The 8 Best Columbia Heights Restaurants
Columbia Heights has a number of restaurants that you can visit to tantalize your taste buds. These 8, however, are the best of the best.
Columbus Heights has a rich and diverse mix of cultures that make it one of the best places to visit when you want to experience foods from different regions of the world. From Mexican to Vietnamese to Peruvian, you can indulge yourself in decadent foods that stimulate your taste buds and leave you wanting more. Try these 8 restaurants and you will definitely agree that they are the best.
1. Meridian Pint
When you are in the mood for some American casual cuisine and American beverages and craft beer, you need to visit Meridian Pint. The ingredients for their seasonal menu, which is chef-driven, are sourced from regional and local farms. The restaurant believes in pairing their unique dinners with great beer, appetizers, and cheeses that make their customers' dining experience a memorable one. Meridian Pint has a wide range of vegan and gluten-free items on their menu. Some of their appetizers and side dishes include Lamb Shish Kebabs and Local Pretzels. Their salads include Mixed Greens and House-Cured Salmon as well as Kale and Quinoa. If you feel for a sandwich, try the Superwing! which is served with your choice of Gaufrette Potato Chips, Fries, Side Salad, or Sweet Potato Wedges. Or you can try something completely different like the House-Made Lentil Barley Burger. They also serve entrees and dessert items as well as their famous beers. Treat your taste buds to some new cuisine today at Meridian Pint.
Monday - Thursday: 5pm - 2am
Friday: 5pm - 3am
Saturday: 10am -3am
Sunday: 10am - 2am
Address: 3400 11th Street North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 588-1075
2. Pho Viet
Located between Parkwood Place North West and Otis Place North West, Pho Viet is a Vietnamese restaurant that serves up some of the best tasting authentic Vietnamese cuisine this side of Washington, DC. To set the pace for the main meal, bite into appetizers like Summer Rolls or Viet House's Shrimp Egg Rolls, or drink some noodle soup comprising of rice noodles and pieces of meats in beef broth. Then have a Vermicelli Bowl of Grilled Honey Lemongrass Pork or Crispy Egg Roll and Dried Shredded Pork. You can also try the Special Plate of Egg noodles combined with Chinese sausage, Shrimp, Vegetables, Chicken, Eggs, and Carrot. Wash all that food down with Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice, Strawberry and Banana Smoothie, or a Iced or Hot Vietnamese Espresso with condensed milk or sugar. When you feel the urge for a taste of the Orient, Pho Viet is the place you need to visit.
Monday: 11am - 9:30pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 11am - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 11 am - 10:30pm
Sunday: 11am - 8:30pm
Address: 3513 14th Street North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 629-2839
3. El Chucho - Cocina Superior
Are you craving for some great-tasting Mexican food? El Chucho - Cocina Superior cooks some of the best, authentic Mexican food you have had in a long time. Their main menu includes items like chips served with Guacamole Con Todo, Chips Y Salsa Casera, and Flautas De Pollo Con Huitlacoche. Or you may feel for some Crispy Tortilla or Mixed Greens Ensaladas. How about a hot dog, Mexican style? The try the Sonoran Dog, a tasty treat comprising of a hot dog, tomato, onions, pork belly, mustard, black beans, cheese, mayonnaise, and salsa. If you love Tacos, then your taste buds will love the taste of Asada, which is Tacos with charred cebollitas, marinated steak, salsa cruda, and radishes. Chicken lovers will feel like they are in poultry heaven when they savor the taste of Pollo, which is sofrito and cabbage with smoked tecate can chicken. There are many other Mexican dishes to choose from when you visit El Chucho - Cocina Superior.
Monday - Thursday: 4pm - 2am
Friday: 4pm - 3am
Saturday: 11am - 3am
Sunday: 11am - 2am
Address: 3313 11th Street North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 290-3313
4. Pete's New Haven Style Apizza
If you do not feel for a regular wine and dine meal, pizzas hit the spot every time. They are filling and cost less than a traditional full course menu. When your cravings are geared in that direction, Pete's New Haven Style Apizza has the right sized pizza for one person or many people. Voted "The Best Slice in DC" by the Washington City Paper, Pete's has a diverse menu of pizzas that are sure to please your palette. You can order an Apizza with vegan cheese, original cheese, or no mozzarella in small, medium, or very large sizes. Toppings that you can select from include fresh pineapple, artichokes, fresh arugula, grilled chicken, Italian ham, sweet sausage, and pepperoni. There are specialty pizzas that you can order like Sorbillo's Original which is a rectangular shaped pizza turnover with Milano salami, ricotta, and mozzarella. Pastas, Paninis, Primis, and desserts are also available. You will have to keep coming back to Pete's in order to sample all the pizza offerings that they have!
