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Best Chinese Food in DC

ChiKo on Barracks Row made this list, though it’s a different style than most on the list

Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to find the best Chinese food (or Chinese American food in many instances) in DC.

Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia proper rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them. “Alcohol” available doesn’t mean alcohol is necessarily available for pickup/delivery, but generally shows whether it’s more sit-down or not.

Mentioned Most

  • Panda Gourmet (Ivy City):
    • No in-house delivery but order direct via DoorDash partnership
    • 3rd-Party: UberEats
    • No alcohol anymore.
  • Great Wall (14th/Logan):
    • No in-house Delivery.
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash (slightly pricier)
    • Alcohol available
  • Dumplings & Beyond (Glover Park)
    • In-house Delivery appears available-$25 min. Free. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, DoorDash
    • 10 types of dumplings and other traditional Chinese food

Mentioned 2nd Most

  • City Lights of China (Dupont)
    • Call 202-265-6688 (online ordering down)
    • In-House Delivery – $15 min to Dupont Circle area. Free.
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): DoorDash, Grubhub, UberEats, Postmates
    • Alcohol available.
  • 14th Street Café Asian Bistro (14th/Logan)
    • Also available for pickup via BeyondMenu
    • No In-House delivery
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub
    • Alcohol available

Mentioned 3rd Most

  • China Boy (Chinatown)
    • Temporarily closed now
    • Ritual or call 202-371-1661
    • No Delivery. Barely any seats. Open only 9a-4:30p
    • Tight menu, known for rice noodles
  • New Big Wong (Chinatown)
    • Currently not open for lunch.
    • Call 202-628-0491
    • No in-house delivery.
    • 3rd party: Grubhub, DoorDash
    • Favorite of late night chefs Alcohol available

Mentioned 4th Most

  • China Town Carryout (Mt Pleasant)
    • Call 202-332-8955
    • No In-House Delivery. Barely any seats
    • 3rd Party: Postmates
  • ChiKo (Dupont/Barracks Row)
    • Toast for pickup
    • 3rd Party: Caviar (recommended), DoorDash
    • Korean/Chinese. Higher end. Alcohol available.
  • Wok and Roll (Chinatown)
    • Call 202-347-4656 or order online (takes you to Grubhub
    • In-House Delivery (via Grubhub). $15 min. $1. 2 miles.
    • 3rd Part (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, UberEats, DoorDash
    • Also sushi, karaoke. Alcohol available. Same building as the Mary Surratt Boarding House where John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators met to assassinate Lincoln.

Mentioned 5th Most

  • Chen’s Organic Chinese (Cleveland Park)
    • In-House Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. Free delivery. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): DoorDash, Caviar, UberEats, Postmates,
  • Young Chow (Capitol Hill)
    • In-House Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $13 min. $0.50. 2 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, Post
    • Sushi available. Alcohol available.
  • Da Hong Pao (14th/Logan Circle)
    • Call 202-846-7229 (no Online ordering)
    • No-In House Delivery
    • 3rd Party: Postmates (but unclear if partner)
    • Cantonese/Dim sum. Alcohol available
  • Chinatown Express (Chinatown)
    • Call 202-638-0424
    • In-House delivery at night
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash, Postmates
    • Known for noodles, dumplings, steamed pork buns

