From world-class art galleries, to museums, to theater, Washington, D.C. is a cultural hub. But the District has much more to offer than the national treasures its known for—with an influx of celebrity chefs like Jose Andres, Stephen Starr, Bryan Voltaggio, Eric Ziebold, Robert Wiedmaier and Spike Mendelsohn, the dining and nightlife scene is hotter than ever.
U Street, historically known for its many jazz venues, has recently resurged. The street features cafes and local shops, as well as a famous mainstay, Ben's Chili Bowl. Visited by then-President-elect Obama, it turned 55 years old in 2013 and earned its own landmark status for its decidedly D.C. dish, the half-smoke.
Just around the corner, 14th Street has become the dining destination du jour. Dozens of restaurants like Le Diplomate, Barcelona, Doi Moi have opened in the neighborhood in the last year, each offering edible inspiration.