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Washington, DC


This insider's guide will lead you to pro-recommended places to satisfy your hunger pangs and cocktail urges in-between touring the monuments and memorials

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Washington, DC


This insider's guide will lead you to pro-recommended places to satisfy your hunger pangs and cocktail urges in-between touring the monuments and memorials

In this city of monuments, memorials and a bevy of politicos, there is good food and drink to be had. This chef and bartender’s 24 hour guide will start you on your way. A nice bonus are the options for imbibing from dawn to the wee hours of the night.

 Photo Credit: IPBrian [flickr]

Photo Credit: IPBrian [flickr]

MORNING

Chinatown Coffee Company

Indie shop with coffee from Intelligentsia, Heart, 49th Parallel, Ritual and Novo made with Third Wave coffee equipment. They also have baked goods, gelato, bagels and tea.

"This is a stripped-down industrial space with lots of grays and whites and great for getting a cup of coffee." - Bartender Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi

475 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
T: 202.32.0405 | chinatowncoffee.com

Peregrine Espresso

Owner Ryan Jensen worked as the DC rep for Counter Culture Coffee, a wholesale coffee roaster based out of Durham, NC, won the 2005 Southeast Regional Barista Competition and competed in the US Barista Championship as a member of the USBC committee. In other words, they're serious about coffee here.

"This is such a cool place for coffee." - Chef Haidar Karoum of Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof

Eastern Market | 660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, Washington DC 20003 | T: 202-629-4381
1718 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 | T: 202-525-5127 |  peregrineespresso.com


BREAKFAST | BRUNCH

 

 Photograph Courtesy of Eat The Rich

Photograph Courtesy of Eat The Rich

Eat The Rich

Named after a Motörhead song, barman Derek Brown partners with Rappanhannock Oyster Bar's Travis Croxton to create a rocking seafood house featuring great cocktails. Kick off your brunch with their house-made Clamato juice for the Beer n Clam cocktail and foe $38, they serve a Fisherman's Brunch with a bounty of cooked clams, whelks, large scallops, shrimp, squid, swordfish and two poached eggs.

1839 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202.316.9396www.etrbar.com

Eastern Market

Washington DC's oldest continually operated fresh food public market located in the heart of the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood.

"One of the best places to get a breakfast in DC. No wonder it has long lines for the crab cakes, blueberry buckwheat pancakes, potatoes and on and on." - Food artisans Bob and Joe McClure of McClure's Pickles

225 7th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003 | T: 202.698.525| www.easternmarket-dc.org  


SHOP

 Photograph Courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Photograph Courtesy of Salt & Sundry

Salt and Sundry

Food writer Amanda McClements’ shop within Union Market features tableware, barware, linens, artisanal foods and covetable vintage finds.

"Run by the effervescent Amanda McClements, this store is a home designer's dream, filled with everything from place mats to custom built tables. Me, I head directly back to the bitters and tonics, which are also well stocked." - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

"They have excellent housewares and a lot of homemade tonics, like Jack Rudy Tonic. She also sells glassware and all kinds of kitchen and barware stuff." - Bartender Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi

Union Market | 1309 Fifth St. NE | Washington, DC 20002 | 202.556.1866
Logan Circle | 1401 S St. NW | Washington, DC 20009 | 202.621.6647 | www.shopsaltandsundry.com


LUNCH

 Photograph Courtesy of Daikaya

Photograph Courtesy of Daikaya

Daikaya

A ramen restaurant and izakaya opened by three Japanese guys: Katsuya Fukushima, Yama Jewayni and Daisuke Utagawa. They use imported ramen noodles from Sapporo, Japan. The ramen in on the first floor and the izakaya on the 2nd floor.

"This is a really fun ramen place opened by Katsuya Fukushima, who used to work with me. It is both Japanese tapas and ramen. I like the shio ramen." - Chef José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup

705 6th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202.589.1600 | daikaya.com

AFTERNOON EXCURSION

 Photographs Courtesy of The Hour

Photographs Courtesy of The Hour

The Hour Shop

Vintage barware shop. They also sell new glassware and bar items, such as trays, coasters, napkins, cocktail picks, whisky stones and large ice cube molds, but most of the items in the collection date from the 1920s to the 1970s and, for the most part, were made in the U.S. by companies that no longer exist.

