I’ve officially been living in Miami for a month now (time is flying by) but my tummy is still in DC. Since the boyfriend has been working around the clock and I just started my new job, there hasn’t been that much time to explore a lot of restaurants around our new area.
That just means when I get hungry during the day and start to daydream about food, all of it is hundreds of miles away in different DC restaurants.
Here are the six places in DC that my tummy has been missing ever since leaving:
Maki Shop = Quick, delicious sushi
You know those days you crave sushi, but don’t necessarily want to go to a sit down restaurant where every role is $15 and have all kinds of weird insides and sauces drowning them? I ate Maki Shop about once a week my last year in DC. Burrito-sized sushi roles that you order at the counter and can eat in the restaurant or on the go. A perfect lunch, dinner, or even snack! It’s located on 14th street, but they also have a food truck now.
Fiola Mare = Fancy date night
Unfortunately the boyfriend and I only discovered this restaurant a few months before leaving the city (but maybe that’s a good thing since it’s a bit pricier). Right on the Georgetown Waterfront, their seafood is amazing (of course) but their cocktails are out of this world! I suggest going and splitting the Raw Bar (says it serves 1-3 people, but really it’s like 5) and washing it down with a few of their Spring Garden cocktails. You will be in heaven!
Pho 75 = Amazing. Delicious. Pho.
I won’t lie, I crave this place about twice a week, especially since I haven’t found another pho place in Miami. Pho 75 is located in Arlington and it’s not your usual restaurant; they don’t accept credit cards, they don’t serve alcohol, and it’s set up cafeteria style. But if you love pho, you will love this place! (P.S. Make sure to try their banana pudding! It looks weird, but I’m obsessed with it.)
Quarterdeck = The spot for crab season
I never understood what crab season was until I started to date a Maryland boy. Unlike the snow crabs that we have in Florida, Maryland crabs require a lot more work to get out the good stuff (and taste totally different, mainly because of Old Bay). Once I finally figured out exactly how crack them open, I was hooked! It’s located in Arlington and is a no frills restaurant: brown paper on the tables, bibs offered, messiness required, and beer by the pitcher. If you are new to the area (and there during prime crabbing time) this is the restaurant to try!
El Rey = Tacos and margs before a night out
Located on U Street, this restaurant is actually inside shipping container crates. During the summertime they open up the roof in the back half of the restaurant so you can look up at the stars. If you get there any time after 9pm on a weekend it will be packed, but if you can find a table make sure to order some margs and tacos (specifically the Thai Shrimp and Al Pastor)! They are tasty and cheap :)
Dolcezza = Delicious coffee and (of course) gelato
The boyfriend and I would pass this on our walk up 14th St. to Whole Foods to get groceries and the smell of coffee drew us in every time. They actually spend time making every coffee order that comes across the counter, create awesome little foam designs, and have a whole counter of gelato I drool over :) They have a lot of different locations so getting to one is almost too easy!
Just writing this post made me starving… I don’t know why I do this to myself! I will probably be dreaming about pho all day long, as per usual.
Have you been to any of these restaurants before? What are some of your favorite places in DC?