Food & Drink

Get a taste of the DC food scene and discover the best places to eat, drink and more in the nation's capital.

Everything You Need to Know About DC’s Signature Dish: The Half-Smoke

What is a half-smoke? Paris has croissants, Baltimore has crab cakes, and Washington, DC has something called a half-smoke. The town’s signature dish is a sausage, generally smoked before it’s grilled. They’re often a bit spicier and made of meat that’s more coarsely ground than a hot dog. Sources...

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street - Where to get a half-smoke in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat on Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill is home to the U.S. Capitol Building and the Supreme Court. By day, the neighborhood is buzzing with everyone from senators and Supreme Court justices to law clerks and Capitol Hill staffers as they go about the business of making and interpreting the laws. By night, the...

Outdoor patio at Belga Cafe on Barracks Row - Restaurant on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC
10 Restaurant Pop-Ups to Try in Washington, DC

Before the pandemic, DC chefs vied for Michelin stars, wowed diners with meticulously crafted tasting menus and shouted out tickets over chaotic kitchens. But since March, all that has changed. Many restaurants have had to find innovative ways to lure diners. While many chefs have tweaked their...

@victuraparkdc - Victura Park at The REACH
Best Dishes You Must Try at Washington, DC Restaurants

As one of the country's top dining destinations , we want to show off the signature dishes and flavors at some of the city’s most popular restaurants. Of course, it’s hard to go wrong at many of these eateries, but if you’re a “what’s the dish I should try?” type of diner, we’ve got you covered. A...

Nighttime patio dining at Le Diplomate on 14th Street - Stephen Starr Restaurant in Washington, DC
What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on...

@brenntravels - Summer sunset over DC skyline flying into Reagan Airport - Best views of Washington, DC
Derek Brown on the Cocktail Scene in Washington, DC

When it comes to craft cocktails, there’s a whole lot shakin’ in the nation’s capital. All the rage at the moment are the growing number of speakeasies, bars and lounges devoted exclusively to serving expertly measured and mixed drinks. Add to that, many distinct distilleries have popped up in the...

Columbia Room - Derek Brown Cocktail Bar in Washington, DC - Best American Cocktail Bar
20+ Places to Enjoy All-American Eats in Washington, DC

While DC is a culinary capital filled to the brim with international cuisine, the city can also offer the finest in American specialties. From tasty burgers and juicy steaks to authentic barbecue and handmade ice cream, the District has numerous options for enjoying them all. Dig in. Hot Dogs...

Ben's Chili Bowl in DC's U Street neighborhood - Where to enjoy all-American eats in Washington, DC
20 Romantic Date Ideas in Washington, DC

The nation’s capital is the picture-perfect setting for that idyllic date night or romantic getaway. From its renowned dining scene and romantic restaurants to its majestic monuments, memorials and world-class hotels , Washington, DC has everything that a couple could want in the perfect evening...

Couple viewing Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party at The Phillips Collection - Museums and Date Spots in Washington, DC
The Best Places to Eat in Dupont Circle

The cosmopolitan nature of Dupont Circle makes it one of DC’s most popular neighborhoods, with its social circle serving as a gathering spot, while shops and museums provide something for every taste. Dupont’s restaurants and bars radiate outward from the central circle and include a diverse mix of...

Urbana - Dupont Circle Restaurant - Washington, DC
Breweries to Check Out In & Around Washington, DC

When you’re looking for a cold one, look beyond the big beer producers and taste something distinctly DC. Frosty, frothy, heady, hoppy, sour – whatever your preference, you can find it at any of these local breweries. Read on to explore the best breweries in and around DC, discover brewery tours...

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC