In order to do all the walking for all the sightseeing we did we had to eat properly. And we did. We rented an AirBnB apartment in Dupont Circle which put us in walking distance to some really great restaurants. Here are some of the highlights.
I don’t have a picture of the delicious pizza we ate at this restaurant. It wasn’t on my plate long enough for me to get out my phone and snap a shot. We had been traveling all morning, it was around 2 pm, and we were hungry. I ordered the Margherita pizza and Caleb ordered the Macellaio. Both delicious. This meal was probably the highlight of the trip for me. Here’s a picture of me after I was done eating. I look happy don’t I?!
I asked our waiter at Pizzeria Paradiso to recommend some hidden gems to us and boy did he deliver. Not only was this a charming little grocery nearby our apartment but it also had a bar with great outdoor seating! We stumbled in on Thursday after a long day of travel and lots of walking. I had the Born Bohemian beer and Caleb had the Too Whit IPA. Both fantastic. We made several more stops to pick up snacks to bring home, including some delicious Creme Fraiche ice cream. Caleb ventured back on his own for another couple of beers after I had descended to the the seventh circle of strep throat hell.
Caleb had heard about this restaurant before we left and our kind waiter recommend it as well. So we knew we had to give it a try. The first night we tried to eat there, the wait was quite substantial. You know you’ve got a long wait ahead of you when they tell you there are 9 parties in front of you and they won’t even quote you with a time estimate. So the next night we arrived quite early and were seated after about 10 minutes. Caleb ordered the Munchener Brothchen, a delightful German concoction of chicken schnitzel, sauerkraut, and mustard. I ordered the Proper Burger. We both enjoyed our meal but I have to say I feel I’m in an ever-shrinking minority when it comes to burgers. I like just a burger. Lettuce and tomato along with some ketchup and mustard are really the most exotic toppings I like. This whole idea of gourmet burger makes me feel like I belong to a dying breed of hamburger lovers. Ron Swanson would agree with me. It was a lovely burger, just not my taste.
To close these posts about D.C, I’ll leave you with this thought. Yes, D.C is rich with history and may not appeal those of you who don’t want your vacation for feel like a social studies lesson. But there is more to this great city than glimpses to the past. I’d urge you to give it a second, closer look before turning to other destinations.