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DC: Perfect Food Day

A Michelin guide, James Beard Award winning chef’s, and restaurants named “best in America,” its hard to condense DC’s thriving food scene into a single list. To that end, I’ve included three options for each of these categories- coffee, breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and drinks.

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Little Pearl

A coffee shop in a Lincoln era carriage house on Capitol Hill. Come for the lattes and stay for the sweet potato donut.

Colony Club

A trendy coffer shop in Park View with a ping pong table on the second floor and dozens of murals nearby worth exploring.

Maketto

A coffee shop/apparel shop/Cambodian-Chinese restaurant on H Street NE. They brew locally roasted Vigilante Coffee and their green tea…

A Baked Joint

A large cafe in Mt Vernon Triangle that serves a daily breakfast biscuit with its ingredients baked into the dough.

Little Coco's

A neighborhood spot in Petworth serving great brunch that includes bottomless pomegranate mimosas.

Tabard Inn

A breakfast spot in a historic inn in Dupont Circle that makes warm beignets for breakfast.

Mangialardo's

Open Monday through Friday for lunch only, this Capitol Hill Italian deli has been around for decades. The “Big G” is a local favorite.

Farmbird

Reinventing fast-casual, this spot creates quality chicken plates with a creamy side of mac and cheese on H Street NE.

Green Almond Pantry

A Turkish chef’s lunch counter in Mt Vernon Square seats eight. The menu rotated seasonally and the experience consistently like eating at…

Toki Underground

A quirky ramen spot on the second floor of a rowhouse on H Street NE serving a delicious bowl of “Taipei Curry Chicken” ramen.

Maydan

Award-winning Maydan tucked away in an alley near U Street NW bakes bread from a giant oven inside the restaurant.

Etto

Nothing beats pasta and amaro on Etto’s patio on 14th St NW during the summer. When tourists are distracted by Le Diplomat actions the…

Union Kitchen Grocery

A grocery store selling local products, the city’s best chocolate chip cookie can be ordered hot from the oven.

Ice Cream Jubilee

DC’s beloved ice cream shop selling creative flavors like bourbon old fashioned and coconut green tea.

Seventh Hill Pizza

This tiny Capitol Hill pizzeria bakes a delicious nutella calzone in their wood fired oven. Ask for it to be slightly undercooked so the…

Harold Black

Capitol Hill’s true speakeasy crafting some of the city’s best cocktails through a secret food by a popular Italian restaurant.

Thamee

A Burmese restaurant on H Street NE that has an underrated bar in the back creating creative cocktails with unexpected ingredients like…

Copycat Co.

It’s a Chinese restaurant on the bottom and a popular bar on the second floor on H Street NE. If you ask the top bartenders where they go…

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