I think finding good places to eat is essential when traveling or living in a new area! I always like to ask people where their favorites places are to eat because I think that you get the best answers from actual people who have lived in the area vs. googling. Lucky for me, I have met so many people through work this summer who have lived in the area for a long time and I have a friend from my home town who lives in D.C. just happens to be a foodie! Here is a list of the best places we have found (so far) to eat in and around D.C.! (Sadly, I have no pictures to show, so you’ll have to take my word.)
- Dumplings and Beyond- Washington D.C.
This is a Chinese Restaurant that specializes in Dumplings, but you can get all things Chinese. We had the Dumplings with pork and chives and it was delicious! Seriously the best Chinese food I have ever had.
- Zinburger- Around D.C.
I know Zinburger is in other states around the U.S., but it was a new experience for me. Just like the name says, burgers are their main course. I highly recommend treating yourself to the Kobe Burger and getting a shake. Zinburger is definitely on my top 5 list of favorite burgers.
- Matchbox- Washington D.C.
Matchbox specializes in American cuisine and has delicious burgers and pizza. My husband really liked the Bloody Mary Burger and said it was very thick and juicy. I also recommend the pasta and pizza.
- Bozzelli’s Italian Deli- Around Washington D.C & In
Bozzelli makes pizza and sandwiches and is a great spot to pick up or eat at for lunch and/or dinner. I recommend any of their sandwiches and I really enjoy their turkey sandwich with Havarti cheese.
- Shake Shack- Around Washington D.C. & In
Yes, I know that Shake Shack is a chain, but this place is my favorite lunch spot when I am walking around the National Mall. I enjoy the Shake Shack because their food isn’t crazy expensive like most restaurants in D.C. and their burgers, fries, and shakes are awesome! You can’t go wrong with their menu and you won’t’ regret getting their cheese fries, a ShackBurger, and a shake (my favorite shake is the coffee shake).
- Le Pain Quotidien- Old Town Alexandria
This place makes some bomb breakfast food! I had a waffle, which was very tiny and I recommend ordering a second waffle or something else to eat, but it was only $3 so I can’t complain. My friend had an omelet and said it was delicious. On top of the food being really good, this place is neat because they put jars of different spreads (fancy hazelnut, peanut butter, etc.) at your table to put on top of bread or in my case, my waffle.
This concludes my current list of best places to eat in and around Washington D.C. If you have any recommendations, please share!