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How to Make Memories on Capitol Hill

Gary

How to Make Memories on Capitol Hill

The Restos to go to on Capitol Hill
Vanessa and I have personally been to most restaurants and spots on the hill, and these are the cream of the crop -- all visited 5 times or more. Some new, some old, some fancier, some are hole in the wall spots. Happy to answer questions!
Lovely Michelin star winning cafe and restaurant. Chicken Sandwich and Potato Donut are the items to get. Closes mid-day at 2:30pm and reopens at 5:30pm. Very trendy spot on the hill. Gets very busy mid-morning. No reservations.
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Little Pearl
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
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Lovely Michelin star winning cafe and restaurant. Chicken Sandwich and Potato Donut are the items to get. Closes mid-day at 2:30pm and reopens at 5:30pm. Very trendy spot on the hill. Gets very busy mid-morning. No reservations.
Hole in the wall DC institution breakfast and lunch counter. Cash only! The line for breakfast gets crazy long on the weekends but moves fast. Blueberry Buckwheat pancakes are the item to get. The bric sandwich (bacon/sausage, eggs, potatoes, cheese on a bun) is a fantastic if you can't decide item. Fried green tomatoes and crab cakes are a must. Hard to get a table and you'll be sharing space with others. Inside the Eastern market building in the north hall. No reservations.
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The Market Lunch
225 7th Street Southeast
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Hole in the wall DC institution breakfast and lunch counter. Cash only! The line for breakfast gets crazy long on the weekends but moves fast. Blueberry Buckwheat pancakes are the item to get. The bric sandwich (bacon/sausage, eggs, potatoes, cheese on a bun) is a fantastic if you can't decide item. Fried green tomatoes and crab cakes are a must. Hard to get a table and you'll be sharing space with others. Inside the Eastern market building in the north hall. No reservations.
You go here because the pizza happy hour is the best I've ever seen. From 5pm to 6:30pm you get $5 pizzas. Enough to feed one really hungry person or two less hungry people. It's good pizza, but I'm not going to oversell it. The best way to describe it is that it's very high-floor pizza. No reservations and the place is crazy busy during dinner time because lots of families go there with their kids.
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Seventh Hill Pizza
327 7th Street Southeast
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You go here because the pizza happy hour is the best I've ever seen. From 5pm to 6:30pm you get $5 pizzas. Enough to feed one really hungry person or two less hungry people. It's good pizza, but I'm not going to oversell it. The best way to describe it is that it's very high-floor pizza. No reservations and the place is crazy busy during dinner time because lots of families go there with their kids.
We've eaten at every sushi place on the hill. This is the best one in the neighborhood. It's not the best one period, but good, significantly above average.
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Sushi Capitol
325 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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We've eaten at every sushi place on the hill. This is the best one in the neighborhood. It's not the best one period, but good, significantly above average.
It is an institution in DC. It's also very affordable and family friendly. Get the pop tarts, Millionaire bar, and the meatloaf. Line gets a little crazy on the weekends.
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Ted's Bulletin
505 8th Southeast
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It is an institution in DC. It's also very affordable and family friendly. Get the pop tarts, Millionaire bar, and the meatloaf. Line gets a little crazy on the weekends.
Opened in 2019, fantastic fancy little place that's a great date night out. Think more hip than fancy. Gets pretty busy but reservations are available. The sides for the bread, which we know sounds a little strange, are fantastic. They're like $3 apiece. The eggplant spread is lovely.
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Emilie's
1101 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
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Opened in 2019, fantastic fancy little place that's a great date night out. Think more hip than fancy. Gets pretty busy but reservations are available. The sides for the bread, which we know sounds a little strange, are fantastic. They're like $3 apiece. The eggplant spread is lovely.
A DC institution! Countless hill staffers and politicos alike have gone here for a slightly pricier than $10 lunch. Its classic, unpretentious, and steps from the House of Representatives. The Nicoise salad is very good. Sandwiches are also fantastic.
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Le Bon Café
210 2nd Street Southeast
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A DC institution! Countless hill staffers and politicos alike have gone here for a slightly pricier than $10 lunch. Its classic, unpretentious, and steps from the House of Representatives. The Nicoise salad is very good. Sandwiches are also fantastic.
Vanessa is from NJ, so no bagel here will suffice, but these are the best bagels in DC. Very solid 8. Not trying to oversell it at all. Will provide a fantastic bacon, egg, and cheese when you need it for $6.99.
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Bullfrog Bagels
317 7th Street Southeast
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Vanessa is from NJ, so no bagel here will suffice, but these are the best bagels in DC. Very solid 8. Not trying to oversell it at all. Will provide a fantastic bacon, egg, and cheese when you need it for $6.99.
Probably the most DC coffee shop on the hill -- at least certainly on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. By that we mean a ton of staffers from Capitol Hill come here all the time. Fantastic and large coffee shop overall with a great view of Union Station and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Ebenezers Coffeehouse
201 F Street Northeast
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Probably the most DC coffee shop on the hill -- at least certainly on the Senate side of Capitol Hill. By that we mean a ton of staffers from Capitol Hill come here all the time. Fantastic and large coffee shop overall with a great view of Union Station and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Places to Visit
The essential hip places that locals frequent on a regular basis.
Super hip food hall showcasing all of the gastronomical innovations DC has to offer. Family-friendly, great place for meals, sight-seeing, or just checking out something cool. Free parking.
