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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: Your safety is our top priority. In light of the current situation, we are requiring that all attendees be FULLY VACCINATED by the day of the wedding. We thank you for your understanding. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
October 23, 2021
Washington, DC
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DC Eats & Sightseeing

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Austin and Margaret's guide to site-seeing and (most importantly to us) eating your way through DC!
Blue Duck Tavern

Blue Duck Tavern

1201 24th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20037
, (202) 419-6755

You can't go wrong with any dish at Blue Duck Tavern. The atmosphere and plating will wow you with its unique style and the smells coming from the wood burning oven will immediately tell you you're in for a great meal. Favorite Dishes: Wood Oven Roasted Bone Marrow, Roasted Duck Breast, Hand Cut Triple Fries, Pomme Puree

Tiger Fork

Tiger Fork

922 Blagden Alley Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
, (202) 733-1152

Tiger Fork is one of our favorite restaurants in DC. It is an absolute must if you love Asian food! Favorite dishes: Cheung Fun (pictured), Whole Snapper and Fried Rice. Creative cocktails too!

Reverie

Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Lane, Washington, DC 20007
, (202) 808-2952

For those who want to splurge on a special dining experience, Reverie is one of the finest showcases of culinary talent in DC. Johnny Spero creates an incredible tasting menu highlighting primarily fresh seafood as well as other creative dishes. We recommend sitting at the Chef's Counter if possible, as this allows you the unique opportunity to interact with the chefs cooking your meal.

Union Market

Union Market

1309 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
, (301) 347-3998

We've eaten our way through Union Market multiple times. It's a wonderful indoor market, consisting of multiple food booths. Favorite spots include Takorean, ArepaZone, District Doughnut, Zita Rica, Al Volo and Lucky Buns. Great butchery and seafood market. They also opened up a rooftop bar! Very popular on the weekends.

Duke's Grocery

Duke's Grocery

3000 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20008
, (202) 733-4808

You can find two Dukes in DC: Duke's Grocery and Duke's Counter. We recommend the Duke's Grocery location in Dupont Circle as Duke's Counter is a bit removed from downtown DC. Home of one of the best burgers in DC in our opinion.

Lucky Buns

Lucky Buns

2000 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
, (202) 506-1713

Lucky Buns is our 2nd favorite burger spot. The menu has multiple styles of burgers and a variety of delicious cocktails. You can't go wrong! We love the OG and the Dirty Bird.

St. Anselm

St. Anselm

1250 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
, (202) 864-2199

St. Anselm is one of the best steak restaurants in DC, as well as an amazing brunch spot! Favorite Dishes: Buttermilk Biscuits, Butcher's Steak, Ribeye, and Ice Cream Cake

Baked & Wired

Baked & Wired

1052 Thomas Jefferson Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
, (703) 663-8727

Baked & Wired is Margaret's favorite DC cupcake spot. Also, offers other desserts - cookies, macaroons, pies, cakes, bars, homemade marshmallows, brownies, bars, rice krispie treats. Amazing coffee and hot chocolate. Favorite cupcakes: Red Velvet, Uniporn and Rainho, Chocolate Doom

The Wharf in DC

The Wharf in DC

600 Water Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024
, (202) 595-5165

The Wharf is an amazing spot to visit and it's right on the water. This location just recently finishing development and is an absolute must-visit while you're here. It features bars, amazing restaurants, a huge fish market, shops, amazing views of the river, a concert theater, outdoor fire pit and boat tours. You can't go wrong spending an afternoon or evening here. Restaurants to check out: Del Mar, Hank's Oyster Bar, Mi Vida, La Vie, Kaliwa

Del Mar

Del Mar

791 Wharf Street Southwest, Washington, DC 20024
, (202) 525-1402

Del Mar is the most delicious and authentic Spanish Cuisine in DC. We went here for dinner after getting engaged as well as for several anniversaries. Incredible cocktails! The decor of the restaurant makes you feel like you are on vacation in a coastal villa in Spain. Favorite Dishes: Croquetas de Jamón y Trufa (Ham and Truffle Croquettes) and Arroz Negro de Calamares y Morcilla (Squid Ink Paella)

Dacha Beer Garden

Dacha Beer Garden

1600 7th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
, (202) 350-9888

Dacha Beer Garden is our go-to outdoor beer garden. Wide selection of beers and delicious pretzels with dipping sauces. Dog friendly as well!

