This foodie recap of my trip to D.C. is so totally subjective, uncomprehensive, and unauthoritative, you almost have to stop reading it right now. But please don’t!
The whole trip was planned around going to the pre-opening party for Spike Mendelsohn’s brand-new We, The Pizza. It’s located next door to his wildly popular Good Stuff Eatery on Pennsylvania Avenue, and if you’re lucky enough to live in the D.C. area, be sure to stop by for the official opening next week on July 19 (update — July 26)! At the party we got to sample some of the pizzas, sodas, ice cream, and more, and I think this place is gonna be a huge hit.
Of course I also had to visit Good Stuff Eatery while I was in town. It starts getting busy even before noon, so consider yourself warned about the crowds. Let me highly recommend the Obama Burger. As I was saying the other day, Spike’s burgers rule. I’m no burger aficionado, but I have tried a lot of burgers that people rave about, and I can’t think of anything that even comes close to how good this is. (Don’t let the smooshed look deceive you — it’s part of the charm of Good Stuff that they wrap the burgers in wax paper.) The fried onion petals are a treat, and that dulce de leche shake is pure creamy heaven.
Here’s a photo of the inside of the Capitol. It’s so close by Good Stuff, we had to take a tour.
I have to give a shout-out to Hello Cupcake over by Dupont Circle. This lemon cupcake is just so perfect!
No trip to D.C. would be complete without visiting the legendary Ben’s Chili Bowl. I stopped by twice. Yes it gets crowded, but I love this place, I love the people, I love the way it seems to never change, and I love the chili.
Unfortunately not all of my fancy dining choices in D.C. were good ones, but Bar Pilar on NW 14th Street is definitely on my short list of favorites now. Great cocktails, even better atmosphere, and a really interesting menu of small plates. It’s packed during the earlier hours of the evening, but I was able to sneak in just before the kitchen closed one night. In fact, it was so good I came back the next night to try the desserts, and you’d be wise to do the same. Pilar can get a little pricey compared to most places I’m talking about, but it’s totally worth it for food this good. One downside, if you can call it that — some of the dishes are so yummy, they might be sold out if you come too late. Sorry I didn’t get any photos of the food, but this place has a great moody vibe to it, and flash photography would have not been cool.
My bakery searches turned up Super Tacos & Bakery. It’s a bit out of the way if you’re a tourist, but absolutely worth a trip. You can’t get Mexican pastries this good anywhere in San Francisco — absolutely perfect texture. Honestly, that second treat literally brought a tear to my eye, it was that good. If you’re haven’t tried these kinds of pastries before, they’re impossibly light and flakey, making them fun (but messy) to eat, and the sweetness is subtle.
Of course I had to try their tacos first… chorizo, carnitas, and, ummm, something else porky. All winners. They make a great mango drink too. I would never have expected to find an amazing Mexican spot like this in D.C., but I’m sure glad I did. And the prices are insanely low.
I guess it’s kind of odd, but I went straight from Super Tacos (aka, meat heaven) to Sticky Fingers to try their vegan cupcakes. Besides being so great-looking, these taste pretty awesome too. I’m not complaining or anything, but I know when I’m eating a vegan cupcake. There is something about the texture and aroma that gives it away. But you’re not going to mind much whether your a veggie or not — these are a total delight. You can see a bit of the retro-style decor in the background, which I liked too. So there it is, my totally random recap of foods I tried in D.C. If you’re a local, then you probably think this is a weird round-up, but if you’re visiting D.C. soon, you might want to give some of these places a try.