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If you’re planning to explore DC’s dining scene, you’ll want to check out some of the city’s best-known dishes. Here are our top five recommendations for dishes that’ll give you a flavor of Washington DC’s culinary culture.

The Proper Burger at Duke’s Grocery

Duke’s Grocery’s delicious burger regularly comes in at first place on roundups of the city’s best dishes. Topped with grilled red onion, a runny egg, arugula, the burger is super-flavorful and also massive. You’ll find nearly every other patron at Duke’s ordering the burger. It’s just that good.

1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623

Palaak Chaat at Rasika

This crunchy fried spinach delight at Indian restaurant Rasika has been one of DC residents’ favorite dishes for years in a row. Order a round of the flaky yogurt-topped fried spinach to share as an appetizer, but don’t be too surprised if you end up wanting to eat the entire thing yourself.

1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 466-2500

Margherita Pizza at 2 Amys

Cleveland Park pizzeria 2 Amys is known around town for having obtained the Italian government’s sign-off on their Neapolitan pies. The doughy-yet-charred crust here is to die for, and so is the tangy tomato sauce and mozzarella. Come here with the kids so the whole family can enjoy feasting on this classic DC dish.

3715 Macomb St NW, Washington, DC 20016
(202) 885-5700

Steak Frites at Le Diplomate

Sure, trying out experimental cuisines can be fun, but nothing tastes better than getting back to basics with the classics at Dupont Circle’s Le Diplomate. The French restaurant’s steak and fries dish is always cooked perfectly and leaves you craving more.

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333

Seasonal Flavors at Ice Cream Jubilee

Local DC chain Ice Cream Jubilee is known for its delicious, super-creamy ice cream, which comes in a wide variety of flavors. Go for one of the seasonal flavors, which combine ingredients that correspond with the time of the year, like pumpkin pie around Thanksgiving.

1407 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 299-9042