Washington DC is quickly becoming a foodie destination. Some of the best chefs are moving south (from a NY perspective) and bringing “big apple” style food and cocktails to the DC area. To see this culinary shift for myself, it was time to taste, and what better way to do so then through a food tour! I partnered with DC Metro Food Tours who sent me on a culinary exploration all over DuPont Circle in Washington Dc.
Lead by tour guide Leah, this is a food tour not to miss. Leah is funny, vibrant, and extremely knowledgeable about the DC area and all of its exciting and interesting history. Along the tour she would stop to show us historic homes and buildings, talk about their history, and fill us in on everything food, wine, spirits, and DC.
The first stop: Bar DuPont, which is where you will find many tastemakers, business professionals, and the higher side of society dining with a glass of wine or a martini. This sleek and sexy restaurant serves up the best Truffle Grilled Cheese. This sandwich is perfectly crisp, and is grilled with truffle cheese, truffle butter, and accompanied by a seasonal side salad. For a great happy hour, head here!
After that delicious duo, we walked our way through more of DuPont Circle where we visited this Mediterranean store. Here you will find exotic flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars that are out of this world. The Mediterranean Way is one spot to make sure you stop in when in the DC area, and be sure to pick up some of their White Fish Caviar, Strawberry and Tomato Jam, as well as the Truffle Olive Oil, and Balsamic Vinegar.
These food tours are a great amount of time and range around 3 hours. Not only do you eat very generous portions of food at each stop, but you also get to walk it off and explore parts of the city you may have missed “cabbing” to your destinations. Because Leah knows the area (as the tour guides do), it was great seeing Washington DC from a locals perspective.
Next stop: Marrakech, a hot Moroccan spot. Ten minutes in this beautifully tiled, cozy, Moroccan inspired restaurant and you would think you were actually in Morocco itself. The décor is stunning, the staff dressed in traditional clothing, and the food… heavenly! Here we were served Moroccan Lentil Soup, which I can honestly claim was the best lentil soup I have ever had. Even in the sweltering humidity that day, I was able to eat and enjoy every last drop. Shortly after, arrived Moroccan Spiced Lamb with Prunes, which was out of this world, yum. The lamb fell off the bone, while the sweet and savory sauce and roasted prunes just made the entire dish melt in your mouth. Served as a digestive, was a Moroccan Tea, which is great for those of you who enjoy sweet teas!
By this point of the tour we were all deliciously stuffed, but Leah promised she saved the best restaurant for last. I wasn’t too sure what could top Marrakech, but I told my stomach to hold on for one more stop.
DGS Delicatessen, a completely different style of food, atmosphere, and menu impressed once again. Slow cooked, perfectly charred Pastrami, Corned Beef, and Smoked Salmon hit the table. Accompanying the meat and fish were Chicken Liver, White Fish Spread, and Pickles. This large tray of heaven made myself, and the rest of the food tour very happy. By this time, a cocktail was in order and the Bordreau Cocktail was calling my name! This cocktail packs quite the punch and is perfect when you need a refreshing cocktail that will indeed cool you off. DGS ended our meal, and tour with one of their famous Doughnuts, which was topped with honey, almonds, and brittle. This was the perfect way to end the night.
For those of you foodies in DC, around DC, and or plan to visit make sure you grab a spot on one of these tours. I will absolutely be back to explore more food tours and the best DC has to offer. Fellow foodies and beverage enthusiasts, DC Metro Food Tours will show you everywhere you need to go, and for the small ticket price, it’s absolutely worth it! For a full overview on all the tours offered click HERE.