Hail to the Chef – Culinary Adventures of Washington, DCPosted February 4, 2018 in the TAP Into Travel Blog
Washington, DC is the most powerful city in the world. It may also be the most delicious. History, national treasures, and the halls of government aren’t the only highlights in this foodie’s paradise. It’s filled with eclectic local cuisine experiences that will delight your taste buds. And culinary adventures aren’t just for dinner anymore. So be prepared to discover the delicacies of DC at almost any time of the day or night.
A Culinary Melting Pot
According to the U.S. Department of State’s list, our nation’s capital is home to the embassies of more than 150 nations. With so many diplomats living here, it’s no wonder that a vast selection is available in our Capitol. International cuisines tempt the palates of locals, foreign guests, and tourists alike. But DC is just as food-famous for its own regional and homegrown specialties. Every visitor should try to sample at least one.
International Culinary Adventures
For some truly memorable international dining experiences, check out DC’s trendy Adams-Morgan neighborhood. It’s known for its safari of vibrant tastes. You’ll want to explore the scores of eateries with fare from the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Ethiopia, Mexico, the Middle East, Afghanistan and Japan. Culinary adventures abound!
And speaking of Japan. If you join us for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, you’ll have almost as many chances to sample Japanese food and culture as you would in the heart of Tokyo.
For something more continental, Georgetown is a great place to see and be seen. And you can do it while relishing French country cuisine or authentic Spanish tapas. A neighborhood stroll will surround you with the scents and sounds of the kitchens of the world.
Fresh Maryland crab cakes offer a savory opportunity for local flavor. They are on the menu at so many DC restaurants, you’ll almost certainly get the chance to try them. If your itinerary affords you the time, iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl is a DC tradition that’s lots of fun.
The Washington, DC area may not have its own signature dish like Philadelphia’s cheese steak sandwich, Chicago’s deep-dish pizza, or New York’s kosher bagel. However, it does out perform all of these cities in its ability to provide nourishment and history in one sitting.
Eating on the Shoulders of Giants
In Georgetown’s cozy Martin’s Tavern, you can sample locally adored homemade meatloaf while sitting in the booth where a young JFK proposed to Jackie.
In fact, every U.S. President from Harry Truman to George W. Bush has reportedly eaten there.
In Old Town Alexandria, VA, just 4 miles outside the city limits, you can dine on authentic colonial dishes in the beautiful period setting at Gadsby’s Tavern. And, you’ll be dining on the shoulders of cultural giants here. George Washington and many other founding fathers were patrons. While you’re here, be sure to try the scrumptious Sally Lunn bread and their heavenly revolutionary-era desserts.
If you’re ready to whet your appetite for Washington, DC, contact us to find out about our great itineraries featuring the nation’s capital and its food!
And if the tours we’ve linked here don’t catch your eye, check out our full list of DC area offerings here, where you’ll be sure to experience culinary adventures!