Mentioned 6th Most

  • Szechuan House (Barracks Row)
    • In-House delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. $1.10. 2.5 miles
    • 3rd Party (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub
    • Alcohol available
  • Hong Kong Carryout (Hill East)
    • Basically carryout only. Call 202-546-5528
    • 3rd Party Delivery: not recommended but DoorDash, Postmates will order and pickup
  • New Dynasty (Dupont)
    • In-house Delivery. Online or BeyondMenu. $15 min. Free within 1 mile.
    • 3rd Party Delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, Uber Eats
  • Jackey Café (Chinatown)
    • In-house delivery. Online/BeyondMenu. $15 min. $3.95. 2 miles
    • 3rd party delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats
    • Alcohol available
  • Eddies’ Café (Woodley Park)
    • In-House Delivery. Online/BeyondMenu. $12 min. $1. 3 miles.
    • 3rd party delivery (possibly via in-house drivers): Grubhub,
    • Normally Outdoor seating only
  • Shanghai Lounge (Georgetown/Burleith)
    • No in-house delivery (at least right not now). Online/BeyondMenu for pickup
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub, DoorDash UberEats (slightly pricier)
    • More pan-Asian, soup dumplings, ramen. Alcohol availaBle
  • Twin Dragon (Brightwood Park/Petworth)
    • No in-house delivery. Call 202-545-0033 for Pickup
    • 3rd Party: Grubhub UberEats
  • Tsim Yung (Brookland)
    • In-House Delivery: Online/BeyondMenu. $12 min. $1. 2 miles.
    • 3rd party: Grubhub, UberEats
  • Reren Lamen & Bar (Chinatown)
    • Does not appear to have in-house delivery. Online ordering may be available.
    • 3rd Party: DoorDash, UberEats
    • Lamen (like ramen), soup dumplings. Alcohol available

Others Mentioned

  • Majors Carryout (H Street)
  • Harmony Café (Georgetown)
  • Kitchen No. 1 (Georgetown)
  • Yum’ on 14 (14th/Logan)
  • Panda (Ivy City/ish/WV NE)
  • Tiger Fork (Shaw)
  • Chen’s Gourmet (Palisades)
  • Hunan Dynasty (Capitol Hill)
  • Spring Garden (Friendship Heights)
  • Big China (Eckington)
  • Fahrenheit (Petworth)
  • Toki Underground (H Street)
  • Yeung Fong (Eckington)
  • Sammy’s Carryout (Brookland)
  • Shanghai Tokyo Cafe (Columbia Heights)
  • Fortune Express (16th Street Heights/North Columbia Heights)
  • Little China Café (Palisades)
  • Peking Garden (Adams Morgan)
  • Dragon Express (Shaw)
  • Dannie’s Carry Out (Petworth)
  • Simon’s Wok (Brightwood Park)
  • Howard China (Pleasant Plains)
  • Astoria (Dupont)
  • Spices (Cleveland Park)
  • Jerry’s Carryout (Bloomingdale)
  • Grand China (Navy Yard/Southwest)
  • Good Hope Carryout (Anacostia)
  • Wings & More Wings (Kingman Park)
  • Joy Luck House (Chinatown)
  • Queen’s English (Columbia Heights)
  • Copycat (H Street)
  • Mandarin (Hill East)
  • Full Kee (Chinatown)

Where to Get Fancy Takeout in DC

The Fanciest Take-Out Barred in DC Has Ordered During the Pandemic

Restaurant Week Delivery from Rasika

A reader recently asked where the top fancy takeout meals in DC were. I had some ideas but as par for course, I asked everyone on Twitter and got roughly 60 suggestions. Those mentioned multiple times are listed below. Almost all (except where noted) are serving on-site as well (patio for many). * denotes participating in Restaurant Week ($22-3 course lunch, $35 or $55 3 course dinner, sometimes dinner for 2 or for more)

Mentioned Most

  • Seven Reasons (Columbia Heights/U Street) 
    • Tues-Sun nights
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (DoorDash partner for delivery).
    • $60 3 course special. $120/$135 dinner for 2. A la carte options
    • Also Ceviche on Wheels: $120/person. Professional cook shows up. Designed for 4. 5:30p or 8p slots.
  • Roses Luxury (Barracks Row)
    • Tue-Sat 5-7p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • $45 4 course Menu avail for purchase at Mon 11a. Must order by 4p
    • Rose’s at Home Option: Delivery within 31 miles w/ own vans/staff. Deliveries 1-6p Mon-Sat. Order by 11a. Can pickup 1-3p Mon-Sat. Meal for 2 (for 2 nights) – $180. Meal for 2 (for 3 nights)- $120. Reheat it.

