If you weren’t already aware, I went to Washington D.C.! I went for a conference, so I ended up only really having a day to myself (and some time spent sneaking away from the conference here and there…don’t tell).
I was determined to see ALL THE THINGS but quickly destroyed my feet by walking all over the place. It’s a walking city, especially around the monuments. I was surprised that there weren’t very many convenient metro stops, so I walked about 6 miles one day, according to my iPhone health tracker app. If you head out to D.C. to see all things historical, presidential and patriotical (not a word), chances are you’re going to get pooped quickly as well.
Anyway, you’re tired and hungry, but you’re at the White House and don’t want to settle and eat whatever tourist food happens to catch your eye first. Well, you’re in luck, because here there are places to eat in DC that are near the monuments but actually cool. Avert your eyes if you’re on a diet (or like me, just starting a Whole30 as I write about doughnuts and fried chicken…what was I thinking?) because these places are not the healthiest choices, but damn, they are delicious.
Yep, a grilled cheese bar. A bar that serves grilled cheese. It’s a great combo. What this one has that the other places on this list don’t is the bar, so if you’re looking for more of a place where you can chill for a while and have a cocktail with your cool food, GCDC is the place for you.
They have a variety of grilled cheese options and sides like tater tots and (duh) tomato soup. This isn’t kid food, though: my sammie featured jalapeños and bacon. Perfect for the grown up who isn’t quite ready to grow up.
It’s sushi, except it’s a burrito. It’s a burrito, except it’s sushi. It’s a perfect food, basically. A marriage of a flavor and a shape both so iconic and so loved, it’s an instant millennial hit. I had one with salmon and asparagus, and it was delicious.
Be warned, it’s a walk-up place and there is limited seating, but I managed to awkwardly invade a group of friends just trying to enjoy dinner together at one of the tables outside. Sometimes, traveling solo has its perks, like finding a seat at a crowded place.
So, you’re probably thinking that this place sounds pretty rad since you can go here to get both a savory piece of fried chicken and a delicious sweet doughnut, which will be your dessert and it will make for a great meal.
Well, you aren’t wrong exactly, but if you’ve done that you’ve missed out on the sandwich that combines the two. That’s right: chicken. on. a. doughnut. (there’s no glaze, so it’s not as weird as you’re thinking.) Order it. Eat it. Feel amazing about the innovations possible in our day and age.
And get a creme brûlée doughnut for dessert because yum.
Note: this place has the same seating issue as above, but I walked to a park two blocks away that had a million open tables in the middle of the day.
4. Bonus! If what you actually need is a drink: POV
I grabbed a drink here one fine afternoon at the suggestion of Laura Lehman, a DC local and fashion blogger. I was so glad I did, because the views of the white house and Washington monument were stunning. As a former New Yorker, there’s nothing I like better than a view and a cocktail at the same time. This spot, at the top of the W hotel, delivered.
Have you tried any cool foods like these in your travels? Tell me about them in the comments! (plz include exact address and turn-by-turn navigation details from my Whole30-approved household to your naughty food hotspot) (just kidding) (am I?)