Hot Restaurants in Washington D.C.

Most American citizens will consider a visit to Washington D.C., our nation’s capital, at some time in their life. There are many tour sites on the internet that will list all of the “must see” sites such as the Washington Monument, the White House, the Lincoln Memorial and Mount Vernon. Not to mention a number of great museums such as the International Spy Museum, the Bead Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Museum of African Art to visit. But after a day of site seeing you are bound to be famished. With this list of hot restaurants in Washington D.C. you can plan your culinary pleasures in advance, making your visit complete.

Founding Farmers is actually owned by a group of American farmers. They offer “homemade from scratch” cuisine from farm fresh ingredients, delivered daily. Even the cocktails are unique. Try Bar Chef Jon Arroyo’s specialty Mint Julep which is served in a pewter container filled with crushed ice. All his drinks are hand stirred with care for each customer. They function as a certified green eatery and the restaurant has been built to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Founding Farmers, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Surfside features Chef David Scribner’s seafood specialties like his fish tacos. Their menu is filled with grilled seafood and steaks with some great salads as well. It’s all fresh and healthy. As you seat yourself the soft greens and blues of the décor will calm you as though the sea is all around. Once your party is seated, send a member to the back of the restaurants to the margarita bar for some fresh margaritas or beer. If it’s a mild evening, scoot on up to the rooftop deck and enjoy beach time music while you eat.

Burger Joint is one of the few places where you can order the Obama Burger and the McCain Burger. You’ll have to choose carefully in this vote. Both burgers start out with 10 ounces of prime beef, but the McCain Burger is topped with Southwestern poblano and chipotle peppers. It’s then covered with melted Pepper Jack cheese and black bean salsa on the side. The Obama Burger, with its prime beef is topped with a Chicago hotdog. All the toppings are thrown on top such as relish, tomatoes, pickles and super peppers. After you’ve decided who you are supporting, add an order of their great golden Yukon potato fries or sweet potato fries to go with your burger. If you’d like to try something a little different have them top your fries with garlic, rosemary and Parmesan seasoning.

Old Ebbit Grill

Wooden soldiers outside the Old Ebbit Grill in Washington DC

Old Ebbit Grill is located at 675 – 15th Street NW, it’s close to the White House. You’ll be rubbing elbows with White House staff while you marvel at the marble bar and velvet booths. It feels much like a 1900s spiffed up saloon with brass and beveled glass. Even the Walrus Head, on display, has importance because of Teddy Roosevelt’s capture of him. They are known for their oysters and burgers, not a bad combination with you add corn-on-the-cob and berry cobbler to the mix. Don’t bother getting all dressed up as this is a casual attire restaurant with a children’s menu and brunch on both Saturday and Sunday. Creative Commons License photo credit: dave_7

Irish Channel Restaurant and Pub certainly has an authentic style Irish pub (bar), but it’s separate from the dining area which makes it great for family dining. You’ll find live music five days a week, but great service and food every night. Most of the staff is Irish, making the Pub feel even more authentic while they serve pints, bangers and mash. Try their specialties of Sheppard’s pie and Chicken Pot Pie, homemade and delicious. Find the Irish Channel Restaurant and Pub as part of the Red Roof Inn on H Street.

Café Berlin is located on Capital Hill. They offer great sandwiches for lunch such as their German Sausage Sandwich, Reuben and Café Berlin Club Sandwich, all with sides of German Potato Salad and soup of the day. For a hardier meal in the evening try some of their German specialty dishes such as Weiner Schnitzel, Sauerbraten or Ungarisches Goulash. Save room for dessert with 12 different cakes and pies to choose from at all times. Choose your German beer (perhaps the Spaten Dark) and they will be happy to serve it in a large glass boot – fun.

The Melting Pot Restaurant brings back an old favorite of fondue served at your table. They’re located just south of Dupont Circle on 19th Street. They offer only three different types of fondue, but it seems to be working for them. The fondue flavors are Swiss cheese, chocolate and beef. But, there are many variations of orders such as the Sampler Pot which comes with appetizer, entrée and dessert fondues. Although a bit on the expensive side, the service and food is very good besides being fun.

Ben’s Chili Bowl has been serving incredible food for over fifty years. You can’t stay in business that long if you don’t know how to do it right. Their Chili Half-Smoke was voted Washington D.C.’s signature dish, not to mention that it is Bill Cosby’s favorite. However, I have heard rave reviews for their vegetarian chili and chili cheese fries. This stuff is true comfort food. If you’d like to experience a blast from the past eating at a local hangout it will feel like fifty years ago.