Culinary Tour: Dupont Circle

“No double dipping!”

I am a full time foodie. I keep up with food trends, have a sophisticated palette, and I aspire to take my tastebuds on a global tour. Most tourists visiting our nation’s capital tour the historic monuments and museums. Why not tour the savory side of Washington as well? Let me take you on a culinary tour of Dupont Circle, home to trendy restaurants and the UC Washington Center.

My roommate and I have a “no double dipping” rule, in which we cannot frequent the same restaurant more than once. This is a great way to take advantage of Washington’s rich food scene and to discover hidden gems that don’t disappoint! The following restaurants were handpicked by my tastebuds:

Duke’s Grocery:
This charming British bar truly is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Although it is relatively small on space, the candlelit ambiance and eclectic menu more than make up for the tight squeeze. Words cannot describe how delicious my dinner was. I ordered the Proper Burger, a scrumptious double-decker garnished with caramelized onions with a side of tangy arugula salad. Some other dishes that make up the eclectic menu are the Roasted Bone Marrow and foie gras.

1513 17th St NW
(between N P St & N Church St)
Washington, DC 20036

St. Arnold’s On Jefferson:
St. Arnold’s is a boisterous Belgian bar known for serving awesome mussels. It is a crowded, lively, and loud pub that requires yelling to be heard. Although this spot does not accommodate quiet conversations, the mussels and frites will surely distract you from holding a conversation! I tried the Mussels Paella and Thai Curry mussels. The Mussels Paella was a scorching pot filled with mussels on a bed of seafood paella, a Spanish rice dish that contains a mixture of fresh seafood, sausages, and chicken. The Thai Curry Mussels was also served in a hot pot that contained mussels and basil drenched in a salty, light Thai curry broth. The entrees came with a large serving of frites (fries) and bread for sopping up the savory mussel broth.

1827 Jefferson Pl NW
(between N Connecticut Ave & N 19th St)
Washington, DC 20036

Nando’s Peri Peri:
Nando’s is the place to go for spicy, zesty Portuguese style rotisserie chicken. I ordered the 1/4 chicken thigh and leg with sides of mashed red-skinned potatoes and coleslaw. Other delectable sides includ

1210 18th St NWe garlic bread and mac n’cheese. The sides are merely complements to the juicy and tender chicken, which was perfectly roasted with herbs and spices. Another enhancement to the chicken was the wide selection of sauces that you can mix-and-match. My only regret was not ordering enough chicken!

Washington, DC 20050

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Please continue reading my blog posts for tips on surviving the winter East Coast weather, restaurant and food recommendations, and information about life in D.C. Make sure to visit my website (www.AsianVagabond.webs.com)!

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