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Union Market
1309 5th Street Northeast
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Super hip food hall showcasing all of the gastronomical innovations DC has to offer. Family-friendly, great place for meals, sight-seeing, or just checking out something cool. Free parking.
Walk through the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Historic District in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood these days, and you’ll step into a preservation fantasy land. Inside the system of interior alleyways is a booming commercial core of craft cocktails and coffee, street art, and one of the city’s most popular new restaurants—not to mention a crowd of projects clamoring to get in next—and almost all of it is hosted inside beautiful historic buildings.
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Blagden Alley Northwest
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Walk through the Blagden Alley/Naylor Court Historic District in Washington, D.C.’s Shaw neighborhood these days, and you’ll step into a preservation fantasy land. Inside the system of interior alleyways is a booming commercial core of craft cocktails and coffee, street art, and one of the city’s most popular new restaurants—not to mention a crowd of projects clamoring to get in next—and almost all of it is hosted inside beautiful historic buildings.
It is THE dive bar on Capitol Hill. This isn't universal anymore, but the Tune Inn is known as the Democrat's bar, and is next to Hawk 'N Dove, which is the Republicans bar. Naturally, the Hawk 'N Dove is much fancier, so it fits that narrative if that's your jam.
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Tune Inn
331 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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It is THE dive bar on Capitol Hill. This isn't universal anymore, but the Tune Inn is known as the Democrat's bar, and is next to Hawk 'N Dove, which is the Republicans bar. Naturally, the Hawk 'N Dove is much fancier, so it fits that narrative if that's your jam.
It is the place that used to be a dive bar on Capitol Hill, but was remodeled and is much nicer now. This isn't universal anymore, but the Hawk 'N Dove is known as the Republican bar, and is next to the Tune Inn, which is known as the Democrat's bar. Naturally, the Tune Inn is falling apart and shotty at times, so it fits that narrative if thats your jam.
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Hawk 'n' Dove
329 Pennsylvania Avenue Southeast
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It is the place that used to be a dive bar on Capitol Hill, but was remodeled and is much nicer now. This isn't universal anymore, but the Hawk 'N Dove is known as the Republican bar, and is next to the Tune Inn, which is known as the Democrat's bar. Naturally, the Tune Inn is falling apart and shotty at times, so it fits that narrative if thats your jam.
Probably the most picturesque park in all of Washington. Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park is actually designated a National Park! Lovely place to have a picture, let your dog run around, have fun with the kids with the two separate playgrounds, take a jog around the perimeter.
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林肯公园
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Probably the most picturesque park in all of Washington. Nestled in the heart of Capitol Hill, Lincoln Park is actually designated a National Park! Lovely place to have a picture, let your dog run around, have fun with the kids with the two separate playgrounds, take a jog around the perimeter.
Expanding just a tiny bit further
Vanessa is bonafide real New Jersey Italian. This is her favorite Italian restaurant in DC. Menu changes, but the lamb ragu is usually on the menu and is the best item.
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The Red Hen
1822 1st St NW
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Vanessa is bonafide real New Jersey Italian. This is her favorite Italian restaurant in DC. Menu changes, but the lamb ragu is usually on the menu and is the best item.
It's fancy, but not obsessively so. It is simply an amazing execution of locally sourced cuisine from the Chesapeake Watershed. The restaurant is also in an impeccably restored church that is simply beautiful to dine in. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
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A Rake's Progress
1770 Euclid St NW
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It's fancy, but not obsessively so. It is simply an amazing execution of locally sourced cuisine from the Chesapeake Watershed. The restaurant is also in an impeccably restored church that is simply beautiful to dine in. Highly recommend for a special occasion.
In the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this beautifully designed restaurant is in the Carlyle Hotel. It is an underrated gem! It's a fantastic resto that almost never has a wait. I think its because the restaurant is in the hotel, which is not exactly a scene. Wonderful food, not crazy prices. Go before someone says something and ruins it!
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The Riggsby
1731 New Hampshire Ave NW
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In the Dupont Circle neighborhood, this beautifully designed restaurant is in the Carlyle Hotel. It is an underrated gem! It's a fantastic resto that almost never has a wait. I think its because the restaurant is in the hotel, which is not exactly a scene. Wonderful food, not crazy prices. Go before someone says something and ruins it!

城市游览建议

习俗和文化
Capitol Grounds
Some of the most majestic grounds are in front of the Capitol. While it looks like its off-limits because few people walk on the grass, it is actually open to the public! Awesome place to have a picnic!
习俗和文化
Walk on the left, stand on the right on escalators
People are on the move in Washington! If you'd like to stand on the escalator, move to the right and let people pass.
不要错过
Best View of Washington
It's actually in The Trump Hotel. Well, kind of. The Trump Hotel International resides inside the old post office building. The hotel leased most of the space, but the bell tower is still owned and operated by the National Park Service, and accessible to the public. There is almost never a crowd and the view is breathtaking. Enter in the back of the hotel near the Starbucks.
实用短语
Happy to provide restaurant recommendations!
Gary and I are about as DC as you can get and we are happy to provide a restaurant recommendation! If you give us the info below, we'll spit back a few recs: 1. Cuisine 2. Price per person 3. How far you're willing to go 4. Fanciness level 5. Occasion or reason for going out