For something a little bit different this week, we’re traveling to DC and taking you with us! These are out favorite spots to hit up while we’re in the Nation’s Capital, so come along.
Ristorante Piccolo: To start, we’re taking you to a delicious Italian location that is both “romantic and unique”. As a self-proclaimed “Italian trattoria with walls of Tuscan gold hues”, Piccolo serves up the most scrumptious meals in a fabulous setting. In short, their locale is “full of the warm-hearted wines and food that match the spirit of Italy, loved by Washingtonians and visitors alike!” It is set in the heart of historic Georgetown overlooking the C&O canal, and it is the local go-to for drinks with friends or a cozy bite. They make their own hand made pastas, and combined with their stunning ambiance and wonderful staff, you will be sure to visit again. On the menu is every classic Italian dish you could ever hope for, filling up all menu sections including “antipasti”, “le zuppe”, “insalata”, “pasta fresca”, “pasta secco”, “carne”, “frutti di mare”, “contorni”, and “dolci”. Craving it as we speak!
1789 Restaurant: For a more locally-focused and organic option, check out 1789. As they state on their site, “Long ago we made the decision to bypass traditional commercial produce routes and buy instead from local farms. From Spring through Fall, our fruits and vegetables are always fresh and of the highest quality. Likewise, we source many of our meats, fish, poultry and seafood direct from their native regions.” Awesome right?! In case you missed it, their menus change daily to showcase the best of the best for every taste and every season, so you are sure to receive a unique and special experience upon each visit. As of late April, 1789 has buratta, wild ramp risotto, cauliflower panna cotta, Spanish octopus, Maine scallops, foie gras, Scandinavian halibut, venison, Flory’s truckle cheese, and so much more. You are sure to find something appetizing in all of their seasonally rotating menus, and you will always be on the edge of your seat waiting for what is to come next!
The Tombs: After you’re done eating at 1789, head downstairs to The Tombs to catch up with all local Georgetown students and alumni! A local favorite and DC tradition, The Tombs is set up as a restaurant that quickly turns into the most bustling nighttime party location for all the young (and old!) Georgetown residents. A quick fun fact: it was named in 1962 by Georgetown alumnus Richard McCooey after the T.S. Eliot’s poem “Bustopher Jones: The Cat About Town”. On the menu is a long list of comfort food for all to enjoy; items include “Tombs nachos”, chicken wings, “Holy Kale” salad, “The Kickback” burger, reuben sandwiches, pizza margherita, hanger steak, crispy fish tacos, and more, not to mention their long cocktail, beer, specials, late night, dessert, and brunch menus. You will feel like a true local the minute you enter Tombs, and it will have you daydreaming about your own glorious college days in no time.
POV Bar: Next on this DC food and drink tour is POV Bar. Located on the rooftop of the W Hotel, POV provided the perfect view of the south lawn of The White House, not to mention, they have amazing drinks. While there is a dress code meant to enforce the sophisticated atmosphere that they strive to maintain, who doesn’t love a little dress up on a fun and flirty night out? As they even say, “your fashion statement is just as meaningful as your political one”, and they are surely right. Transitioning from brunch to a bar and cocktail hub of DC, POV is the premier spot to get your drink on and soak up the DC nightlife. Some of their seasonal cocktails include “Grab’Em By The ‘Roni”, “It’s Cold Bro”, “Get Punched and Whine”, and more, not to mention the classics like a Moscow mule, “clean” mojito, strawberry lemonade, wines, beers, bubbly, and more. For food, they offer buffalo cauliflower, lamp chops lollipops, duck quesadillas, herbed shrimp pizza, POV burger, steak frites, kaffir lime crème brulée, and beyond. Get out your best heels and be sure to make POV a stop in your DC exploring!
Old Ebbitt Grill: Finally, in case you hadn’t already had enough to eat, we’re taking you to a DC classic – Old Ebbitt. Located only steps away from The White House and all of DC’s best museums, Old Ebbitt has that old-timey comfort that you have been craving. Opened in 1856, it was renowned as a “favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt and is still a popular meeting spot for political insiders, journalists, celebrities and theater-goers.” More specifically, Old Ebbitt is adorned with a “Beaux-Arts façade, mahogany and velvet booths and bars set in marble, brass and beveled glass”, and their food focuses on an “upscale American saloon” style. They have held the title as winner of Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Award of Excellence” for 18 years running, and their delicious wine menu, paired with their mouth-watering and classic food menu, famous chocolate cake, and bar items will have you reeling. Choose from chicken liver pâté, pork belly tacos, clams casino, cheese samplers, chopped salad, dry aged rib eye, grilled Duroc pork chops, “brick chicken”, shrimp & grits, bacon horseradish glazed meatloaf, French dip sandwich, burgers, and so much more. Classic and classy – Old Ebbitt in a nutshell.
Be sure to think of us while you dine at the best DC has to offer!