Where To Eat and Drink in Adams Morgan

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on October 16, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Lapis Afghan Bistro

Adams Morgan is the center of D.C. nightlife for a reason. It's home to the capitol's hipsters (yes, there are more than just politicians in Washington), colorful murals, and equally as colorful brick row houses that give San Francisco's Painted Ladies a run for their money. Once you have exhausted yourself breaking the bank at vintage stores, getting lost in book after book at a cozy bookshop, or dancing the night away at its countless music venues, reward yourself with food and drink. Below is our collection of the best go-to's that'll make your trip to Adams Morgan worth it. And trust us on this one: they'll all leave you hungry for more.

Songbyrd Record Cafe and Music House

What happens when you combine solid grub, serious music fans, and a huge modern vinyl selection? The answer is Songbyrd. Here, you can listen to live music, eat a hilariously-named burger, or browse for everything from Beyonce to the Beach Boys.

Checkout: Paul Bunyan Scramble, Amazing Pulled Turkey, You Put an Egg on Me Burger, Nitro Cold Brew


Located in party-centric Adams Morgan, Perry's specializes in Japanese cuisine and sushi served either on a leafy rooftop patio or in its wood-paneled dining room. Be sure to stop by on Sundays for the raucous drag brunch and buffet.

Checkout: Drag brunch buffet, Pink Panther sushi roll, Firecracker sushi roll


If you're craving rice packed with panko-coated pork, this cozy hotspot will draw you in for a quick lunch or a chill dinner. Grab a counter seat, and dive into a bowl of classic donburi accompanied by oshinko (Japanese pickles) or salmon sashimi.

Checkout: Sakedon, curry katsudon

Himalayan Heritage

Step into this intimate corner spot where Nepalese artwork and hanging lanterns will transport you to the Himalayas for the evening. Feast on traditional dishes like momos or spicy vindaloo-style fare, and wash away the heat with a mango lassi.

Checkout: Salmon tikka, gobi manchurian, special naan

Tail Up Goat

This breezy, macraméd Adams Morgan spot has some serious island vibes. The Caribbean-influenced menu has small plates that are ideal for sharing and the eclectic drink menu includes cocktails like, ‘One Cortado, Two Cortado, Three Cortado, Flor’.

Checkout: Grilled rabbit sausage, goat lasagna, seaweed sourdough, semolina cheesecake

Mama Ayesha

This long-standing eatery dishes out heaping portions of lamb, rice, and other Middle Eastern delicacies in a low-lit space evocative of Syrian cafes. Savor their classic mouzat and baklawa, and make sure to check out the presidential mural outside.

Checkout: Mouzat, babaganoush, musakan

Lapis Afghan Bistro

Make this your next go-to for date night inside the Beltway, courtesy of candlelight and Afghan furnishings. The fragrant fare also caters to vegetarians and vegans alike with savory dumplings and flatbread - all made from scratch.

Checkout: mantoo shrimp, karayee, buranee banjan

Mintwood Place

This rustic spot fuses old and new, courtesy of Edison bulbs and patio seating. While the well-rounded menu of French-inflected cuisine draws locals nightly, you'll want to order the cheeseburger - a house favorite - and save room for pie.

Checkout: Cheeseburger, flammekueche, key lime pie


Noodle lovers rejoice! Customize your own soups inside this subterranean ramen spot that combines both Japanese and Korean-inspired dishes. Slurp away at communal tables as an artistic rendering of Shoki, a Japanese demon queller, watches over you.

Checkout: Shoyu gojiramen, Shoki, Spicy pork buns, Chasu buns

Federalist Pig

Federalist is a no-frills BBQ joint serving smoked meat that prefers quality over quantity – on the weekend, meat is sold until it’s gone. You won’t want to miss the brisket or signature sandwiches, but there are plenty of tasty sides if you do.

Checkout: The Jive Turkey Sandwich, Carolina On My Mind Sandwich, Smoked Cheddar Mac and Cheese, Brisket

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