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.

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
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
9 Distilleries You Should Know About In & Around Washington, DC

It seems fitting that in close proximity to where Congress ratified the amendment that bought Prohibition to an end is a thriving vodka, gin, rum and bourbon distillery scene. In recent years many DC locals have turned their hand to craft distilling. See how spirits are made and sample the end...

Cotton and Reed Rum Distillery in NoMa near Union Market - Distilleries 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 - Places to Eat on U Street - Washington, DC
Turning Back the Clock with Virginia Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl

You might have heard that Washington, DC has experienced a significant resurgence in recent years, as new restaurants, retail and attractions flock to the city. Few people have witnessed as much change in the District as Virginia Ali, who, along with her husband Ben, opened up the DC institution...

Ben's Chili Bowl - Places to Eat on U Street - 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. Compared to other parks, this one puts food high up on the priority list: easy-to-read digital menu boards illuminate thousands of crave-worthy items at each concession stand and there's even a...

@kelseyohleger - Where to eat at Nationals Park - Washington, DC
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
Family Friendly Dining in Washington, DC

Eat and run There is so much to see and do on a visit to Washington, DC, and for that reason, fast food often fits best into your touring schedule. Fortunately, there are many high quality food options near the National Mall . For some tasty quick bites, try Potbelly Sandwich Shop in the Penn...

Young family dining at Bluejacket on the Capitol Riverfront - Family friendly restaurants in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Brookland

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
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