Corduroy: Seasonal American Cuisine

The fabric corduroy is made for warmth and comfort, perfectly named for Corduroy Restaurant. Located in Northwest Washington, Corduroy offers classic American cuisine in an equally classic setting. The dining room is made to be cozy, but don’t even think about coming in jeans, shorts or sneakers – this is a dressy casual place!

For dinner, try the prix fixe menu, made special by the chef, and changing with the seasons. You can’t go wrong with the dinner menu, which includes tasty first and second courses. You know that everything you get is fresh because Corduroy makes it a point to use products from nearby farms and suppliers. It’s not a big menu, but the choices are well worth it, with delicious soups, salads and apps, followed by interesting entrees. A tasting menu lets you sample some of the chef's latest creations.

Check out Corduroy's website to find out more about this DC eatery!

1122 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-0699

& Pizza: A DC Pizzeria

For some of the best pizza south of NYC, head to & Pizza, where even former New Yorkers rave about the pies. All of the pizzas here are hand crafted with the utmost care, and use only the freshest ingredients. Here, you can truly craft your perfect pie — choose your dough (wheat, regular or multigrain), select your cheese (includes home made mozzarella and asiago), and then select your toppings.

The pie is made before your eyes, put on a conveyor belt and is set in the oven — all while you watch! Once your pie bakes, you can choose to finish it off with infused olive oil, fresh herbs, and even chopped olives. Best of all, you get all this for around $9! The pies are a nice size — more than enough for one hungry person, or big enough to share.

& Pizza
1118 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 733-1285

Old Ebbitt Grill: Historic Washington Dining

Just a hop-skip from the White House, the historic Old Ebbitt Grill is the go-to spot for politicos and other capital city denizens. This is old-school D.C. at its best, with mahogany and velvet booths, gas-lit brass lamps, beveled glass, and a long bar suitable for mingling and sharing political secrets. The huge space has different dining sections to accommodate almost any mood, from elegant, to romantic, to casual. The menu is wide ranging, too, with everything from sandwiches to full-on entrees. The Old Ebbitt Grill aims to use local, sustainably raised meats and produce. Some diners think their burgers are the best on the eastern seaboard.

Old Ebbitt is open every day for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 347-4800

DC Coast: Tasty Seafood Selections

Great atmosphere, service and food combine to create a satisfying dining experience at DC Coast restaurant. DC Coast serves seafood and American cuisine in a chic, comfortable atmosphere.

Walk into DC Coast and be surprised – not all restaurants have a life-sized mermaid at the entrance! Inside you’ll find an inviting space, perfect for a lunch with colleagues, an after work excursion with friends or a dinner with somebody special. The experience continues with the commitment to service, and wait until you try the food!

Seafood is the specialty at DC Coast, whether it’s the “Coast to Coast” menu featuring a different region each month, the “Pleasure is Ours” chef’s menu, the bar menu or the main menu. Visit DC Coast's website to find out more!

DC Coast
1401 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-5988

Medaterra: Hummus and Martinis in Woodley Park

The staple of any Mediterranean diet, the hummus at Medaterra comes in the traditional style: tinged with olive oil, lemon juice, and spices. That's the way local customers like it, crowning the dish as one of their favorites. But you can also order the hummus with cilantro, mint, and a blend of herbs.

However, hummus is just to start at this Woodley Park eatery. The healthy fats indigenous to the Mediterranean diet are also available via seafood dishes such as grilled salmon filet or hazelnut-crusted trout. You can also try a Roman pizza, dusted with everything from goat cheese to chunks of roasted lamb. The menu also offers many options for vegetarian eaters, such as veggie risotto or eggplant and zucchini moussaka. Round out your meal with a $5 martini, a popular cap according to reviews.

2614 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 797-0400

Fresh-Baked Goodness at Firehook Bakery and Coffee House

At Firehook Bakery and Coffee House, wholesome breads are baked from scratch using all natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking for the bookends to your next sandwich, a crusty baguette for dipping, or a suitable vessel for French toast, Firehook has a bread for you.