Mentioned Next Most

  • The Dabney (Shaw)
    • Wed-Sun nights
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • $45 Prixe Fixe Wed-Sat.
  • *Bresca (14th/U)
    • Wed-Sun night (plus sat brunch)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Tock (order via Skipthenline for delivery).
    • $39/person ‘BeeHome” prix-fixe. Or $110 steak house meal for 2.
  • Sushi Taro (Dupont)
    • Tue-Fri lunch/dinner. Sat/Sun dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Toast (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery).
    • A la carte
    • Delivery Set: Email 2 days in advance. $15 delivery fee. $230 wagyu sukiyaki set (not avail Sun/Mon). $100 kaiseki box set (2 order min) (not avail Mon). Within 25 minute drive.
    • Takeout only
  • Little Pearl (Eastern Market)
    • Wed-Sat 5-7:30p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery). Menu avail for purchase at Mon 11a. Must order by 4p
    • $45 3 course (2 apps, entrée, and dessert). Can add $20 Little Pearl Burger

Next Tier of Mentions

  • Little Serow (Dupont Circle)
    • Tues-Sat after 5:30p (8 or 8:30p close)
    • Pickup & Delivery: Website (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery). Same-day orders
    • $110 7 dishes set dinner for 2. A la carte otherwise
    • Takeout only
  • *Rasika (Penn Quarter/West End)
    • PQ: Dinner Daily West End: lunch/dinner every day (except no Sat lunch
    • Pickup & Delivery: Call for pickup, or Caviar/DoorDash for delivery
    • A la carte
  • Reverie (Georgetown)
    • Tue-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Website (contact Skiptheline 1st to order delivery. Order pickup by 5p
    • $110 Reverie at Home “Bar Spero” dinner for 2. Great Reverie Burgers with multiple courses.
    • $80 8 burger kit available
  • Masseria (Union Market)
    • Tue-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery (Masseria a Casa): Order by 2p for same day free delivery (by staff) or pickup. Delivery window is 4-7p. Pickup can arrange specific time. Within Beltway only
    • $85 3 course meal for 2. Optional wine paring.
  • *Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab (Downtown)
    • Daily for lunch/dinner
    • Pickup: Tock or Chownow
    • A La carte. $80 fried chicken dinner for 4. $200 classic shellfish dinner for 4. $125 steak dinner for 4. Customized family platter
  • Kinship (Mt. Vernon Square)
    • Wed-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock at 5 or 5:30p
    • A la carte
  • St. Anselm (Union Market)
    • Dinner daily. Lunch Sat-Sun
    • Pickup/Delivery: Call for pickup, Caviar/DoorDash for Delivery
    • A la carte
  • Albi (Navy Yard)
    • Tues-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock
    • $70-110 family style dinner for two (chicken/bass/lamb/veggie options)
  • *Rooster & Owl (14th/U)
    • Tues-Sat dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (via $15 service fee DoorDash or contact Skiptheline 1st to order) delivery
    • $75 3 course menu w/ pineapple buns. A la carte available.
  • *The Red Hen (Bloomingdale)
    • Dinner daily
    • Pickup & Delivery: Toast (pickup) or DoorDash/Caviar (delivery)
    • A la carte. $30 pasta dinner for 2 kit to cook at home available
    • Takeout/Delivery Only
  • Maydan (U Street) 
    • Wed-Sun dinner
    • Pickup: Tock (pre-order starting Monday for upcoming Wed-Sun). Same-day pickup available order by 3p
    • Tawle Meals: $35/person mixed grill. $35 vegetables serves at least 2. $22 spreads. $45-85 center meat plates

