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Austin’s Ultimate Guide to D.C.

What do I recommend you do to experience D.C. to the fullest? Here’s my ultimate guide to the city.

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All-Purpose Shaw

A 5-star experience: 1) The atmosphere: it's a pizza shop in a classier environment. It's decorated well, laid out well and even has an…

Ambar Capitol Hill

This restaurant is quickly becoming my favorite place in DC. All their food items are unique and may not seem to go together, but every…

Little Pearl

Before you pick up your laptop bag and head over to Barracks Row's hottest coffee shop, just know that Pineapple and Pearls is a walk up…

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.

Daikaya Ramen Shop 1F

Great atmosphere and the ramen is top notch (flown in from Japan)! The menu is very small, but unlike that (too many options can be…

Dishes of India

Best Indian food in the DC area... HANDS DOWN! This restaurant is in the basement of a strip mall, but don't let that scare you. It is a…

Sakuramen Ramen Bar

Wow, I thought Toki Underground was the best ramen in DC, but I was wrong. Sakuramen takes the cake! Sakuramen is in the basement of one…

The Sweet Lobby

I am not a big fan of cupcakes, but Sweet Lobby has perfected the only cupcake in the city I like. If you are not a big fan of excess…

SUNdeVICH

Every cool city needs a hipster sandwich place and SUNdeVICH is that for DC. Their main location (they have a food truck too) is near…

2 Amys

My friend said, "I would move to DC just for this pizza" and yes, it's that good! You really feel like you're in Italy when you dine here.…

Lily Bubble Tea & Smoothie

Lily Bubble Tea is an oasis. Having grown up in Central Asia and traveled throughout China, a vice of mine is bubble tea and DC has just a…

Tabard Inn

My wife and I have been on the search for the best brunch in DC and this is it! Order one of their main dishes for brunch, but no matter…

Tail Up Goat

An upscale neighborhood oasis. It's a spacious restaurant compared to your standard Adams Morgan restaurant. They have a full bar and a…

The Dabney

Look for the large glass ceiling to floor window and the small sign that marks the restaurant. The lights are dim inside, making it a…

Peregrine Espresso

I think this is the best Peregine. It's right by the Eastern Market Metro and makes an amazing cup of coffee (best latte I've ever had in…

Peregrine Espresso

The best latte in the city is now available at Union Market. Since Union Market is non-compete, it's the only coffee shop at Union Market.…

Bad Saint

Five stars all around. My buddy and I went here for dinner and LOVED it. The restaurant is right next to Room 11 in a small space that…

Baked & Wired

Georgetown Cupcakes is to tourists as to Baked and Wired is to DC locals. Hands down, DC's favorite cupcake. This location is off the…

barmini by José Andrés

Where do DC's best mixologists hang out? barmini. If you like sweeter drinks, try The Gardner. If you can't decide, ask your mixologist…

Denson Liquor Bar

It's in the basement of a Chinatown building, giving it a speakeasy vibe. The inside makes you feel like you're in Manhattan with dark…

Panda Gourmet

Since 2005, I've been on a hunt. I was a student in Beijing, China and every day I'd order a box of noodles from a woman outside of my…

A. Litteri

Across from Union Market, the city’s largest food hall, you’ll notice an Italian flag painted on a doorway in a row of industrial…

Haikan

I never thought I'd see the day that my beloved sesame curry chicken ramen from H Street's Toki Underground could be rivaled until dining…

Colony Club

If you're at all a coffee snob or a coffee shop snob (there's a difference), this is the place for you. They provide several breakfast…

The Wydown Coffee Bar

Definitely one of the coolest coffee shops in DC and not only that, but they serve quality coffee and baked goods in one of the coolest DC…

Kenny's BBQ Smokehouse

If you're torn on the issue of gentrification, you're torn on Kenny's BBQ. It's been a local, hole-in-wall BBQ joint for years. It did one…

Farmbird

Farmbird is a fast casual chicken restaurant, but it's so much more than that. Here's why: 1) They made excellent food: For $12 you get…

Vigilante Coffee

Vigilante Coffee will make you fall in love with DC's coolest suburb, Hyattsville. It's just off the main street of Hyattsville filled…

Mother Rucker's Subs

My wife and I debated on which sandwich shop in DC is the best. I'll say this is one of the best sub shops in that city (My vote's still…

Mangialardo's

Capitol Hill's BEST kept secret and DC's best kept Italian deli secret. The hipster movement brought us artisan sandwich shops like…

ARTECHOUSE

ARTECHOUSE, Maryland Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC, USA

The Fridge

The Fridge, 8th Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA

Meridian Hill Park

Sunday afternoons there’s an epic drum circle open to all.

US Interior Department

Some of the city’s earliest murals are inside. Free tours are offered at 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

O Street Museum

O Street Museum, O Street Northwest, Washington, DC, USA

Union Market

Union Market, 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC, USA

The Yards Park

The Yards Park, Water Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA

Eastern Market

Eastern Market, 7th Street Southeast, Washington, DC, USA

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