D.C. Food Stops

By Kayla Day

As our trip to the nation’s capital begins to wind down, I have one last list for our loyal readers. This list contains restaurants of all types that must be visited when in the city. I must admit though, without some advice of a former debate coach living in D.C., I never would have thought to visit some of these places. Since I did not have time to visit all of them, I guess I will just have to come back to D.C. sometime in the near future!

  • Open City located right off of the Woodley Park metro stop, this coffeehouse/diner/bar has one of the best brunch selections I’ve ever seen (and a really good Vanilla Latté). When I was there I had the Open City burger and it was easily one of the best burgers I have ever tasted. The customer service was friendly and I felt like there was no rush to leave. There is typically a 20 minute wait, so I would suggest putting your name down and walking around the neighborhood!
  • Burger Tap Shake located in Foggy Bottom, is a dive bar of sorts that I did not get the chance to visit, but my former debate coach assures me that the menu is phenomenal so it is definitely on my list of place to visit the next time I come to town.
  • Cosí for all you Panera fans, Cosí is a quaint little café with both bakery items and lunch items. I recommend getting a squagel (a square bagel) or trying one of their delicious salads, Chicken Caesar was my favorite!
  • Paper Moon is an italian restaurant that we had our group dinner at on our second night in the city, located in Georgetown. The bread  baskets at the table were delicious and the manicotti stuffed with spinach and ricotta was absolutely amazing.
  • Food trucks: I did not get the chance to visit a food truck, but my roommate Courtney assured me that it was worth a stop. She said while her burger to bun ratio could have been better, the burger was delicious.
  • Kramerbooks and Afterwords is located in Dupont Circle and it is part bookstore, part restaurant. A prominent item on their menu is the Barack Obamlet, which is stuffed with the Obama family chili, one member of our group tried it and stated it was filling and delicious.

D.C. is a city filled with many different types of restaurants that will satisfy anyone’s preference. One final tip I have for choosing where to eat is: if you can find it near your home, don’t go. The only way to experience good food is to go somewhere different and try something new. Be adventurous and happy eating!

– Kayla

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