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Get to know the District

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Twenty years ago, DC was hardly known as a culinary city—but a lot has changed. Years of urban revitalization, innovative restaurateurs like José Andrés, and a First Couple (the Obamas) who liked to dine out put DC on the map. Michelin made it official in 2017, with a coveted Michelin guide—DC is only the fourth American city to receive one. It is now home to three restaurants with two Michelin stars: Pineapple and Pearls, Andrés’ avant-garde Minibar, and Jônt. It is also home to 20 more restaurants with one star, proving that DC is, in fact, a city of culinary delights.

Global cuisine also characterizes the city, as twenty percent of the city’s population is immigrants. Some top pics of their diverse offerings include Rus Uz in Ballston, offering Russian and Uzbek cuisine, and Lucky Danger in Arlington. A final thing to mention is the rich cocktail history of DC. To settle that desire of booze, try Dram & Grain or The Dabney.

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The World on a Plate along the Parkway

Thanks to a vibrant immigrant population, DC and Maryland restaurants showcase flavors from India, Laos, Mexico, and more.

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The Salt Line Bethesda

The Salt Line in Bethesda Row marries New England and Chesapeake Bay seafood with a focus on sustainability and locally sourced ingredients. 

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Oyster Oyster

At Oyster Oyster DC, chef Rob Rubba proves that a vegan ethos is a gateway to achieving maximum flavor and sustainable cooking.

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Inspired by afrofuturism and a fictional character called Alonzo Bronze's 700 year journey, Bronze is an experience unlike any other.

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Our Top Restaurants of 2023

From Japanese comfort food to elevated African fusion, discover our top restaurants of 2023 and the must-order menu items for each.

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Maydan: Recipes from Lebanon and Beyond

Rose Previte’s debut cookbook, Maydan, celebrates flavors that come from the home kitchens of women across the Middle East.

La Cosecha in Union Market District in Washington DC
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Union Market, DC’s Creative Site

Visit the Union Market district for a field trip to DC’s creative side, complete with food halls, exquisite stays, and historic culture.

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For history lovers, there are few destinations in America as transporting as the city of Williamsburg, a glimpse back into the Colonial era.

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Not just the backdrop for the University of Virginia and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville and its restaurants showcase a rich immigrant community.

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Virginia is for (food) lovers and Richmond is the perfect place to visit.