DC's Best Break-Your-Diet Restaurants


You only live once; why not enjoy some of life’s guiltiest pleasures while you still can? These decadent dishes at the following Washington, DC spots may have a day’s worth of calories on one plate, but the indulgence will be worth it.

  • Burger Foggy Bottom
    Burger Tap & Shake Map 2200 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-587-6258
    Food24 Decor17 Service21 Cost$15

    Nothing kills your diet quicker than a juicy burger. These experts transform a classic beef patty into groundbreaking burgers, from a Tex-Mex burger filled with chili con carne and pickled jalapenos to the Big Daddy, loaded with smoked Benton bacon and buttermilk blue cheese. If you want something more gastropubby, the bratwurst burger (called the Badger) hits your gut with beer mustard and sauerkraut.

  • Hot Dog Capitol Hill
    DC-3 Map 423 8th Street Southeast, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-546-1935
    Food23 Decor17 Service20 Cost$13

    This vintage-inspired joint from the restaurateurs behind Matchbox isn’t afraid to make risk-taking dogs in between two buns. Specialty selections include the bacon-wrapped Tuscan Sonoran loaded with pinto beans and white sauce on a butter-grilled loaf, the deep-fried Jersey Bacon-Wrapped Ripper topped with jalapeno relish, and the Cincinnati Coney stacked with shredded cheddar and chili. If your weiner fix didn’t leave you full enough, order some Fried Oreos to round out your meal.

  • American 14th Street Corridor
    the pig Map 1320 14th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-290-2821
    Food23 Decor20 Service22 Cost$33

    At this pig-centric hot spot, every part of the curly-tailed animal has its time in the spotlight. Highlights include pork heart chili, spicy BBQ pig tails, and the Taste of the Head (which includes crispy head cheese, seared tongue, and bacon made out of the face).

  • Jewish Dupont Circle
    DGS Delicatessen Map 1317 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-293-4400
    Food23 Decor19 Service19 Cost$31

    It would feel wrong to not order a meal in between two pieces of bread here, so go for the half-pound pastrami on the double baked rye with a “schmear” of chopped liver. Should you want something a little heartier, try their take on chicken & waffles (with challah French toast taking the place of the waffle), or gorge on a plate of Schmutzy Fries (towered with pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing).

  • U Street Corridor
    Ben's Chili Bowl Map 1213 U Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-667-0909
    Food22 Decor15 Service20 Cost$13

    Dine on some of the menu’s most iconic items: national treasure Bill Cosby’s favorite chili half-smoke topped with a quarter-pound of pork and beef smoked sausage; a two-patty, half-foot chili burger sub; and a pile of chili cheese fries. It's what heartburn-filled dreams are made of.

  • Chicken Downtown
    Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken Map 1308 G Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-809-5565
    Food22 Decor14 Service20 Cost$10

    Donuts and fried chicken were born to live under the same roof. At this quirky shop, everything is made with locally-sourced ingredients and offerings change with the season. However, enjoying a maple bacon donut with eight pieces of chicken can happen year-round.

  • Barbecue Penn Quarter/Chinatown
    Hill Country Barbecue Market DC Map 410 7th Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-556-2050
    Food22 Decor19 Service17 Cost$25

    All it takes is four magical words to draw in hungry crowds: "all you can eat". This NYC transplant serves up platters of barbecue classics with a helping of twang and indulgent sides. Noteworthy options include beer-braised pinto beans, deviled eggs with smoky chipotle, and collard greens with applewood smoked bacon. Note: this gut-bulging dinner is only offered on Monday nights.

  • Barbecue Georgetown
    Old Glory Map 3139 M St NW, Washington, District of Columbia | 202-337-3406
    Food19 Decor19 Service17 Cost$25

    The Whole Lotta Glory platter serves up all of their signature meat offerings (including hand-sliced beef brisket and smoked pulled pork) along with four sides. Should you be hungry after your meat buffet, round out your dinner with Southern Comfort Bread Pudding. The classic brioche-based dessert bathes in bourbon caramel and is topped with toasted pecans.