Maketto

While Maketto is not Erik Bruner-Yang’s first DC hot spot, it is definitely his most unique. Maketto is a combination retail store, coffee shop, and restaurant that pairs southeast Asian street food with a very laid-back vibe. The menu is full of both small-plate snacks (bao buns, anyone?) and larger family-style options, which makes Maketto a great choice for date-night or a large meal with friends. Go for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner, or merely stop into the buzzing H Street storefront to grab a cappuccino and browse Maketto’s ever-growing collection of trendy mens’ footwear. For those looking to make an unforgettable meal out of the experience (which you totally should be!), the fried chicken is a must, especially for those who like a little spice. Don’t forget to order a cocktail, no matter what time of day you stop by.

Farmbird

Farmbird is a great addition to the newly gentrified H Street. Farmbird is a fast-casual spot that feels like you are eating a home-cooked meal . Farmbird was founded by two men who left their corporate jobs in NYC to do something they were passionate about: cooking and eating good chicken. The founders perfected their technique after many months of trial and error in their small NYC apartments and wanted to share it with others. At Farmbird, you can choose the type of chicken you want and then which marinade you want (Plain, Barbecue Ranch, Chipotle Masala). Let’s talk sides: the mac and cheese is delicious, and when we went, they had beautiful strawberries.