I wish for four stomachs and unlimited metro fare every time I’m in Washington D.C. There’s so much to love about D.C.: shows at dirty dive bars, free admission to the National Gallery of Art, going in to debt in Georgetown, people watching in Dupont Circle Park, spending hours in Kramer Books, avoiding eye contact on the metro (something I learned after getting strange glances from strangers I eagerly smiled at).
With all that being said, my favorite part of the nation’s capital is that each stop on the red line provides plenty of options depending on your culinary desires.
The Diner, Adams Morgan
Every time I’ve been to this place it’s incredibly crowded – but trust me the food is well worth the wait. The Honey Badger milkshake is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth; vanilla ice cream with honey and bananas and the portions are large enough to share. This place is the ideal for Sunday brunch date or a late-night nosh with friends…you’ll be stuffed once you leave here but grab a slice of sour cherry pie to go : )
Pizza No. 17, Dupont Circle
I discovered this cute little pizza shop tucked a few blocks away from the Dupont Circle metro thanks to the wonderful mobile deals app, Scout Mob. The site promised delicious wood- fired oven pizza topped with a “bucket of fresh mozzarella,” a genuine community vibe rarely found in rapidly gentrifying Washington D.C., and 50% off the price of your meal. Buckets of cheese and cheap? I’m so there. The first time my boyfriend and I went was inauguration weekend earlier this year; the city was bustling with vibrating enthusiasm and the featured pizza at Pizza No. 17 was “The Obama Pizza.” Ham, pineapple, and (as promised) a bucket-load of mozzarella: it was heaven on their crispy crust.
Afterwards, while your digesting the deliciousness, check out one of the last great bookstores Kramer Books & Afterwards Cafe, grab a glass of wine and paint your heart out at Art Jamz, and grab a dozen doughnuts at Krispy Kreme (conveniently located at the Dupont Circle metro station).
Ben’s Chili Bowl, U Street Corridor
Since 1958, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been serving the masses with the best chili half-smoke around. Smoked Italian sausage, smothered in chili, and topped with cheese…bliss on a bun. Located directly across the street from the U Street metro station, the establishment is an explosion of colors and lights – setting itself apart from the otherwise drab businesses on the block. The smells of smoked sausage mixed with the murmur of those waiting in the line that stretched out the door seemed like an invitation for some of the best food D.C. has to offer.