The Five Best Restaurants I’ve Been to in D.C. (And One of My Favorite Desserts)

Posted on Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016

If you’re anything like me, you plan your days around your meals. Starting with the night before, I at least plan my breakfast and lunch for the next day. I don’t do this because I am super organized or I’m trying to eat perfectly portioned, healthy meals. I just get really excited about food.

Geoffroy_1.jpgFrom the moment I told my friends and family about my move to D.C. for the fall semester, they started sending me lists of the best restaurants in D.C; the restaurants I absolutely have to try. As the summer drew to a close and I was a few days away from heading to D.C., I went down Pinterest rabbit holes looking at all of the restaurants in and around D.C. that caught my attention. My roommate in College Station and I always joke that we have low standards for food - it’s not very hard to please us as long as it’s not seafood or bleu cheese. I knew coming to a different part of the country and living in a big city would give me endless options for trying new food, as well as eating delicious food I already love. So far I’ve only eaten Chick-Fil-A once, which is surprising, because in Texas I eat it nearly three times a week. That’s how many options I have here.

I’m going to preface my best list of restaurants with the fact that I have only been here less than one month, so I haven’t even scratched the surface of all of the places I want to try. I haven’t been to Founding Farmers yet, which I have been told by multiple sources that it will change my life. So for now, here are my favorite restaurants in D.C.
            Ted’s Bulletin! Let’s start with when you walk through the front door to their 14th street location. To your left is a bakery filled with homemade gourmet “Ted’s Tarts”. They’re the cutest and most delicious little pop tarts I’ve ever had. I tried the cinnamon brown sugar tart, but I want to go back for strawberry and blueberry cheesecake tarts.

Geoffroy_2.jpgAlso in the bakery are donuts, cinnamon rolls, and cake, so I’m already planning my next visit. I was having a hard time deciding between a hazelnut milkshake and a Ted’s Tart, so I got both. The “nutty professor” tastes like liquid nutella, and was worth $11. As soon as I looked at the menu I knew I wanted the “super deluxe” grilled cheese sandwich, with macaroni and cheese, short rib, and a bowl of tomato soup. I also couldn’t pass up deviled eggs - I needed a little slice of home. Another bonus was the service. Customer service always has the ability to make or break my opinion of a restaurant, and the people working here are incredibly nice. I left this restaurant so full and so happy.

2. Good Stuff Eatery
            This better-than-fast-food burger restaurant is right around the corner from my apartment, which makes it dangerous. My favorite burger comes with a sunny side up egg and bacon on a brioche bun that is perfectly buttered and toasted. I can’t walk in Good Stuff without getting rosemary fries and dipping them in every single one of their sauces - chipotle, old bay, mango (trust me, it’s great), and sriracha. I tried a toasted marshmallow shake once and I knew it was going to take a lot of willpower not to get one every time I walk past the window.
3. Pho Viet
            Pho is something I never tried before coming to D.C! I didn’t even know how to properly pronounce it. This little dive was recommended to me, and I definitely would have walked past it had I not known about it. It’s a tiny dive, but the food and service were both wonderful. The portions were huge; I ate leftovers for two days. I had chicken pho, which comes in chicken broth with shredded chicken, noodles, and vegetables. They set a plate of green chiles and bean sprouts on the table, so you can make it as spicy as you’d like. I added lots of bean sprouts, which made it crunchy and flavorful.
4. Trader Joe’s
            I know this isn’t a restaurant, but I’m going to throw it in here because I love Trader Joe’s! Good ole Amarillo has United Market Street, and that’s about as good as it gets for grocery stores in the Panhandle, so living in a city with Trader Joe’s is exciting for me! The prices, atmosphere, produce, and food are all top notch. I love their frozen pizza, trail mix, spaghetti sauce, and of course cookie butter. If Trader Joe’s opened a restaurant and served all of those things I would be a regular. A lot of people associate Whole Foods with Trader Joe’s, therefore think it’s expensive. But the prices are great! The produce is fresh and affordable. I like to buy lunch to take to work, as well as snacks, coffee and tea. They do have a lot of healthy options like Whole Foods, I even found some gluten free pumpkin pancake mix.
5. Jumbo Slice Pizza
            This pizza is as big as my torso. I don’t really even know if it’s that good, because I was mesmerized by how big a piece I got for just $6.
There are Jumbo Slices all over the city, but I’ve only been to the one in Adam’s Morgan. I’ve had dreams about this pizza since I tried it the first week I moved here. Every time I pass it I have a hard time not stopping. One piece of pizza comes in its own box, and is probably the equivalent of 4 regular slices. After eating half of it for dinner I had the rest for breakfast the next morning, and there’s nothing better than pizza for breakfast.

6. Cafe Du Parc
       Geoffroy_4.jpgI’m only recommending this restaurant for its dessert, and only one dessert in particular. The macaron ice cream sandwich. A giant chocolate macaron. Coffee ice cream with chocolate chips. And another giant chocolate macaron. I’m always impressed by a good macaron, because I know they’re tedious and time consuming to bake. Once you add coffee ice cream between two already perfectly crisp yet chewy macarons… I’m honestly speechless.

I keep track of all the restaurants I visit with a cool app called Mapstr. You can logGeoffroy_5.jpg
the places you go and the places you want to try on a map, and when you pull it up it’ll show you the places around you. You can add friends and see the places they’ve been, so if you have any suggestions for me, put them on your Mapstr and send it my way!

Maegen Geoffroy
Office of Congressman Mac Thornberry
Washington, D.C.