Washington D.C. Restaurants

Establishment neighborhood
Open City
2331 Calvert St. NW, Woodley Park
Part coffeehouse, part restaurant, Open City is open early and closes late. It’s an easy spot for a family breakfast or afternoon pit-stop—i.e. no frills and something on the menu for everyone (from breakfast sandwiches and grilled cheese, to kale caesar, pizza, and grilled chicken). The outdoor patio is lovely on not-too-humid days, but there’s a cozy, neighborhood café-bar feel inside. The standalone Open City is near the Smithsonian National Zoo, and they also have an outpost at the National Cathedral.
327 7th St. SE, Capitol Hill
Though the eponymous neighborhood is in Paris, the hearty French comfort food at this cozy bistro tucked away in Capitol Hill is decidedly from the South: succulent braised rabbit leg to classic cassoulet and more. The atmosphere is true bistro—intimate, inviting, and casual, which also describes the prices. The excellent brunch features mussels done four ways and a killer Eggs Benedict. For a perfect D.C. outing, pair with a pre-or-post stroll through nearby Eastern Market, which is full of farmer’s market stalls and local artisans on weekends.
Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St. NW, Downtown
It’s all about the incredible sushi here, a fact that the business-heavy lunch crowd appreciates. The best seat in the house is the sushi bar, where you can watch the chefs preparing the excellent and inventive nigiri like the outrageously good seared salmon belly with sweet soy lemon or tuna with foie gras miso, and many more. They even blend their own low-sodium soy sauce, mixing in mirin and dashi. For what you get, the prices are great, and it manages keep a pretty low profile.
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