CITY GUIDES | Washington, D.C.

CITY GUIDES | Washington, D.C.

The best possible outcomes in the City of Magnificent Intentions.

January 7, 2019
CITY GUIDES | Washington, D.C.

CITY GUIDES | Washington, D.C.

The best possible outcomes in the City of Magnificent Intentions.

January 7, 2019
Interviews by Cassandra Landry | Art by ChefsFeed

Politics might be one endless chyron-tapeworm in the fusty, forgotten passages of our sanity, but I'll tell you what: The food in the nation's capital is straight FIRE. So there's that. 

Part of our goal with these shiny new City Guides is to show you exactly how to fall in love with a place, straight from food people who have done it. We want to know where they'd blow rent money if there were no repercussions, where they go when they want to people-watch and take a few breaths away from the kitchen. Where the best coffee is, so you're not eyeing the powdered creamer in your hotel room and thinking, I mean, I guess that's basically the same thing, right? 

We try not to forget all the good stuff that fills the hours between meals—the way the light hits a certain street corner, or the walks that make you feel like a part of something bigger. All those the quirks and hidden gems that make any great love story worthwhile.

 This round: Washington, D.C. (and its surrounding environs, if you're fancy).

Meet Your Experts

Look at these three very trusty chefs! One of them once broke up a fight outside his restaurant Himitsu and got a thank you letter from a Supreme Court justice. One of them has probably cloned himself because he's running approximately one million restaurants at all hours of the day and night at the new shwanky spot in town, The Eaton Hotel. And one of them has the mind of a Rubik's Cube, if a Rubik's Cube was the chef of the tiny-ass kitchen of The Royal and possessed a bottomless amount of creativity and fast-twitch muscles. 

Take it away, chefs. 

Tim Ma
Expert
Chef
Kyirisan, American Son at Eaton Hotel
Washington
2 Recommendations Made

Rise & Shine: Breakfast Spots

Kevin: Man, there's so many. If I'm looking for a really awesome croissant, there are actually two places that I think have the best croissants in the world. Super flaky. If you shot a video in slow-mo of me breaking it open you'd see all the shards on the outside fly slowly through the air. Nice big pockets on the inside. 

One is a regular croissant and one's a whole wheat croissant. So if I just want really awesome regular croissant I go to Pluma. It's a bakery in Union Market that's a block away from my house. But if I want to think I'm healthier by eating a whole wheat pastry that's still layered with butter I would go to Seylou because they mill their own grains and I feel slightly better about myself. 

I could get coffee at both places, but normally I'm grabbing these croissants on the way to work— and on the way to work there's a coffee shop called Colony Club that does really awesome coffee. I hate to tell everyone what my drink order is because I'm super basic, but: I always like a really dirty chai.

Tim: Well, now I do it at the [Eaton] hotel. so, this is gonna sound like a shameless plug. We do breakfast, but also we have a coffee shop [Kintsugi], so like I go to either. I usually just want an omelette with a little salad or something like that, and a cortado. But I'm very particular about it, so sometimes I'll even go back there and just make it myself. 

Cable: It's funny, but everybody just goes to my restaurant [The Royal] for breakfast. We're open 18 hours a day, seven days a week. It's a coffee shop in the morning. They make really good coffee and Colombian-inspired things, like spiced hot chocolates and a Colombian latte with the spice rub that I make for our pork shoulder. That's where most of the service industry seems to come before they go to work. It's in Shaw, it's cheap, it's not pretentious. We don't have servers, it's just counter service, so it's pretty easy.

There's also a new Jewish bagel place, Call Your Mother, that's really awesome.

 

The Royal
Hot Spot
Le Droit Park, Washington
$, Café, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Bar, Latin American
1 Recommendation
Pluma
Hot Spot
Northeast Washington, Washington
$, Café, Bakery, Breakfast
Seylou
Hot Spot
Downtown, Washington
$, Bakery, Modern, Breakfast
1 Recommendation

Lunch

Kevin: Shit, I don't know. I'm trying to think about the last time I actually had lunch. Normally I get the restaurant at nine and I'm usually here until close, so if I'm eating lunch it's always family meal at the restaurant. 

Tim: It's weird, D.C. doesn't have, to me, a huge interesting lunch scene. It's still a power lunch scene. For that, I'd go to the big touristy spot called Old Ebbitt Grill. It's been open for some ungodly amount of time, and is one of the top twenty grossing restaurants in America. A lot of industry people actually still go there. It's like steaks, salad, crab dip. I always go for the burger. There's nothing forward-thinking about it, it's just done well. All your basics, lettuce, tomato, and whatever you want, to be honest. And then you pick the cheese. It's a proper burger where it's like half an inch thick, and the bread's done well. Everybody except for me is in a blazer. It's that type of place.

For all of the people who don't have a blazer on and want to eat something really cool, there's a ton of food trucks. Pretty much all of K Street, and Farragut Square ends up with them. 

Cable: I love Timber Pizza for my lunch or dinner spot. That place is awesome. It's another little spot that it's not a hassle. All the pizzas are really good. They've got good canned beer. All of the salads she makes are really fresh. 

 

Old Ebbitt Grill
Hot Spot
Northwest Washington, Washington
$$, Modern, American, Breakfast, Full Bar, Seafood, Happy Hour
3 Recommendations
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