By Amielle Moreno
If you’re one of the many hard-working young graduate students attending SfN in D.C. this year, congratulations! Luck has it, my old friend Liz is a D.C. chef and is giving you the inside scoop on some of the great food spots D.C. has to offer. And I know you’re a grad student, so we won’t strain the per-diem.
Right now, Shaw is the hottest neighborhood in D.C. for eats and night life and it’s located just north of the convention center. Get familiar with the street naming conventions – numbered streets will cross lettered streets – as you explore what the locals call “9th and 7th street.”
Smoked & Stacked’s homemade pastrami is just a couple blocks from the convention center, on 9th, and will fulfill all your sandwich dreams.
DC9 has no right to have such good food since it’s also a happening live music venue. At 9th and U street, DC9 has “banging fried chicken and solid bar food burgers named after bands,” says Liz. Local tip: check out the great roof top deck if you have good weather.
Or if drinks before, during, and after the conference is your thing, there’s a mid-west Chicago style dive bar called Ivy and Coney on 7th street with beer & shot specials, Italian beef sandwiches, and $5 hotdogs.
For the oyster and fancy cocktail lovers, check out the industrial styled Eat the Rich around five blocks from the conventions center.
As we move slightly more of a Lyft ride away from the convention center, there’s a spot that Liz called “ridiculous” at least three times. Archipelago on 11th and U street is a tiki bar that will fulfill all your dreams of crazy convention stories and giant flaming rum punches.
While a dinner at Ghibilina on 14th could run you around $30, their happy hour $8 pizzas and $6 paninis won’t bust your travel budget (but will require a ride).
For upscale post-conference drinks or dinner say hi to Liz’s new husband Jon, who is a chef at the popular happy hour spot Thally. Shameless plug? I doubt that Liz would ever recommend, let alone tolerate, a bad restaurant. But check out all the good reviews (and the roasted duck breast!) if you’re skeptical.
While some of you will be suckered into tourist attractions, like the greasy late night spot Ben’s Chilli Bowl, I hope you can check out some of the spots cultivated by my best friend just for you. If you want to taste her work, visit Chef Liz at Buffalo & Bergen for brunch and bagels inside the Union Market, two miles from the convention center.
Feel free to comment with your recommendations below! Safe travels!
Smoked & Stacked 1239 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001
Ivy and Coney 1537 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001 at N Q St
Eat the Rich1839 7th St NW Washington, DC 20001 b/t S St & T St
Archipelago 1201 U St NW Washington, DC 20009 b/t N 13th St & N 12th St
Thally 1316 9th St NW Washington, DC 20001 b/t O St & N St
Ghibellina 1610 14th St NW Washington, DC 20009 b/t N Q St & N Corcoran St
Ben’s Chili Bowl 1213 U St NW Washington, DC 20009 b/t N 13th St & N 12th St
Buffalo & Bergen 1309 5th St NEUnion Market Washington, DC 20002