The Salt Line

The Salt Line

79 Potomac Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20003
, (202) 506-2368

Salt Line has indoor and outdoor seating available right on the water. One of our favorite seafood spots! Located right across from the World Series Champions Nationals baseball stadium! Favorite Dishes: Lobster Roll and Raw Bar

Bresca

Bresca

1906 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
, (202) 518-7926

Bresca is a Michelin-starred restaurant that has taken DC by storm since it opened a year ago. The chef, Ryan Ratino, is quickly being recognized as one of the best in DC and his food shows it. If you want to splurge, the duck press dish (only 4 available a night) is extravagance galore. The flavors are bold and direct. Favorite Dish: Foie Gras and Waffles, Perogi and Dry-Aged Steak

Honey Pig BBQ

Honey Pig BBQ

Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
, (703) 256-5229

Honey Pig is an authentic Korean BBQ restaurant open 24/7. About a 25 minute drive outside of the city. Great for group meals! We treat ourselves to Honey Pig a couple of times a year with friends. They serve a house-made sauce that Austin has tried recreating at home multiple times and has even tried bribing the staff for a bottle to take home! Favorite Dishes: Kimchi Pajeon (pancake), Kalbi (short ribs), Spicy Pork belly, Chadolbaegi (brisket)

Maydan

Maydan

1346 Florida Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20009

Maydan was recently awarded a Michelin star. A hidden gem of a restaurant with a secret entrance door for guests to find. African and Middle Eastern cuisine all cooked on an open fire. Family style and great for large groups. Favorite Dishes: All the spreads/dips and Lamb Leg

Da Hong Pao

Da Hong Pao

1409 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
, (202) 846-7229

Da Hong Pao is our favorite dim sum place. The food comes fast and delicious in carts around the room and you pick out what you want. Favorite dishes: Pork & Shrimp Shumai, Pork Bun, Steamed Shrimp Rice Crepe, Egg Tart

O-Ku

O-Ku

1274 5th Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002
, (202) 888-8790

If you're looking for sushi, this is our favorite spot in DC. Located in the exciting Union Market area, this spot serves incredible sushi rolls and great cocktails in a hip, modern setting.

The Red Hen

The Red Hen

1822 1st Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
, (202) 525-3021

The Red Hen is one of the most well known restaurants in DC and has delicious Italian cuisine. If you like pasta...go here. Favorite Dishes: Toast Dishes (Chicken Liver Mousse or Whipped Ricotta with Truffle Honey), Cacio e Pepe, Wild Mushroom Pasta

Bourbon Steak

Bourbon Steak

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
, (202) 944-2026

Bourbon Steak is located inside Georgetown's Four Seasons hotel. A classic steak restaurant that serves unlimited plates of 3 different kinds of fries and 3 different dipping sauces. You can't beat that! This is a favorite of the mother of the bride. Favorite dishes: Steak & Fries duh!

2 Amy's

2 Amy's

3715 Macomb Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20016
, (202) 885-5700

Located in the Glover Park neighborhood north of Georgetown, 2 Amy's is our favorite pizza spot in DC! Favorite Dishes: Zucchini croquettes with lemon, Salt cod croquettes, and all pizzas

A Baked Joint

A Baked Joint

430 K Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
, (202) 408-6985

A Baked Joint is one of our favorite casual breakfast spots. Serves amazing coffee and homemade bread. Also, serves lunch, but we mostly go for breakfast. Favorite Dishes: Biscuit Sammie, Crème Brûlée French Toast, Baked Potato Soup,

The Dabney

The Dabney

122 Blagden Alley Northwest, Washington, DC 20001
, (202) 450-1015

This Michelin-starred restaurant is one of the best farm-to-table restaurants in DC. All dishes are cooked on an open fire located in the middle of the restaurant. Menu changes daily. This restaurant is also special because Austin worked here for a year! Favorite Dishes: Sweet Potato Roll sandwiches (sometimes off menu but always available), Hearth Roasted Vegetables, Homemade Ciabatta Bread served with whipped sorghum butter, Lobster and Grits, Blackened Fish

POV Rooftop

POV Rooftop

515 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20004
, (202) 661-2437

An iconic rooftop lounge at the W Hotel, POV offers an absolutely incredible view of the White House and National Mall. Come here for an evening drink and to have your breath taken away.

