We are located on Capitol Hill, where America’s patriotism burns brightest. To help travelers incorporate that spirit into their meals, here are five of the most quintessential American dishes in DC.

Grilled Duck Breast at Hank’s Oyster Bar

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very Monday night, local favorite Hank’s serves a special grilled duck breast with an orange soy glaze that’s among the sweetest and most tender bites in the city. The local bird, hearty side of carrots or green beans and old-school vibe of the Capitol Hill oyster bar all add up to make this feel like a truly American dish.

Hank’s Oyster Bar: 1624 Q St NW, 202-462-4265

Chili Dog at Ben’s Chili Bowl

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This U Street classic is a must-visit for all who pass through Washington, DC. From a neon yellow and white awning and old burger joint aesthetic to its world famous chili. The standard (and utterly American) dish here is the all meat chili dog, which comes complete with onions and mustard.

Ben’s Chili Bowl: 1213 U Street, 202-667-0909

Jumbo Lump Crab Cake at Clyde’s of Georgetown

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The crab cake is a Washington, DC institution, which inherently makes it a quintessential American dish. One of our favorite renditions is by Clyde’s of Georgetown, which makes it with jumbo lump crab, butternut squash puree and wilted greens with bacon. Those who are feeling extra hungry can even order it in a sandwich.

Clyde’s of Georgetown: 3236 M St. NW, 202-333-9180

Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup at Ted’s Bulletin

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Nothing beats the nostalgia of a gooey grilled cheese with a warm bowl of tomato soup.  Ted’s Bulletin is a charming bar and grill that serves shakes, sandwiches and everything in between. Known as Ted’s Famous Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, the popular dish is simple and delicious.  

Ted’s Bulletin: 11948 Market St. 703-956-9510

Colletti’s Smokehouse at Good Stuff Eatery

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While this super popular burger joint in Capitol Hill has a menu item called the ‘Prez Obama Burger,’ its Colletti’s Smokehouse is the most American, with applewood bacon, sharp Vermont cheddar, fried vidalia onion rings and chipotle barbecue sauce. The truth is, however, all of the burgers here are to die for.

Good Stuff Eatery: 303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, 202-543-8222