Top 10 Places to Eat in DC

May 16, 2016

The food selection in Washington DC can satiate any kind of palate. It is a melting pot of different ethnic foods from far away countries and foods that we find here in the states. Here are my picks for the top 10 places you must eat at when you are in Washington DC!

Japanese Ramen

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Daikaya Ramen

705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

I would consider myself a ramen enthusiasts and this by far has to be one of the best ramen places I have tried. Daikaya gets their ramen noodles shipped from Japan so you are getting the good stuff from the source! This place gets really crowded on the weekends but you can always put your name down and download the app they have to see where you are in line! In the mean time, you can head on over to Daikaya Izakaya for small Japanese tapas before your main meal!

Daikaya Izakaya

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 Daikaya Izakaya

705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

This place is just as awesome as Daikaya Ramen! If you are on the waitlist and do not feel like standing around outside, run upstairs for some awesome drinks and Japanese small plates! Izakaya has food that ranges from skewers to kimchi spaghetti (kimchi spaghetti was interesting on the palate haha). I do not know if this was a coincidence but somehow by the time I was done  eating my small plates, my table was ready downstairs for ramen. They also recommend that you download their app where you can get updates on your table seating.

Ethiopian Food

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DAS Ethiopian

1201 28th St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Feeling a little bit more adventurous? You must give Ethiopian food a try! Right on the edge of Georgetown is DAS Ethiopian. Ethiopian food has a mix of light curry flavors and a lot of spices like cumin, paprika, and cayenne. I have eaten at two Ethiopian places and so far I like DAS better. The food comes out on a soft sour dough bandage roll and you eat it with your hands. Your plate can consist of only vegetarian options or a mixture of veggies and meat. My boyfriend is a picky eater and he absolutely LOVES Ethiopian food. Trust me you won’t regret this!


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Bangkok Joe’s

3000 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

I was told that Bangkok Joe’s has other locations but when I looked online it only showed locations in DC. Bangkok Joe’s is nestled in Georgetown and combines western and traditional Asian flavors into one dumpling. The restaurant is advertised as a dumpling bar but they also have your traditional noodle and rice dishes. I was waiting for my reservation time to be ready at DAS Ethiopian so my boyfriend and I decided to have a snack before dinner. The dumplings here are different from the usual ones you would find in Chinatown but if you are looking to explore a different combination of flavors, give Bangkok Joe’s a try.

pleasant pop

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Pleasant Pops

1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Hands down the best popsicle place I have tried thus far! I stumbled upon this place when I was trying to find a bike rack. Not only does this place sell popsicles, they serve lunch, dinner, and other healthy treats as well! The flavors of the popsicles ranges from fruity fun to decadent soul singing chocolate. I had a fruit flavor and it was made from all natural fruit! Pleasant Pops also serves hot popsicles! WHAT!? All I have to say is you won’t think of hot chocolate the same way ever again.

WASHINGTON, DC - Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Souffle with Milk Ice Cream at Kinship photographed in Washington, DC. (Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post).
Photo by Deb Lindsey For The Washington Post

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Captain Cookie and the Milkman

2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Craving a late night snack? Captain Cookie and the Milkman is here to save the day! This place is located in the George Washington University district. After a long day of walking and biking, my sweet tooth was acting up so I started searching for the good stuff. It was actually pretty wonderful because it was almost midnight and this place stays open until 2AM on the weekends…SCORE! You can order a combo of cookies and milk or order ice cream sandwiches. The cookies are warm and gooey and the milk was fantastic as well! To be honest, I was really flabbergasted by how good the skim milk was. It tasted like 2%! Life has never been the same and just so you know, milk from a grass-fed cow is the way to go!

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Lavagna DC

539 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

Don’t want to wait in ridiculous lines for brunch? Head on over to Lavagna. This is a quint place that offers decently priced bottomless mimosas and food. If you like to drink with your Sunday brunch, I would recommend the bottomless mimosas here but maybe not the bellinis. However, everything else on the menu looked really good and while others at my table got the chicken and waffles, I opted for the Italian style biscuit and gravy. I couldn’t help but add a pancake to my order because it was whipped with mascarpone (YUM)! Since it is an Italian restaurant, the food has some Italian flare incorporated into the food, which I thought was a nice touch.

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Founding Farmers

1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006

Founding Farmers is a restaurant located by George Washington University. The line to eat at this place is out the door and I was lucky enough this time around to try this culinary experience. The mission of the Founding Farmers is to provide quality food with ingredients supplied from farming families. The restaurant itself is owned by 40,000 farming families and the food that is created is fresh and flavorful. You can really taste the difference in the food here and the rustic country atmosphere makes for a meal that feels like home. If you decide to eat here, come early to avoid the long lines!


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1915 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

The pho location I ate at is under construction and when I was there I saw that they were in the process of changing the name of the restaurant so it’s not googable right now. However, it is in the location where Mimosa Restaurant used to be. The pho here tasted very “clean”. I say clean in the sense that you can’t taste any preservatives and it tasted very natural and organic. The broth was clear and not fatty whatsoever. That is how you know pho is made well by looking at the broth. Some places might add MSG to enhance flavor if they didn’t take time to make the broth. I noticed the difference right away and thought their egg rolls where awesome as well!

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Baked and Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington, DC 20007

If you can’t tell already, I love sweets so I will end this on a sweet note! Baked and Wired is located in Georgetown. I have tried Georgetown Cupcakes, which if you have watched the Food Network is DC Cupcakes and this is so much better. Baked and Wired sells cake cups, which equates to massive cupcakes! There are a lot of flavors to choose from and they make special flavors for different occasions. I went to DC during the Cherry Blossom Festival so they had cherry blossom cake cups. Honestly, you really can’t go wrong with any flavor. This place is small (cake cups are delivered in from another location) so the line is always out the door but you can merge into the coffee line if you didn’t want to wait for the cake cups. The cake cups are rich in flavor, moist, and ready for your consumption!

Comment below and let me know your favorite DC eats!

Thanks for reading!

Yours truly, Liinh

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