Bao, Cheesesteaks, and Where To Find Other Trendy Dishes in DC

Illustrations by Luke Bott.
Washingtonian Recommends

Our Washingtonian Recommends lists bring you the best places to eat, drink, and be entertained—all selected by Washingtonian editors.

Veggie Bowl

Our pick: “Eden”—six vegetables, garlic yogurt, cilantro sauce, and quinoa—at Beefsteak (Foggy Bottom, 202-296-1421; Dupont, 202-986-7597).

Illustrations by Luke Bott. Popular dishesHummus

Our pick: Hummus with fried cauliflower, green onion, “everything” spice, and pita at Little Sesame (1306 18th St., NW; 202-463-2104).

Illustrations by Luke Bott. Popular dishesFrito Pie

Our pick: Chili with Fritos, cheddar, and scallions at Meats & Foods (247 Florida Ave., NW; 202-505-1384).

Illustrations by Luke Bott. Popular dishesFried-Chicken Sandwich

Our pick: “Not So Classic” biscuit sandwich with tahini at Stomping Ground (2309 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; 703-364-8912).

Illustrations by Luke Bott. Popular dishesCheesesteak

Our pick: “Philly? Not Rilly” sandwich—with tri-tip and provolone—at Ray’s Hell Burger (1650 Wilson Blvd., Arlington; 703-841-0001).

Illustrations by Luke Bott. Popular dishesBao

Our pick: Pork-filled steamed buns with hoisin sauce at Maketto (1351 H St., NE; 202-838-9972).


See what other restaurants made our 2016 Cheap Eats list. This article appears in our May 2016 issue of Washingtonian.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.