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D.C. Area Hookah Bars and What to Eat There

Because food and hookah (don't necessarily always) go hand-in-hand.

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Hookah bars have been a part of the DC nightlife scene for decades. Some close, some stick around, but with the influx of people to the city from areas where hookah bars are widespread, like Ethiopia and the Middle East, hookah bars continue to be staples as the metropolitan area grows. One thing that isn't always a staple at hookah bars is food - in fact, several hookah bars don't offer it.

But several do. And their menus can be as eclectic as their lists of shisha flavors. The following is a compilation of a few local hookah bars that offer food, including a description of reliable dishes that can be found on their menus. Knowing what to order can decrease menu-glancing time and make it easier to focus on the food-eating and shisha-smoking portions of the evening.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Champion Ethio Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

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7912 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(202) 390-0685

Champion Ethio Restaurant & Hookah Lounge’s cuisine in its name: Ethiopian. Their kitchen is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but the menu is expansive. Its highlights include Shiro, a stew of powdered legumes served with a side of hot peppers; Kitfo, lean ground beef mixed with cardamom, mitmita (a seasoning mix) and spiced butter; and Laco Bretmitad Tibs, beef sautéed with olive oil, jalapeño, fresh rosemary, onion and garlic.

2. Andalusia Tea Room And Hookah

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525 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

As Andalusia is both a tea room and a hookah restaurant, they offer both extensively. The menu leans more towards eclectic Mediterranean and their bests include the Andalusia Fries, made with American cheese, garlic and parsley; the Shawarma Dinners (chicken, falafel and gyro) served with hummus, fries, salad, tzatziki sauze and pita bread. Some highlights from the tea menu include Bianca tea, an herbal blend with chamomile, orange peel and hibiscus; and the Egyptian Hibiscus tea, a slightly tart tea with a deep red infusion of hibiscus flowers. It is served sweet.

3. Gazuza Lounge

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1629 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 667-5500

Gazuza’s food menu consists mostly of sushi. They carry nigiri and sashimi, as well as some classic rolls like the California and Spicy Crunchy Tuna. Their most popular rolls are the Gazuza Roll, made with crab, salmon, shrimp tempura and a spicy mayo and the Lasagna Roll of shrimp tempura, cream cheese and spicy crab.

4. Chi-Cha Lounge

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1624 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 234-8400
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While Gazuza focuses on Japanese, Chi Cha Lounge has more of a Latin fusion vibe in their menu. Some of the most popular items include the chicken wings, empanadas (chicken, beef or spinach and cheese), Lomo Saltado (strips of sirloin marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and spices, stir-fried with red onions, parsley and tomatoes with white rice and French fries.) The Ceviche, consisting of marinated shrimp, tuna or seasonal vegetables and served with plantain chips, is also one of Chi Cha’s staples.

5. Apple Lounge

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1110 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-8735
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Apple Lounge’s focuses their menu on Ethiopian snacks and street food to emphasizing the hookah. Since they are situated above Dukem on U St., the chefs down below make the food on their menu. The staff at Apple Lounge recommends the chicken wings, but especially the fried sambusas (lentil, meat, chicken, mixed vegetable and spinach.)

6. Soussi

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2228 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 299-9314
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Soussi’s menu focuses on French Moroccan cuisine. Their most popular items include a Shrimp Tagine made with Moroccan spices in a lemon cilantro sauce, the Merguez Sandwich (North African lamb sausage with harissa or Dijon mayo), Moroccan spiced kefta and the Lamb Couscous served with sweet and sour plum sauce.

7. Laze Cafe

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5820 Seminary Rd Ste N
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 820-1126

Like Andalusia Tea Room and Hookah, Laze’s menu sticks mostly to Mediterranean cuisine. Their specialty is the Fatayer, a Middle Eastern meat pie stuffed with spinach and onion, seasoned ground beef or feta cheese. Laze is a good choice for a late night bite, as their kitchen stays open until 1:15am on weekdays and even later on weekends.

