Things to Do

Where to Go in Washington When You’re Missing Your Hometown


The fried-fish tacos at Fish Taco (three locations) are pretty darn close to San Diego’s authentic Baja-style.


The New Haven pie at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza’s four area locations is slathered in garlic and clams.


The high-intensity cardio dance classes at 305 Fitness come straight out of Miami’s sweltering club scene.


Like Atlanta’s Ponce City Market, Union Market is DC’s best destination for grazing through multiple eateries.


You’ll find poke bowls and Spam musubi at Shirlington’s Hula Girl and downtown DC’s Abunaifood truck.


Shaw’s cash-only Ivy & Coneyand the $4 pepper-slathered hot dog—will take you back to Chicago’s no-frills watering holes.


Georgetown’s Martin’s Tavern serves its version of a Louisville hot-brown sandwich—with a cheddar rarebit sauce.


A New Orleans–inspired beignet craving can be satisfied at Bayou Bakery, in Arlington and on Capitol Hill.


Pair the Luke’s Trio seafood combo at Luke’s Lobster (Penn Quarter and Georgetown) and a Maine brew.


Tuckernuck’s Georgetown shop has Martha’s Vineyard basics like monogrammed canvas satchels down pat.


The National Museum of American History houses the electric guitar that belonged to Minneapolis native Prince.


Get your gamble on, Las Vegas–style, at MGM National Harbor, with its 125,000-square-foot casino.

New Jersey

The Jersey Shore pie with fried calamari is one of the most popular entrées at Little Ferry–born Mike Isabella’s Graffiato.

New York

If you miss Fivestory—slightly kooky luxury clothing in a posh rowhouse—Georgetown’s new Curio store is for you.

North Carolina

Miss the Durham Bulls? The Class-A Potomac Nationals, a farm team for the Washington Nats, play in Woodbridge.


All of the local Hard Times Cafe outposts have your Cincinnati chili fix—and, yes, they’ll serve it over spaghetti.


The vegan chik’n and tofu wraps you love at HipCityVeg in Philly have found their way to DC’s Chinatown.

South Carolina

Chef Jeremiah Langhorne left McCrady’s in Charleston to open his innovative Shaw gem, the Dabney.


Songwriters flock to Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe to be discovered. Here, Vienna’s Jammin Java is the place to hear up-and-coming acts.


Nick’s Night Club in Alexandria is about to become your new honky-tonk.


In Georgetown, Lynn Louisa stocks the neutral upscale-casual separates that Seattle style is known for.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.