They’ll tell you where to go and what to get there. This is your insider list for your next visit (in no particular order). —Editor
Bistro Cacao One of D.C.’s finest and niche French restaurants.
Mari Vanna Serious Russian dishes both bitter and sweet.
Comet Ping Pong Hand-crafted pizza and an assortment of ping pong tables
Penn Quarter Sports Tavern A quick meal before attending a sporting event (or even to watch an event there). I just love their fried Brussel sprouts.
The Source Layer carrot cake with ginger ice cream. Very thinly sliced and plenty to share.
The Smith Grilled chicken sandwich on a sesame baguette with all the works. A meal in itself and absolutely delectable.
Founding Farmers Chicken and waffles with homemade syrup. Must leave room for their kettle popcorn.
Tosca Outstanding scallops and pasta.
Sticky Fingers Infamous bakery treats as well as unforgettable vegan alt-tuna melt and black bean and green chili.
China Chilcano Funky, comfortable, artsy fartsy. Try the yummy citrusy Pisco Sour, Aeroporto (a noodly bunch of stir fired veggies with a bite of garlic and spice) and Passion Fruit Chicha Morada.
Beau Thai Voted D.C.’s best Thai (casual spot with the best drunken noodles).
Jaleo Great Spanish tapas and the perfect G&T.
All-Purpose Pizzeria Go-to spot for gourmet pizza and a glass of wine.
Etete or Chercher Where to dine on D.C.’s great Ethiopian cuisine.
BToo Contemporary Belgian with mussels and waffles.
Barcelona A happening cocktail place with a fire pit on the patio.
San Lorenzo Superb veal cheeks & polenta.
Tryst Best coffee and casual atmosphere with live music in the evening.
Bistro Boheme Authentic Eastern European cuisine.
Doi Moi Modern take on Asian favorites; anything with caramel fish sauce is a must.
Tabard Inn Drinks in front of the fire in the old hotel lobby or dinner in the back.
Estadio Spanish tapas, wine or Europe’s football—you choose.
SEI Best happy hour specials featuring the freshest sushi.
Tune Inn Hands down the best dive bar on Capitol Hill for reasonably priced beer and late night, greasy eats (they have tater tots!).
Indigo Hidden gem in NoMa that may have the best and most affordable Indian food I’ve ever had (don’t tell Rasika).
Biergarten Haus The most dog-friendly establishment in D.C.!
Trusty’s Another hidden gem on Capitol Hill that has the best burgers, board games and craft beer (a Hipster’s paradise).
Rasika For something unique—fried spinach and black cod.
Jack Rose Best bourbon spot.
Oyamel Best ceviche.
Chez Billy For dinner followed by Bar Au Vin by the fire…best date night.
Le Diplomat BEST brunch EVER.
Trump Old Post Office Excellent whiskey and Kansas City steak. And don’t miss the maple-encrusted bacon on a clothesline.
Martin’s Tavern (Georgetown) John Kennedy’s old digs—a historic haute pub that never got old.