What To Eat in District of Columbia
The most cosmopolitan of urban areas does retain at least one unique regional specialty, known as the half-smoke – a link sausage that is good for breakfast, lunch, or any time. A thriving African-American population also supports top-notch soul food restaurants. And pastrami sandwiches get no better than at the “next generation deli” known as DGS.
DC's unique sausage is a mystery. Is it called a half-smoke because it only is smoked halfway? Because it is a half-and-half mix of beef and pork? Because some cooks bisect it lengthwise before cooking it on a grill? Basically a fat hot dog with a coarse texture and elusive smoky taste, the half smoke usually is served in a bun and typically topped with spicy beef chili.
The DC restaurant "scene" blows hot and cold, trendy places and big-personality chefs come and go, and all the while a handful of humble storefront eateries continue to serve first-rate versions of fried fish. Companions always include such soul food standards as mac 'n' cheese, collard greens, and candied yams; and you can count on banana pudding and/or sweet potato pie for dessert.
Restaurants in District of Columbia
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Delicious coffee and amazing baked goods, including many that are gluten free, make Baked and Wired a Washington, DC, must-stop.
A soul-food diner in Washington, DC, the Florida Avenue Grill serves square meals to government glitterati as well as taxi drivers and ordinary folks.
Forget doughnuts. It is Universal Doughnuts' breakfast sandwiches that put the little urban snack shop on the DC eats map.
Expertly fried seafood stars on soul food menu that includes southern-style vegetables as well as banana pudding and sweet potato pie for dessert. A DC best!
Mitsitam Native Foods Café gives visitors to the Smithsonian Museums a rare chance to enjoy delicious Native American foods from around country.
Home of the unique DC street food, the half-smoke, Ben's is a beloved institution in Washington, its smoky links and hot dogs big and delicious.