Where to Eat (and Drink) in Washington, D.C. During Inauguration Week


You could try Ben's Chili Bowl, the place that's getting all the press these days, but look at that line. Good golly! Photograph from TallRobert on Flickr

So you're in D.C. for the inauguration. Where to eat and drink after all the swearin' ins are over and out? Here are some serious eats (and drinks) in the nation's capital.

Ben's Chili Bowl: Try the now-famous half-smoke or the burger, which holds up well. But good luck getting in. Look at those lines (above).

D.C. Bars Open 24 Hours During Inauguration Week: Yeah, you're going to need a good stiff drink to warm up and calm your nerves after braving the cold weather and record crowds.

Best Beer-Centric Spots in D.C.: Our own Erin Zimmer, former D.C. resident, recommends Rustico, Brickskeller, Brasserie Beck, Birreria Paradiso, Saloon, and Dogfish Head Alehouse.

Serious Eats Washington, D.C., Food Guide: The Washington Post's food writer, Jane Black, rounds up some of the District's best—pizza, burger, bakery, wine bar, beer selection, cocktail lounge, Ethiopian food (the capital is known for it), bargain lunch, sushi, ice cream (if you're a glutton for cold, cold punishment), brunch, cappuccino, spurge-worthy restaurants, steakhouse, late-night eats, and food near the National Mall.

Three Street Vendors to Check Out: Whether they've been moved from their usual corners I don't know, but if you're sticking around after today, check out SmartKart, Capital Cart, and Delle & Campbell's Halal Luncheonette.

L Street Vending: A Korean street cart bringing the kimchi to the D.C.

Ray's Hell Burger: It's been voted best burger in D.C. Here are some other newish burger joints in the District.

Burgering Through D.C.'s Georgetown: A Hamburger Today's Nick Solares visits Clyde's and Mr. Smith's.

Brunch Options: Blue Duck Tavern, Georgia Brown's, Lebanese Taverna.

Best Eats Near D.C.'s Union Station: If you're leaving town by train, hit up Taqueria Nacionale, B. Smith’s, Bistro Bis, Kelly’s Irish Times, Kelly’s Cajun Grill, or Johnny’s Half Shell.

Best Georgetown Eats: Wisey's Deli, Wingos, Tomb's, Philadelphia Pizza Co., Thomas Sweet

Best Ethnic Markets and Grocery Stores in the Washington, D.C., Area: BestWay Supermercado, Le Petit Corner Store, Lebanese Butcher and Restaurant, Habesha Ethiopian Market, El Chaparral Meat Market, The Italian Store, Eden Supermarket.

Eastern Market: With stalls from Southern Maryland Seafood, Union Meat (half-smokes), Market Lunch ("blue-bucks," blueberry and buckwheat pancakes; and the brick sandwich, egg, potato, meat, and cheese).