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Where to Eat and Drink in Logan Circle

The tiny Northwest neighborhood is home to D.C. favorites for French bread, khao soi, and gorditas

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Logan Circle’s greatest strength may be it’s proximity to other neighborhoods. But even with Dupont Circle to the west, Shaw to the east, the U Street NW corridor up north, and downtown due south, the neighborhood boasts two main drags worth visiting on their own.

On P Street NW, a host of bars and restaurants surround the Whole Foods. On 14th Street NW, towering glass condos flank some of the trendiest places to eat in the city, speaking to the rapid gentrification of the area. Nowhere epitomizes the changes more than Le Diplomate, a French bistro in a former dry cleaning building that was designed to look like it was plucked off a street corner in Paris.

Logan Circle also mixes in a range of international cuisines — Salvadoran, Ethiopian, and Northern Thai — that represent Washington’s wealth of diversity. With a neighborhood made up of well-to-do homeowners, young professionals living in English basements, and a thriving LGBTQ scene, there’s a little something for everybody in a relatively small stretch.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. TILT

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1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 319-1612
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A bar within a bar, TILT is the technicolor, pinball-themed playground stuffed into a back room at Black Jack, the second-story drinking companion to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace below. Go with a group to dance in close quarters, sip sharable tiki cocktails and munch on fried lobster rangoons.

2. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Servers cut complimentary slices from baguettes, rustic rye boules, and cranberry-walnut loaves to set the tone for a menu full of French bistro classics such as steak au poivre and duck a l’orange. Ordering from the raw bar is always a smart move here, as is asking for a side of frites with aioli. Reservations are highly recommended. Le Dip has been booked solid since restaurateur Stephen Starr opened it in 2013.

3. Estadio

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1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 319-1404
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Among a plethora of Spanish options in the District, Estadio stands apart with a straightforward, encyclopedic menu that features small plates representative of several regions.

4. Stoney's

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1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-1818
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The “super” grilled cheese — filled with bacon, tomato, and onion and served on thick pieces of liberally buttered white bread — is a D.C. classic that has survived several rounds of menu tweaks at the neighborhood sports bar.

5. The Commodore Public House & Kitchen

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1100 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 234-6870
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The Commodore is the type of place where people plan to start a night of bar-hopping but end up staying until last call. With a dog-friendly patio, frequent specials on drinks and food, and a Southern take on some of Logan Circle’s best bar food, there’s no reason to leave. Chicken wings and brisket tot-chos showcase the kitchen’s smoker. Over-the-top burgers come with flourishes like bourbon mayo and Cheerwine barbecue sauce.

A burger at Commodore

6. Benitos Place

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1437 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 299-0977

Owners Telma and Maynor Majano pull off a difficult feat of nailing dishes from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Pretty much anything on the menu is a safe bet, but first-timers should make a beeline for the Honduran fried chicken, served with pickles, a tangy cabbage slaw, and an enormous portion of fried plantains. Pozole and mole both stand up under scrutiny.

7. 14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro

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1416 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-0695
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A steady option for dine-in, take-out, or delivery service, this restaurant bangs out Americanized Chinese classics and Sichuan specialties with speed and finesse. The spicy, Sichuan style beef noodle stew brims with pepper flakes and tender protein in a crimson-colored broth. Great Wall Szechuan House just up 14th Street NW is a popular destination as well.

8. Da Hong Pao Restaurant and Bar

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1409 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 846-7229

Owner Jerry Chen has been in the neighborhood since starting Yum’s II, the carryout next door that serves late-night eats to cops and revelers until 4 a.m., in 1988. His family’s upward mobility is now manifested in a spacious dining room that gets packed for dim sum service.

9. Trade

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1410 14th St NW, First Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 986-1094
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With DJ sets, costume parties, and communal viewings of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this gay dive bar has a little more character than its sibling spot around the block, Number Nine on P Street NW.

Courtesy of Christopher Di Ruggiero/For Trade

10. ChurchKey

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1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576
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Situated above sister restaurant Birch & Barley, ChurchKey is a beacon for beer lovers. With 50 drafts and as many as 500 bottles on tap, it has as comprehensive a selection as anywhere in D.C. House-made tater tots and doughnuts help soak it all up.

11. Slipstream

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1333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 450-2216
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The light-filled space serves cocktails after dark, but mornings are the best time to visit because of the coffee that comes with cards explaining the origin of the beans. Pastries and rice bowls are safe bets. Ordering toast — gussied up with avocado and goat cheese or cream and jam — explains why slices of bread are having a moment.

12. Baan Thai

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1326 14th Street Northwest, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-5889
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D.C.’s boon of tongue-scorching Thai food isn’t reserved to the trendy, meticulously designed dining rooms of Little Serow in Dupont or Doi Moi up 14th Street NW. Baan Thai is a more affordable option for dishes brimming with fish sauce, lime, and chiles in the second floor of a former sushi bar. Chicken thigh khao soi curry, accompanied by crispy fried noodles reaching for the ceiling, has cultivated a big following. Even vegetable salads ratchet up the spice.

13. Pappe

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1317 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 888-8220
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With billowing fabrics covering the walls and the ceiling, Pappe presents an elegant setting for Indian food that will make diners dab sweat from their foreheads. Lamb vindaloo, spicy chicken tikka, and baingan bartha (roasted eggplant spread) all raise the heat. For a nightcap with live music, head downstairs to the Crown & Crow bar

14. El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria

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1227 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 815-4789
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A contender for the title of Washington’s top taqueria, El Sol is the first venture from Mexico City-born chef and restaurateur Alfredo Solis (Mezcalero, Little Havana). Solis’s ultra-rich braised pork carnitas are the perfect stuffer for fried masa gordita pouches and house-formed corn tortilla quesadillas. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. every other night, it’s a fantastic place to devour fried and rolled chicken tacos dorados late-night.

