We were only in Washington, D.C. for two days, but we definitely did our fair share of eating! (We had to stay fueled for all the walking we did!) Whether it was a recommendation from a friend, a travel book, or the FourSquare app, we enjoyed every place we went. I’m not going to lie, Washington, D.C.’s food scene is one of the reasons I fell in love with this city.
From brunch to dessert, I have you covered! Here are my recommendations for where to eat in Washington, D.C.:
Founding Farmers is located in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, D.C. near the George Washington University campus. From the decor to the brunch food – we loved this restaurant! I ordered fresh squeezed orange juice and crab eggs benedict with a side of grits. My favorite part was our appetizer though – beignets with dipping sauces.
Insider Tip: Make reservations far in advance especially on weekends.
The Supreme Court’s Cafeteria
For a quick snack before our tour of the Capitol, we headed to the Supreme Court’s cafeteria. While this might seem like an unusual choice, I read it’s a great place to people watch – with the chance of bumping into a famous attorney or government official. This may be true, but for our visit on Friday afternoon it was a ghost town! I still recommend this spot though for a quick snack off the beaten path. Plus, it’s kind of fun to say I’ve eaten here.
Insider Tip: Even though it’s mostly snacks you can find at a convenience store, this place ain’t cheap!
Johnny’s Half Shell
We picked Johnny’s Half Shell, located between the Capitol and Union Station, because it’s known for its crab cakes. While my mom and Nick got crab cakes, my sister and I were full from bread and oysters unfortunately, so we just got jumbo shrimp cocktail. It was perfect! This restaurant has a cool nautical vibe – including a fish tank for the beer taps!
(I apologize for the half eaten food photos, but we dove right in!)
Our brunch spots were on point this weekend! On Saturday morning, we stuck around Arlington for a bit to grab a bite at Bayou Bakery. This Louisiana-inspired restaurant is so delicious – biscuits, coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, breakfast sandwiches, and beignets! If I were a D.C. local, I’d hit up this place regularly.
Insider Tip: It’s one of those restaurants where someone should order the food while someone else hunts down a table, so get there early. The crowd was insane around 9:30am but had cooled down by 11:00am.
Matchbox was a last minute lunch decision but a good one! This restaurant, located in Chinatown, is perfect for drinks and a quick bite. They are known for their pizzas, burger sliders, and cocktails – which is exactly what we ordered. They also have a neat patio area. If I lived in D.C., I’d come to Matchbox for Happy Hours with friends!
Insider Tip: Don’t go overboard ordering the pizza and sliders. They aren’t huge, but they are definitely filling!
(You haven’t lived until you’ve tried these parmesan onion strings…)
We kind of just skipped dinner and went straight for dessert on our last night in Washington, D.C. We made our way to the lovely Georgetown area to check out a place I discovered on Instagram, Thomas Sweet. This place is known for all things sweet – candy, ice cream, frozen yogurt, fudge. It’s basically like walking into Willy Wonka’s factory! There are so many items and flavors to pick from. I went with the chocolate peanut butter ice cream, Heath bar topping, and a chocolate cone. My mom and sister shared a scoop of bittersweet chocolate and coffee Heath. Lastly, Nick went a little crazy with a “blend-in” of Oreo ice cream and vanilla frozen yogurt, with M&M toppings mixed in. It looked like dessert soup, but he devoured it. We all did!
Insider Tip: If the weather permits, take your sweet treat to go. Check out the gorgeous homes in the surrounding area. I fell in love!
Do you have any recommendations on where to eat in Washington, D.C.? Let us know your favorites in the comments below!
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