws. By night, the...

Outdoor patio at Belga Cafe on Barracks Row - Restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Signature Dish: The Half-Smoke

What is a half-smoke? Paris has croissants, Baltimore has crab cakes, and Washington, DC has something called a half-smoke. The town’s signature dish is a sausage, generally smoked before it’s grilled. They’re often a bit spicier and made of meat that’s more coarsely ground than a hot dog. Sources...

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street - Where to get a half-smoke in Washington, DC
Where to Eat & Drink at Nationals Park

There’s more to Nationals Park than cheering on the talented ballplayers and hoping to catch a fly ball, although these are great reasons to catch a game . Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate crave-worthy items at...

Family eating at Washington Nationals game - Where to eat and drink at Nationals Park
Derek Brown on the Cocktail Scene in Washington, DC

When it comes to craft cocktails, there’s a whole lot shakin’ in the nation’s capital. All the rage at the moment are the growing number of speakeasies, bars and lounges devoted exclusively to serving expertly measured and mixed drinks. Add to that, many distinct distilleries have popped up in the...

Columbia Room - Derek Brown Cocktail Bar in Washington, DC - Best American Cocktail Bar
The Best Places to Eat on U Street

Take a stroll down U Street and you’ll find an eclectic array of entertainment options, from live music venues celebrating the neighborhood’s deep roots in the African American jazz scene to up-all-night restaurants that attract U Street’s social set. The neighborhood is worth exploring for foodies...

El Rey - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
Where to Find the Best Brunch in Washington, DC

Brunch is decidedly a thing nowadays. But here’s the catch: you have to know what you’re looking for. Do you want lick-the-plate-clean food? Or is it bottomless mimosas first, food second? Maybe you want a (drag queen) performance with a side of eggs. No worries. DC has it covered with these top...

Founding Farmers - Dining in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Upper Northwest DC

As you explore DC’s Upper Northwest neighborhoods, you’ll discover tree-lined streets and family homes as the city’s urban vibe turns suburban. Cleveland Park, Friendship Heights, Glover Park, Van Ness and Tenleytown can all be found in Upper Northwest, and attractions like Hillwood Estate, Museum...

Diners at Casolare - Places to Eat in Glover Park - Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in DC's Brookland Neighborhood

The concentration of Catholic churches and monasteries surrounding the campus of Catholic University in this leafy neighborhood earned it the nickname of "Little Rome." In addition to the attendant Italian restaurants that come with that suitable nickname, Brookland is also home to a handful of...

Diners on patio at Brookland Pint - Restaurant and bar in Brookland Washington, DC
Cedric Maupillier Dishes on His French-American Mash Up in Shaw

A charming accent reveals Cedric Maupillier’s roots in the South of France. But the ambitious chef (also the force behind Adams Morgan ’s Mintwood Place ) recently became an American citizen, and the menu at his Shaw bistro borrows liberally from the cuisine of both countries. What’s the secret to...

Chicken Coq au Vin at Convivial - Dining in Shaw - Washington, DC