Menomale Pizza Napoletana: Authentic Pizza Pies

This newly-opened traditional pizzeria has rapidly become a Washington, D.C. favorite, serving up thin-crust pies topped with a spectacular sauce and freshly-sourced meats and vegetables. The team behind this restaurant has a unique pedigree – the pizzas are handled by Ettore Rusciano, who was born in Italy and studied the art of the pizzaiolio until he was awarded the title of Master, while his partner Leland Estes brings an encyclopedic knowledge of beers to the table. The restaurant offers 20 craft beers on draft and a large list of bottled brews from all over the globe. This combination makes Menomale a favored neighborhood hangout that has diners and drinkers alike raving. The centerpiece of the restaurant is a hand-built, 6,000 pound wood-fired oven that reaches internal temperatures of 900 degrees – essential for producing that crisp char that gives pizza its character. The space is a little small, but it’s always packed with pizza lovers who proclaim it the best in D.C.

Menomale Pizza Napoletana
2711 12th Street NE
Washington, DC 20018
(202) 248-3946
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Basil Thyme: Time for Lunch

Food trucks can be a great lunch time alternative to fast food, especially when considering the innovative menu many offer. And Washington, D.C.'s Basil Thyme is no exception. Serving fast and delicious Italian fare, Basil Thyme specializes in rich, wholesome ingredients that come together in so many great dishes. Chef Malik has worked in many well-regarded D.C. establishments, and his expertise shows through Basil Thyme’s range of excellent dishes.

Forget about burgers and fries, Basil Thyme offers delightful Italian feasts featuring homemade items and fresh and tasty ingredients. One of the more popular dishes is Basil Thyme’s lasagna. Whether paired with succulent roasted pork or black truffles and gorgonzola you're likely to be amazed by the artistry displayed at Basil Thyme.

Visit Basil Thyme's website to learn more!

Basil Thyme
Washington, DC 20024
(855) 588-7282
http://www.basilthyme.com/
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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!

Corduroy
1122 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 589-0699
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& 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
andpizza.com
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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
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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.

Medaterra
2614 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 797-0400
http://www.medaterradc.com/menu.html

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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
www.firehook.com
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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
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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
www.lilliesrestaurant.com
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