Restaurants

Top Choice Deli in Downtown & Penn Quarter

Red Apron Butchery

Red Apron makes a helluva breakfast sandwich. Plop into one of the comfy booths and wrap your lips around the ricotta, honey and pine-nut 'aristocrat' or the egg and chorizo 'buenos dias.' They're all heaped onto ti…
Cafe in Logan Circle, U Street & Columbia Heights

Busboys & Poets

Busboys & Poets (named for a Langston Hughes poem) is one of U St's linchpins. Locals gather for coffee, wi-fi and a progressive vibe (and attached bookstore) that make San Francisco feel conservative. The heart…
Cafe in Dupont Circle & Kalorama

Duke's Grocery

'The taste of East London in East Dupont' is the Duke's tagline, and that means black pudding and baked beans in the morning, spiced-lentil rotis in the afternoon and Brick Lane salt-beef sandwiches late night. Coup…
Cafe in National Mall

Cascade Cafe

Located at the juncture of the National Gallery's two wings, the Cascade offers views of just that: a shimmering, IM Pei–designed artificial waterfall. The cafeteria-style eatery is divided into different stations w…
Cafe in Upper Northwest DC

Open City at the National Cathedral

Next to the Washington National Cathedral, this atmospheric cafe with outdoor seating serves up sweet and savory waffles, grilled sandwiches, salads, soups, pastries and well-made coffees. It's set in an octagonal b…
Cafe in Adams Morgan

Tryst

The couches, armchairs and bookshelves, and the light flooding through streetside windows, lure patrons so faithful they probably should pay rent at Tryst. They crowd in for the coffee, stellar omelet and waffle bre…
Cafe in National Mall

Pavilion Cafe

Set amid the rambling sylvan serenity of the National Sculpture Garden, this pizza and panini place bustles throughout the seasons. Eat in the glass-walled interior or at the umbrella-shaded outdoor tables. Even if …
Deli in Capitol Hill & South DC

Taylor Gourmet

When you just need a good sandwich, Taylor has got you covered. For about $11 you can walk out of here with a foot of excellent anything between two pieces of bread, dressed with nicely shredded lettuce and brillian…
Cafe in Adams Morgan

Pleasant Pops

The cafe is definitely pleasant, with big windows that let in plenty of natural light. The 'pops' are popsicles, or Mexican paletas to be exact, in flavors like peach hibiscus, Mexican sweet cream and cinnamon. The …
Cafe in Georgetown

Patisserie Poupon

The society ladies know where to replenish mid–shopping spree: Patisserie Poupon. Join them in nibbling almond croissants, macarons or a Niçoise salad at one of the little cafe's tables. Once the French-press coffee…