Ramblings, Road trip
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Washington DC Food Suggestions?

A red bowl of US Senate Bean Soup on a blue plate
Pressure Cooker Senate Bean Soup – this recipe is the closest I’ve been to Washington DC…until today.

As we speak, I’m on the road to Washington DC. I’ve never visited our nation’s capitol before, and I’m looking forward to touring the monuments, museums, and memorials.

And, of course, the food.

I’ve done some research, and I know I should try:

  • A Half Smoke at Ben’s Chili Bowl
  • Pupusas (a local specialty of the Salvadoran community)
  • Ethiopian (another large local community)

I would love to eat US Senate Bean Soup in the Senate Dining Room, so I can compare it to my pressure cooked version. I didn’t plan far enough ahead – you need a letter from your Senator to get in. Next time!

What should I eat in Washington DC?

Reading a bunch of “Top 10” lists gave me those suggestions – and a million others. There are so many choices, and I can’t narrow it down. So, I’m asking my readers – where should I eat in Washington DC? Any local places I shouldn’t miss? Or, any other food-centric suggestions? (We’re going to be around the National Mall the whole time, so it helps if the suggestion is in the district.)

Leave your suggestions in the comments on this post, and thank you for any recommendations!

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Jane Hopkins says

    Old Ebbitt Grill
    Union Market and some of the shops surrounding it such as A. Litteri. Italian Deli, some grocery items. Lots of olive oils. Vinegars olive oils etc. and wine
    Best Kitchen Supply
    The Wharf area
    Google Tim Carman. Washington Post just wrote about his 25 best casual restaurants. I want to get to Momo Yakiori I hope Sunday for my sons birthday

    Northwest Chinese is very authentic. College town. Free parking in city garage over the weekends now
    Several papusa places in the vicinity to the chinese restaurant

    If using metro make sure you know which lines are not closed for repair

    Going to be super hot this weekend! Stay hydrated.

  2. If you’re in the mood for bbq, you have to eat at Hill Country BBQ. Also, Matchbox has some really delicious unique dishes, as well as amazing wood fired pizza. 3 locations, all good.
    Enjoy your trip

  3. Ted Phipps says

    Two places very near the mall -walking distance – are Founding Farmers, and Beefsteak, which is a vegetarian place. Both are really good, and busy. FF takes reservations.

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