Guidebook for Washington

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Guidebook for Washington

Food Scene
Great burgers just three blocks away. The toasted marshmallow shake is one of the "40 Things to Eat in DC."
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Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Great burgers just three blocks away. The toasted marshmallow shake is one of the "40 Things to Eat in DC."
Eastern Market is a historic feature of Capitol Hill, open since 1873. There is a cheesemonger, farm fresh veggies, local poultry, fish guys, specialty sausage, freshly-made pasta, butchers and a bakery. Restaurants all over. There are boutique art stalls on weekends. Definitely worth a visit.
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Eastern Market
225 7th Street Southeast
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Eastern Market is a historic feature of Capitol Hill, open since 1873. There is a cheesemonger, farm fresh veggies, local poultry, fish guys, specialty sausage, freshly-made pasta, butchers and a bakery. Restaurants all over. There are boutique art stalls on weekends. Definitely worth a visit.
Jimmy T's is a local joint, the kind of place where every coffee mug is different. It's small, the food is adequate, not spectacular, but it does the job. Great for an easy local breakfast before sightseeing.
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Jimmy T's Place
501 East Capitol Street Southeast
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Jimmy T's is a local joint, the kind of place where every coffee mug is different. It's small, the food is adequate, not spectacular, but it does the job. Great for an easy local breakfast before sightseeing.
Great pupusas, tamales, burritos and other Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. It was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. And, perhaps best of all, it is VERY affordable. Great place to feed the family for $30.
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Tortilla Café
210 7th Street Southeast
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Great pupusas, tamales, burritos and other Mexican and Salvadoran dishes. It was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. And, perhaps best of all, it is VERY affordable. Great place to feed the family for $30.
Balkan food? Yes! And Yum! It’s a little Mediterranean, Slavic, delicious. And they have a fixed price, all-you-can eat menu where waiters patiently bring you any item on the menu — from steak tartare to lamb goulash to fish of the day — as many times as you want without a grumble. Weekend brunch includes bottomless drinks.
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Ambar Capitol Hill
523 8th Street Southeast
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Balkan food? Yes! And Yum! It’s a little Mediterranean, Slavic, delicious. And they have a fixed price, all-you-can eat menu where waiters patiently bring you any item on the menu — from steak tartare to lamb goulash to fish of the day — as many times as you want without a grumble. Weekend brunch includes bottomless drinks.
Ice cream flavors to die for: Gooey Butter Cake, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Pineapple Upside Down Cake... worth every penny.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
526 8th Street Southeast
Ice cream flavors to die for: Gooey Butter Cake, Goat Cheese with Red Cherries, Pineapple Upside Down Cake... worth every penny.
Iconic Belgian food place that has it all, fancy dishes, perfect mussels, casual lunch, outdoor tables and cute little plexiglass cabanas for safer eating options
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Belga Café
514 8th St SE
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Iconic Belgian food place that has it all, fancy dishes, perfect mussels, casual lunch, outdoor tables and cute little plexiglass cabanas for safer eating options
Easy peasy, yummy taco place. Friendly, fast, comfortable, delicious. Humble, local stand that turned into trusted and beloved local chain.
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District Taco
656 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Easy peasy, yummy taco place. Friendly, fast, comfortable, delicious. Humble, local stand that turned into trusted and beloved local chain.
Beloved joint inside Eastern Market. It’s a Washington tradition to get the BlueBucks pancakes, but the Breakfast Brick and seafood sandwiches are fantastic too. Lunch counter style, line is always long, but moves fast. Surly cashier is part of the charm.
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The Market Lunch
225 7th Street Southeast
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Beloved joint inside Eastern Market. It’s a Washington tradition to get the BlueBucks pancakes, but the Breakfast Brick and seafood sandwiches are fantastic too. Lunch counter style, line is always long, but moves fast. Surly cashier is part of the charm.
Beautiful, reliable wine bar great for drinks or just an elegant meal.
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Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar
223 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Beautiful, reliable wine bar great for drinks or just an elegant meal.
Large variety of elevated and basic pizzas, always has room for the soccer team or a quickie meal.
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We, The Pizza
305 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Large variety of elevated and basic pizzas, always has room for the soccer team or a quickie meal.
Your basic, solid Chinese place. Has fed decades of legislative work sessions.
Hunan Dynasty
215 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
Your basic, solid Chinese place. Has fed decades of legislative work sessions.
Elegant, delicious, upscale Spanish tapas. Expert Sangrias.
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Joselito Casa de Comidas
660 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Elegant, delicious, upscale Spanish tapas. Expert Sangrias.
Beautiful beer garden with twinkly lights and elevated, German fare.
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Cafe Berlin
322 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Beautiful beer garden with twinkly lights and elevated, German fare.
This is a bit far for a walk, a bike ride or car ride, but just-opened new Capitol Hill hotspot food hall. Calling itself a culinary clubhouse, you grab a table in the gorgeous space and order on your phone from any of the stalls in the foodie food court — sushi, gourmet pizza, Avo toast with Arctic char, insane beer and cocktail selection — and they bring it to your table!
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The Roost
1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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This is a bit far for a walk, a bike ride or car ride, but just-opened new Capitol Hill hotspot food hall. Calling itself a culinary clubhouse, you grab a table in the gorgeous space and order on your phone from any of the stalls in the foodie food court — sushi, gourmet pizza, Avo toast with Arctic char, insane beer and cocktail selection — and they bring it to your table!
Rustic, Belgian charm in a place where the bread is only the beginning. Sometimes we just order the basket of assorted breads — which arrives with a trio of toppings, including several flavors of their house-made Nutella — and decadent Belgian hot chocolate. But also salads, tartines, and soups are delicious, healthy and surprising.
