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Best of Capitol Hill: Local Favorites
Locals talk about the best coffee shops, family restaurants, and running routes on Capitol Hill
Comments () | Published October 20, 2010

Anthony Williams was mayor of the District from 1999 to 2007. He’s now director of the state and municipal practice at the law firm Arent Fox. He’s also executive director of the government-practice division at the Corporate Executive Board, a consulting and research firm.

Horace and Dickies is a good ol’ earthy soul-food place. They didn’t get the memo on how to be ritzy—you just come in, get your food, and swing out, but they have great fried fish. It may be artery-clogging, but it’s very good.

I always think the Library of Congress is underused in the community. It’s one of the world’s greatest collections of treasures, right on our doorstep, but people seem to forget it’s there.

I like Granville Moore’s. The classic thing they do so well there is the moules frites—mussels in broth with French fries—and a good Belgian beer. You can’t go wrong with that.

Sidamo Coffee is run by a nice Ethiopian couple. It’s a funky neighborhood place, good coffee. And Liberty Tree was set up by a chef who was at Matchbox before. It’s a great family restaurant—we love the shrimp and beans and the pigs in blankets.

Frager’s is a good neighborhood hardware store with a large selection.

Robin Givhan is the Washington Post’s fashion editor. In 2006, she became the first fashion writer to win the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.
I’ve been in the neighborhood just over a year, so I’m still exploring, but there are a couple of places I’ve fallen in love with. There’s a great Ethiopian restaurant, Ethiopic. You could completely walk past it because it has the most subtle sign known to man, but the food is great and the owners are beyond warm. If you’re nervous about how to eat Ethiopian food, they’ll give you a demonstration. I always get the vegetarian platter because you get a little bit of everything.

I think that the Hill is really hurting for good ice cream, but I discovered that Toscana Cafe and Catering has a little ice-cream case right by their front door where they sell homemade gelato in 12-ounce containers. It’s the best gelato ever—unbelievable. They have flavors like Nutella, chocolate, and coffee—which should be called espresso because the flavor is so intense.

I have a dog, so I love Metro Mutts (508 H St., NE; 202-450-5661). It’s locally owned, and they have everything you could ever need for your dog—and your cat, too. It makes me really happy I don’t have to haul myself to Petco. They have frozen doggie yogurt, which my dog loves.

I like to run when the weather’s good—you can run past the Capitol, the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the Library of Congress. You have that moment when you’re running and you suddenly see the Capitol. I always feel so triumphant when I get to the top of the hill, and I do my Rocky pose.

I like to go to the little farmers market at Sixth and H (625 H St., NE; 202-362-8889). It’s very basic, an everything-you-need-in-one-place kind of market, but it’s really close.

I also enjoy We, the Pizza—they’re really generous with the toppings. I had the wild-mushroom-and-truffle pizza recently, and it was pretty damn good.


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