Washington DC Restaurants: 5 Favorites

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Washington DC is full of suits, legislation and good old political history - but, that's not all. Because all of these affluent politicos need somewhere fabulous to eat, DC is chock full of great restaurants. Cheeky boutiques, romantic venues full of candlelight, plates of comfort food; here are 5 of our favorite Washington DC restaurants.

This Washington DC restaurant located in Kimpton's Hotel Madera gives home cooking a funky twist. Chef Daniel Bortnick combines fresh local ingredients with a variety of spices for Firefly's funky menu. Order a few sharable plates from the "picnic" menu like shrimp + grits, cheese plates and deviled eggs with garlic chips. Or, order your own plate of signature meals like the roasted organic chicken or mini pot roast. Be sure to order a drink off the whimsical menu, with names like Fairy Godmother, Opal and Lavender Lemon Drop, as well as red and white wines.

Dino's rustic Italian menu is almost too much to take in; you won't know where to start. And luckily, you won't have to pick. The Cleveland Park eatery offers a robust 3-course Italian meal for under $40, including a big list of pasta dishes, cold and hot antipasto and even small plates of favorites like olives and duck liver.

This adorable bakery is known for its quick treats; their cupcakes, scones and brownies are infamous in DC. However, they also offer a tasty breakfast menu that shouldn't be missed. Whether you grab a savory brioche on the go or have a seat for a gourmet coffee, tea or pastry-themed cocktail and fluffy Amish scrambled eggs, don't forget to let loose and have fun in this artisanal Washington DC restaurant.

Located in another Kimpton hotel, the Hotel Palomar, this Washington DC restaurant has a fun menu offered with the same whimsy as its brother restaurant, Firefly. Urbana's lunch menu has great list of pizzas like Bianco, with red onions and pistachios and Affumicato, full of smokey blue cheeses. For late risers, their fabulous brunch features $16 bottomless BYOB: Build Your Own Bellini with sparkling wine or non-alcoholic cider.

Liberty Tree
Washington DC restaurant menus don't get much more home-cooked than this New England transplant. Chef Graig Glufling has created a menu of all your comforting favorites: Maple Brined Pork Chop, Roasted Cod and a list of brick oven pizzas. For a light meal, try one of Liberty Tree's acclaimed sandwiches -- the lobster roll is a favorite, or a small plate of hand-cut fries, goat cheese with fig jam or oven roasted olives with bread.

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