Washington DC Dining
Are you looking for the ultimate tip on where to dine while in the Washington DC area? We asked our guests to tell us what was their favorite place to eat while in Washington DC, and here is what they said were their top recommendations. Please let us know if you have tried them.
Old Ebbitt Grill 675 15th St. NW, Washington DC 20005 – 202-347-4800
Old Ebbitt Grill is just steps from The White House and museums in downtown Washington. Established in 1856, it was a favorite of Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding and Theodore Roosevelt and is still a popular meeting spot for political insiders, journalists, celebrities and theater-goers. Its Beaux-Arts facade, mahogany and velvet booths and bars set in marble, brass and beveled glass are Washington at its finest, and The Oyster Bar at Old Ebbitt is D.C.’s most famous. Today it is complemented by the Ebbitt Express, a stylish carryout in the Atrium, popular with downtown workers.
|The Oldest Saloon in Washington
The Old Ebbitt Grill, Washington’s oldest, most historic saloon, was founded in 1856. According to legend, innkeeper William E. Ebbitt bought a boarding house at that time, but no one today can pinpoint its exact location. It was most likely on the edge of present-day Chinatown, somewhere near the Verizon Center.As a boarding house, the Ebbitt guest list read like a Who’s Who of American History. President McKinley is said to have lived there during his tenure in Congress. Presidents Grant, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt and Harding supposedly refreshed themselves at its stand-around bar.Each table in the Ebbitt was graced by a blue history card that read: “Many other famous statesmen, naval and military heroes, too numerous to mention here, have been guests of the house.”Evolving to a higher form, Old Ebbitt became Washington’s first known saloon. And as the years passed, it moved to a number of new locations.By the early 20th century, it had found its way to what is now the National Press Building at 14th and F Streets, N.W. Two saloons co-existed in the Press Building at the time, a Dutch room and an Old English room. During the 1920s, when the Ebbitt moved to a converted haberdashery at 1427 F Street, N.W., the legacies of these Dutch and English bars were combined into a single Old Ebbitt Grill.
Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats –1370 park Rd. NW 20010 – 202-299-9700
The readers have spoken! Sticky Fingers Sweets & Eats is the Best Vegan Restaurant in the Washington City Paper’s ‘Best Of DC 2012 Reader’s Poll’. They were also voted as one of the top three in the ‘Best Cupcake’ category, and our amazing Cowvin Cookie was named ‘Best Vegan Cookie’ by the City Paper staff!
In 1999, Sticky Fingers was born in Doron Petersan’s kitchen via the original trifecta: the Little Devil, the, Cowvin, and the Sticky Bun. Friends and family lined up for miles to partake in the taste-tests and after the ‘yums’ outweighed the ‘mehs’, she moved on to a tiny little basement store front tucked away in the heart of DC.
Meanwhile, Kirsten Rosenberg got her hands on these rumored treats and couldn’t resist the urge to join the fight to bestow tasty vegan temptations on the masses. The two built an empire that would boast many accolades and awards. With television appearances, landslide contest winnings, a chain of shops in Seoul, South Korea, countless news interviews, and expanding the menu to include a café, their mission was a success. Treat-dealing is a tough job and the bakery and staff were at the top of their game. Yet, after years of cake-pushing, cookie-doping, and frosting-freebasing, Kirsten decided to give up the bakery for her second love and true calling: rocking out as the lead singer of the all female tribute band The Iron Maidens.
Doron went on to continue creating great food without the use of animals while showing others that it could be done both successfully and deliciously. She would carry on the mission and swore to die with her non-leather boots on. Today, the bakery has grown into a haven for foodies and the health conscious alike. It is a place to take a load off, have an organic cup o’joe, a grilled Daiya cheese sandwich and a chocolate chip cookie. It’s a place to bring the whole family for a brunch of biscuits and gravy that will show-up any southerner, and cake that will drop the jaw of every in/out law.
Martin’s Tavern –1264 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington DC 20007 – 202-333-7370
Established in 1933, we are one of Washington DC’s most historic family-owned enterprises.
For 75 years, Martin’s Tavern has been a renowned fixture in Washington DC and a must-visit establishment in historic Georgetown. From sitting Presidents and media icons, to city residents and worldly travelers, Martin’s Tavern is a welcoming home to the many who have long embraced its warm atmosphere.
CELEBRATING MARTIN’S 78TH ANNIVERSARY
Martin’s Tavern celebrates its 78th anniversary this year. We are proud to be one of the few Washington, D.C. establishments at the heart of the city since the Great Depression. Throughout the changing times, Martin’s Tavern is unique in giving presidents and plain-folk alike a welcoming atmosphere carried by Martin’s long-tenured staff & family and sensible food & spirits that patrons themselves have personally requested.
There have been seven and half decades of outstanding cooks at Martin’s and legacy service people. Our family insists on being gracious hosts to anyone who walks through our doors. Prices have respectfully remained modest and Martin’s simple formula of making customers happy has delivered 78 years of continuous and humble success.
In this unique atmosphere, patrons naturally engage with each other in the spirit of the city; familiar neighborhood faces mix with the most powerful names in Washington and popular culture ensuring a genuine dialogue and friendship amongst all. It is this classic characteristic of Martin’s Tavern’s staff and patrons that brought monumental figures such as Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and even Richard Nixon to hold court in Martin’s booths. Our tradition of hospitality to has brought every sitting president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush to the tables of our tavern.