Washington DC has some seriously good restaurants and with joints by the likes of David Chang and Jose Andres it’s clear to see why. Each time I visit I feel like I’m only scratching the surface! Earlier this year I posted about some of the great places to eat in DC, earlier this week I wrote all about Zaytinya, and now I’m excited to be bringing you even more!
Espita Mezcaleria – Shaw
Espita Mezcaleria specialises in Southern Mexican cuisine and – you’ll never guess – Mezcal! As you walk in you’re met with striking artwork in a modern industrial setting.
The menu looked so good I think everyone in our group had a tough time choosing what to have! In the end I went for the lamb barbacoa tacos which were absolutely delicious, but the winning dishes of the day had to be the smoked pork jowl tacos and the pipian mole with roasted suckling pig that was melt-in-your-mouth soft and juicy with a layer of crispy crackling.
Espita Mezcaleria also has a pretty impressive brunch menu – wouldn’t mind giving that a go sometime!
District Commons – Washington Circle
District Commons is a bit of a favourite with my colleagues in DC and so I seem to pay them a visit at least once per trip! I’m not complaining though – their warm, fresh, pretzel bread served with a beer, honey, mustard butter is probably worth the flight from London!
Their pumpkin ravioli needs a special mention too because it’s absolutely perfect. I love the orange stripe on the pasta giving that pop of autumnal colour. I’m a huge fan of crushed amaretti biscuits to give a touch of sweetness to this savoury pumpkin dish that complements the nutty crunch of the toasted pecans beautifully. What really makes this dish sing for me though is that silky, buttery, creamy garlic and sage sauce!
Chaia – Georgetown
With their tagline “farm to taco”, Chaia specialise in veggie/vegan tacos made with only the most local ingredients. Their Moroccan carrot tacos are not to be missed and I’ve heard good things about their green rice too.
Momofuku CCDC and Milk Bar – Downtown/Penn Quarter
This modern-Asian eatery has been on my DC bucket list since it opened in 2015 and I booked it about a month ago to make sure I could pay them a visit. I went with a friend and we both had our eyes on the same things so we shared a starter of pork buns. The pork was beautifully soft and along with the cloud-like puffy bun just melted in your mouth!
I knew exactly what I wanted for my main – the beef noodles. I had heard so many good things about these noodles that I couldn’t wait to try them. I mean, it’s hard not to get excited about something that you hear described as a “hamburger in a bowl” – especially when you love ramen as much as I do! The broth was soooo good – so rich and full of beefy flavour. The slices of beef laid across the top were beautifully tender too.
We finished up with a slice of the legendary crack pie from Milk Bar with a side of cereal milk soft serve on a bed of “crunch”. Those of us who don’t live in DC can still enjoy this decadent dessert with this recipe on the Milk Bar website!
First Bake at Farmers Fishers Bakers – Washington Harbour
This is becoming a regular breakfast pit-stop for me on the way to work when I’m visiting the DC office. I love the casual, informal atmosphere where you can pay as you order like you would in a regular cafe rather than the table-service restaurant that it becomes later in the day. They have wifi and a relaxed atmosphere so it’s a great place to start the working day. It helps that the food is delicious, the menu is actually pretty varied with options from different toast varieties to breakfast tacos, and the prices are really cheap! I can definitely recommend the cranberry and orange toast with honey butter, and the birds in a nest with the eggs nestled in a slice of chilli and cheese toast.
I have no idea when I’ll next be visiting DC, but I’ll be sure to bring you another post with whatever I find next!