"If you're willing to venture out to Alexandria, Virginia, you'll be rewarded by this well-curated vintage glassware and cocktail gear store. One of the best in the country."  - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

"Whenever bartenders come here to Alexandria, I always send them here. It is the coolest vintage cocktail shop around. This lady named Victoria has basically scoured antique stores for shakers and antique glassware. It's kind of an ode to a bar and definitely one of the coolest shops I've ever been to in my life. It's good and bad, because you end up going in, getting totally sucked in and spending a ton of money!" - Bartender Todd Thrasher of PX, Good Food Group

"They carry a remarkable collection of gorgeous vintage glassware."  - Bartender Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi)

1015 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 | T: 703.224.4687 | thehourshop.com

 

 


A NOSH, EGG CREAM & AN ADULT BEVERAGE

Buffalo & Bergen

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Photograph Courtesy of Buffalo & Bergen

Mixologist Gina Chersevan was so enamored by classic New York soda shops that she decided to open one. She creates an eclectic menu featuring egg creams, malts and phosphates drinks, cocktails, bagels and knishes.

"Part soda fountain, part knishery, part booze-haven. My favorite is the egg cream and short-rib knish." - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

Union Market | 1309 5th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 | T: 202.543.2549 | www.buffalobergendc.com


COCKTAILS

 Photograph Courtesy of 2 Birds 1 Stone

Photograph Courtesy of 2 Birds 1 Stone

2 Birds 1 Stone

Located downstairs from Doi Moi and opened by bar director Adam Bernbach (also of Proof and Estadio). Bernbach says that they focus on classic and creative originals. Their goal is to create a non-snobbish, non-pretentious environment for imbibing.

1800 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 | 2birds1stonedc.com

 Photograph courtesy of Round Robin & Scotch Bar

Photograph courtesy of Round Robin & Scotch Bar

Round Robin & Scotch Bar

Located just off the lobby of The Willard InterContinental, imbibe where Mark Twain, Walt Whitman and many politicos have had a dram or two.

"An old school bar with an angry bartender named Jim Hewes. He makes the best Mint Julep you've ever had in your life. It's just amazing. He's like the old kind of bartender, cranky, but has so many good stories to tell. He has a scotch collection like no other. There are three to four hundred scotches in this bar." - Bartender Todd Thrasher of PX, Good Food Group

"Great Scotch program helmed by legendary bartender Jim Hewes. This is exceptional politico people watching." - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

1401 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20004 | T: 202.628.9100 | washington.intercontinental.com

The Gibson

A black door leads you into this cocktail den with a black saddle leather bar. The bar has about 40 seats and reservations are encouraged.

"Our nation's capital has got to have some good cocktails and this is where you'll find 'em." - Bartender Maxwell Britten of Maison Premiere

2009 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009 | T: 202.232.2156 | thegibsondc.com


BEER

 Photograph courtesy of Churchkey

Photograph courtesy of Churchkey

Churchkey

It's all about beer and pub grub. Located above their sister restaurant Birch & Barley restaurant, they carry 555 unique labels from over 30 countries, with 50 on draft and 5 authentic cask conditioned ales in fluid rotation.

"Beer. Lots of beer. An amazing amount of beer." - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

1337 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005 | T: 202.567.2576 | www.churchkeydc.com


DINNER

 Photograph courtesy of 2Amys Pizzeria

Photograph courtesy of 2Amys Pizzeria

2Amys Pizzeria

Members of the D.O.C (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) status which means that their pizzas have to abide by strict requirements and are made in the traditional Neapolitan way in a wood-burning oven.

"This is great for pizza. They do an excellent job. There aren't many places that have received the D.O.C. (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) from the Italian government." - Chef José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup

"It’s a Neapolitan style pizzeria, but they also do a pretty amazing array of antipasti and charcuterie. It's really fantastic food. They have the antipasti dishes just sitting out on platters, or little towers. It’s the type of food that cooks want to eat, little crostinis with beans, pecorino and mint or caramelized cauliflower with a little bit of chili, olive oil and lemon. It’s nothing pretentious. It’s very honest and always delicious."  - Chef Haidar Karoum of Doi Moi, Estadio, Proof

3715 Macomb Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20016 | T: 202.885.5700 | development.ginatolentino.com/2amys

Komi

Chef Johnny Monis serves a set multi-course tasting dinner for $135 per person that will dazzle your senses. Monis uses his Greek background for inspiration. Leave your camera at home, there are no photos allowed during the dinner.

