D.C. foodie bucket list

The eggs Chesapeake at Jackson 20.

One of the greatest things about Washington is that it really is a great city for food. First there are few of the typical chains, so you’re almost always trying something different and local.

That poses a problem if you really want to get a great taste of the city. There’s no way you could eat at every restaurant or have a beverage at every bar.

When guests visit my goal is show them some of the great food the city has to offer. And there’s a lot. Just thinking about the dining options here makes it difficult to ever consider leaving.

This list comes from my scanning of WaPo’s Going out Guide and recommendations from friends, tweets, and food critics. As much as my D.C. bucket list will keep me busy with activities, this is going to be a tougher list to get through.

Restaurants

New Heights
Founding Farmers
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Ben’s Next Door
Good Stuff Eatery
El Tamarindo
Rasika
The Little Fountain Cafe
America Eats (Open until July 2012)
Oyamel
Churchkey
Matchbox
Zola

and everything else on WaPo’s essential eats list 

Bars

Green tea martini at Royal Thai.

Brass Monkey
Tom Toms
U-Topia
The Gibson
Church and State
Cafe St. Ex
Granville Moore’s
Jack Rose
The Passenger
PS 7
Co. Co. Sala

Others 

Baked & Wired
Sweetgreen

Where else should I try? What’s your favorite spots in D.C. for a good dinner or lunch?

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