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A Local Foodie's Shortlist for where to Eat in D.C.

Traveling to D.C. for the Symposium? Want to experience the food scene that locals love? D.C. is so food centered that we even have our own Gourmet Symphony, a nonprofit that pairs orchestral performances with food made by some of the best D.C. chefs. Now I don’t claim to be an expert, but I did get a sous-vide machine for Christmas, so make your judgements as you wish!

Here’s my short list:

828 Upshur St. NW $$$


Himitsu, located in the mostly residential Petworth neighborhood, launched in 2017 and has been flourishing ever since. This Japanese-inspired restaurant is a darling of local and national food critics, neighbors, and bon appetit who named them one of America’s Best New Restaurants. Come here if you’re in the mood for bold flavors, crazy fresh sashimi, excellent cocktails and wine, and a friendly vibe!

3207 Grace Street NW $$


If you’re looking for the farmers market in a taco, look no further than Chaia, a counter-serve taqueria tucked away in Georgetown. Seasonal farm to taco ingredients make these all vegetarian tacos shine and the fresh tortillas keep you coming back. If the weather is friendly enough, you can even catch some tacos and head out to enjoy them on the banks of Potomac.

2400 Wisconsin Avenue NW $


Hungry and near AU? A short drive will get you to Dumplings and Beyond, an affordable yet authentic taste of Sichuan Cuisine featuring their homemade dumplings. If you are a dumpling connoisseur this one is not to be missed. The restaurant is spacious and has excellent service, perfect for a group of newly acquainted friends to catch a bite!

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