A lot has changed in Shaw’s dining scene in just a few short years. While the COVID-19 pandemic persists, so too do the high-rises, retail plots, and hotel developments, adding to the hustle and bustle of this historic neighborhood, which lures both locals and visitors. Longtime neighborhood favorites like affordable cocktail bar A&D and Czech cafe Bistro Bohem have shut down. But at the same time, Shaw has gained appealing newcomers like outdoor bar Electric Cool-Aid, Persian stunner Rumi’s Kitchen, Pearl’s Bagels, and Never Looked Better, a cocktail bar with a tongue-in-cheek ’90s vibe in a Blagden Alley basement. Two of the most recent arrivals are El Secreto de Rosita, offering pisco sours and Peruvian food, and Qui Qui, a Puerto Rican kitchen atop the Passenger bar. Here are 22 places to eat and drink, from Florida Avenue NW down to Mt. Vernon Square.
The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.Read More