A long weekend in Washington offered, yes, new freedoms. Unlike the tour-led activities I had grown accustomed to during childhood and high school trips, this vacation offered a breath of fresh air and a pure appreciation for the patriotic capital. Alex, Lindsey, Dan and I spent hours walking and wondering, noting new spots and historic sites. We graced the patios of friends and long-lost cousins, cheered on the Nationals, drank countless cups of coffee (and later rosé) in park lawns, and experienced restaurants worth revisiting.
Below were the culinary highlights, categorized by meal and classified for their unique offerings...
Breakfast at Ted's Bulletin, during which we splurged on not one, but two housemade strawberry pop tarts (with sprinkles, of course) and a full breakfast spread with runny eggs, crispy hashbrowns and peppery breakfast sausage.
Brunch at Table, an intimate one-room restaurant that reveals every step of the chef's process from a visible kitchen bar. I watched my shakshuka and Alex's duck eggs with polenta come to life through the focus of one chef, who modestly mastered initial preparation and final plating flourishes.
Lunch at Momofuku, the world-famous ramen bar with a wildly unique yet seemingly effortless execution of innovative noodle, rice and steamed bun dishes. The warehouse-style aesthetic complements its turn-and-burn demand for satisfying lunchtime soup service.
Oyster happy hour at Senart's, where we were perfectly tucked away in the window booth with a crisp glass of pinot overlooking the quiet, cozy neighborhood of Eastern Market.
Dinner at Tail Up Goat, a phenomenal gesture of young yet seasoned culinary talent. Shared plates of in-house pastas, adventurous toasts, lamb ribs and limited half roasted chickens grace the minimalist tablescapes on a corner of northwest Washington.
Upon my next visit, I am pining for a classic Italian dinner at Fiola Mare in Georgetown, Duke's Grocery lunchtime sandwiches, and All Purpose Pizza for casual dinner fare. Food & Wine's esteemed mention of The Dabney also leaves me curious.
Where are your favorite D.C. dining destinations? Share in the comments.