The Capital Burger

Specializing in burgers, The Capital Burger is a spin off of The Capital Grill.  We were so happy to see that on their drinks menu was a traditional stoli doli (also available as a spiked shake).  Be sure to try one of their spiked milkshakes, they go perfectly with the burgers! The burgers here are seriously next level.  Our favorite was the blue cheese and truffle burger. The burger was rich in flavor and cooked perfectly. Check our Capital Burger the next time you’re craving a burger, you won’t regret it!

SEI

SEI serves up some of the most innovative and refreshing sushi rolls in the district, in an uber chic and sophisticated atmosphere.  This is the perfect date night spot, girls’ night out, or really any celebration for that matter. They offer a wide variety of sushi rolls, such as fish and chips, kobe roll, and sundried tomato roll.  We are obsessed with the fish and chips roll (we legit had to get a second order of this roll, it’s THAT good!). Not in the mood for sushi? Don’t worry, SEI also offers a huge selection of Asian inspired small plates.  Definitely try their tacos, tuna poke, or one of their bibimbap bowls.
 

Cava

A spin-off from their sit-down restaurant, Cava Mezze, Cava Grill is a fast-casual Greek and Mediterranean restaurant. Not only because of the good food is Cava Grill near and dear to us, but because this fast-casual spot was founded in the DMV. Cava has become so popular that they are expanding outside of the DC metro area, and quickly popping up across the country. Cava is “chipotle-style” with fresh and healthy options. Our favorite dip is the Crazy Feta; we are confident you won’t be able to live without it after you’ve tried it!
 

The Smith

Originally in NYC, The Smith has expanded to two locations in the District. The Smith is the kind of restaurant that never disappoints, and has something for everyone on the menu. Be sure to order the hot potato chips (I mean how can you not). Other menu highlights include the mac n’ cheese, the Smith burger (even though all of the burgers are delicious), and the steak salad (we all have to be healthy sometimes, right?). Finish your meal with the s’mores in a jar, you won’t be sorry!

Hill Country Barbeque

Hill Country is unique restaurant experience you don't want to miss. When you get to the restaurant, you get seated and have a waiter/waitress, however when you are ready to eat you get in a cafeteria-style line to decide what you want. You can choose from a number of different style meats: the ribs are finger-licking, the brisket is unreal, but the sides: the mac and cheese and cole slaw, are the true fan favorites. Go on a Wednesday night for BBQ with a side of Karaoke.

Kinship

Kinship is a Michelin starred restaurant and when you step inside you are greeted with warm dim lights and a cozy vibe. The staff is so friendly and truly knows what they are talking about. As we arrived at our reservation early, we grabbed a drink at the bar where the bartender was more than helpful in navigating the extensive menu of options. Once we were seated, the staff were more than attentive as they explained the intricacies of the menu, as it was organized by dishes that tend to go well together. The Tuta Tataki, Lamb Petits Pois A La Francaise, and Kinship after Eight are some of the dishes we LOVED, but you really can't go wrong with anything you order. Metier - the sister restaurant - is another Michelin starred restaurant in the basement of Kinship.

Poke Papa

We are basic in that we are obsessed with Poke, but we are especially obsessed with Poke Papa. This “chipotle-style” restaurant gives you so much bang for your buck. You can completely customize your poke bowl with a variety of bases, fresh fish and protein, sauces, and toppings. Don’t know what a poke bowl is? Think sushi rolls, but in a bowl. The bowls always end up vibrant in color, and extremely flavorful. As if it wasn’t already convenient enough, you can order Poke Papa for delivery on Doordash.