Mentioned Twice

  • *Convivial (Shaw)
    • daily dinner (weekend brunch)
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock for pickup or Caviar for delivery
    • $200+ orders delivered w/in 20 miles (call/email) w/ 24 hours notice
  • Compass Rose (14th)
    • Wed-Sun dinner 4-8p
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock (delivery via DoorDash)
    • $80 Tour of the World or Vegetarian Tours (serves 2). Or a la carte
  • Fiola Mare (Georgetown)
    • Pickup/delivery Th-Sun dinner. Order via Toast. Delivery min $150 ($30 fee) within 8 miles.
    • Reheat/Serve. Mix of $130 4-course meal for 2, $192 crab/shrimp boil, $200-250 big box meals. Or a la carte
  • Bad Saint (Columbia Heights)
    • Fri-Sat. Pickup only online.
    • $60-85 dinner for 2. A la carte
    • Takeout only
  • Elizabeth’s Gone Raw (Downtown)
    • Thu-Sun dinner
    • Pickup & Delivery: Tock. Delivery in-house within 8 miles (limited)
    • 3 course ($39) or 4 course ($56) organic plant-based
  • Tail Up Goat (Adams Morgan)
    • Wed-Sat dinner
    • $50 3 course dinner (rotates ). Re-heat and warm. Wraps available
  • Nina May (Shaw)
    • Tue-Sun (brunch Sat-Sun)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Tock (delivery to Shaw/Logan Circle)
    • $70 Chef’s Choice for 2 (6 dishes) or a la carte
  • DC Harvest (H Street)
    • Wed-Sun Dinner, brunch Fri-Sun (brunch menu always available)
    • Pickup/Delivery: Online for pickup, Grubhub delivery
    • $44-61 2 course meal package for 2. A la carte


Best Mac ‘n’ Cheese in DC

The Smith Skillet Roasted Mac ‘n’ Cheese – Delivered version.

[Up-to-date as of August 10th, 2020]
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to find the best macaroni and cheese (mac ‘n’ cheese) in DC.

Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them.

Most Mentioned:

  • Duke’s Grocery/Counter (Dupont, Foggy Bottom, Woodley Park/Zoo area)
    • $14
    • Sharp white & mild cheddar /shell pasta /truffle oil
  • Barrel (Eastern Market)
    • Currently only available on special days
    • $14
    • possible ingredients: goat, fontal, parmesan, and gruyere cheeses with a crunchy gremolata on top
  • Farmbird (H Street)
    • $3.35 (can also be included as side with plate/sandwich)
    • Cheddar, toasted bread crumbs (fast casual)
  • The Smith (PQ and U Street)
    • $17 skillet roasted Mac + cheese

Mentioned Next Most

  • Brookland’s Finest
    • $12 Lardon bacon mac & cheese
    • Smoked gouda, Tillamook cheddar, gemeli pasta
  • Granville Moore’s / Queen Vic (H Street)
    • $14 ($11.90 takeout) Gnocchi mac & cheese (usually at Granville Moore’s, but now at Queen Vic during pandemic)

Mentioned Multiple Times

  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown)
    • $14 black truffle mac & cheese ($30 w/ lobster)
  • Hill Country (Penn Quarter)
    • $6.25 (6 oz.), $10.75 (16 oz)
    • Longhorn Cheddar Mac & Cheese
  • Federalist Pig (Adams Morgan)
    • $2.73 (Sm), $7.50 (lg) mac & cheese
    • Shell pasta baked with smoked cheddar and jack cheeses
  • Service Bar (U Street)
    • $6 mac and cheese
    • Fusilli w/ gruyere, chevre, and jack cheese, mornay sauce topped w/ rosemary breadcrumbs
  • Oooh’s and Aaah’s (U Street, Brightwood Park)
    • $4.45 (med), $5.45 (lg)

Others Mentioned: Pub and the People, District Soul Food, Lincoln, Half Smoke, Rockland’s, Le Diplomate, Tico, Florida Ave. Grill, Union District Oyster Bar, Park at 14TH, DC Harvest

Where to Get the Best Lasagna in DC

Lasagna from Nostra Cocina

[Up-to-date as of August 4, 2020)
Next in the series of Barred in DC food guides is where to get best lasagna in DC. Again, most of these guides are generated  from an open Twitter threads-they are based on what my Twitter followers believe is the best in the District of Columbia rather than my personal experience, as I’ve not had all them (my expertise would be useless as I’m not a food critic). See original lasagna thread and a bonus poll.

