Shaw may have been the restaurant neighborhood of 2016, but Petworth wasn’t far behind. The Northwest neighborhood deserves its share of your attention this year. Here’s a roundup of where to eat and drink at any time of day.
Slim’s Diner: It’s all about retro charm and down-to-earth food at this bright corner eatery. At breakfast, don’t miss the fluffy stack of blueberry pancakes, studded with tons of fresh berries and served with real maple syrup. (The restaurant is closed for maintenance on Thursday but plans to reopen on Friday afternoon.) 4201 Georgia Ave. NW.
Qualia Coffee: This local operation roasts its beans daily. Pick up a pastry from one of several local bakeries to have with your cup. 3917 Georgia Ave. NW.
Little Coco’s: No need to wait until dinner to have one of Adam Harvey’s excellent pizzas. (The fried pizza, however, is only on the dinner menu.) Sandwiches are served on house-made focaccia, too. 3907 14th St. NW.
Straw Stick & Brick: The deli offers about 20 sandwiches, most built from meats that are cured, smoked or roasted in-house. “If you can’t find a favorite, you’re not trying hard enough,” said The Washington Post’s Tim Carman. 5111 Georgia Ave. NW.
Hank’s Cocktail Bar: Formerly known as the Twisted Horn, Hank’s Cocktail Bar is a cozy sister establishment to Hank’s Oyster Bar and Hank’s Pasta Bar. The inventive cocktails include Don’t Be a Menace to Petworth While Drinking Your Popcorn in the Hood, made with popcorn-infused Basil Hayden bourbon and garnished with Old Bay-dusted popcorn, and a short-and-sweet menu of hot drinks. Happy hour runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and features $5 punches, Old Fashioneds and sparkling wine. 819 Upshur St. NW.
Himitsu: One of the neighborhood’s newest arrivals, this Japanese-inspired spot pleases with both food and drinks. Try the buttermilk fried chicken with Korean chili pepper paste and deep-fried tofu in dashi broth. 828 Upshur St. NW.
Petworth Citizen & Reading Room: You can hang out with a creative cocktail, glass of wine and plate of comfort food any night at Petworth Citizen, but it really comes alive Thursday through Saturday when guest bartenders set up shop in the book-lined Reading Room in the back. One weekend might find a special menu of cocktails inspired by post-apocalyptic novels or the works of Herman Melville, while Thursdays focus on lost drinks from vintage cocktail manuals. 829 Upshur St. NW.
Ruta del Vino: The menu at the Latin American wine bar and restaurant offers something for everyone, whether it’s ceviche, chile relleno, roast chicken 0r carne asada. 800 Upshur St. NW.
Slash Run: Like Little Coco’s, this sandwich-driven bar and restaurant comes from owners Jackie Greenbaum and Gordon Banks. The hair-metal inspired neighborhood hangout also has a good selection of beer and whiskey. 201 Upshur St. NW.
Ten Tigers Parlor: This sprawling replacement for Chez Billy has Asian street-food fare from chef Tim Ma, including bao, noodles and dumplings, and $10 cocktails. By day, it’s a community hangout space where you can grab lunch and tea while using the WiFi. 3813 Georgia Ave. NW.
Timber Pizza Co.: Look for creative pies in a stylish setting. The Green Monster, with pesto, kale, zucchini, feta and mozzarella, has become a classic. 809 Upshur St. NW.
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