Restaurants in District of Columbia

The cuisines of the world are at your credit card’s call in Washington, DC, but when looking for a taste that is unique to the capital, there’s only one dish to consider: the half-smoke, which is a smoky link sausage frequently served with a chili topping, but also found on breakfast plates in lieu of bacon or ordinary sausage. DC’s other compelling culinary draw is a result of its burgeoning African-American population: Soul food restaurants here are some of the best in the country.

District of Columbia’s Most Famous Dishes

Plate of soft, syrupy yam hunks

Yams

Cross-section of a crisp-fried spherical hushpuppy showes the inside dotted with corn kernels

Hushpuppies

Sweet tea in the afternoon light at a southern cafe counter

Sweet Tea

Custard, sliced bananas, crumbled Nilla wafers, and meringue are crowded in a diner bowl

Banana Pudding

District of Columbia’s Best Restaurants

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