Listed in the paragraph below are my favorite places to wine and dine in the Washington DC area…
Neyla, located in Georgetown, is great for Mediterranean food and a lively ambiance. In addition to all the different mezzes, Neyla’s veal porcini is killer.
La Fourchette, in Adams Morgan, offers rustic French food that will make you feel like you are eating in Montemarte. You have to try their escargote.
Zaytinya, in Chinatown, gives customers affordable Turkish/Greek food in a crowded and hip package. Skip the main entrees and try a lot of different “tapas” or mezze. I suggest the braised lamb with eggplant.
If you’re in Capitol Hill, you should try Locanda and Sonoma. Locanda has an amazing lamb burger, as well great panninis; Sonoma offers a lounge-like atmosphere where you can sip California wines (as well as others from around the world) and nibble on cheese and anti-pasta platters.
The best burger in DC can be found Tunnicliff’s, right across the street from Capitol Hill’s Eastern Market. And right inside Eastern Market, you can find the best crab cake sandwich in the city.
Matchbox, in Chinatown (and soon to be in Capitol Hill as well), offers one of the best pizzas.
Mixtec, in Adams Morgan offers-- by far-- the best Mexican food in DC
As a desert lover, I have to mention Leopold—which is in Caddy’s Alley in Georgetown. They have the most delicious pastries and a wide variety of finger foods.
French/Belgian: Le Paradoue,Citronelle, Montemarte, Café Belga (great for brunch)
Mediterranean: Café Divan, Café 8 (recommend the Iskender Kabob)
American: DC Coast
Pizza: 2 Amys