Foodie finds

20 Oct

Ben's Chili Bowl on U Street is perhaps DC's most well-known eating establishment. Photo by Ben Schumin

I’m not a big foodie, so I’m not going to devote many posts to the subject. I will, however, give you some great resources for finding the best food around the city.

  • I use The Washingtonian magazine’s Restaurant Finder all the time. It lets you search for restaurants by neighborhood, price, cuisine and star ratings, as well as those that are kid-friendly, have brunch, offer delivery and have  a party space. Also check out their Dining Guides and Best Bites Blog.
  • After I narrow down my choices on the Restaurant Finder, I read reviews on Yelp. You can usually get a good sense of whether it’s what you’re looking for.
  • Metrocurean is a great resource for all things food in DC. It started off as a blog but was so popular that it’s now a full-on website.
  • The blog Dining in DC is managed by Lisa Shapiro, who writes for The Examiner.
  • The blog D.C. Foodies is written by a group of locals: they review restaurants and discuss local events.
  • DCist and DC City Blog also have reviews and resources on area dining.
  • Be sure to check out Tom Sietsema’s dining column in The Washington Post, as well as his live Q&A discussions. That way, you’ll be in the know when chatting it up with other foodies.
  • There are loads of farmers markets in and around DC. Eastern Market is definitely the biggest and most well known. You must go. A great Sunday morning is poking around the market and then getting brunch at a nearby restaurant.
  • Got a craving for chocolate? Then look no further than The District Chocoholic blog, which provides reviews and recipes. The photos alone will make you gain 5 pounds.
  • Be on the lookout for news of the next DC Restaurant Week, as it’s a great way to try out the area’s finest restaurants for cheap. Reservations fill up fast, so don’t procrastinate.
  • DC has a large homeless population, so consider giving to the Capital Area Food Bank or volunteering to serve food at a soup kitchen like the well-known Miriam’s.

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