Florida Avenue Grill has been serving Southern comfort food in the U Street corridor since the 1940s. It’s still a reliable spot at all times of the day, but we like it best for a simple breakfast or brunch that includes the eggs, bacon, and cornbread. There are plenty of booths if you’re coming with a group, but it’s also ideal for a solo meal at the bar.
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Get familiar with Laotian food at Thip Khao in Columbia Heights. Be prepared for spiciness.
El Chucho Cocina Superior
A casual and cheap Mexican spot with excellent tacos, corn, and drinks.
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This French bistro is the place to see anyone who’s ever been on “Meet the Press". The food is also delicious.
Another Jose Andres spot with solid tapas. Head to Zaytinya for a power lunch that doesn’t feel like a power lunch.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
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