While known best for being the location where important decisions are made with powerful political leaders and several national landmarks that attract tourists from across the country, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are some amazing places to grab a bite to eat in Washington, D.C. – whether you are the President of the United States or a plumber on vacation.
Like many major cities in the U.S., Washington, D.C., has become a place where you can find southern comfort cooking, seafood, and other options up to and including fine dining. The following are some of the best places that offer something for everyone.
Marvin – 2007 14th Street NW
Named after the legendary musician Marvin Gaye, this restaurant focuses on southern-style cooking that offers something everyone will enjoy. Brunch shows some classic meals like waffles served with fried chicken, as well as huevos rancheros. But there’s also something they call the Belgian-American breakfast sandwich, where there’s bacon, egg and some cheese found within a waffle bun.
The dinner menu also feature tuna crusted with fennel and cumin, a pepper crusted hanger steak, and the specialty “Marvin Burger” that features sweet pickles, grilled onions, bacon, and cheddar cheese.
Rasika – 633 D Street NW and 1190 New Hampshire Avenue NW
What has made this restaurant such an attraction is the execution, which takes a modern twist on classic Indian cuisine that offers the ‘tawa” griddle, the “sigri” open barbecue, and other dishes from that part of the country. Some of the popular lunch and dinner menu items include the chicken tikka masala and the tandoori lamb chops, which is served with a dusting of mace, cardamom, cashews, and fresh ginger.
There are also vegetarian options for those who would prefer to stay away from the chicken, fish, and lamb meals. The Gobhi Mattar provides a combination of cauliflower, green peas, cumin, and ginger that brings customers into the restaurant.
Oyamel – 401 7th Street NW
While it is a little bit on the upper scale of the restaurant scene, this Mexican restaurant provides a balance between foods you would find in local street trucks and finer dining establishments. There are several options that feature meats, seafood, vegetables, and other flavors that provide unique combinations that might not be found anywhere else.
For example, Oyamel’s pollo con mole poblano gives the customer grilled chicken that is served on a bed of herb rice and a mole sauce that features a combination of almonds, chilies, and just a tiny bit of chocolate. Groups can also enjoy a special Oyamel Experience, where the head chef Colin King provides a table with a tour of Mexico through their menu.
Ambar – 523 8th Street SE
This smaller location that provides a little bit of a rustic chic environment provides diners with a unique take on Balkan cuisine and has received many great reviews on social media. Their website promotes healthy eating options for folks who come for their brunch or dinner menus, with all sandwiches served on fresh rye bread.
One of their popular lunch menu items is the Vienna schnitzel with veal that is made crispy and served with an ajvar emulsion sauce with a frisee salad on the side. The restaurant also serves homemade pies like the cheese – pita sa sirom that includes a cucumber yogurt and a red pepper sauce stuffed into a crispy phyllo crust.
The Capital Grille – 601 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
When you have some extra money to spend, take a trip to the Capital Grille, which provides a steakhouse setting with a little bit of a club feel. One of the popular appetizers is a lobster macaroni and cheese plate that is often noted in online dining reviews as being served to the table still in the skillet.
While it might be a part of a large chain with locations in various states, locals and tourists alike enjoy a variety of indulgent dishes that feature a 22-ounce bone-in ribeye steak, lamb rib chops, and lobster sent from the shores of Maine.