Union Market of DC is an authentic market of culture and commerce. A true vision, this gathering place serves as an inviting melting pot of old world heritage and new world opportunities. This authentic district expands beyond its culinary origins to include music, retail, hotel and residential uses. Currently, more than 100 businesses employ 1,500 people in food production and distribution. It is a rare place in the city where a wide variety of ethnic groups and diverse social-economic groups come together.
You can spend days wandering around from stand to stand trying different foods and products from local, artisanal producers. Here's a handy guide to help you:
While the politicians enjoy their lunches in the stodgy old steak houses of DC, there are three great spots that I enjoyed while visiting that offered fresh, healthy and tasty food in casual environments.
Nando’s Peri Peri
819 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (additional locations in DC, Maryland and Virginia)
Being an international city, there are so many cultures to experience in DC. One international favorite spot is Nando’s and their Peri Peri chicken. Nando’s was born in 1987 in South Africa and now has restaurants in 34 countries. The legendary, Portuguese, flame-grilled, Peri Peri chicken uses the freshest (never frozen) chicken that is marinated for 24 hours and as delicious as it sounds.
The cocktail scene in Washington DC is one of the best in the country. With names like Derek Brown and Todd Thrasher who led the charge, there is so much talent in the city today. On a recent visit to DC, my cocktail guide, and local bartender, Rico Wisner led me from bar to bar as we drank our way through the city. Here are some of the highlights (although this is just a short list of some of the best bars):
855 E St NW (between N 9th St & N 8th St), Washington, DC 20004
Barmini is Chef José's Andres’ culinary cocktail lab in the space adjoining his restaurant Minibar. More than one hundred artisan cocktails are crafted and served with the same care and attention to detail as the dishes at minibar. Like all of Jose Andres’ creations, barmini is like nothing you’ve seen before and each cocktail is a work of art. Barmini has set the bar high for avant-garde cocktails.