All-Purpose (1250 9th St NW)
A joint effort by the owners of Red Hen and Boundary Stone, the pizzas here are super yummy and crispy. We got the white clam pizza as well as a pepperoni, and the clam took the top spot. We also enjoyed a really delicious summer squash app.
Bar Pilar (1833 14th St NW)
This is probably our favorite DC restaurant. Everything is small plates and farm-to-table. Highlights of our meal were the deviled eggs, fried chicken, and beef tartare. We compare most small plates restaurants to here and very few have measured up! Must make a reservation.
Bistro Bohem (600 Florida Ave NW)
I went here for brunch with friends and it was another surprisingly good place. It’s small inside and the food is Czech. I got the schnitzel waffle, which was tasty, and the bottomless mimosas option is $15.
Compass Rose (1346 T St NW)
Another DC favorite we loved for its wide variety of cuisines. You can get dishes from Spain to Jamaica, and they’re all super delicious! We especially loved the Korean kogi ribs. Must make a reservation.
Dacha Beer Garden (1600 7th St NW)
What I like about this place is that the whole thing is outside and reminds me of the outdoor part of Pilsener Haus in Hoboken. They have a great beer selection, and the food is pretty good too. They have a little cafe area now servicing breakfast.
Espita Mezcaleria (1250 9th St NW)
I LOVE mezcal so I was super excited when this place opened. I got the Oaxacan Sour, which was delicious, and we shared an assortment of the tacos, a ceviche, and the coloradito mole–all of which were amazing. Make a reservation.
Ghibellina (1610 14th St NW)
Another solid Italian option. We did not try the pizzas but we enjoyed our pastas. The charcuterie servings are also huge–so a great option for a snack during happy hour.
Kapnos (2201 14th St NW)
I’ve been for a restaurant week dinner and happy hour, both of which I enjoyed. The food is Greek, and we loved the assortment of spreads and cold mezze the best. The cocktails for HH are delicious as well–I especially liked the gin kegged lemonade.
Right Proper Brewing
I can only speak to the beers here as we did not eat when we went. A good neighborhood brewery if you’re looking for somewhere to hang out!
Tico (1926 14th St NW)
I’ve heard rants and raves about Tico, but we went for HH we enjoyed our drinks and food, which is Mexican small plates. Everything we got though was SPICY, so if that is not for you then ask the server what the mild dishes are.
Izakaya Seki (1117 V St NW)
Unassuming Japanese izakaya that also offers a selection of sashimi. Go for the noodle soup–the soba soup is delicious and comforting on a cold day. They have an extensive sake and interesting Japanese craft beer selection as well.
The Bird (1337 11th St. NW)
Ostrich, quail, chicken–this poultry-centric restaurant and sister to The Pig has every type of fowl you’d imagine. The wings and the fried chicken are two recent faves, and definitely leave room for dessert. Amazing cocktails as well! Definitely make a reservation.
The Dabney (122 Blagden Alley NW)
Amazing farm-to-table restaurant in the adorable Blagden Alley focusing on hearth roasted meats and vegetables–make sure to get some of each! Need to make a reservation 2 weeks in advance/