Constantly writing stories about far off places (like recently discovering beer country in the heart of Big Sky country), travel writer Kayleigh Kulp is taking her time experiencing her home-base of Washington, D.C. And while she is yet to have found a good brunch spot, she has scoured to find a heaping handful of places she’d undoubtedly send visitors to for a delicious taste of the nation’s capital. She refused to tell us her ultimate D.C. hidden gem, but we let it slide since it was so hard won.
Power Lunch: Capital Grille
This iconic haven of dry-aged steaks, fresh shellfish, and classic cheesecake still packs a power lunch-punch with the D.C. crowd. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Muy Yum)
Burger: Ray’s Hell Burger
With ground beef made in-house from leftover cuts at their sister establishment Ray’s the Steaks and an endless string of not-your-average topping choices (think Danish bleu cheese, sautéed mushrooms, and roasted bone marrow), Ray’s Hell Burger means business.
For whatever reason, a good majority of fancy dinners do not consist of Greek, Lebanese, or Turkish cuisines. But leave it to José Andrés to merge the three at Zaytinia, a well-established fine dining restaurant on the National Mall.
Bar Scene: The Columbia Room
Every city worth its salt should, by now, have a swanky bar with mixologists (not bartenders) who love when patrons come in, ask for their favorite spirit, and wait for some unparalleled concoction. This is (one of) D.C.’s (best). There is also an added bonus of delicious snacks.
Best Value: Busboys and Poets
As the name might suggest, the concept, décor, and crowd of Busboys and Poets (pictured) is a mixed bag. It is a bookstore, coffeehouse, movie theatre, bar, and restaurant-in-one that serves D.C.’s free-trade loving, open-mic-night attending lefty crowd. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/InspirationDC)