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A bagel sandwich at Call Your Mother.
A bagel sandwich at Call Your Mother.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Park View

Bagels, square pizza, and Ethiopian on Georgia Ave.

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A bagel sandwich at Call Your Mother.
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By now, most anyone who’s serious about eating in D.C. has ventured to Park View to stand in line for a loaded bagel sandwich from Call Your Mother. People who stick around will discover that the quiet residential neighborhood north of Howard University has more to offer than bagels and lox.

Along the main drag on Georgia Avenue, trendy new restaurants have recently popped up alongside decades-old establishments. Visitors and neighborhood residents can now find everything from fried fish and Ethiopian platters to CBD cocktails and vegan mac & cheese. There’s no shortage of outdoor options, with two beer gardens and spacious patios at a number of places. Here’s a guide to where to eat and drink in Park View right now.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Looking Glass Lounge

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The old-timey vibe and sweet outdoor patio have made the Looking Glass Lounge a favorite neighborhood watering hole. Take advantage of bottomless mimosas during brunch, extensive happy hours, and pub games like trivia and bingo.  

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen

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A new addition to the neighborhood, this American bistro has plenty of variety, from sandwiches and wings to mussels and composed entrées like a rack of lamb. Plus, the bar is mixing CBD-infused drinks and other creative cocktails.

Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant

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Family recipes shine at this new Ethiopian spot, with dishes like a veggie combo platter that showcases red lentils in berbere, yellow split pea stew, chopped collard greens, sautéed beets, and more. 

A vegetable platter at Tsehay
A vegetable platter at Tsehay
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Fish In the Hood

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Fish in the Hood is a Park View staple that has served fried or broiled fish and other types of seafood to neighbors since 1998. The menu also includes chicken wings, pork chops, and sides like candied yams and collard greens. 

Hook Hall

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This gigantic cafe, bar, beer garden, and event space can accommodate a day of teleworking or a private party. There’s coffee, booze, private cabanas, an astroturf lawn, giant patio games, and rotating food vendors. 

The outdoor space at Hook Hall
The outdoor space at Hook Hall
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The Midlands Beer Garden

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This 6,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor beer garden boasts plentiful seating and TVs; 26 taps for craft beer, cider, wine, and cocktails; and a food selection including sandwiches, nachos, and giant pretzels. Four-legged guests and the under-21 crowd are also welcome.

Call Your Mother

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This “Jew-ish” deli, one of Eater’s 16 Best New Restaurants in America for 2019, has helped Park View blow up. The wood-fired bagels here draw lines down the block. Opt for a creative sandwich like the Mila, with hummus, seasonal veggie salad, and spicy sunflower seeds on a za’atar bagel, or mix and match toppings. Save room for latkes.

Heat Da Spot Café

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Welcoming service and the popular Ethiopian breakfast plate are a winning combination at this family-owned cafe. Guests can get cozy and linger over breakfast or lunch on one of many couches. Bottles of house hot sauce have been known to go missing.

Sonny’s Pizza

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This sister restaurant to Colony Club specializes in square, grandma-style pies sold whole or by the slice. The nostalgia-packed pizza parlor also has focaccia sandwiches (like chicken Parm), meatballs served with ricotta, salads, beer, wine, and Negronis on tap.

A communal tables and bowling alley-style booths at Sonny’s
A communal table at Sonny’s
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Colony Club

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Cafe by day, bar by night, Colony Club offers coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails. Plus, they host frequent community events like live jazz nights, art classes, CSA pickup, karaoke, and natural wine festivals.

Kokeb Restaurant

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Covering a wide range of Ethiopian favorites, Kokeb’s menu offers various meat tibs — chicken, lamb, and beef — as well as vegan dishes like atakilt wat (spiced carrots, potatoes, string beans, and peppers) and customizable combo options. 

NuVegan Café (Multiple locations)

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With locations in D.C., College Park, and Richmond, this health-focused café caters to vegans and omnivores alike. The cafeteria-style line serves vegan salads, mac and cheese, crab cake sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and more. 

The Looking Glass Lounge

The old-timey vibe and sweet outdoor patio have made the Looking Glass Lounge a favorite neighborhood watering hole. Take advantage of bottomless mimosas during brunch, extensive happy hours, and pub games like trivia and bingo.  

Mr. Braxton Bar & Kitchen

A new addition to the neighborhood, this American bistro has plenty of variety, from sandwiches and wings to mussels and composed entrées like a rack of lamb. Plus, the bar is mixing CBD-infused drinks and other creative cocktails.

Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant

A vegetable platter at Tsehay
A vegetable platter at Tsehay
Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Family recipes shine at this new Ethiopian spot, with dishes like a veggie combo platter that showcases red lentils in berbere, yellow split pea stew, chopped collard greens, sautéed beets, and more. 

A vegetable platter at Tsehay
A vegetable platter at Tsehay
Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Fish In the Hood

Fish in the Hood is a Park View staple that has served fried or broiled fish and other types of seafood to neighbors since 1998. The menu also includes chicken wings, pork chops, and sides like candied yams and collard greens. 

Hook Hall

The outdoor space at Hook Hall
The outdoor space at Hook Hall
Hook Hall [official]

This gigantic cafe, bar, beer garden, and event space can accommodate a day of teleworking or a private party. There’s coffee, booze, private cabanas, an astroturf lawn, giant patio games, and rotating food vendors. 

The outdoor space at Hook Hall
The outdoor space at Hook Hall
Hook Hall [official]

The Midlands Beer Garden

This 6,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor beer garden boasts plentiful seating and TVs; 26 taps for craft beer, cider, wine, and cocktails; and a food selection including sandwiches, nachos, and giant pretzels. Four-legged guests and the under-21 crowd are also welcome.

Call Your Mother

This “Jew-ish” deli, one of Eater’s 16 Best New Restaurants in America for 2019, has helped Park View blow up. The wood-fired bagels here draw lines down the block. Opt for a creative sandwich like the Mila, with hummus, seasonal veggie salad, and spicy sunflower seeds on a za’atar bagel, or mix and match toppings. Save room for latkes.

Heat Da Spot Café

Welcoming service and the popular Ethiopian breakfast plate are a winning combination at this family-owned cafe. Guests can get cozy and linger over breakfast or lunch on one of many couches. Bottles of house hot sauce have been known to go missing.

Sonny’s Pizza

A communal tables and bowling alley-style booths at Sonny’s
A communal table at Sonny’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This sister restaurant to Colony Club specializes in square, grandma-style pies sold whole or by the slice. The nostalgia-packed pizza parlor also has focaccia sandwiches (like chicken Parm), meatballs served with ricotta, salads, beer, wine, and Negronis on tap.

A communal tables and bowling alley-style booths at Sonny’s
A communal table at Sonny’s
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Colony Club

Cafe by day, bar by night, Colony Club offers coffee, beer, wine, and cocktails. Plus, they host frequent community events like live jazz nights, art classes, CSA pickup, karaoke, and natural wine festivals.

Kokeb Restaurant

Covering a wide range of Ethiopian favorites, Kokeb’s menu offers various meat tibs — chicken, lamb, and beef — as well as vegan dishes like atakilt wat (spiced carrots, potatoes, string beans, and peppers) and customizable combo options. 

NuVegan Café (Multiple locations)

With locations in D.C., College Park, and Richmond, this health-focused café caters to vegans and omnivores alike. The cafeteria-style line serves vegan salads, mac and cheese, crab cake sandwiches, cinnamon rolls, and more. 

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