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Dining in D.C.: Some of the Best Foodie Spots in the City

08/23/2013 08:10 pm ET | Updated Oct 05, 2013

Although it's probably best known for its politics, Washington, D.C. is also a strong culinary center bursting with fantastic restaurants and chefs that even the pickiest foodies would boast about. No matter what your neighborhood or budget, there are plenty of restaurants in D.C. whose menus would please any palate. From New American to Belgian cuisine, these tasty spots are sure to leave you stuffed and satisfied.

Logan Circle

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If you're in Logan Circle, checking out Birch & Barley is a must. This New American spot serves up everything from truffled herbed mac & cheese to fig & prosciutto flatbreads. In addition to the wide selection of food, Birch & Barley offers more than five hundred beer bottles, fifty drafts, and five casks; good luck choosing! Try this place on date night, or come for Sunday brunch with a group of friends - what better way to spend your weekend afternoon than over some fried donut holes and mimosas?

H Street Corridor

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There are numerous restaurants in the H Street Corridor, but we absolutely recommend Granville Moore's. You'll feel like you're in Europe as you sip on Belgian beer and nosh on moules-frites in this rustic, wood-paneled gastropub. After a relaxing candlelit dinner, stick around for dancing and a few more beers. Once the kitchen closes, the restaurant's digital jukebox serves as entertainment as a diverse group of hipsters and young professionals gets their groove on.

Downtown

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There are so many restaurants in Downtown DC that it might be hard to pick just one. If you're having trouble deciding, head over to Cities Restaurant & Lounge for a culinary adventure. This spot's menu changes every four months, each time highlighting flavors from four different cities around the world. Whether you're in the mood for French onion soup, Greek salad, or a classic New York strip steak, a visit to Cities Restaurant & Lounge is always a thrill.

Chinatown

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If you find yourself hungry in Chinatown, but aren't quite craving orange chicken, hit up Proof for some contemporary American grub. Menu highlights include warm duck confit with scallion hush puppies, roasted Colorado lamb loin, and salad with house made mozzarella. If you just can't choose, try the chef's four course tasting menu, which samples some of the restaurant's most popular dishes. Make sure to give yourself time to pick a wine - this joint's wine list looks more like a hefty book, with bottles ranging from $40 to a whopping $18,000.

U Street Corridor

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For the foodie that accepts nothing but the freshest of ingredients, hop on the metro and head over to Local 16. This rooftop bar/restaurant prides itself on its locally grown produce and seasonally changing menus. Just make sure not to fill up before dessert; you won't want to leave Local 16 without trying the Nutella pizza.

This article is by Harper Wayne, Party Earth writer.

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