Dani’s DC Restaurant Recommendations

ACHA 2018 is fast approaching! One of the best parts of hosting this year’s Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, is welcoming our members and college health and wellness professionals to our backyard. We’ve talked a lot about restaurant recommendations on this blog, but today we’re getting expert advice from one of our staff members who is quite familiar with DC, Communications Coordinator Dani Monroe.

Hopefully this carefully curated list of favorites will pique your curiosity, and get you more excited to join us in Washington this May!

Busboys & Poets

A restaurant, bookstore, and lounge celebrating art & culture, diversity & inclusion, and social change/activism. It is also known for supporting local artists and having a vegetarian- and vegan-friendly menu.

Fun Fact: The name Busboys and Poets refers to the famous American poet Langston Hughes, who worked as a busboy at the Wardman Park Hotel (ACHA 2018 host hotel) in the 1920s, prior to gaining recognition as a poet.

Neighborhood: U Street/Cardozo; Mount Vernon Triangle

Website: www.busboysandpoets.com


St. Arnold’s Mussel Bar

European-inspired brasserie known for its variety of traditional Belgian mussels, beer, and frites.

Neighborhood: Cleveland Park; DuPont Circle

Website: www.starnoldsmusselbar.com


2 Amys

2Amys is known for its wood-fired pizza and Italian wines. It is also recognized as the first D.O.C-certified pizzeria in Washington, DC — the D.O.C (Denominazione di Origine Controllata) specifies the legally permitted ingredients and methods of preparation necessary to produce authentic Neapolitan Pizza.

Neighborhood: Cathedral Heights

Website: www.2amysdc.com



A colorful and classy restaurant featuring French-American fare and craft cocktails. Named one of DC’s Very Best Restaurants of 2017!

Neighborhood: Shaw

Website: www.convivialdc.com


Barcelona Wine Bar

A rustic wine bar and restaurant known for its variety of Spanish small plates and its vast wine collection.

Neighborhood: Cathedral Heights; 14th Street Corridor

Website: www.barcelonawinebar.com


El Centro D.F.

A Mexican restaurant created by internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval and known for its authentic Mexican comfort food and fine tequilas.

Neighborhood: Georgetown; 14th Street Corridor

Website: www.eatelcentro.com


Comet Ping Pong

Comet Ping Pong is an eccentric pizza parlor and neighborhood favorite in Upper Northwest DC known for its thin-crust pizza, multiple ping pong tables, and live music.

It is also the pizza parlor that fell victim to the “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory and fake news scandal. After the incident, Comet received an outpouring of community support, including from Hillary Clinton.

Neighborhood: Chevy Chase (DC)

Website: www.cometpingpong.com


Cactus Cantina

A fun, casual, family-friendly restaurant known for its Tex-Mex specialties and its large dining area (can hold more than 300 guests!)

Neighborhood: Cathedral Heights

Website: www.cactuscantina.com



A family of restaurants native to the DC Metropolitan region known for its classic American fare and locally-raised and sustainable ingredients.

Neighborhood: Georgetown; Gallery Place; Chevy Chase (MD)

Website: www.clydes.com


Pho 14

A local Vietnamese noodle shop often found of the list of DC’s Best Pho!

Neighborhood: Van Ness; Adams Morgan; Columbia Heights

Website: www.dcpho14.com

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