What are the best neighborhood restaurants in Washington D.C.?

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McLean Robbins

It’s a tall order to name Washington, D.C.’s best neighborhood restaurants – there are more than a dozen unique neighborhoods in the city and each has something great to offer. Still, we’d like to offer a few local chains that you might enjoy visiting during your stay. The first is Clyde’s, a local group that has since expanded outside of DC proper. It’s an ideal place for a glass of wine, a good meal, and catching up with friends. We love the Georgetown location. For pizzas and burgers, we almost always head to Matchbox, which offers several DC-area locations, or Chef Geoff’s, which also owns the restaurant Lia’s. We also love the Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s brand of restaurants, which includes favorites like Birch + Barley and Churchkey in Logan Circle, Rustico and Buzz Bakery in Alexandria and Arlington and the newly-opened GBD, a fried chicken and doughnut shop in Dupont Circle.

Mary Beth Albright

Can you still call it a neighborhood restaurant if Katy Perry's been spotted there? The month-old Le Diplomate on DC's 14th Street, NW is a hot and neighborhoody place, just as famed restaurateur Stephen Starr planned. It's packed every night with locals crunching into housemade crackling bread, sipping espresso or wine, and enjoying DC's new best steak frites, just as a bistro should be. I've personally occupied a table for 45 minutes drinking just coffee and waiters haven't rushed me at all. (I was waiting for a friend to join me for dinner, but still.) I plan on spending every free summer moment people watching and dining on the outdoor patio, savoring the well-curated French cheese selection with a tangy frisee salad. Another glass of rosé? Mais oui!

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