Most Mentions

  • Filomena (Georgetown)
    • $25 Lasagna Alla Bolegnese (serves 1-2)
    • House made Pasta Sheets layered with Ricotta & Mozzarella Cheeses and Bolognese Meat Sauce of Beef, Veal, Italian Pork Sausage and Chianti Wine with Ground Veggies
    • Pickup/Delivery/Inside Dining
  • Nostra Cucina (Capitol Hill)
    • $15 lasagna with meat
      • Beef, pork, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, housemade marinara sauce
    • $15 lasagna primavera
      • Mushrooms, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, housemade meatless marinara sauce
    • Pickup/Delivery/Inside Dining
  • Floriana (Dupont)
    • $22 Beef lasagna
    • Beef, béchamel, house made mozzarella
    • Pickup/Delivery/Outdoor Dining

Mentioned Multiple Times

  • Al Volo Trattoria & Bar (Cleveland Park)
    • $20 – beef lasagna
    • Homemade pomodoro sauce with cherry tomatoes and basil,Beef Ragu, Mozzarella cheese, béchamel, and Parmesan Cheese.
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Osteria Al Volo (Adams Morgan)
    • $19 – Beef lasagna
    • Homemade grass fed beef lasagna, tomato sauce, beschamel, and mozzarella. Served with grated Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese.
    • Pickup/Delivery
  • Al Volo (Union Market)
    • $15 – beef lasagna
    • Pickup/delivery

Pre-Made/Frozen/Bake at Home

  • Salumeria 2703 (Brookland)
    • $9 (per pound) Take-home meat lasagna
    • Ground beef, tomato sauce, house made pasta, fresh mozzarella, house made béchamel sauce, ricotta, basil, parmigiana. Sam Marzano tomato sauce. Bake at 375
    • Pickup
  • Vace (Cleveland Park)
    • Frozen lasagna
    • Beef and ricotta w/ tomato sauce and Parmesan or
    • Spinach and ricotta with tomato sauce, béchamel, and Parmesan
  • Radici (Eastern Market)
    • Pre-prepared (behind case) lasagna
    • Pikcup/Outdoor Dinign

Others Mentioned: Retrobottega (Adams Morgan; oxtail lasagna); Trattoria Alberto (Barracks Row); Lavagna (Barracks Row); Tune Inn (Capitol Hill, Saturday lasagna from Apresto Italian); Basil Thyme food truck; Sorriso Bistro (Cleveland Park – lasagna made with crepes); A Litteri’s (Union Market); Chopsmith (The Wharf);  Capo Italian Deli (Shaw); Piccolo (Georgetown),

Best Fried Fish in DC – Reader Suggestions

Fried Catfish from Shark’s Fish & Chicken

[See other Barred in DC Food lists here]

After Horace & Dickie’s closed their longtime H Street location earlier this year, there have been questions who will be the iconic fried fish joint left in DC. I asked Barred in DCs Twitter followers for best fried fish in DC and here were their responses.

Most Responses 

  • The Queen Vic (H Street)
    • open for dinner Tue-Sun
    • DIne-in/pickup (call)/delivery (UberEats/Grubhub)
    • Fish & Chips
    • $19 ($16.15 takeout)
  • Fish in the Neighborhood (Park View)
    • May be closed Sun-Mon
    • Pickup (may be able to call 202-722-2200)
    • whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish. Also “bone fish” (bass, butter fish, croaker, ling, spot, red snapper, rock (see photo menu)
    • Mostly $10-12/pound
    • may still be cash only

