In Dupont Circle, visit Jamie Leeds’ popular seafood establishment Hank’s Oyster Bar to learn how it became a catalyst for the revival of the neighborhood oyster house in D.C. Then it’s on to a restaurant that honors Washington’s Jewish food traditions while serving them up with a modern twist; and a visit to a classic French establishment featuring authentic fare and surroundings.
In Georgetown sample the delicacies at Stachowski’s Market, an old-world butcher shop which is, as owner Jamie Stachowski proudly says, “a corner candy store for carnivores,” offering custom cuts and gargantuan sandwiches. Other stops include a bakery/coffeeshop beloved for both its highly caffeinated offerings and an impressive array of homemade baked goods and pastries. Also in the spotlight is a weekly campus cookout manned by some dedicated university grillmasters. For those with other tastes, a healthful “farm-to-taco” vegetarian restaurant cooks up enticing offerings.
In Anacostia, fall for a small pizza shop that follows the mantra “Cooked with Love” and has created deep bonds in the community. Also, get to know Horatio Davis, proprietor at Capitol Hill Crab Cakes (yes, it’s in Anacostia) to learn about his trademark cakes and signature “Anacostia Surf & Turf.”
On Capitol Hill, the historic Beuchert’s Saloon allows you to step into a bygone era and enjoy the speakeasy atmosphere under the watchful eye of John Ignatius Beuchert, who ran a saloon under the same name in this exact spot more than a century ago. Additional stops include an Eastern Market source for authentic Tuscan.
These and other stories go behind the scenes to highlight the people and places that make greater Washington's neighborhoods notable and unique.