Food guide to washington d.c.

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

Provision 14 Washington D.C.

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

Tryst Washington D.C.

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.

 

HalfSmoke

Halfsmoke Washington D.C.

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

the DINER Washington D.C.

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.

 

SEI

SEI Washington D.C.

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.? 

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