Sandwiches from a celebrity chef. New locations of expanding chains. Pop-up specialty lunches. No matter what the lunch customer is looking for, D.C. has something new to offer. Particularly if it involves pizza. Here are more than 20 new places to consider for lunch, whether it be new restaurants or those who have revamped their mid-day offerings. And there are more on the way — look for lunch service from Rural Society and GRK coming soon as well.Read More
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Water & Wall
Water & Wall's new pop-up Chinese lunch, dedicated to chef Tim Ma's Uncle Paul, will serve reinvented takes on Chinese favorites like kung pao chicken and dumplings. It runs through the summer.
Bryan Voltaggio is bringing soups, salads and sandwiches to Chevy Chase. Look for new spins on fried fish and banh mi sandwiches, plus some fun salads (kale spiked with parmesan granola, anyone?).
America Eats Tavern
The lunch and dinner menus are the same at this reinvented restaurant, located within the Ritz-Carlton hotel. Find out how Jose Andres reinvents dishes like mac and cheese and hush puppies here.
Willie T's Lobster Shack
This new addition to Dupont Circle focuses on lobster and other seafood rolls.
Lunch is the time to try one of the epic grilled cheese sandwiches at this location (at night, it turns into more of a wine bar).
STK - Washington D.C.
Lunch just started at this restaurant. They've got a la carte options like steak sandwiches and a lobster cobb salad, plus two different prix fixe menus priced at $29 or $45 per person with multiple courses.
Boqueria introduced a new tapas lunch a couple months ago. On weekdays, guests can choose three menu items (including drinks) for $14, whether they be Spanish meatballs or tomato bread.
The Gryphon recently reinvented itself as a Raw Meat Bar and Social House. Their new lunch has raw bar items, lobster gnocchi, a veal breast sandwich and more. For $13.50, guests can get a half sandwich and either fries or a salad.
This Bethesda restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, serving up burgers, hot dogs and sides. They recently added several new menu items, including a pastrami-topped burger.
Pizza Parts & Service
Grab a slice at this pizza parlor, operated by the Taylor Gourmet team on H Street. There are also garlic knots.
Ballston residents and workers now get to learn what these hoagie purveyors are all about.
Thai street food items dominate this restaurant's lunch menu.
Po Boy Jim
This new Cajun addition to H Street specializes in the iconic New Orleans sandwiches.
This fast casual pizza place from the Fuel Pizza guys just opened its third location.
Feels like a new location of this fast-casual pizza chain opens every week. The latest is in Penn Quarter.
Pizza (even one with a cauliflower crust) is the focus of this Northeast joint, which serves customers all day (including breakfast).
Tenleytown is the latest outpost of this chicken chain, located where the original Armand's used to be.
Comfort food is the focus of this chain, which just opened in Foggy Bottom. Lunch brings burgers, flatbreads and dishes like chicken pot pie.
Pull up to the window of the new M Street location and enjoy a vegan soup for lunch.
Want something healthier than a burger? Try the adjoining Z-Sandwich, from the Z-Burger team, which specializes in salads and cold cuts.
ShopHouse, the Asian spinoff of Chipotle, just opened its Chinatown location (now with kale).
The Hot Shoppes-inspired Anthem within this new hotel is serving up classic dishes during lunch hours. The hotel's sports bar, High Velocity, is also open for lunch.
This low carb chain has several locations in D.C. and the latest just opened near K Street.
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