I can’t believe I haven’t been to Washington, D.C. as an adult, especially considering how close it is to NYC. I hopped on a bus and four hours later I arrived in the nation’s capital. As the bus drove through the borders of Maryland, I noticed that many of the businesses were closed. The town was desolate and I wanted to turn right back around to my busy Harlem ‘hood. Once I hopped in an Uber, I was in for a surprise. The Adams-Morgan/Shaw neighborhood, which is where we stayed, was bustling. It certainly gave NYC a run for their money. Every street you turned, there were packs of people out and about enjoying the almost-80 degree weather. I got to our quaint Airbnb on a row home lined street, changed clothes, and searched for a lively happy hour. First stop for where to eat in Washington, D.C., Provisions 14.
Provision 14 is a small, American restaurant with large portions. The bestie and I split shrimp tacos, fried calamari, and truffle fries. I tested out their Happy Gilmore draft-tail – Stolichnaya Vodka, demerara sugar, lemon, and mint tea. The happy hour options are extensive – $4-5 beers, $7 cocktails, and $3 off bites. A solid choice for a lively happy hour. Plus the neighborhood is walkable so Provision should be your first stop, but not the last.
Tryst is a popular cafe in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood. Despite it being a dreary morning, Tryst was poppin’. The vibes are eclectic and comforting. I ordered a vegan banana nut and chocolate muffin and golden milk – almond milk, turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon. There are communal seating areas, a bar, outdoor seating, or you can even order to-go.
Brunch for dinner? Coming right up at HalfSmoke. What really caught my eye was the all-day special – any brunch entree plus unlimited mimosas for $20. I’m on a personal mission to try chicken and waffles wherever I go so I opted for the Pink and the Brain – chicken and red velvet funnel cake. The bestie munched on The Walk of Shame – angus burger, topped with a fried egg, smoked bacon, cheddar, and sriracha mayo. While I loved the concept of a red velvet funnel cake, I was a little disappointed at how hard the light, fluffy dough was fried. However, the chicken was lightly fried to perfection and well seasoned. But a few mimosas in and good tunes playing, I quickly got over my distaste for the funnel cake.
the DINER is a straight up, no-frills type of joint in Adams-Morgan neighborhood. The menu boasts Southern-style comfort food and classic diner options like corn beef hash and the Monte Cristo. The Southern belle in me had my eyes set on the Chicken Biscuit Breakfast – deep fried chicken breast, egg, bacon, cheddar, and honey butter on a biscuit, with grits. I washed it down with a fresh mimosa, because brunch without alcohol is just a sad breakfast.
Immediately upon entrance I felt underdressed. SEI is a swanky, dim-lit restaurant in the Chinatown neighborhood of D.C. It’s definitely a hot spot for happy hour and once I tasted my Momo cocktail (bourbon, fresh lemon lime juice, peach puree, bitters, fresh peach agave, ginger mint syrup ), I completely understood why. The bourbon and peach concoction was mixed to perfection. I paired it with the Crispy Chicken Sliders – sweet chili soy sauce, cucumber pickles, kimchi coleslaw.
What will you be eating in Washington, D.C.?