I think we all know how much I love food. One of the biggest parts of travel is trying the food in new destinations. Every city has something to offer, even the most discerning palate.
I live in the Washington, D.C. area but I never spend time in the city. This weekend I discovered three new restaurants that I think are just divine and I want to share them with you!
I am a big fan and supporter of the Ritz Carlton properties – I always know that I am getting quality service and that I am going to have a fantastic time. In Washington, D.C. we have a location that has a restaurant inside called Westend Bistro. The Chef, Alvin Dela Cruz likes to use local ingredients from farmers markets and it truly shines in his dishes. While I did sample several dishes, every dish that came out was just as good as the last one, if not better! And just when I thought it was going to end .. dessert came.
- Address: 1190 22nd Street NW Washington, DC 20037
- Menu:–> here
I know everyone has a favorite BBQ place they rave about and usually that style of food is synonymous with Texas – but I found a place hiding in D.C. just a couple blocks up from the National Mall that deserves all the recognition for their take on BBQ. Hill Country BBQ is some of the best BBQ I have ever had! What I loved was that you walk through the market and pick your meats and sides. With a multitude of options and each item equally delicious, you can’t go wrong. This is the absolutely a great place to grab lunch while you are out touring the city. Don’t forget to grab a sweet tea!
- Address: 410 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Also located right off the mall, your new favorite Italian restaurant .. Carmine’s. Not only is the food delicious but I love that the restaurant is designed to hold big and small parties. Fun Fact: the restaurant can hold over 600 people and the service is still top notch! The food when it comes out is designed to be shared – it will come out on big plates/bowls so bring your friends or family or plan to take home scrumptious leftovers!
My favorite dish was definitely the chicken marsala! I remember telling a friend at the table that I do not like chicken marsala but that I would try it anyway. I have tried this dish maybe 5 times in my life and did not like it – but my mind has been changed!
- Address: 425 7th Street NW Washington DC 2004
- Menu –> here
Disclaimer: I was hosted by Ritz Carlton, Carmines and Visit Washington D.C. but as always opinions are my own.