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Guidebook for Washington

Lisa

Guidebook for Washington

My Favorite Restaurants
The only restaurants that make this list are ones that I have eaten at several times and have never had a bad meal.
French Ex-Pats recommend this place and the croissants and pastries are the next best thing to being in France!
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Le Caprice DC Café Bakery
3460 14th St NW
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French Ex-Pats recommend this place and the croissants and pastries are the next best thing to being in France!
The only 5 Star restaurant in our neighborhood. Nouveau Filipino meets street food. The food is great, worth the wait, and depending on where you sit, you can watch the cooks work their magic. You will need to wait in line at least a hour just to get a reservation, but it is worth it!
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Bad Saint
3226 11th St NW
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The only 5 Star restaurant in our neighborhood. Nouveau Filipino meets street food. The food is great, worth the wait, and depending on where you sit, you can watch the cooks work their magic. You will need to wait in line at least a hour just to get a reservation, but it is worth it!
We have gone here for special occasions as well as a quick night out. My favorites—escargot egg rolls, the whole chicken with root vegetables (enough to feed four), and duck. Tucked away in the Shaw neighborhood, it is 3 metro stops from the apartment.
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Convivial
801 O St NW
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We have gone here for special occasions as well as a quick night out. My favorites—escargot egg rolls, the whole chicken with root vegetables (enough to feed four), and duck. Tucked away in the Shaw neighborhood, it is 3 metro stops from the apartment.
I never eat in this place because it is small. But I go here at least once a week to buy bagels and carry out. They have the best bagels in the city and are the best I have had outside of New York. My order? The Shyne (Pastrami, egg, cheese, honey on a Za’taar bagel; A mixed bag of a dozen bagels, potato latkes, and The Greenberg (pastrami and brisket “steak and cheese” style).
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Call Your Mother
3301 Georgia Ave NW
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I never eat in this place because it is small. But I go here at least once a week to buy bagels and carry out. They have the best bagels in the city and are the best I have had outside of New York. My order? The Shyne (Pastrami, egg, cheese, honey on a Za’taar bagel; A mixed bag of a dozen bagels, potato latkes, and The Greenberg (pastrami and brisket “steak and cheese” style).
The best vegan baked goods and sweets in the city! Doran is a two-time winner of Cupcake Wars and its shows. My faves—any cupcake, Cowvin cookie, or Little Devil. They also have a coffee cake to die for! They have Wi-Fi and coffee so if you need somewhere to hang for an hour or two after checkout, I highly recommend this spot. Also, if you or your guests are vegan, Sticky Fingers has a sister restaurant, Fare Well, in the H Street corridor.
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Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats
1370 Park Road Northwest
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The best vegan baked goods and sweets in the city! Doran is a two-time winner of Cupcake Wars and its shows. My faves—any cupcake, Cowvin cookie, or Little Devil. They also have a coffee cake to die for! They have Wi-Fi and coffee so if you need somewhere to hang for an hour or two after checkout, I highly recommend this spot. Also, if you or your guests are vegan, Sticky Fingers has a sister restaurant, Fare Well, in the H Street corridor.
Another place I go to in the neighborhood at least 2-3 times a week. Eat in or carry out. My faves—Pho Ga (chicken w/vermicelli noodles); vegetarian spring rolls, and green papaya salad. All fresh ingredients!
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Pho 14
1436 Park Road Northwest
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Another place I go to in the neighborhood at least 2-3 times a week. Eat in or carry out. My faves—Pho Ga (chicken w/vermicelli noodles); vegetarian spring rolls, and green papaya salad. All fresh ingredients!
Mediterranean small plates made with the finest ingredients. One of Jose Andres’s restaurants, it will not disappoint. I love everything on the menu, but if I had to choose one thing it would be the tzatziki. The yogurt and dill are so fresh it’s almost as if they made it at the table.
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Zaytinya
701 9th Street Northwest
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Mediterranean small plates made with the finest ingredients. One of Jose Andres’s restaurants, it will not disappoint. I love everything on the menu, but if I had to choose one thing it would be the tzatziki. The yogurt and dill are so fresh it’s almost as if they made it at the table.
After 10:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays there is definitely a 45 minute to 1 hour wait. It is soooo worth it! Outside of traditional diner breakfast, they have great burgers and sandwiches. My favorite is the chicken-fried steak. On the sweet side they have adult milkshakes, and homemade “pop tarts” and Snowballs (yes the chocolate cake smother is gooey marshmallows and topped with pink flakey coconut).
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Ted's Bulletin
1818 14th Street Northwest
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After 10:00 a.m. on weekends and holidays there is definitely a 45 minute to 1 hour wait. It is soooo worth it! Outside of traditional diner breakfast, they have great burgers and sandwiches. My favorite is the chicken-fried steak. On the sweet side they have adult milkshakes, and homemade “pop tarts” and Snowballs (yes the chocolate cake smother is gooey marshmallows and topped with pink flakey coconut).
If you are lucky, you may get to see a "pasta mama" making their freshly made pastas in the window. Everything is fresh and made on the premises. Best calamari and pasta outside of Italy. Dinner comes with complimentary Sambuca and Amaretto. For best value, go for lunch while shopping in Georgetown.
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Filomena Ristorante
1063 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
