Hawk 'n' Dove
This Capitol Hill institution is a great place to grab a drink, munch on bar food, and imagine all the secrets these walls have heard. It looks like an old lodge, full of stuffed animals (real ones, not the cuddly kind) and pictures of ancient dudes you’ll definitely recognize from their days at 1600 Pennsylvania. There are, of course, Hill staffers and lobbyists and whatnot hanging around and acting more important than they are. But you’ll also find locals swinging by the neighborhood bar. If you are lucky enough to come through with an old head, they’re likely to have a Hawk ‘n’ Dove story that will make you understand how rooted the restaurant is—not just on the Hill—but to the people who make up the fabric of the city.