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Jon Boughtin
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Eat Your Way Across Washington DC

Featured Guide
Some of the U.S. capital's finest, off-the-beaten-trail restaurants.
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Rasika

Rasika is fine dining done right. The only issue here is they may ruin you on indian food forever, because no one does it better. It's hard to go wrong with any of their entrees but the must-try item here is the crunchy spinach on the appetizer menu. It's a little salty but in the best possible way. This one...

W Domku Bar & Cafe

Domku is a great little hideaway. The aesthetic is that of a hip, funky coffee shop, but they have real food to back it up. Domku serves a rich menu of Slavic and Scandinavian fare, which I appreciate if for no other reason than it's something different from the usual options. With a great bar and beer...

The Henley Park Hotel

This may very well be the nicest and most interesting hotel I've ever been to. One quick caveat about that: this place has a great old historic feel that gives the whole experience a lot of charm. If old and historic isn't your thing, though, you might not be as impressed as I was. The decor is great. Old...

Founding Farmers

I am endlessly impressed with this farm-to-table restaurant. Their eco-friendly mantra offers food with a cause, and it comes at no expense to quality. The burgers are outstanding, and I an endlessly impressed with their cocktail offerings. It can be a little tough getting in, but with good...

Chez Billy

Chez Billy has a killer selection of European beers and a gorgeous "speakeasy" feel to its bar, but the real star here is the food. Their fare verges on fine dining but the prices are more than reasonable ($20 plate on average). Going in for a drink is a must, but staying for dinner is highly recommended....

The Hitching Post

This is a place you could drive right by without ever knowing. Except for the porch deck full of tables, the Hitching Post looks like somebody's house...and in fact it is. This restaurant is built into a row house in DC's historic Petworth neighborhood. The service isn't amazing and the atmosphere...

RedRocks Firebrick Pizzeria

This is brick oven pizza done right, with atmosphere to boot. This is the kind of place I want to go in the winter because it just feels warm inside (and they have some great dark beers to really keep you warm). Start with some olives then go for the pancetta and pineapple pizza. I don't love their brunch,...

Topaz Hotel, a Kimpton Hotel

The Topaz Hotel has a lot to offer. A hip, eclectic lobby greets you when you arrive, just off from a great lobby bar (complete with full menu). The staff was a little overwhelmed when I arrived, but they were friendly and helpful with great personalities. The rooms themselves were pretty great too,...