DC is a constantly growing city of culture, people, and most important, FOOD! As a Foodie, I love this area because I can pretty much walk to any street and take my pick of several types of cuisine.
While chains are great, local restaurants truly capture the essence of the area, so be sure to check out five of my favorite local food brands ASAP!
This spot started during a time when being a vegan or vegetarian wasn’t so big in DC. Although they have gone through a few names, they have stayed true to their vision and constantly put out great meat-free salads, sandwiches, and entrees. They also makes great fresh juices and smoothies. You won’t be disappointed because the portions are a nice size. Come hungry and ready to enjoy some healthy dishes.
I remember when this place first opened with the Soupergirl logo. I was drawn to it and the wonderful smells coming out the kitchen. At the time, they didn’t have a actual sit down shop and once that opened, I went in to try my first cup of soup. The kind slips my mind, but it was filled with so much flavor. I love that this is a locally owned shop. Her story of a comedian turned Soupergirl is pretty cool. Check it out!
I actually went to junior high with one of the owners so I’m very excited to support this brand. DC stand up! Okay, anyway this spot was started because these guys hated their jobs, but loved lunch. Both co-owners were working at a local tech company and became buddies. They both shared a passion in pizza and basketball and pretty knew they would never be pro-basketball players and from that love the pizza brand was built. Their menu changes seasonally. A fan favorite seems to be the Green Monster which contains pesto, fresh mozzarella, festa cheese, zucchini, and kale. Yum!
This is a Dutch-inspired sandwich and salad company based in DC. The ideas sparked when Sarah Frimpong travelled to Amsterdam for a year to study abroad and had her first bite of a Dutch broodjie. She tried as many as she could to really get the ingredients and taste down. Once she got back to DC after a corporate job, quit, registered her LLC, and started a kickstarter and it far exceeded the amount she asked for. That’s when it all started. They make fresh salads and sandwiches everyday to deliver to various places in her D.C. And VA area.