Top 10 Places to Eat While High in DC
A lot of Washington, DC revolves around politics: namely, catering to the legions of staffers that assist elected leaders in making the country run (and serving those politicians themselves).
Food-wise, you might think that means a lot of white tablecloths and waiters in tuxedos, but you couldn’t be more wrong. There’s plenty of casual, no frills options with excellent eats for the congressional staffer with no time and a big appetite, making the District a great place for tourists taking advantage of DC’s newest freedom: the legalized possession and consumption of marijuana.
Whether you’re looking for down-home barbeque or something from the other side of the Pacific, there’s a lot of great food options for the elevated in our nation’s capitol. Here are the Top 10 Places to Eat While High in Washington, DC.
10. Amsterdam Falafelshop
Their tagline says it all: “Simply, the best falafel.” And why wouldn’t you visit a restaurant named for the canna-traveler capital of the world? Amsterdam Falafelshop serves their renowned falafel sandwiches and crisp “Frieten” (fries) late night and customer can even order using their iPhone app.
Source: SUNdeVICH’s Facebook page
For the most chronic sandwiches in DC, head to SUNdeVICH, a garage turned counter-serve shop tucked away in an alley by the Convention Center. SUNdeVICH’s creative and worldly sandwiches take influence from foods across the globe, such as crowd-pleaser the Buenos Aires, boasting steak, chimichurri, and sauteed onions.
8. Good Stuff Eatery
Good Stuff Eatery is easily the best place for a burger on Capitol Hill. Stop by for the hand-cut fries, handspun ice cream shakes, and handmade burger creations like the Big Stuff Bacon Meltdown, with a double patty, a ton of bacon, double cheese, and their signature Good Stuff Sauce.
Source: Donburi’s Facebook page
One of the best Asian spots in the city is Donburi, located in Adams Morgan. The tiny space isn’t ideal for large groups (so think takeout), but serves big Japanese rice bowls at affordable prices. If you do eat in, you’ll be treated to rap blasting while you see the chefs at work. Highly recommended: the mix katsudon, with breaded pork and shrimp, and the gyudon, with thinly sliced beef brisket topped with a soft egg.
6. DCity Smokehouse
DCity Smokehouse is basically the real-life Freddy’s from House of Cards. The ribs are amazing, but also deserving top billing are the po’ boys and the Brisket Champ, the city’s favorite BBQ sandwich. Pro tip: come on Thursdays for a torta.
Source: Daikaya’s Facebook page
DC winters can be harsh, so if you’re stuck on a freezing cold day there’s no better way to warm up than with a bowl of ramen at Daikaya. Even if it’s the summer, you’ll still want to stop by for this Chinatown gem that receives high praise from local and national publications. Daikaya is just a great place to hang out as well, for its “izakaya” vibe.
Sometimes you just need a big honking slice of pizza. Duccini’s has the jumbo slice game on lock in Washington, DC: cheesy, cheap, highly foldable slices able to satisfy even the worst case of the munchies. Duccini’s also serves wings, salads, subs, and vegan pizza, believe it or not. And if you can’t bring yourself to leave the couch, they deliver until 1 AM weeknights, 2 AM on the weekends.
3. Cava Bottomless Brunch
Source: Cava’s Facebook page
Some wake-and-bakes unleash a hunger that seems like it might never be satisfied. Sunday mornings in DC, those feeling insatiable munchies should head to Cava Mezze, a Greek restaurant on Capitol Hill. They should plunk down $30 for the bottomless brunch, and though they may balk at the price, they will realize what a tremendous deal this is 3 hours and 14 eggs later. This isn’t gross cafeteria brunch either, but from a highly-rated restaurant. During bottomless brunch, guests can enjoy unlimited mimosas for 1 cent a piece.
2. Oohh’s & Aahh’s
DC has its fair share of late night options, but if you can only make one on your trip, you need to check out soul-food joint Oohh’s & Aahh’s. Open until 4 AM on weekends (doors open at 12 noon daily), this award-winning cheap-eatery is the spot for fried chicken, catfish, shrimp and grits, and all the usual soul food trimmings. However, it’s the mac and cheese that demands to be the side of choice for all orders (and don’t forget to ask for hot sauce).
1. Fast Gourmet
Source: Fast Gourmet’s Facebook page
Not entirely sure what you’re in the mood for? Head to Fast Gourmet, where they’ve got it all, from chili dogs to empanadas to whole rotisserie chickens – and it’s served at a gas station. There’s high-quality street-inspired food from a number of cultures here, and they’re open late night, perfect after a night on U Street. Fast Gourmet is the best gas station meal you’ll ever have, guaranteed.