Word of Mouth: Nizam Ali's Best of DC

Get tips on the best dining and nightlife in DC from Nizam Ali of Ben's Chili Bowl.

Nizam Ali is the son of Ben and Virginia Ali, the founders of the late-night DC institution for half-smokes, Ben’s Chili Bowl.

Brunch: Open City

Fancy: Sei

Best Value: Busboys and Poets

Bar Scene/Drinks: Ben's Next Door

Business Lunch: Old Ebbit Grill

Burger: Ray's Hell Burger

Pizza: Ledo Pizza

Sandwich: Chili Half-Smoke (at Ben's Chili Bowl)

Food Truck: On The Fly

Regional: The Battletown Inn

Hidden Gem: The Saloon (on U Street) and Local 16

Mexican/Latin American: El Tamarindo