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St. Vincent’s wine, cheese, and charcuterie.
St. Vincent pairs its dizzying amount of wine selections with cheese and charcuterie plates.
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Where to Eat and Drink in Petworth

From Georgia Avenue to Upshur Street, this Northwest neighborhood houses prime dining options

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St. Vincent pairs its dizzying amount of wine selections with cheese and charcuterie plates.
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When one thinks of Petworth and Park View, food and drinks are likely the top two things that come to mind. That’s because this Northwest neighborhood is known for landmark eateries like Hitching Post, Slash Run, and Timber Pizza Company.

But there is also more than comfort food, burgers, and pizza here. Petworth is packed with neighborhood-friendly restaurants and bars that make locals feel right at home.

And we’ve learned more about two blockbuster openings on the horizon. Chefs Kevin Tien and Caleb Jang will soon flip their former Himitsu workspace into Magpie and the Tiger, complete with a Korean-American comeback menu and no-ABV cocktails. And Federalist Pig pitmaster Rob Sonderman and entrepreneur Steve Salis will turn the old Slim’s Diner into their anticipated fried poultry parlor Honeymoon Chicken. Both are targeting early 2022 arrivals, reps tell Eater.

Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; the latest data about the delta variant indicates that it may pose a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Slash Run

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Half-price burgers on Monday. Taco Tuesday. Whiskey Wednesday. And bottomless brunch on weekends. What’s not to love about restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum’s metal-themed burger bar? It also happens to have an amazing jukebox filled with skull-rattling Metallica songs.

Slash Run’s burger and fries.
Cheeseburgers and waffle fries at Slash Run.
Slash Run/Facebook

Timber Pizza Company

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This essential pizza parlor regularly cooks pizzas to the season, but it also has a few standout specials like the “green monster” with pesto, mozzarella, feta, sliced zucchini and kale.

A picture of a leafy pizza at Timber Pizza Company.
A spinach-topped pie at Timber Pizza Company.
Timber Pizza Company/Facebook

Taqueria del Barrio

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Chef Anna Bran is behind this Mexican concept and you may also recognize her name from the DC Empanadas food stall that was once in Union Market. There are more than a dozen different tacos on this menu, plus tortas, fajitas and enchiladas.

Tacos at Taqueria del Barrio
A trio of tacos at Taqueria del Barrio.
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Hitching Post

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Before Upshur Street blew up with new restaurants, there was always Hitching Post — a reliable destination for $6 happy hour Manhattans and delicious fried chicken with a choice of two sides (get the mac and cheese). The storied space, open since 1967, sits right across from President Abraham Lincoln’s cottage.

Little Food Studio

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For satisfying sandwiches and pastries, Little Food Studios from chef Danielle Harris hits the spot. A popular favorite is the sausage roll, a meat-stuffed pastry more commonly found in the U.K., and sandwich names honor family members like mom, grandma and Harris’s aunties.

Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry is cut in half to reveal a filling of pork, chicken, fennel, and sage.
Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Menya Hosaki

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This ramen shop makes their own noodles and offers a “triple threat” bowl built with pork, chicken, and smoked fish broths. Owner Eric Yoo focuses on styles not common in this city, including a brothless, Taiwanese-style ramen called mazesoba.

Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki comes with an almond milk-based broth
Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki.
Anne D. Kim/For Menya Hosaki

Cinder BBQ

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Smoked meats and a wide selection of whiskey are available to sample at Cinder BBQ. Pitmaster Bill Coleman is usually the one watching over the smoker, and his attention to detail pays off in fatty brisket and succulent pulled pork that’s finger-licking good.

Cinder barbecue brisket
Cinder’s beloved barbecue brisket.
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This is the place to experience Caribbean food, including jerk chicken and other island favorites. Dishes are prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients available to make must-order items like its curry chicken platter and Jamaican beef patties.

Qualia Coffee (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown coffee company is the place where locals gather each morning for fresh-brewed coffee and pastries. Owner Joe Finkelstein has since added an additional D.C. location in Eckington.

