Many of us get into a rut when it comes to going out. We all have our favorite brunch spot, Happy Hour spot, restaurant (casual and fancy), and club. But if none of those are located on H Street, a 10 block stretch of Northeast DC, you are going to have to re-think your list. H Street has so much to offer and so much variety that you’ll be singing its praises in no time.
If you’re an early riser, you’ll definitely want to check out Bullfrog Bagels. This artisan bagel shop features not only incredible bagels, but the best meats and toppings to go along with them. With an extensive catering menu, they’re the place to go next time it’s your turn to do Friday breakfast at the office. And after you’ve grabbed a bagel, it will soon (mid-April opening) be time again for the H Street Fresh Farm Market. This mid-April to mid-December Saturday morning market will start your weekend right, with everything from great produce to great dairy to beautiful fresh flowers.
Looking for a casual dining spot for lunch? One of the best, if you’re not already obsessed with it, is Nando’s. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to drown in the sauce of your choice and that awesome, juicy chicken. Of course, if you are at the other end of the spectrum and living the vegan life, your new obsession will be Fare Well. With a focus on veggie-centric comfort foods, baked goods, and cocktails, this may be your new favorite even if you’re a carnivor. The gastropub scene is big here, with Haymaker and Granville Moore’s both on this stretch. So many great places in just a mile and half will give you FoMO for sure, but don’t worry, you can come back again and again.
If you love international food, H Street provides an embarrassment of riches. The Ethopian food scene has shifted out of DC toward Alexandria in many cases, but Ethiopic is a standout with a cool space and great choices no matter what your food preferences. Shawafel has great shwarma and falafel and other Lebanese favorites. Peruvian restaurant Ocopo combines a range of fabulous delicacies with patio seating for a fun and relaxed experience. Star & Shamrock is a combination Irish bar and Jewish delicatessen. If you don’t go there for St. Patrick’s Day this year, you are definitely missing out!
If it’s nightlife you are looking for, H Street has a huge variety of options. But this is not your normal boring bar scene. For new and avant garde performances, Atlas Performing Arts Center will broaden your artistic horizons. Their Intersections Festival is a happening in the truest sense, and they spend all year bringing theatre, music, and arts to life for all ages and tastes. At the other end of the entertainment spectrum is the H Street Country Club. Roof deck, mini golf, skeeball, and shuffleboard for you and your friends to relax, unwind, and most of all Play!
The Rock and Roll Hotel offers up-and-coming bands and DJs in a multi-level venue. Looking for someplace truly out of the ordinary to become your new favorite place? Little Miss Whiskey’s Golden Dollar is an eclectic and exciting place with something to please every patron. Love the New Orleans Saints and want to watch the game with fellow fans? Check. Into 80s alternative music? Monthly dance party. Old School funk and disco? First Friday of every month. No cover charge dancing every Friday and Saturday? It’s here. Whiskey tastings, crawfish boils, or pig pickings? Yes and yes and yes. There’s nothing on your wish list that you can’t find here.
Cool yet hot, retro yet forward-thinking, upscale or casual, this small stretch of H Street has it all for you. If you love this area, or want to get to know it better, sign in at our website. Let our Eng Garcia Grant Realtor help you create a list of options for H Street real estate and keep you in the loop as new properties go on the market. We’ll help you with all of the best advice and service so that you can buy your own little piece of H Street and be part of one of DC’s best neighborhoods.