Choose from varieties like whole grain and rye or sourdough and pumpernickel, or try a specialty bread such as the buttery sweet potato bread or crusty fresh rosemary boule. Pastry lovers will appreciate Firehook’s wide variety of muffins and Danish. Firehook also offers a range of breakfast and lunch trays, like the Mediterranean salad sampler tray or the “fresh and ready” boxed lunch platter. Indulge in one of Firehook’s delicious baked goods, like the raspberry currant bar with pecans and currants, or the crispy-edged lemon cooler.

Visit Firehook's website to find out more about this D.C. bakery!

Firehook Bakery and Coffee House
3411 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(888) 580-0745

The Thai Tanic Restaurant: A Washington Thai Restaurant

With a name like Thai Tanic, you'd expect this D.C. Thai restaurant to have a sense of humor. And it does, but it's also serious about serving authentic Thai cuisine. The decor at this Logan Circle restaurant is modern and fun, with distinctive tables and seating and interesting art on the walls.

On the menu you'll find a varied selection of classic Thai cuisine. Entrees can be prepared with your choice of chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, and the list encompasses options like Panang curry, red curry, and yellow curry, as well as classics like Pad Thai. Soups, salads, and appetizers are available too, as are dessert options like rice pudding and coconut custard.

Visit Thai Tanic's website to learn more about this Washington Thai restaurant.

Thai Tanic Restaurant
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-1795

LiLLies Restaurant: Brunch and Dinner in Washington, D.C.

A bright, relaxing ambiance and a menu of Mediterranean-inspired food is what endears diners with LiLLies Restaurant. It’s a popular lunch spot where diners can enjoy dishes like a Greek Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese & Greek dressing, or a Manchester Turkey Wrap with smoked turkey, crème brie, cucumber, avocado, mixed greens & aioli dressing.

The dinner menu features entrees like Tortellini with pesto cream sauce or marinara, Crusted Tilapia with risotto, Lobster Ravioli with red pepper sauce, Grilled Salmon with wild rice, and Roasted Lamb Shank with eggplant & risotto.

Weekend brunch is a great time to stop by to relax with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, or a Greek Omelet, all in a spot that's not too far away from Meridian at Gallery Place in Washington.

LiLLies Restaurant
2915 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 450-4824

Fogo de Chao: A Brazilian Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.

If you’ve never experienced a Brazilian steakhouse, here’s one tip: bring your appetite.

Fogo de Chao brings the Brazilian steakhouse experience to the U.S. First opening its doors in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1979, the company has expanded rapidly all over the Western hemisphere. Regulars at the Washington, D.C. outpost rave about the many exquisite cuts brought to the table here, including the luscious filet mignon wrapped with bacon and the exceptional lamb chops.

The way it works here is that you pay a flat fee per person – around $50 for dinner – and then servers come to the table with meat as it comes off the grill. You can take whatever you like, but make sure to leave room for the good stuff. The meal also includes a well-stocked salad bar.

Fogo de Chao
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4668

Birch & Barley: Washington’s Spot for Beer Aficionados

With a collection of 555 artisanal beers, Washington, D.C.'s Birch & Barley is a goldmine for aficionados of the mighty brew. It’s also a place to indulge in a full meal, with a menu focused on rustic farm to table options like Honey Glazed Duck Breast, Pan Seared Sturgeon, and Pork Loin Roulade. Not up for a full meal? Back up your beer with an appetizer like the Atlantic Char Tartare, Beef Tongue Pastrami, or Beet Risotto with whipped goat cheese. All entrees are accompanied by delectable array of fresh veggies like hand-cut fries, braised collards, and wild rice with brandied cherries. Stop by the bar for a drink or make dinner reservations to avoid a long wait for a table.

Birch & Barley is open every day for dinner and also offers Sunday brunch.

1337 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576