A Long Weekend's Worth of Food in Washington, D.C.

Top picks for spending a long weekend in the nation's capital

Fourth of July may be over, but spending a long weekend in the nation's capital can always be patriotic. So whether you heeded our advice below for this year's holiday weekend, are planning next year's monument-hopping Fourth of July in D.C., or could use a regular old weekend away in the capital, these delicious eats are always worth a visit.

There's nothing like catching the National Parade (the parade of all parades?) as it snakes down Constitution Avenue with baton twirlers, soldiers in formation, floats, and an Uncle Sam on stilts to make you feel proud to be an American. But what about those travelers heading to the nation's capital on a non-Independence Day weekend? While Steve Martin, Josh Groban, and Little Richard may not be performing live for you, these eateries are D.C. staples that serve some classic grub. 

Grab a slice at We, the Pizza for a memorable slice, whether you go with the classic cheese, the Forest Shroomin’ Pie, or the spinach and artichoke pie.

Stop by Georgia Brown’s for a mouth-watering brunch of crab cakes, country-style deviled eggs, and Southern fried chicken. Speaking of brunch, you should make a point to pop into the cultish Café Saint Ex for a taste of local flavor.

Famed Rocklands Barbeque is a must-try for barbecue-lovers. The baby-back ribs, Rocklands pearl, three meats platter, and honey jalapeno cornbread should set you straight.

America-lovers looking for a fine dining experience in the capitol should book a table at the Oval Room. Critically acclaimed, their menu has something for every palate — think crab salad, white asparagus soup, truffle pasta, sea scallops, and five-hour braised lamb shoulder. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/bunchofpants)

Stop for a slice of pie (or quiche) at Dangerously Delicious, which serves up such delectable creations as Baltimore Bomb pie, Mobtown Brown, Key Bridge Lime, and a good ol’ mixed berry pie.  

Imbibe among the locals at the Sidebar, tucked behind Jackie’s Restaurant. They’re among the best in the city for classic Mad Men-style cocktails. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/paul goyette)

Want more? Check out Not for Tourists’ 5 Bites of Washington, DC.