El Sol gorditas
Gorditas from El Sol.
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1. TILT

1612 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

A bar within a bar, TILT is the technicolor, pinball-themed playground stuffed into a back room at Black Jack, the second-story drinking companion to Pearl Dive Oyster Palace below. Go with a group to dance in close quarters, sip sharable tiki cocktails and munch on fried lobster rangoons.

1612 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

2. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Servers cut complimentary slices from baguettes, rustic rye boules, and cranberry-walnut loaves to set the tone for a menu full of French bistro classics such as steak au poivre and duck a l’orange. Ordering from the raw bar is always a smart move here, as is asking for a side of frites with aioli. Reservations are highly recommended. Le Dip has been booked solid since restaurateur Stephen Starr opened it in 2013.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

3. Estadio

1520 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Among a plethora of Spanish options in the District, Estadio stands apart with a straightforward, encyclopedic menu that features small plates representative of several regions.

1520 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

4. Stoney's

1433 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The “super” grilled cheese — filled with bacon, tomato, and onion and served on thick pieces of liberally buttered white bread — is a D.C. classic that has survived several rounds of menu tweaks at the neighborhood sports bar.

1433 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

5. The Commodore Public House & Kitchen

1100 P St NW, Washington, DC 20005
A burger at Commodore

The Commodore is the type of place where people plan to start a night of bar-hopping but end up staying until last call. With a dog-friendly patio, frequent specials on drinks and food, and a Southern take on some of Logan Circle’s best bar food, there’s no reason to leave. Chicken wings and brisket tot-chos showcase the kitchen’s smoker. Over-the-top burgers come with flourishes like bourbon mayo and Cheerwine barbecue sauce.

1100 P St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Benitos Place

1437 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Owners Telma and Maynor Majano pull off a difficult feat of nailing dishes from Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Pretty much anything on the menu is a safe bet, but first-timers should make a beeline for the Honduran fried chicken, served with pickles, a tangy cabbage slaw, and an enormous portion of fried plantains. Pozole and mole both stand up under scrutiny.

1437 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. 14th Street Cafe Asian Bistro

1416 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

A steady option for dine-in, take-out, or delivery service, this restaurant bangs out Americanized Chinese classics and Sichuan specialties with speed and finesse. The spicy, Sichuan style beef noodle stew brims with pepper flakes and tender protein in a crimson-colored broth. Great Wall Szechuan House just up 14th Street NW is a popular destination as well.

1416 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

8. Da Hong Pao Restaurant and Bar

1409 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Owner Jerry Chen has been in the neighborhood since starting Yum’s II, the carryout next door that serves late-night eats to cops and revelers until 4 a.m., in 1988. His family’s upward mobility is now manifested in a spacious dining room that gets packed for dim sum service.

1409 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

9. Trade

1410 14th St NW, First Floor, Washington, DC 20005
Courtesy of Christopher Di Ruggiero/For Trade

With DJ sets, costume parties, and communal viewings of RuPaul’s Drag Race, this gay dive bar has a little more character than its sibling spot around the block, Number Nine on P Street NW.

1410 14th St NW, First Floor
Washington, DC 20005

10. ChurchKey

1337 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Situated above sister restaurant Birch & Barley, ChurchKey is a beacon for beer lovers. With 50 drafts and as many as 500 bottles on tap, it has as comprehensive a selection as anywhere in D.C. House-made tater tots and doughnuts help soak it all up.

1337 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

11. Slipstream

1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

The light-filled space serves cocktails after dark, but mornings are the best time to visit because of the coffee that comes with cards explaining the origin of the beans. Pastries and rice bowls are safe bets. Ordering toast — gussied up with avocado and goat cheese or cream and jam — explains why slices of bread are having a moment.

1333 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

12. Baan Thai

1326 14th Street Northwest, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20005

D.C.’s boon of tongue-scorching Thai food isn’t reserved to the trendy, meticulously designed dining rooms of Little Serow in Dupont or Doi Moi up 14th Street NW. Baan Thai is a more affordable option for dishes brimming with fish sauce, lime, and chiles in the second floor of a former sushi bar. Chicken thigh khao soi curry, accompanied by crispy fried noodles reaching for the ceiling, has cultivated a big following. Even vegetable salads ratchet up the spice.

1326 14th Street Northwest, 2nd Floor
Washington, DC 20005

13. Pappe

1317 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

With billowing fabrics covering the walls and the ceiling, Pappe presents an elegant setting for Indian food that will make diners dab sweat from their foreheads. Lamb vindaloo, spicy chicken tikka, and baingan bartha (roasted eggplant spread) all raise the heat. For a nightcap with live music, head downstairs to the Crown & Crow bar

1317 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

14. El Sol Restaurante & Tequileria

1227 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
El Sol gorditas
Gorditas from El Sol.
El Sol [official]

A contender for the title of Washington’s top taqueria, El Sol is the first venture from Mexico City-born chef and restaurateur Alfredo Solis (Mezcalero, Little Havana). Solis’s ultra-rich braised pork carnitas are the perfect stuffer for fried masa gordita pouches and house-formed corn tortilla quesadillas. Open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday and 1 a.m. every other night, it’s a fantastic place to devour fried and rolled chicken tacos dorados late-night.

1227 11th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

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