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  • Writer's pictureSara

Food for Every Mood: Becoming a Regular in D.C.

Bens Chili Bowl, Washington DC, Food DC

Coming from Atlanta, I appreciate the walkability of D.C. No matter what kind of food I am craving, I am steps away from the perfect restaurant or trendy bar for the occasion. Below I have outlined a few of my regular spots that are walking distance from Shaw, U Corridor, and Logan Circle.


Compass Rose

Amazing ambience with twinkle lights, exposed brick, and dim lighting. The menu is a global collective, offering a variation of flavors from Jamaica, Mexico, Ireland, Spain, and more. They do not take reservations, but it is worth the wait! Website

Compass Rose, DC, Washington DC, Dinner
Compass Rose


The Smith

The Smith is decorated like a classic bistro, but the menu is far from conventional, offering a range of popular dishes instead of sticking to classic French inspired flavors. Some of the dishes include Watermelon Salad, Spicy Salmon Tartar, Chicken Wings, and Vegetable Bibimbap. This is a safe place to take your parents because there is something on the menu for everyone. Website


The Fainting Goat

Bottomless mimosas and Coffee cake for the table is an absolute must. I love heading to the Fainting Goat on Saturday mornings (12pm) with my girlfriends. It is a cozy environment with a simple brunch menu. My favorite item is the bodega Sammy made with scrambled eggs, bacon, cheese, and crispy onions. Website


Doi Moi

I went to Doi Moi for the first time during restaurant week and I was beyond impressed! I ate outside on the patio which was the perfect temperature for an evening in August. The interior is sleek and posh, making it a great place to bring your gal pal. Each dish I ate was unique, flavorful, and enough to share! Standout dishes: Steamed Buns, Vietnamese Fried Rice, Okra. Website



The “Good Vibes Only” bar loaded with 2 floors, 3 bars, and my favorite rooftop deck. On Saturdays, the bar is packed out with young locals, grabbing drinks while watching Saturday football. Website

801 DC, Drinks, Washington DC


Busboys and Poets

Stop by for breakfast or lunch, both menus are well rounded and satisfy comfort food cravings. The restaurant is always buzzing with hipsters and creatives. The menu offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options. Website


Ben’s Chili Bowl

There is nothing healthy here worth ordering, but you MUST stop by this D.C. staple. My go-to menu items is the coffee milkshake and an order of hot French fries. Website



You can get just about any high-quality ingredients on your pizza; truffles, pecorino, prosciutto, and other Italian classics. This restaurant is romantically lit and decorated with warm, neutral tones. If you don’t want to craft your own magical pizza combo, try tasting one of their creations like the “Olive e Carciofi” made with olives, artichokes, sundried tomcats, smoked mozzarella, basil, garlic, pepperoncino, and grana Padano. Website

Ghibellina, Washington DC, Pizza

Hope you enjoy some of my regular spots,



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