The Essential Washington, D.C. Restaurants

The Essential Washington, D.C. Restaurants

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Find out what's cooking at these outstanding restaurants in Washington, D.C..

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    There are few places better to dine than Old Ebbitt Grill, the city’s oldest saloon. The Grill has entertained presidents, generals, politicians, & just about every fat cat this town has ever known. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    A 60-plus-year-old institution known for its no-frills grub. Our favorite: the Chili Half Smoke, a pork-and-beef smoked sausage on a steamed bun with mustard, onions, and Ben’s signature chili sauce. -- Travel + Leisure via Foursquare
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    It's hard to go wrong with the ever-changing menu. The buzzy restaurant has delicious brussels sprouts, octopus small plates, and a number of fun festivals throughout the year. [Eater 38 member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Daikaya is two restaurants in one. On the ground floor: Sapporo-style ramen in a bustling setting. Upstairs, an izakaya specializing in Japanese bar food, whiskeys, shochu, and beer. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Insider tip: Get the tempeh sandwich. It's crunchy, sweet and peppery, the tempeh sandwich, layered with roasted red pepper, arugula and smoky tempeh (a fermented, firm protein derived from soy). -- Washington Post via Foursquare
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    Seriously? Waiting in line in the rain for a cupcake? Non. There's a Paul bakery on Wisconsin with much more delicious treats. Do yourself a favor and give it a try. -- Kevin Kiger via Foursquare
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    Check out the trays of shared plates, or “sharezies” as they call them, like mushroom crostini and the Obama family chilli, and don’t forget to indulge in their dessert options–they’re oh-so worth it. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    It will feature 14 regular stalls, including Rappahannock Oyster Co., Righteous Cheese, Lyon Bakery, TaKorean, DC Empanadas, Peregrine Espresso, and Trickling Springs Creamery. -- AskMen via Foursquare
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    Stephen Starr's first entry into the D.C. market excels at classic dishes like steak frites and skate, as well as some interesting twists like foie gras mousse. [Eater 38 Member] -- Eater via Foursquare
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    Named after the poet Langston Hughes, this restaurant/bookstore/fair-trade market is a favorite hangout among NPR staffers. -- Fast Company via Foursquare
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    This is a great place for picking up speciality items, dinner party ingredients, or seasonal fare, and it’s the perfect spot to spend the day with your kids, girlfriends, or significant other. -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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    The team of cool kid baristas know how to pour a mean cappuccino, but it’s the divine handcrafted cupcakes fetchingly displayed under glass domes that are the real reason to stop by -- ThePurplePassport.com via Foursquare
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