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+ Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is quite the place to have a date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene to its majestic monuments, memorials and museums to its world-class hotels , Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in an excursion. Read on for 20 of the most romantic...

Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC
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
Exploring Shaw’s Alleys & Offshoots

In the 19th century, hundreds of intersecting alleys existed behind DC’s blocks of rowhouses. The brick-paved zones were home to stables, workshops and working-class dwellings. Today, many of these alleys are gone, but a few remain – and they’ve become some of the hottest areas for bars,...

Colorful street art mural in Shaw's Blagden Alley - Historic alleyway in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Georgetown

The spires of Georgetown University’s classic buildings set the scene for DC’s oldest neighborhood , which today attracts a cross-section of visitors, including pastel-loving preppy college students, Washington’s old guard and young professionals who want to unwind at the neighborhood’s waterfront...

Scenes from Georgetown - Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Penn Quarter & Chinatown

A cool collection of museums, theaters, restaurants, retail and the Capital One Arena —which is home to the Washington Capitals, Wizards and Mystics when it’s not hosting an all-star lineup of concerts—make Penn Quarter and Chinatown one of the city’s most engaging entertainment districts...

Brunch at Zaytinya by José Andrés - Bib Gourmand Michelin Restaurant in Chinatown Washington, DC
12 Great Patios for Eating & Drinking in Washington, DC

Some of the city’s best and hottest restaurants offer sunny or shaded seating, so whether you are a foodie or just looking for some outdoor shine, there are great options for you. Check out our list below and also make sure to read up on rooftop bars and beer gardens in the area. A reminder that...

Outdoor patio dining in Washington, DC - Fig and Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC
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 - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
Sitting Down with Jamie Leeds, Owner of Hank’s Oyster Bar

Ten years ago, the crab cake was king of local menus, then Jamie Leeds opened a niche market: oysters. Thanks to her, the capital is enjoying oyster-centric gastropubs, but her baby, Hank's Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle , stands tall above them all. Leeds sat down with us to answer a few of our most...

Hanks Oyster Bar
The Best Places to Eat in DC's Shaw Neighborhood

A short walk from Howard University from the north or Mount Vernon Square from the south, the ultra hot neighborhood of Shaw has made a name for itself with its mix of eclectic retail, raved about restaurants and bragging rights to some very cool African American jazz history. No national chains...

Haikan ramen restaurant in Shaw neighborhood - Where to eat in Shaw Washington, DC
15 Can’t-Miss Food Experiences at Union Market

Welcome to Union Market , DC’s hippest feasting ground, a revived mid-century produce- and meat-selling bazaar that holds food stalls, informal restaurants and kitchenware boutiques in NoMa . We’re focusing on some of the tastiest experiences to be had at the hub, which is open every day of the...

Union Market in NoMa - Food hall and shopping center in Washington, DC