• Caitlin McAninch

Food Diary: Washington D.C. Week 1

Updated: Feb 16, 2019

When I booked my trip to D.C., I knew I definitely wanted to write about all the food I was planning on eating. There are some great food stops in the D.C. area, and I wanted to show my readers some great places to eat if they ever make their way to the Capital. But after reviewing my photos, I’ve decided the best way to do this is to create a diary of the places I went! So, read on to see where I’ve eaten this week!

Chopt - Wednesday April 20, 2016

Chopt is a creative salad company that allows its customers to choose from a wide variety of greens, proteins, fruits and veggies, then chops it up super great, and tops it with one of its 19 homemade dressings. I had to stop here on my first day back because although it’s basically healthy fast food, it is one of my all time favorite places to eat! I ended up having a chipotle chicken salad with tomatoes, feta cheese, pita chips, red peppers, cucumbers and their FANTASTIC Tex-Mex ranch. Yum!

Peruvian Chicken - Thursday April 21, 2016

Another favorite of mine when I’m in town is Peruvian chicken, which is basically just very flavorful rotisserie chicken served with this slightly spicy sauce that is good on top of everything! On Thursday we went to this place called Crisp and Juicy, and since I have actually only been to two Peruvian restaurants, I’m not too sure if it’s authentic or not. But it sure tastes amazing! For my sides I ordered Fried Yucca, which are like French fries but way better, and Primavera Rice.

&Pizza - Friday April 22, 2016

Hands down, I think the best pizza place I have ever been to is &Pizza in D.C. It’s basically the same thing as Chipotle, but with pizza. You get to pick from all different sauces and toppings, and you walk away with a delicious, custom pizza. For lunch on Friday, I created a pizza with spicy tomato sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, salami, basil, cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, grilled onions, and a red pepper cream drizzle. AMAZING. They also have great homemade sodas! I dream of &Pizza coming to Reno… Hopefully one day!

Buredo - Friday April 22, 2016

I have heard about the sushi-burrito place in San Francisco, so I was very excited when my friend Kat mentioned there was one in D.C. that she was dying to try. And holy moly was it great! On Friday evening we took the metro to Buredo and took it down to the National Monument, which was absolutely the best way to eat dinner in D.C. I ordered the Sophie, which included shrimp tempura, avocado, pickled cabbage, carrot, toasted sesame seeds, red tobiko, and sriracha mayo, but then I also added jalapenos and green onion. It was too good. I was very stoked on it!!!

Oki Bowl - Saturday April 23, 2016

Saturday morning I got soaked at the zoo! Literally, it was pouring rain and until I finally caved in and bought an umbrella, I walked around dripping wet. So believe me when I say I worked up quite an appetite for something warm and delicious. Catering to my needs, Kat took me to a ramen place called Oki Bowl, and it did the trick! I have heard a lot about the growing popularity of ramen places, and have wanted to try it for a while, and I am so glad I finally did. I stuck with the “original” miso ramen with pork, which was great, but Kat’s curry ramen was so delicious. I’m still hoping to go eat it before I leave! But, mine had pork belly chashu, bamboo shoots, sweet corn, bean sprouts, scallions, and I added a spicy ball. The spicy ball was great, as it slowly dissolved, my dish got spicier and spicier, but next time I will definitely opt to remove it before it completely disappears. By the end, I was dying!

Thomas Sweet- Saturday April 23, 2016

For dessert after ramen, we made our way to Georgetown to go to Thomas Sweet, an ice cream and chocolate factory. Because I was so full, I stuck with a small coconut ice cream, which was actually great with lots of chunks of coconut. But, the options for dessert there are endless. And, you know it’s great, because the line went long out the door!

Matchbox - Sunday April 24, 2016

For lunch on Sunday I went to this pizza place called Matchbox, which makes great thin crust pizzas. For an appetizer, we ordered this beautiful crab and avocado tower, which had crabmeat, mango salsa, avocado relish, and basil oil. I could have eaten it all as my full meal, it was so good. We got the matchbox meat for our meal, which came with pepperoni, spicy Italian sausage, crispy bacon, and mozzarella. Better than our meal though, was our seats. We wanted to sit outside, and since there were just two of us, we sat at this fireplace bar, check out the pics to see what I’m talking about!

Don’t think I barely ate during my first week in D.C. These are just the main places that I loved and highly recommend for anyone going to D.C. for business. Because, really, most of these places are basically quick restaurants, not long fancy meal kind of places. But, that doesn’t mean they aren’t great!

Keep an eye out for Food Diary: Washington D.C. Week 2! But in the mean time, what are your favorite places to eat in D.C. and the surrounding areas?

Washington DC

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Driving Time: 1 day, 13 hours

My Flight: 6ish hours

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