The nation’s capital is full of amazing restaurants and tons of international food for travelers to enjoy. Here we give you our five favorite foods to enjoy when we visit Washington, DC.
1. Ethiopian Food: DC has an enormous range of great international restaurants, but one that stands out as quite unique is the abundance of Ethiopian restaurants in The District. If you get a chance check one out and make sure you wash your hands before you eat, because you don’t use a fork and knife, you use your hands and your bread to enjoy the stews, meats and veggies on offer.
2. Maryland Crab: whether it is amazing Maryland Crab Cakes or just plain old tasty crab in anything DC has a lot of crab options for you. So if you see some one selling some crab cakes on the street or on the menu you will get a fresh and local tasty treat.
3. Oysters: the oysters from Chesapeake Bay are worth their weight in tastiness. And what is great oysters are a popular happy hour treat at a number of restuarants around town. So enjoy some oysters and a local beer.
4. Half-Smoked Sausage: whether you are wandering around the national mall looking at museums or you head up to Ben’s Chili Bowl there are plenty of options of eating this local sausage.
5. Other Local Treats: Chicken wings with Mumbo sauce is popular when you can find it. The Mumbo sauce is a combination of sweet and sour sauce and BBQ sauce in my opinion. You can always grab a cupcake in Georgetown (they are famous there), or you can head out to Mount Vernon and grab some peanut soup and some bread pudding.
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  1. I live in a relatively small city, but our food truck culture has been exploding! Sadly we don't have any Ethiopian restaurants, but we do have a few other African cuisine restaurants I have been dying to try.

  2. Steamed crabs is a must, fried chicken and mumbo sause from Chinese restaurant is good to, don't forget steamed shrimp

  3. Those cupcakes you speak of are nasty. I went a few years ago when that show was popular and tried it. Luckily, that wasn't the main reason for the trip. Their is a pizza place that is extremely good though that my friend and I found by pure accident. It's in the heart of the city near the museums. I forget the name of it and where it's technically located. But it's worth the money.

  4. You HAVE to have a meal at Metro 29 Diner. Diner is fantastic, and the portions, oh my goodness! Any of the breakfast items are my favorite, but they also make the best reuben sandwich ive ever had

  5. Granted I didn't do the Smithsonian much when I lived in the DC 'burbs but whenever I went to the mall or the Smithsonian museums, I would grab lunch at one of the cafeterias. Most are your simple burgers, dogs, etc. but the one that is amazing is the American Indian Museum's cafeteria. They took the various indigenous regions (Pac NW, Great plains, SW, North Atlantic, S Atlantic; if I remember correctly) and curated dishes from the region to put on the menu. So smoked salmon from Pac NW, Buffalo from the great plains, etc. They also had the simple burgers/dogs/etc if you weren't a brave eater…

    Thanks for reminding me of my favorite museum cafeteria now that I live about 500 miles away from them. 🙁

  6. Hi Mark! Peruvian food in the DC area is amazing! I haven't found anything like it since moving to Oregon. If you can, go to El Pollo Rico in Arlington (just take a quick ride on the Orange/Silver line metro to Virginia Square-GWU station). It's amazing!

  7. The Peking Duck at Peking Gourmet Inn is worth the trip across the river. Skip the cupcakes. Old Ebbit if near the mall (get a reservation even for lunch). Clydes or Filomena if in Georgetown. Le Diplomate if you want french. Ser in Arlington. Landini Brothers in Alexandria. Two Amys if you want pizza. You will not go wrong with any of these.

  8. You were in my neck of the woods. I live right across the street. Oh don't forget jumbo slice pizza in Adam's Morgan.

  9. I live in DC and the absolute best raw bar in the city is at Old Ebbitt Grill. They have half price raw bar after 11:30 pm too.They're jumbo lump crabcakes are amazing as well.

  10. Hi there! I’m planning to visit DC on December. Which would be the best restaurants you’ll recommend for a tourist?

  11. DC is a great food city but surprised Mark hasn't had Ethiopian before. My modest medium sized Midwestern city (Indianapolis) has four Ethiopian restaurants. Get the honey wine! It is really good.

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