The restaurant and bar scene in Brightwood is booming, and — unlike other D.C. locales — the upper Northwest neighborhood is refreshingly devoid of small plates, long waits, and annoyingly priced $15 cocktails. This is the type of neighborhood where one can stroll down the block for some fresh callaloo, salt fish, and rum punch, or saddle up to the bar for a beer-and-a-shot combo. It’s also where local soul food favorite Oohhs and Aahhs has an outpost set up inside a Wal-Mart. In Brightwood, dining options includes Ethiopian, Guatemalan, Mexican, Basque, Jamaican, and Persian cuisine — just to name a few. Here are 15 restaurant to try.
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.Read More