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Le Pain Quotidien
660 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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Rustic, Belgian charm in a place where the bread is only the beginning. Sometimes we just order the basket of assorted breads — which arrives with a trio of toppings, including several flavors of their house-made Nutella — and decadent Belgian hot chocolate. But also salads, tartines, and soups are delicious, healthy and surprising.
Foodie corner grocery with terrific breakfast and lunch sandwiches to go.
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Union Kitchen Grocery
538 3rd St NE
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Foodie corner grocery with terrific breakfast and lunch sandwiches to go.
Drinks & Nightlife
The watering hole of choice for many congressional staff and a locally famous bar. Worth a stop.
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Hawk 'n' Dove
329 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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The watering hole of choice for many congressional staff and a locally famous bar. Worth a stop.
The longtime political dive bar of Capitol Hill. Personalities galore, where policy is being debated by congressional staffers and plumbers. Drinking food, too.
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Tune Inn
331 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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The longtime political dive bar of Capitol Hill. Personalities galore, where policy is being debated by congressional staffers and plumbers. Drinking food, too.
Essentials
Great local pharmacy.
Grubbs Pharmacy
326 East Capitol Street Northeast
Great local pharmacy.
Good local convenience and grocery store. It will meet most of your needs.
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Capitol Hill Supermarket
241 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Good local convenience and grocery store. It will meet most of your needs.
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Giant Food
300 H Street Northeast
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Harris Teeter
401 M Street Southeast
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One of the best liquor stores around. We’ve never stumped them.
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Schneider's of Capitol Hill
300 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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One of the best liquor stores around. We’ve never stumped them.
Sightseeing
See the Apollo missions and all manner of historic planes and rockets. Like all Smithsonian museums, it is free.
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National Air and Space Museum
600 Independence Avenue Southwest
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See the Apollo missions and all manner of historic planes and rockets. Like all Smithsonian museums, it is free.
See everything from the Hope diamond to the jaws of an extinct Megladon shark. Great for kids. Like all Smithsonian museums, it is free.
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National Museum of the American Indian
4th Street Southwest
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See everything from the Hope diamond to the jaws of an extinct Megladon shark. Great for kids. Like all Smithsonian museums, it is free.
This is where the U.S. prints the money. See your life salary printed in a matter of minutes!
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Bureau of Engraving and Printing
301 14th Street Southwest
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This is where the U.S. prints the money. See your life salary printed in a matter of minutes!
The sleeper tourist attraction! Not on everyone’s list, but around the corner from the house and totally worth a visit. Make sure you get a look at the main reading room and the Gutenberg Bible — rotating exhibits are alway excellent and it’s never crowded. It is opulent — you’ll think you’re in Versailles or at The Hermitage. The fountain is right out of an Italian film. But it is one of the few government projects that was completed ahead of schedule AND under budget!
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Biblioteca del Congresso
101 Independence Avenue Southeast
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The sleeper tourist attraction! Not on everyone’s list, but around the corner from the house and totally worth a visit. Make sure you get a look at the main reading room and the Gutenberg Bible — rotating exhibits are alway excellent and it’s never crowded. It is opulent — you’ll think you’re in Versailles or at The Hermitage. The fountain is right out of an Italian film. But it is one of the few government projects that was completed ahead of schedule AND under budget!
D.C.‘s newest museum and a fantastic, moving, necessary experience for every American. Make sure to start in the very bottom, which begins with searing and evocative details of a slave trader’s ship. And spiral your way upward through history and the African- American experience. Powerful, moving, triumphant, and important.
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Museo nazionale di storia e cultura afroamericana
1400 Constitution Ave NW
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D.C.‘s newest museum and a fantastic, moving, necessary experience for every American. Make sure to start in the very bottom, which begins with searing and evocative details of a slave trader’s ship. And spiral your way upward through history and the African- American experience. Powerful, moving, triumphant, and important.
An offbeat trip, see the graves of some of Washington’s luminaries in a gorgeous setting. Don’t miss the moving epitaphs of some of the nation’s important LGTBQ figures. And the memorial for our beloved neighbor, Ruth Rappaport, a Wåshington character and Holocaust survivor who lived next door in 117. The cemetery happens to also be the city’s biggest and most exclusive dog park.(ask us if you want to take your dog — we will tell you how)
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Congressional Cemetery
1801 E Street Southeast
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An offbeat trip, see the graves of some of Washington’s luminaries in a gorgeous setting. Don’t miss the moving epitaphs of some of the nation’s important LGTBQ figures. And the memorial for our beloved neighbor, Ruth Rappaport, a Wåshington character and Holocaust survivor who lived next door in 117. The cemetery happens to also be the city’s biggest and most exclusive dog park.(ask us if you want to take your dog — we will tell you how)
Getting Around
Bike share stations are all over the city and there are a variety of options for rental (hour, day, etc). The bikes are sturdy and easy to ride. This is a great option for touring on Capitol Hill and on the National Mall.
Capital Bikeshare
270 2nd St NW
Bike share stations are all over the city and there are a variety of options for rental (hour, day, etc). The bikes are sturdy and easy to ride. This is a great option for touring on Capitol Hill and on the National Mall.
Historic Union Station has restaurants and shops. It is both a train station and a metro station. The metro will get you almost anywhere you want to go in DC.
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Union Station
50 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast
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Historic Union Station has restaurants and shops. It is both a train station and a metro station. The metro will get you almost anywhere you want to go in DC.