8. Fairouz Cafe

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3815 S George Mason Dr Ste A
Falls Church, VA 22041
+57 1 7321664

As a hookah bar with one of the largest menus in the DC area, Fairouz offers appetizers, salads, platters, sandwiches and desserts. Like their name states, the menu is mostly Mediterranean, with dishes like the halal beef or chicken shawarma wraps and the Vegetarian Lovers Mezza, which includes hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh and a cheese or spinach pie.

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1. Champion Ethio Restaurant & Hookah Lounge

7912 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Champion Ethio Restaurant & Hookah Lounge’s cuisine in its name: Ethiopian. Their kitchen is only open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but the menu is expansive. Its highlights include Shiro, a stew of powdered legumes served with a side of hot peppers; Kitfo, lean ground beef mixed with cardamom, mitmita (a seasoning mix) and spiced butter; and Laco Bretmitad Tibs, beef sautéed with olive oil, jalapeño, fresh rosemary, onion and garlic.

7912 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Andalusia Tea Room And Hookah

525 23rd St S, Arlington, VA 22202

As Andalusia is both a tea room and a hookah restaurant, they offer both extensively. The menu leans more towards eclectic Mediterranean and their bests include the Andalusia Fries, made with American cheese, garlic and parsley; the Shawarma Dinners (chicken, falafel and gyro) served with hummus, fries, salad, tzatziki sauze and pita bread. Some highlights from the tea menu include Bianca tea, an herbal blend with chamomile, orange peel and hibiscus; and the Egyptian Hibiscus tea, a slightly tart tea with a deep red infusion of hibiscus flowers. It is served sweet.

525 23rd St S
Arlington, VA 22202

3. Gazuza Lounge

1629 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Gazuza’s food menu consists mostly of sushi. They carry nigiri and sashimi, as well as some classic rolls like the California and Spicy Crunchy Tuna. Their most popular rolls are the Gazuza Roll, made with crab, salmon, shrimp tempura and a spicy mayo and the Lasagna Roll of shrimp tempura, cream cheese and spicy crab.

1629 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

4. Chi-Cha Lounge

1624 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

While Gazuza focuses on Japanese, Chi Cha Lounge has more of a Latin fusion vibe in their menu. Some of the most popular items include the chicken wings, empanadas (chicken, beef or spinach and cheese), Lomo Saltado (strips of sirloin marinated in vinegar, soy sauce and spices, stir-fried with red onions, parsley and tomatoes with white rice and French fries.) The Ceviche, consisting of marinated shrimp, tuna or seasonal vegetables and served with plantain chips, is also one of Chi Cha’s staples.

1624 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

5. Apple Lounge

1110 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Apple Lounge’s focuses their menu on Ethiopian snacks and street food to emphasizing the hookah. Since they are situated above Dukem on U St., the chefs down below make the food on their menu. The staff at Apple Lounge recommends the chicken wings, but especially the fried sambusas (lentil, meat, chicken, mixed vegetable and spinach.)

1110 U St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Soussi

2228 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Soussi’s menu focuses on French Moroccan cuisine. Their most popular items include a Shrimp Tagine made with Moroccan spices in a lemon cilantro sauce, the Merguez Sandwich (North African lamb sausage with harissa or Dijon mayo), Moroccan spiced kefta and the Lamb Couscous served with sweet and sour plum sauce.

2228 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Laze Cafe

5820 Seminary Rd Ste N, Falls Church, VA 22041

Like Andalusia Tea Room and Hookah, Laze’s menu sticks mostly to Mediterranean cuisine. Their specialty is the Fatayer, a Middle Eastern meat pie stuffed with spinach and onion, seasoned ground beef or feta cheese. Laze is a good choice for a late night bite, as their kitchen stays open until 1:15am on weekdays and even later on weekends.

5820 Seminary Rd Ste N
Falls Church, VA 22041

8. Fairouz Cafe

3815 S George Mason Dr Ste A, Falls Church, VA 22041

As a hookah bar with one of the largest menus in the DC area, Fairouz offers appetizers, salads, platters, sandwiches and desserts. Like their name states, the menu is mostly Mediterranean, with dishes like the halal beef or chicken shawarma wraps and the Vegetarian Lovers Mezza, which includes hummus, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghannouj, tabbouleh and a cheese or spinach pie.

3815 S George Mason Dr Ste A
Falls Church, VA 22041

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