When business carried on as usual, Eater editors would fine-tune the list of 38 essential restaurants in D.C. every season. Needless to say, these are not normal times. While government officials do their best to flatten the curve of local COVID-19 cases, kitchens are observing dine-in bans in the District, Maryland, and Virginia. The novel coronavirus pandemic has left restaurants with difficult decisions to make, and many standouts have opted out of takeout to protect their employees and their customers from being exposed.
For those that choose to stay in business, churning out to-go orders helps pay employees in an industry that’s devastated by layoffs and waiting on unemployment payments or stimulus loans to pay out. In the greater D.C. area, 23 of the essential 38 are still going. Many have pivoted to family-style meals and more casual formats to stay afloat.
Here’s a look of where to find beloved options for tacos, spicy Northern Thai, pupusas, kebabs, ramen, pasta, and more.Read More