The Tombs

The Tombs

1226 36th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
, (202) 337-6668

The Tombs is a Georgetown University classic! All Hoyas have eaten here and spent most of their weekends at the Tombs. You can find Margaret's name on their 99 Days Club plaque near the bar! Favorite Dishes: Crab & Artichoke Dip, Cheeseburger, Buffalo Chicken Sandwich (off the menu item), chocolate brownie and a pitcher of beer!

Crimson

Crimson

627 H Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20005
, (202) 847-4459

The Crimson is a large three story bar in downtown DC. First floor is a whiskey bar, second floor is a cafe/diner, and top floor is a rooftop bar. Great cocktails and view of the city!

Thomas Sweet

Thomas Sweet

3214 P Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
, (202) 337-0616

Thomas Sweet or better known as T Sweets is our favorite ice cream spot located in the Georgetown neighborhood. It offers a huge variety of Ice cream flavors as well as house-made fudge, sundaes, ice cream cookie sandwiches, frozen yogurt, soft serve, etc.

National Mall

National Mall

14th st NW & Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20560
, (202) 426-6841

The DC classic sightseeing spot. The National Mall is centrally located in DC stretching over 2 miles from the Lincoln Memorial to the US Capitol. Memorials include Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, World War II, Roosevelt, Korean War, Vietnam and the White House and Capitol. The National Mall holds a special place in our hearts as we still enjoy walking the mall and playing softball with our best friends on Sundays. We got engaged at the Lincoln Memorial! Wear comfortable walking shoes. Bike and scooter rentals are available.

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Avenue Southwest, Washington, DC 20560
, (202) 633-2214

We have gone back to the National Air and Space Museum multiple times and we still feel like we haven’t seen it all. The museum houses so much history and research on aviation and spaceflight. Most displays are original aircrafts. We love watching space movies together, so we really enjoy all spacecraft exhibits.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

10th St. & Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20560
, (202) 633-1000

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History is the first museum Austin and Margaret went to together. Collectively, their favorite areas of the museum are the giant elephant in the middle of the rotunda and the marine and dinosaur exhibits. Margaret, of course, also enjoys visiting the Hope Diamond!

Georgetown Waterfront Park

Georgetown Waterfront Park

3303 Water Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007
, (202) 895-6000

On nice sunny days, we enjoy walking around the Georgetown neighborhood, particularly the waterfront. The entire neighborhood is filled with shops, boutiques, bars, restaurants, movie theaters, coffee shops, etc. Grab a coffee, lobster roll or a pastry and sit on the giant steps right on the waterfront. We enjoy feeding the ducks and watching rowers compete.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

1400 Constitution Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20560
, (844) 750-3012

The newest museum addition to the National Mall. A museum that seeks to understand American history through the lens of the African American experience. Our favorite exhibits include sports and music.

International Spy Museum

International Spy Museum

700 L'Enfant Plaza Southwest, Washington, DC 20024
, (202) 393-7798

Margaret enjoys forensic science and all things criminal investigations. Thus, the International Spy museum is one of her favorite spots.

Rock Creek Park

Rock Creek Park

Washington, DC 20008
, (202) 895-6000

Rock Creek Park is DC's favorite place for biking, skating, running and even horseback riding. 32 miles of trails! Great way to have some fresh air and enjoy DC's fall red-orange foliage.

The National Aquarium

The National Aquarium

501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Baltimore is a quick 45min drive away for one of our favorite aquariums filled with sharks, dolphin shows and beautiful coral reefs!

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VA
, (877) 907-8585

The most famous cemetery in the United States. This resting place for fallen soldiers and military members offers gorgeous views, beautiful architecture and a poignant reminder of the history forged by this country. A beautiful, yet solemn experience.

Old Town

Old Town

Alexandria, VA

Located across the river and south of Ronald Reagan airport, Old Town in Alexandria, VA is a historic and charming district with an endless variety of restaurants, shops, public art and a waterfront. On a cool sunny day, this is a must for an all day visit.

Residents Cafe & Bar

Residents Cafe & Bar

1306 18th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
, (202) 733-7143

For creative cocktails in a fun setting, check out this bar in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The outdoor patio is always beautifully decorated with a different theme every few months and the cocktails are top notch and super creative. A great bar to enjoy if it's a beautiful day weather-wise.

Le Diplomate

Le Diplomate

1601 14th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
, (202) 332-3333

A DC staple. This French bistro/restaurant serves classic French dishes in a classic neighborhood vibe bistro. If you've lived in DC more than a year, you've heard of and eaten at Le Diplomate. A great place for lunch.

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