"I really like Komi; it is one of the top restaurants in the country. It is run by a young chef who sticks to what he thinks and has great touches for where he comes from. It is very nice modern cooking, very solid. It is a great, great place." Chef José Andrés of ThinkFoodGroup

1509 17th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036 | T: 202.332.9200 | komirestaurant.com

 


LATE NIGHT

Room 11

Neighborhood restaurant, bakery, coffee shop and wine bar all rolled into one place with outdoor seating.

"Just a great neighborhood place. They have a great coffee program, great pastries, and it’s also a great bar. They make wonderful cocktails, very simple, very unpretentious. It’s a very comfortable place and you can have a great time here." - Bartender Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi

"You can drink anything from here and be happy, beer, cocktails or sherry. Small place with a cool vibe." - Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

Open until 2am on weekends
3234 11th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20010 | T: 202.332.3234 | 
www.room11dc.com

 Photograph courtesy of Mockingbird Hill

Photograph courtesy of Mockingbird Hill

Mockingbird Hill 

Owner and barman Derek Brown modeled this after the small sherry bars he loved in the south of Spain. But this is not your Disney-version of Southern Spain replete with bull statues and flamenco fans. Here the soundtrack is punk and the mission is to demystify sherry.

"Come here and visit bartender Chantal Tseng, she is really great." Bartender Adam Bernbach of 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi

Open until 1:30am on weekends
1843 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001 | T: 202.316.9396
www.drinkmoresherry.com

Jaleo

Chef José Andrés gave his Spanish tapas restaurant a facelift in March of 2012 with the help of Spanish designer and architect Juli Capella.

"Jaleo is pretty classic Spanish tapas. Gambas al Ajilo is one of their signature dishes and we eat just about our own bodyweight when we come here." - Chef Cathal Armstrong of Restaurant Eve, Good Food Group

Open until midnight on weekends
480 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004 | T: 202.628.7949 | 
www.jaleo.com

Toki Underground 

"Great noodle soup, Taiwanese ramen. Small place and very hip. Expect long waits but also expect to be perfectly satisfied that the wait was well worth it." Barman Derek Brown of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich

Open until midnight on weekends
1234 H Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002 | T: 202.388.3086 | 
tokiunderground.com


Washington, DC Cover Photo Credit: Jim [flickr]

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Wasmunds Single Malt Whiskey

Bartender Todd Thrasher recommends Master Distiller Rick Wasmund's single malt whiskey, made in Sperryville, VA. Rick is the only person in North America hand-malting the barley which is then smoked using apple and cherry woods. The spirit is created from the copper potstill is non-chill filtered.

www.copperfox.biz | Where To Buy

Lindera Farms Vinegar

Pick up these Virginia vinegars made with foraged, sustainable ingredients. They have flavors like honey, elderflower, mulberry vinegar and seasonal flavors.

linderafarms.com | Where To Buy

Cirrus Vodka

Bartender Todd Thrasher likes this hand-crafted, small batch potato-based vodka from Virginia. He says it has flavor, it is not that crystal clear clean vodka. It has a little bit of viscosity and he enjoys using it for cocktails.

cirrusvodka.com | Where to Buy

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FED Pros


The contributing pros for 24 Hours in Washington, DC

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The contributing pros for 24 Hours in Washington, DC

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José Andrés

Chef of ThinkFoodGroup in Washington, DC.

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Haidar Karoum

Chef at Doi Moi, Estadio, and Proof in Washington, DC.

Cathal Armstrong

Chef at Restaurant Eve, Good Food Group in Alexandria, VA.

Bob and Joe McClure

McClure's Pickles


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Derek Brown

Barman and co-owner of The Passenger, Mockingbird Hill, Eat The Rich in Washington, DC.

Adam Bernbach

Bartender at 2 Birds 1 Stone, Proof, Estadio, Doi Moi in Washington, DC.

Todd Thrasher

Bartender and co-owner of PX, Good Food Group in Alexandria, VA.

Maxwell Britten

Bartender at Maison Premiere in Brooklyn, NY.

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