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If you are lucky, you may get to see a "pasta mama" making their freshly made pastas in the window. Everything is fresh and made on the premises. Best calamari and pasta outside of Italy. Dinner comes with complimentary Sambuca and Amaretto. For best value, go for lunch while shopping in Georgetown.
Parks & Nature
Whether you want to ride your bike (or rent one across the street from the apartment), jog, or go for a leisurely walk, Rock Creek Park is the place to do it. The Park is closed to vehicle traffic on weekends and holidays. The rear entrance to the zoo is in Rock Creek Park. 1.3 miles away.
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Rock Creek Park
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Whether you want to ride your bike (or rent one across the street from the apartment), jog, or go for a leisurely walk, Rock Creek Park is the place to do it. The Park is closed to vehicle traffic on weekends and holidays. The rear entrance to the zoo is in Rock Creek Park. 1.3 miles away.
Essentials
Who doesn't love Whole Foods especially if you are an Amazon Prime member? Remember there is a 5 cent bag tax in DC, but no worries, look in the apartment pantry to find a cold bag and extra reusable bags to get your shopping done! 1.7 miles away.
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Whole Foods Market
1440 P Street Northwest
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Who doesn't love Whole Foods especially if you are an Amazon Prime member? Remember there is a 5 cent bag tax in DC, but no worries, look in the apartment pantry to find a cold bag and extra reusable bags to get your shopping done! 1.7 miles away.
See my recommendation for Whole Foods. TJ's is cheaper, but may not necessarily carry everything as Whole Foods. Both include wine and beer.
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Trader Joe's
1914 14th Street Northwest
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See my recommendation for Whole Foods. TJ's is cheaper, but may not necessarily carry everything as Whole Foods. Both include wine and beer.
Don't laugh. If the sign were not out front, you would think this was an upscale gym. Sunrise yoga on the roof deck (maybe not in the Fall/winter) is my fave.
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Anthony Bowen Branch YMCA
1325 W Street Northwest
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Don't laugh. If the sign were not out front, you would think this was an upscale gym. Sunrise yoga on the roof deck (maybe not in the Fall/winter) is my fave.
We have had several inquiries about allowing pets in our space. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets, but two blocks away we have a wonderful pet service that can kennel your pet during your stay. Our neighbors rave about Patrick’s services when they travel and often use his dog walking and grooming services.
Patrick's Pet Care - Columbia Heights
3303 11th St NW
We have had several inquiries about allowing pets in our space. Unfortunately we cannot accommodate pets, but two blocks away we have a wonderful pet service that can kennel your pet during your stay. Our neighbors rave about Patrick’s services when they travel and often use his dog walking and grooming services.
Local DC Restaurant Chains and “acceptable” food chains
The minute folks hear “chain” they think cookie cutter, simple food. These chains are solid, reasonably priced spots that can, for the most part, accommodate larger parties with varying tastes.
This is a Washington institution. Go here for a hearty lunch or dinner in an austere atmosphere, at low to moderate prices. The menu changes frequently, but its tried and true classics are the crab cakes, pan fried trout, and Maryland Crab soup. However, there is something for everyone here. Clyde’s has great burgers, salads and other “American” fare. Three metro stops away located at the Gallery Place Metro. Nearby attractions: National Portrait Gallery, the Capital One Arena, Chinatown, Penn Quarter.
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Clyde's
707 7th Street Northwest
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This is a Washington institution. Go here for a hearty lunch or dinner in an austere atmosphere, at low to moderate prices. The menu changes frequently, but its tried and true classics are the crab cakes, pan fried trout, and Maryland Crab soup. However, there is something for everyone here. Clyde’s has great burgers, salads and other “American” fare. Three metro stops away located at the Gallery Place Metro. Nearby attractions: National Portrait Gallery, the Capital One Arena, Chinatown, Penn Quarter.
I can eat here anytime, but this place has a phenomenal buffet brunch for a decent price. They make their own beer and donuts are made to order. If you are not ordering the brunch, F&D has the best chicken and waffles outside of Roscoe’s in LA.
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Farmers & Distillers
600 Massachusetts Ave NW
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I can eat here anytime, but this place has a phenomenal buffet brunch for a decent price. They make their own beer and donuts are made to order. If you are not ordering the brunch, F&D has the best chicken and waffles outside of Roscoe’s in LA.
Wood-Fired Pizza at its best, but my fave are the sliders with onion strings. For dessert, the cinnamon donuts with Kailua dipping sauce will not disappoint.
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matchbox
1901 14th Street Northwest
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Wood-Fired Pizza at its best, but my fave are the sliders with onion strings. For dessert, the cinnamon donuts with Kailua dipping sauce will not disappoint.
B&P is one of my faves especially when I am with a group of people that have several dietary restrictions. There is something on the menu for everyone. My favorites are the nicoise salad and any breakfast item. All locations have a small bookstore and the original location ( 1 metro stop away at U Street/Cardozo or a 20-minute walk), has cozy chairs where you can just sip your coffee and check e-mail.
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Busboys and Poets
2021 14th Street Northwest
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B&P is one of my faves especially when I am with a group of people that have several dietary restrictions. There is something on the menu for everyone. My favorites are the nicoise salad and any breakfast item. All locations have a small bookstore and the original location ( 1 metro stop away at U Street/Cardozo or a 20-minute walk), has cozy chairs where you can just sip your coffee and check e-mail.