DC has been quickly gaining the reputation of foodie haven, with new restaurants seeming to open every weekend. Whether you’re looking to try Ethiopian cuisine for the first time or you just want a juicy burger and a cold beer, DC’s restaurants will satisfy any craving. Here are our top picks for restaurants in our new favorite neighborhoods.
Convivial: One of DC’s most anticipated restaurant openings of 2015, Convivial is living up to the hype. Critics have praised chef Cedric Maupillier for his creative and enticing menu, featuring items such as lamb tongue moussaka and duck egg beignets. The atmosphere is intimate and inviting, making it our go-to spot for chilly evenings out.
BKK Cookshop: Don’t expect your average drunken noodles when coming to this local Thai spot. Chef Aschara Vigsittaboot has expertly infused traditional Thai dishes with the cuisines of China, India, and other Asian countries. Customer favorites include the stir-fried brussel sprouts and curry-filled steamed buns. BKK is fun, casual, and most importantly, delicious.
Simple Bar & Grill: More than your average sports bar, Simple regularly hosts live music, dance classes, and costume parties. But of course, this is also the perfect spot to watch your favorite team and enjoy Simple’s signature wings.
WAPA Café Boutique: For a cozy café with amazing food, look no further than WAPA. Stop by for a casual brunch and try one of their famous crepes.
Smith Public Trust: Constructed almost entirely from recycled materials and filled with the works of street artist Gaia, Smith Public Trust is hip. Weekly live music and a charming back patio make this the perfect happy hour hangout. Chef Mercedes Delgado has crafted a unique menu filled with many tantalizing treats. Try the Texas street tacos or the red velvet waffles – both have gained a tasty reputation.
Menomale Pizza Napoletana: While DC is not known for high-quality pizza, Menomale might be the one to change that reputation. Owners Ettore and Maria Rusciano are certified Pizzialos from Naples, so if your favorite type of pizza is authentic, this is the spot for you.