Sunday - Thursday: 11am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 11pm
Address: 1400 Irving Street North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 332-7383
5. El Pollo Sabroso
El Pollo Sabroso is a Peruvian restaurant that serves up the best rotisserie Peruvian chicken and beef entrees with sides of beans, yuca fries, and rice in town. Their chicken is always well seasoned and moist and all the other dishes are a touch of heaven! You can buy a whole, half, or even quarter chicken. If you like salads, you can feast on Grill chicken salad. Some people may not be very hungry, so a Steak and Cheese Sandwich or a Torta Mexicana with fries should be just enough to satisfy their hunger. Or if you are unsure what to buy, you can try one of the House Specials like New York Steak, Grill Shrimps, or Pasta and Shrimps. The soups are just as tasty, so you can try the Sopa de Mondongo (Tripe) Soup. Tacos and Pupusas are also on the menu. Wash all that down with a Horchata, Passion fruit, or Tamrind and Cashew drink. Once you taste El Pollo Sabroso's food, you will want it for lunch and dinner every day.
Monday - Thursday: 10am - 10pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 11pm
Sunday: 10am - 10pm
Address: 1434 Park Rd North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 986-0022
6. Cava Grill
In 2016, you may want to try something new as a part of your new year's resolution. Why not dive into some Greek food for a change? Cava Grill provides the right environment for you to enjoy a taste of Greece with some classic eats that are sure to make your taste buds rejoice. Cava's allows you to customize your meal to suite your tastes. As such, they provide bases, dips and spreads, toppings, and protein for you to create your own masterpiece. Some of the bases that they have include Mini Pitas and Salad. The dips and spreads you can choose from include Hummus, Crazy Feta, and Tzatziki. The choices of protein include Grilled Chicken, Braised Lamb, and Falafel. For toppings, you can use Shredded Romaine, Lemon Wedge, or Cauliflower Quinoa Tabbouleh. Dress all that up with Sriracha Greek Yogurt or Greek Vinaigrette. You are guaranteed to leave Cava's full and satisfied that it was money well-spent.
Monday - Sunday: 11am - 10pm
Address: 3105 14th Street North West, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: (202) 695-8100
7. Mi Cuba Cafe
So you have tried Mexican, Italian, Peruvian, and Vietnamese cuisine. How about some Cuban food for a change? Mi Cuba Cafe dishes out authentic Cuban cuisine in a colorful space that is reminiscent of the lively colors used in Cuba, all in a setting with tropical plants. To set the pace for everything else, you must partake of appetizers like Empanadas de Cuatro Quesos and Croquetas de Pollo. If you want something light, try the Pan con Bistec Empanizado or Pan con Lechón sandwich. For something a bit heavier, you can munch on Filete de Pollo a la Parrilla, Ropa Vieja, or Filete de Pescado Empanizado, which are chicken, pork, and seafood-based dishes, in that order. Try their delicious side orders as a compliment to your main meal. You may not habla español, but you can surely comer sabrosa comida cubana at Mi Cuba Cafe.
Monday: 10am - 9pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 8pm
Address: 1424 Park Road North West, Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 813-3489
8. Woodland's Vegan Bistro
The list would be incomplete without the inclusion of a totally vegan restaurant for people who do not eat meat. Woodland's Vegan Bistro is the prime vegan restaurant in Columbus Heights. It is a relaxed spot that has a diverse menu of meat-free sandwiches, salads, and entrees. You can also get delicious smoothies and fresh juices of your choice. Many of their customers have commented that Woodland's has the best vegan food in Washington, DC., while the Washington Post voted them the "Best Vegan Restaurant and Best Gluten Free Options." You have to taste their cooking to know for yourself. Each day has a special Entree of the Day that the chef recommends. You can dive into vegan sandwiches like the Garvey Burger, Crab Cake Sandwich, and Grilled Quesadilla. If you are in the mood for salads, there are plenty of them to go around. To quench your thirst, there are shakes and smoothies like Pina Colada and Strawberry Cream. Desserts and bottled beverages are also available. Stop by Woodland's Vegan Bistro on your next visit to Columbus Heights for a truly satisfying vegan experience.
Monday - Thursday: 11am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday: 11am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 7pm
Address: 2928 Georgia Avenue North West, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: (202) 232-1700
After you finish eating a meal, you should feel satisfied that it was money well spent. Eat at these Columbia Heights restaurants and you are sure to be pleased with the menu choices and courteous service that they offer.
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