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In my previous travel post about Washington DC, I discussed some of the places to see and things to do. However, this post will focus mostly on some of our favorite places to grab a delicious bite to eat. I will say, most of the restaurants we venture to are on the upscale side of things, especially when we travel. That being said, if you’re traveling on a budget, you might want to look a bit further into some of the places I suggest to you today.
The Source by Wolfgang Puck
We stumbled upon The Source located at 575 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20565 by merely roaming around the city. We had no idea that they offered a five course dim sum brunch on the weekends (I believe it was a Saturday) until we took our seats. Of course that’s what we ended up getting!
While the restaurant itself had a long wait to be seated, we graciously took our seats at the bar so that we wouldn’t have to wait. This is a tactic that we often use to avoid the long wait of a popular restaurant. So take that with you as an added travel tip: if you don’t have reservations, sit at the bar!
BreadSoda is not easily seen from the street as it is located below street level. I suggest finding a spot to park and walking around as there are many other nearby restaurants in the area. Located at 2233 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20007, it has a down-home pub-like feel. The setting is small, intimate and includes pool tables! Unfortunately for us, the pool tables and the Battleship game were being used but there are others to choose from.
For lunch, we both split a bowl of soup and ordered separate sandwiches. The food was delicious and the establishment as a whole wasn’t overly pricey. They also had a decent selection of brews to choose from.
Located at 735 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, Sushi Hachi has been open for less that a year. When we visited, word hadn’t spread too much about the venue but it still drew a small crowd. We ordered a seven course meal that included sashimi, wagyu beef and dessert. Every course was exceptional and presented a unique buffet of flavors.
The wagyu beef came out sliced and raw, accompanied with a searing hot stone to cook it with. Oh, and if you order sake, they let you pick which sake glasses you’d like to drink from…
Jinya Ramen Bar
We discovered the Jinya Ramen Bar thanks to a popular smartphone app called Yelp. We use it often when traveling to discover places to eat. As you’ve no doubt noticed by now, we are a big fan of Asian cuisine. Good ramen can be hard to come by. Where I’m currently living we have to fight tunnel traffic back-ups and drive at least 30 minutes (if there is no traffic) to get to the nearest ramen joint. With traffic it can take over an hour to get there. Frankly, I’d kill for a good ramen joint in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.
Jinya has two stories but was a packed house when we arrived that night for dinner. As before, we circumvented the long wait for a table by opting to sit at the bar. Just like with the popular Vietnamese dish, pho, ramen is all about the broth. Located at 1336 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005, this joint is worth a stop.
On the next trip to DC, I plan to eat at only Vegan restaurants. Stay tuned for more posts on traveling tips, things to do and places to eat.
Regina Bethory is a fiction author. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s in Directing and Play Writing and from Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School as a Test Electrician. She also has a degree in Funeral Services. As an avid minimalist and traveler, she enjoys spending her time learning new things, seeking new experiences and de-cluttering. When she is not writing, she can often be found in comic book stores and early morning matinees.