Boqueria

If you love tapas as much as us, Boqueria is the perfect spot for you.  Boqueria has a modern/fun vibe, and we recommend for girls night, brunch, birthdays, date night- basically any sort of event!  However, be sure to come with people who are down to share food and try a variety of things! Start your night off with one of their charcuterie and cheese platters (I mean, duh!).  We had the patatas bravas (100% must order, crispy goodness), calamares, albondigas (lamb meatballs), salteado de setas, the seasonal steak dish, and of course the nutella churros. You really can’t go wrong at a place like Boqueria, as long as you end your night on a sweet note- with any of their churros.

Rewind by Decades

Rewind is the sister restaurant to nightclub Decades in Dupont Circle. Recognizing that there was an opportunity for late-night sit down meals, Rewind is conveniently located next to Decades. Rewind has food to hit every late-night craving, from breakfast foods (is it really late-night if it’s 3am?) to the a variety of sandwiches, appetizers and desserts. The tater-tots are out of the world, and you can't miss the cheese-infused cheeseburger!

i Ricchi

We have a lot to say about Ristorante i Ricchi because of our amazing experience having dinner there with Owner and Chef Christianne Ricchi herself. Ristorante I Ricchi is a family owned and operated Tuscan restaurant in DuPont circle.  Christianne Ricchi, owner, learned how to cook from the “Mamas” while studying abroad in Florence, Italy.  Christianne met her husband, Francesco, in Florence.  The two of them ended up staying in Florence for 17 years and managing their family’s trattoria in Cercina.  Christianne and her husband decided to open a restaurant in the US, and in 1989 i Ricchi opened its doors.  The restaurant immediately received tons of praise, including being named Best New Restaurant in America from Esquire Magazine, and Top 25 Restaurants in America by Food & Wine Magazine.  The restaurant gained a huge popularity amongst politicians and celebrities, including the Clinton’s and the Bush’s.  In 2001, Christianne helped launch DC Restaurant week to bring people back into restaurants after the restaurant business in DC had declined 60%.  Ristorante i Ricchi has been featured on the Today Show, NBC, and several other national networks.  The restaurant hosts many events including: Friday squeezes, a Women’s Club, guest speaker dinners, and weekly happy hours.

While approaching their 30th anniversary, Ristorante i Ricchi has been able to stay true to its roots of classic Tuscan cuisine, while adapting to the ever-changing restaurant scene in DC.    We were blown away by not only the food, atmosphere, and staff, but by Christianne herself.  Everything we ate was extremely fresh and delicately crafted.  Some special shout outs- the calamari, “burned fingers” grilled lamb chops, ricotta & spinach filled tortelloni, and pesto with shrimp risotto.  We highly recommend checking out this restaurant!

Mission

While it’s hard for a restaurant to do Mexican wrong, Mission does Mexican to perfection. Mission is amazing for every occasion: a good dinner, a night out on the town, a bottomless brunch, a weekday lunch, and even a New Year’s Eve celebration (we had our party there in 2017!). For brunch they have unlimited guac… do we even need to say more? Their margaritas are the perfect combination of delicious and alcoholic but not too sweet. Any dish you order is amazing. Their outdoor patio is the place to be on a weekday happy hour, and lucky for us, they are opening a second location in Navy Yard coming summer 2018!

Rasika- West End

There is a good reason why Rasika is one of the most well-known restaurants in DC and that’s because both the service and the tantalizing Indian dishes never disappoint. This trendy spot by Ashok Bajaj is a must-go, especially for those looking for an elevated Indian experience. The Palak Chat (crispy spinach) and the Chicken Tikka Masala are some of our favorites and definitely worth ordering. We also LOVE all of the Indian-inspired desserts and of course, the Mango Lassi. There is also another Rasika (the original) located in Penn Quarter with the same menu and wonderful experience.

Little Serrow

Do you love spice? Then you’re going to LOVE Little Serrow’s Northern Thai dishes. If you’re not looking for it, Little Serrow is easy to miss, especially because it is located in a cave-like basement off of 17th Street. However, for what it lacks in signage, Little Serrow makes up for in flavor and most importantly, heat. Each dish off of their $45 dollar, 7-course tasting menu is spicier than the next in the best way possible… just ask anyone lining up for a table before they open at 5:30 PM each day. Just to note, the menu is pre-set and does not allow for substitutions.