Qualia Coffee’s latte.
A latte at Qualia Coffee.
Qualia Coffee/official photo

Commonwealth Cantina

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For delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and a selection of over 75 tequilas and whiskeys, head to Commonwealth Cantina. Cozy indoor and outdoor gathering spots are perfect for happy hour with friends.

Commonwealth Cantina’s chips and salsa.
Chips, salsa, and guacamole at Commonwealth Cantina.
Commonwealth Cantina/official photo

Little Coco's

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This chic Italian-style restaurant serves bruschetta, half-orders of pasta, and fried pizzas. There’s also a massive New York strip steak for two.

Little Coco’s scallops.
Seared scallops with mushrooms at Little Coco’s.
Little Coco’s/Facebook

Reliable Tavern

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This hardware store-turned-neighborhood watering hole is popular for its well-made daiquiris and $6 drafts, along with trivia on Wednesdays and live comedy on Thursdays. Customers can order in falafels and gyros from Shawarma Hut next door.

Cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Classic cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Reliable Tavern/Facebook

Looking Glass Lounge

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Looking for a combo deal (beer and a shot) or a locals-friendly dive where the home teams are sure to be on TV? Welcome home. Head downstairs to find a surprisingly spacious bar and wood-lined patio.

Beers and shots go hand-in-hand at Looking Glass Lounge.
Looking Glass Lounge/Facebook

St. Vincent Wine

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While technically in Park View, it’s worth the walk a few blocks south to this wine lovers’ oasis. The expansive backyard is heated year round and the prices are kept reasonable — for a bottle of wine and a charcuterie tray you can expect to pay about $40. On Magnum Mondays, the big bottles are slashed by 25 percent. The indoor bar is also now open on Monday and Wednesday.

St. Vincent’s outdoor space.
The sprawling outdoor patio at St. Vincent.
Photo: Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Slash Run

Slash Run’s burger and fries.
Cheeseburgers and waffle fries at Slash Run.
Slash Run/Facebook

Half-price burgers on Monday. Taco Tuesday. Whiskey Wednesday. And bottomless brunch on weekends. What’s not to love about restaurateur Jackie Greenbaum’s metal-themed burger bar? It also happens to have an amazing jukebox filled with skull-rattling Metallica songs.

Slash Run’s burger and fries.
Cheeseburgers and waffle fries at Slash Run.
Slash Run/Facebook

Timber Pizza Company

A picture of a leafy pizza at Timber Pizza Company.
A spinach-topped pie at Timber Pizza Company.
Timber Pizza Company/Facebook

This essential pizza parlor regularly cooks pizzas to the season, but it also has a few standout specials like the “green monster” with pesto, mozzarella, feta, sliced zucchini and kale.

A picture of a leafy pizza at Timber Pizza Company.
A spinach-topped pie at Timber Pizza Company.
Timber Pizza Company/Facebook

Taqueria del Barrio

Tacos at Taqueria del Barrio
A trio of tacos at Taqueria del Barrio.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Chef Anna Bran is behind this Mexican concept and you may also recognize her name from the DC Empanadas food stall that was once in Union Market. There are more than a dozen different tacos on this menu, plus tortas, fajitas and enchiladas.

Tacos at Taqueria del Barrio
A trio of tacos at Taqueria del Barrio.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

Hitching Post

Before Upshur Street blew up with new restaurants, there was always Hitching Post — a reliable destination for $6 happy hour Manhattans and delicious fried chicken with a choice of two sides (get the mac and cheese). The storied space, open since 1967, sits right across from President Abraham Lincoln’s cottage.

Little Food Studio

Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry is cut in half to reveal a filling of pork, chicken, fennel, and sage.
Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

For satisfying sandwiches and pastries, Little Food Studios from chef Danielle Harris hits the spot. A popular favorite is the sausage roll, a meat-stuffed pastry more commonly found in the U.K., and sandwich names honor family members like mom, grandma and Harris’s aunties.

Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry is cut in half to reveal a filling of pork, chicken, fennel, and sage.
Little Food Studio’s sausage roll pastry.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Menya Hosaki

Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki comes with an almond milk-based broth
Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki.
Anne D. Kim/For Menya Hosaki

This ramen shop makes their own noodles and offers a “triple threat” bowl built with pork, chicken, and smoked fish broths. Owner Eric Yoo focuses on styles not common in this city, including a brothless, Taiwanese-style ramen called mazesoba.

Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki comes with an almond milk-based broth
Vegetarian ramen at Menya Hosaki.
Anne D. Kim/For Menya Hosaki

Cinder BBQ

Cinder barbecue brisket
Cinder’s beloved barbecue brisket.
Rey Lopez/for Cinder

Smoked meats and a wide selection of whiskey are available to sample at Cinder BBQ. Pitmaster Bill Coleman is usually the one watching over the smoker, and his attention to detail pays off in fatty brisket and succulent pulled pork that’s finger-licking good.

Cinder barbecue brisket
Cinder’s beloved barbecue brisket.
Rey Lopez/for Cinder

Spice

This is the place to experience Caribbean food, including jerk chicken and other island favorites. Dishes are prepared using the finest and freshest ingredients available to make must-order items like its curry chicken platter and Jamaican beef patties.

Qualia Coffee (Multiple locations)

Qualia Coffee’s latte.
A latte at Qualia Coffee.
Qualia Coffee/official photo

This homegrown coffee company is the place where locals gather each morning for fresh-brewed coffee and pastries. Owner Joe Finkelstein has since added an additional D.C. location in Eckington.

Qualia Coffee’s latte.
A latte at Qualia Coffee.
Qualia Coffee/official photo

Commonwealth Cantina

Commonwealth Cantina’s chips and salsa.
Chips, salsa, and guacamole at Commonwealth Cantina.
Commonwealth Cantina/official photo

For delicious Tex-Mex cuisine and a selection of over 75 tequilas and whiskeys, head to Commonwealth Cantina. Cozy indoor and outdoor gathering spots are perfect for happy hour with friends.

Commonwealth Cantina’s chips and salsa.
Chips, salsa, and guacamole at Commonwealth Cantina.
Commonwealth Cantina/official photo

Little Coco's

Little Coco’s scallops.
Seared scallops with mushrooms at Little Coco’s.
Little Coco’s/Facebook

This chic Italian-style restaurant serves bruschetta, half-orders of pasta, and fried pizzas. There’s also a massive New York strip steak for two.

Little Coco’s scallops.
Seared scallops with mushrooms at Little Coco’s.
Little Coco’s/Facebook

Reliable Tavern

Cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Classic cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Reliable Tavern/Facebook

This hardware store-turned-neighborhood watering hole is popular for its well-made daiquiris and $6 drafts, along with trivia on Wednesdays and live comedy on Thursdays. Customers can order in falafels and gyros from Shawarma Hut next door.

Cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Classic cocktails at Reliable Tavern.
Reliable Tavern/Facebook

Looking Glass Lounge

Beers and shots go hand-in-hand at Looking Glass Lounge.
Looking Glass Lounge/Facebook

Looking for a combo deal (beer and a shot) or a locals-friendly dive where the home teams are sure to be on TV? Welcome home. Head downstairs to find a surprisingly spacious bar and wood-lined patio.

Beers and shots go hand-in-hand at Looking Glass Lounge.
Looking Glass Lounge/Facebook

St. Vincent Wine

St. Vincent’s outdoor space.
The sprawling outdoor patio at St. Vincent.
Photo: Rey Lopez/Eater DC

While technically in Park View, it’s worth the walk a few blocks south to this wine lovers’ oasis. The expansive backyard is heated year round and the prices are kept reasonable — for a bottle of wine and a charcuterie tray you can expect to pay about $40. On Magnum Mondays, the big bottles are slashed by 25 percent. The indoor bar is also now open on Monday and Wednesday.

St. Vincent’s outdoor space.
The sprawling outdoor patio at St. Vincent.
Photo: Rey Lopez/Eater DC

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