Power Lunches and Midday Munches in the Nation's Capital
Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but lunch is by far the trickiest. After all, if you're bold enough to head out to a sit-down meal in the middle of the workday -- and bravo if you are! -- you're forced to keep one eye on the clock as you're scanning the menu. And if you're just visiting the city and seeking a delicious midday snack, you want to choose a place wisely so you'll know your dining-out dollars have been well spent. But how to select the perfect lunch spot? By perusing this list. Here, we've compiled some of the most popular -- and often most buzz-worthy -- lunch spots in Washington, DC. Although... Read more »
- Cuisine: Latin
- Average Main Course Price: $26
Chef Jeff Tunks -- a DC favorite -- knows how to wow diners, and he's done it again with Ceiba.
Local Expert Tip: "Try the achiote-spiced gnocchi. It's not your grandma's potato pasta!"
C.F. Folks snagged the 2013 America's Classics Award from the James Beard Foundation. Stop in and you'll soon discover why.
Local Expert Tip: "At only 15 cents extra, adding tomatoes or onions to your sandwich is a no-brainer."
A good pizza place is worth its weight in mozzarella. Pizzeria Paradiso is just such a place.
Local Expert Tip: "Ordering dessert at lunch may be over-the-top indulgent, but the Salame di Cioccolato makes it so worth it."
In business since 1990, the folks behind Rocklands know better than to mess with their winning, wood-only barbecue.
Local Expert Tip: "No need to avoid Rocklands if you're a vegetarian. The menu offers a surprising number of meat-free dishes."
This restaurant takes the ultimate comfort food -- Southern cuisine -- and transforms it into something sublime.
Local Expert Tip: "Take the guesswork out of ordering by opting for the three-course, prix-fixe luncheon."
It's the rare establishment that lasts for years, let alone 150+ of them. See for yourself what gives Old Ebbitt Grill such staying power.
Local Expert Tip: "This place truly is historic, so don't rush through lunch. Take your time and savor the surroundings."
Live jazz, Victorian ambience and patio dining are just some of the reasons the Tabard Inn is a perpetual DC favorite.
Local Expert Tip: "For a filling lunch that's not too sinful, try the savory tart with leeks and goat cheese."
- Cuisine: American
- Average Main Course Price: $7
Bread Line takes it commitment to fresh baked goods seriously, making everything onsite in its 3,500-square-foot bakery.
Local Expert Tip: "Walk off lunch with a stroll to the White House. It's right nearby!"
Authentic Ethiopian restaurants are tough to come by; Meskerem is one of the finest.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't be shy about digging in with your hands. That's half the fun!"
Good Italian is good, but great Italian is an epiphany. Al Tiramisu shows pretenders to the throne how it's supposed to be done.
Local Expert Tip: "Recreate Al Tiramisu's amazing dishes at home by taking an onsite cooking class."
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