Ted’s Bulletin-This retro-styled eatery was one of our favorite restaurants in DC. They specialize in comfort food, breakfast served all day, and “adult” milkshakes. The decor was awesome. We ate at Ted’s Bulletin twice and both times I ordered a White Russian milkshake…delicious! The second time, I ordered biscuits and gravy and it was the best I’ve ever had (I know, I say that a lot!).
Matchbox-Matchbox has two locations in DC and they specialize in wood-fired pizza and sliders. We ordered a half and half: half of a sausage & sundried tomato and half of a four cheese white pizza. It was good and their brunch menu (available on weekends and federal holidays) looked really tasty.
Good Stuff Eatery-Owned by Top Chef alum, Spike, the milkshakes were to die for, but the burger and onion rings left a lot to be desired. I absolutely loved the cookies ‘n cream milkshake (on special for the month of October) and it came with the most amazing whip cream on top. And I know, you’re thinking AMAZING whip cream?!? And yes, it was AMAZING! The burgers were good, but nothing special and the onions rings were a giant, greasy mass of not good.
Capitol City Brewing-Like Ted’s Bulletin, this was another favorite that we visited twice during our vacation and both times we only got appetizers and drinks. The first time, we tried their appetizer sample which was made up of buffalo wings, really good onion rings, and Southwestern egg rolls that were also very good. Each table also gets a complementary basket of soft pretzels served with horseradish dipping sauce. The second time we came, it was just for a snack, so we got the jalapeno cheese dip which was served with their soft pretzels.
Hello Cupcake-We picked up two cupcakes to take back to our hotel room from the Dupont Circle location. Dave had the heart of darkness (dark chocolate cake with dark chocolate buttercream) cupcake and I had the peanut butter blossom (chocolate cake with peanut butter buttercream topped with a Hershey’s Kiss). Both were very good, the buttercream was light, especially the peanut butter buttercream, which I wasn’t expecting. It was a nice surprise!
We the Pizza-Another restaurant owned by Top Chef’s Spike, but much better overall compared to Good Stuff Eatery. They had a good selection of toppings and the portions were quite large. We went simple with slices of roasted tomato and buffalo mozzarella pizza, but the buffalo chicken and spinach artichoke pizzas looked really good too.
Amsterdam Falafel-Here I go again…best falafel I’ve ever had! This quirky little shop in Adam’s Morgan only sells falafel, fries, and brownies. They have a huge toppings bar to customize your falafel sandwich to your tastes. The falafel were not greasy and had a really nice, creamy texture.
Open City-Open City was very conveniently located right across the street from our hotel and just down the block from the Metro station so we enjoyed breakfast here on several days. Besides breakfast (which is available all day), they also serve lunch, dinner, coffee drinks, and have a full bar. The menu is good, offering a little bit of everything. I especially enjoyed their Greek scramble special: scrambled eggs with feta, red peppers, and artichokes served with toast and hash browns.
Ben’s Chili Bowl-We went to Ben’s Chili Bowl for dinner the first night in DC on recommendation from our guide book as one of the top 25 things to do in DC. It was good, but nothing really to write home about.
The Gibson-After our dinner at Ben’s Chili Bowl we stopped at this speakeasy-themed bar (no sign outside, just an address!) and enjoyed some very unique cocktails. You get your table for two hours and if you get there and all the tables are taken, you can give the bouncer you cell phone number and they’ll text you when a table is available. There is no standing, it would totally ruin the swanky atmosphere. The staff were very helpful in navigating the unfamiliar cocktail ingredients.
Market Lunch-Market Lunch is a lunch counter at DC’s Eastern Market. I wanted breakfast, but unfortunately it wasn’t served all day. I ended up with a fried chicken sandwich and it was better than average. I really liked their version of half lemonade and half sweet tea. Good flavor and the perfect amount of sweetness.
Tryst-Tryst is owned by the same owners as Open City (and The Diner, which we didn’t get to). It’s a coffee shop that offers some food including housemade desserts and they offer a full bar. Dave and I went for dessert and a cocktail and it was seat yourself. I got a bit frustrated by the sheer amount of people on their laptops and texting on their cellphones (even if they were with other people), but we eventually got seats in the window. Our desserts and drinks were good, but I didn’t particularly enjoy the atmosphere and it made me feel old!
The Breadline-Really good sandwiches, but crazy portion sizes, I would highly recommend splitting. I unfortunately don’t remember what I got (gosh, what would my dad say!), but Dave got the egg salad sandwich.
POV-This very swanky bar is located in the W Hotel and the whole experience from their lobby, to the overflowing terrace, and the overpriced tiny cocktails was way to swanky for us. The view however is spectacular.