Three Great Washington DC Lunch Spots

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.


Don’t miss one of the peri peri sauces on the wall. Peri peri is made from crushed chillies, citrus peel, onion, garlic, pepper, salt, lemon juice, bay leaves, paprika, pimiento, basil, oregano and tarragon and Nando’s offers a variety of spice levels.

Multiple locations. Find the one nearest you!

If you’re in the mood for a healthy option while roaming the city, then Sweetgreen is a great place worth checking out. Founded in 2007, they source local and organic products from farmers and partners they know and trust. Keeping their core values and relationships close to heart, they are all about offering honest food and great experiences for the community.


Besides their regular menu, they also offer seasonal items that feature local, fresh ingredients. Make your own salads, wraps and sweet press juices are among featured menu items. For a sweet treat, there is also fat-free frozen yogurt that is all natural, made to order and offers fresh toppings.

El Pollo Rico
932 N Kenmore St, Arlington VA 22201

Located in Arlington, Virginia, you can find some of the best Peruvian chicken in town. With this reputation, it is not uncommon to find a line for food. But it is well worth the wait.

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