The last month of summer is upon us and so is the lack of power suits on Capitol Hill. While the men and women of Congress clear out of the District during their August break, take advantage of the popular eateries in D.C.'s power center. Have another favorite Hill eatery that's seeing fewer crowds this month? Share it in the comments.
Johnny's Half Shell
It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but stop by this well-known seafood spot during happy hour and take advantage of their raw bar menu featuring oysters and clams fresh from the Rappahannock. While there, be sure to peruse their extensive collection of $9 martinis. Staying for dinner? Sit outside at Johnny's expansive patio (remodeled not long ago) and enjoy a memorable view of the Capitol at night.
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This legendary steak and seafood house has been hosting power lunches and three hour dinners for elected officials since the '60s. The closest restaurant to the Capitol and Union Station, on any given night customers can see DC's elite feasting on the Monocle's popular ribeye or blue crab cakes. For those looking for a less expensive option, dine at the Monocle's bar and check out their lounge menu. From 5p p.m. to close, nibble on fried calamari or a salmon BLT while sipping vino from the extensive wine list.
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This sought after food truck is at Union Station every Thursday. More popular with DC reporters covering the Hill, Pho Junkies offers combo options with a notable list of meat choices including brisket, flank steak and tripe. The sides such as their summer rolls and shrimp rolls are popular choices for the afternoon snack. While lines are usually long, August should lend some reprieve for DC Pho enthusiasts.
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Art & Soul
Owned by celebrity chef Art Smith, this soul food-eatery is best known for their brunch, but stop by for their late night menu. While many Capitol Hill restaurants close up early, Art & Soul serves food at the bar until midnight. Late-night diners often choose their Cajun Boudin Balls or their Slow Smoked Pork Rib, both for $10. Art & Soul's patio is also pooch-friendly, with a special menu including beef tips and biscuits for man's best friend.
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New restaurants are notoriously hard to get into, and Beuchert's Saloon's tiny space and no reservations policy can make it a challenge for neighborhood diners. August may grant a slight break from the crowds. Check out Andrew Markert's seasonally inspired menu, which will be at its best due to summer produce season. The restaurant's also a solid choice for cocktails or brunch.
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Other ideas: Have a breakfast sandwich worthy of a Senator at Cups and Company...hit up one of Spike Mendelson's neighboring joints, including the new Bearnaise...have a power breakfast at Sonoma Wine Bar.