Anyone familiar with Washington D.C. knows it is famous for its many neighborhoods with deliciously diverse eateries. One neighborhood in particular, Adams Morgan, boasts a wide array of unique dining options for foodie clients.
Before spending a few hours at National Zoo (located a few blocks from the Woodley Park Zoo/Adams Morgan Metro stop on the Red Line), have brunch at The Diner on 18th Street. Menu items at this 24-hour diner range from comforting classics (such as egg sandwiches and meatloaf wrapped in bacon) to unique takes on American fare (think pecan-crusted catfish or Jamaican shepherd’s pie with plantains and coconut milk).
For lunch, head down the street to Amsterdam Falafel Shop for a build-your-own falafel experience. Inspired by the falafel shops in Amsterdam, this award-winning restaurant has a modest storefront — but don’t let that fool you. It’s usually packed, so expect to eat standing up or even outside, as diners tend to spill out onto the sidewalk.
Walk off a few of the calories by strolling back up 18th Street, lined with colorful row houses that host unique boutique shops at the bottom-floor level and rooftop bars at the top. One such bar, the rustic Roofers Union, offers a great view of the surrounding city (and is not a bad place to grab a nightcap, either).