BPG's Favorite Restaurants in DC and NOVA

The Midlands Beer Garden

Midlands Beer Garden

Spacious, delicious, dog friendly beer garden in Parkview, NW DC. Plenty of indoor and outdoor seating, with ample heaters in the winter and umbrellas in the summer. This establishment has been a great addition to the ever growing Parkview restaurant community and should be on your short list of spots to check out when looking for good beer and a sense of community.

The Hitching Post

The Hitching Post

This Petworth establishment first opened in 1987 and hasn't looked back since. This traditional southern soul food restaurant has some of the best fried chicken in the area but you better be prepared to wait 20 minutes as it's made to order and well worth the wait. Friday and Saturday nights find the bar packed with Petworth locals making this local haunt one of the best hidden gems in the city. 

Tabard Inn

Located in Dupont Circle, this hotel offers a splendid selection of dining options in a unique setting. They have received a Michelin Star for their fantastic dishes. Daily brunch/lunch makes this a unique offering.

Ilili 

ilili

Located near the Wharf, offers a finer dining option perfect for a special occasion. Look out over the water while you enjoy this fantastic Lebanese cuisine. 

Agora

agora

This is a fantastic Mediterranean option off of 17th Street. Looking for a place to meet a colleague for lunch? Then you have found your spot!

Copperwood Tavern

Copperwood

Copperwood Tavern is a great place for Farm to Table plates. They have a variety of different menu options, ranging from fresh oysters to delicious prime rib to weekend brunch featuring Lobster Benedict. Their wine, beer, and cocktail selection is also extensive - you're able to enjoy a cozy seat inside or outdoors on the dog-friendly patio!

Vola's Dockside


One of the best waterfront spots in Old Town Alexandria! You're able to dine right by the water and enjoy fresh seafood and a great happy hour. Their crab dip, crab cakes and lobster rolls are unmatched and they have excellent service!

Franklin Hall

A great spot for beer, games, and seasonal events - they had a pumpkin carving and gingerbread house making contest this year! They also have a great happy hour featuring $5 draft beers, draft cocktails, and appetizers.

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