5 Culinary Neighborhoods to Explore Around DC

By Olga Boikess  |  August 19, 2013
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If you’re staying in town for the rest of the summer, you're in luck because there's actually tons to do. Indeed, given the ongoing explosion of restaurants, nightlife and shopping along 14th Street N.W. - there are new spots opening every week - it would take more than a staycation to simply catch up on this one exciting neighborhood. But there are plenty of other locales with enticing eateries to explore - below find five rendezvous for food lovers that should keep you busy well past Labor Day.

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    14th Street N.W. from Logan Circle to V Street N.W.

    From the sophisticated bar atop the Donovan House Hotel off Logan Circle, to of-the-moment drinks and snacks from Asian restaurant Zentan, and Mike Isabella’s latest hot spots - the Greek Kapnos and G, his sandwich shop - this stretch of real estate is booming. Roughly halfway between them is the town’s toughest reservation – Le Diplomate French brasserie (pictured). Along the way are Belgian B Too, Peter Pastan’s latest Italian spot Etto, perpetually packed seafooder Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, Latin/Asian fusion spot Masa 14, New American Bar Pilar and perennial faves like the community coffeehouse/American destination Busboys and Poets.

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    Penn Quarter Near The Verizon Center

    Prime locations are hard to come by at this hub for museums, theaters, the Verizon Center, hotels and businesses. Recent additions snapping up vacated properties include Victor Albisu’s handsome South American grill Del Campo and the casually sophisticated New American Nopa Kitchen +Bar (pictured), as well as a Shake Shack located next door to the Spy Museum. Meanwhile behind the Verizon Center, Daikaya brings Japanese ramen and bar culture to two floors of a townhouse.

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    DuPont Circle

    Fried chicken and donuts are having their culinary moment in DC's cheap eats world, and just below the “Circle” on Connecticut Avenue is GBD, Golden Brown Delicious, that doles out some of the best, affordable birds and sinkers for early risers, as well as late-night revelers. A few doors away, deli mavens find their pastrami fix at DGS Delicatessen. Finally, above the Circle on Connecticut Ave. N.W., fast-casual venues abound - look for Shophouse, BGR, The Burger Joint and Sweetgreen.

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    Mosiac District - Merrifield, VA

    This newly minted mega dining and shopping hub brings suburban diners some of DC’s popular talents - for instance you'll find the casual Mediterranean Cava Mezze Grill, Dolcezza Gelato's mouthwatering ice creams, Matchbox Vintage Pizza’s brick oven pies and American bistro fare (pictured), Red Apron Butcher’s artisanal charcuterie and sandwiches, Sweetgreen’s healthy salads and Taylor Gourmet’s filling, Philly-inspired subs. Plus the Angelika Film Center and Café and a host of trendy shops.

  • Chevy Chase Circle

    Straddling the District and Maryland boundary line on Wisconsin Avenue are upscale dining and shopping venues galore. The hottest of them all is Range, Bryan Voltaggio’s blockbuster New American, where you'll find its open kitchen turning out pastas, raw bar, roasts, grills and sweets. Nearby, Texas import Mi Cocina joins popular venues like Capital Grill and Rosa Mexicano as happening dining scenes to check out.