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).

Everything Else

Kevin: I'm a huge restaurant and people watcher when I go out. If you're looking to watch tourists you can hang out at the National Mall on a beautiful day.  I always go into the Union Market area just because, yes, the proximity is close to my home, but there are cool local vendors and local shops and I feel like I'm being taken out of hustling and bustling city and into this nice suburb. Everyone comes out and shops and chills and hang out. 

D.C. has a crap-ton of free museums, but of course, my favorite is the one I have to buy a ticket for: the National Geographic Museum. I was a big nerd as a kid and I loved reading National Geographic. They always have a rotating exhibit every two to three months, so that gives me a reason to go back all the time.

And: If you're using the Metro to get around and using the escalators, stand to the right, walk on the left!

Tim: In Union Market, there's a store called D.C. Sharp, which is a chef's geek-out knife place.  Everybody goes there. That's what we splurge on. It's something tangible, [they] know what they're talking about, and they treat industry correctly. 

Cable: We walk around our neighborhood a whole lot. The Eastern Market is a little market half away from my house. It's open on Saturdays and Sundays. They have a farmer's market out there and they've got a lot of vendors selling art and dudes playing saxophones and churros, for some reason. I love going to see art, especially the Van Gogh part of ... I can't remember. The east or the west wing of the museum is really beautiful. The Natural History Museum is awesome. I go there three times a year or so.

There's a little puzzle store called Labyrinth that always smells like 200 dudes playing Dungeons and Dragons. Out front, they always have a board with a trivia puzzle on it, and if you get the answer and you go inside and tell them, they'll give you Smarties. It's really fun. They've got Lego and board games and all sorts of weird shit in there. We go all the time and find stuff.

 

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