Washington DC may be a small city but there are plenty of places and things to discover. It may feel there is always a new place to try, no matter how long you have lived here. There are many delicious restaurants to eat here and with such a long list, it’s easy to skip over the ones that might not look as inviting from the outside. Even though these unassuming restaurants do not look like much from the outside, they are absolutely delicious on the inside! Add these unassuming restaurants to your Washington DC bucket list.
1. China Boy - 815 6th St NW
You may have walked right by China Boy and never noticed it but the next time you are in the area, you will want to stop into this no frills restaurant that has some of the best Chinese food in town. Be aware, China Boy is cash only.
2. DC Cafe - 2035 P St NW
DC Cafe is the place for great late night Mediterranean meals. You might miss it surrounded by the high scale Dupont Circle options, you won’t want to! Order the chicken shawarma and thank us later.
3. KoChix - 400 Florida Ave NW
KoChix does chicken wings well. A tiny shop in Bloomingdale, you may want to order take out because the restaurant is not spacious and there are only a few seats at the counter but what they lack in decor, they make up for in flavor.
4. Murry & Paul’s Restaurant - 3513 12th St NE
Good, old fashioned inexpensive food is what you get at Murry & Paul’s. It’s a no frills place but it’s a classic old school diner that is worth a visit!
5. Moby Dick - 1070 31st St NW
An authentic Persian restaurant, Moby Dick does not stand out among the fancy shops in Georgetown. But once inside the tiny restaurant, you will enjoy high quality, flavorful food.
6. Jam Duong Style Cuisine - 1726 N Capitol St NW
If you are looking for authentic, delicious Jamaican food, Jam Duong Style is your spot! It’s take out as there is no where to sit and as no frills as you get. The food is so good, there’s often a line so be prepared to wait!
7. Satellite Room - 2047 9th St NW
Satellite Room is a unique hidden gem. They are known for delicious brunch but they do a great late night bite as well. If you’re heading to a show at the 9:30 club, scope out Satellite Room for a pre or post show meal!
8. Boundary Stone
Walking by the barn door of Boundary Stone, you may have no idea what type of place it is but if you venture inside, you will be rewarded with an incredible meal. Enjoy the rustic vibe, cool atmosphere and wide variety of menu options.
9. Kintaro - 1039 33rd St NW
Kintaro is located in a converted townhouse in Georgetown and is tiny but cozy on the inside. They specialize in ramen and sushi and everything on the menu is fresh, flavorful and satisfying.
10. The Red Hen - 1822 1st St NW
Look for the red hen on the building. That is what everyone tells people when they recommend The Red Hen. This Italian spot is known for their creative flair and impressive menu. It’s the perfect spot for a cozy date night or intimate evening.
11. Momiji - 505 H St NW
Momiji is located in the basement of an unassuming building in Chinatown so you may miss the entrance! Inside, there is a rustic vibe, traditional Japanese decor and a delicious variety of mouthwatering sushi and Japanese cuisine.