Mostly Take-Out Spots 

  • Horace & Dickie’s (Takoma)
    • Possibly only open 12:30p-7p Th-Sun for now
    • Some seating/pickup/delivery (UberEats possibly)
    • Fried Whiting filets (dinners with sides, combos, boxes, and sandwich
    • $9.50 (sandwich), $10 (box), $15 (dinner), $15.50 (combo)
  • DC Fishwife (Union Market)
    • Open daily for meals 10:45a-5/ 6p (for now)
    • Pickup (online)/Delivery (UberEats)
    • Beer-Battered Atlantic Dogfish (changes), in different Meals (Fish & chips, fish taco-3, po-boy, fish sandwich)
    • $14-15
  • Oooh’s & Aaah’s (U St / Brightwood)
    • Both Open daily from Noon-10p. U St open til 1a Fri/Sat
    • Pickup (Online/Toast), Delivery (Postmates)
    • Catfish, whiting available
    • $10.45 (whiting-3 pieces); $14.95 (catfish-4 pieces). +$4 for 2 sides, Late night platters/combos available
  • The Market Lunch (Eastern Market)
    • Open roughly 9a-2p Tue-Sun
    • Pickup (now call 202-547-8444 and someone will come pickup order)
    • Rockfish, Flounder, Whiting fried fish sandwiches
    • $12, $11, $9 respectively
    • May still be cash only
  • Shark’s  Fish & Chicken (Ivy City, Benning/NE)
    • Carryout. Check online or call. UberEats, DoorDash, and other delivery services.
    • whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish
    • $10-11 (2-3 pieces with a couple sides), $12-13 (3-4 pieces with a couple sides). Can also order by piece ($4-5/each, volume discount). Can buy 50-100 for large group
    • Part of Chicago-area loose chain
  • HipHop Fish & Chicken (Benning/NE)
    • Carryout. Call in order. UberEats, GrubHub, and other delivery services.
    • Whiting, ocean perch, trout, tilapia, catfish
    • $8.50-$10 (3 pc), $11-12 (3-4 pc). Order by piece ($3-4.50)
    • Local chain with nearly 30 spots

Sit-Down Spots Mentioned:

Best Pizza in DC

Timber Pizza (photo by Barred in DC)

Updated August 28, 2020

[See other Barred in DC Food lists here]

Nearly everyone loves pizza, though people are skeptical often about pizza in DC. I think the average slice is just average or worse, but there are some great ones. A Twitter follower posed this question: “Any ideas for pizza delivery in DC that isn’t personal sized or deep dish or Detroit? I swear I’m not picky – just want a plain ole pie” and roughly 120 replies later, here we are. I’ve expanded list to include spots that were mentioned that didn’t answer the question (in typical Twitter fashion) but were good pizzas. (Note: I’ve only eaten from half of these spots, so this list is a combination of crowd-sourced popular acclamation and personal experience).

Those in red are particular ones mentioned by many and/or Barred in DC pick.

Traditional NY Style Pizza

Prices for 1 topping pizza (size indicated). Not including tip + tax.

Cheap For DC 

These are not necessarily better than all the ones listed below, but have the best value proposition.

  • Duccini’s Pizza (Adams Morgan)
    • Order online (in-house) or call. Available via Grubhub (no fee?)
    • Delivery w/in 2-3 miles (appears to deliver as far east as 6th St NW and far west as 26th St NW. As far north as Monroe St NW). Free delivery.
    • $13.99 (12″), $15.29 (14″), $16.59 (16″)
    • Slices available in person. Since 1988. Top choice by many.
  • Pizza D’Oro (Shaw, Columbia Heights)
    • Order online or via DC To GoGo App
    • Delivery zones- Shaw (20004, 20005, 20036(?) 20009, 20008, 20001, 20002 (not past 4th st NE), Col. Heights (20010, 20012, 20011, 20008, 20017)
    • $10.34 (10″), $12.54 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $15.94 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person
  • Angelico La Pizzeria (Tenleytown, Shepherd Park., Glover Park, MtP)
    • Order Online
    • $10.49 (10″), $15.49 (14″), $18 (16″) $2 delivery fee
    • Slices available in person
  • Sicilian Pizza (Trinidad/off H St)
    • Order online or via BeyondMenu app
    • Delivery w/in 2.5 miles; $3 delivery fee. Serves most of Capitol Hill.
    • $12.49 (12″), $14.74 (14″), $16.99 (16″)
    • slices may be available in-person
  • Mama’s Kitchen and Pizza (Anacostia)
    • Order online, via Slice App, UberEats, Grubhub
    • Delivery $2-3 fee (much of east of the river, Navy Yard, The Wharf)
    • $11.74 (12″), $15.24 (14″), $17.49 (16″)
    • Slices available in-person

More Typical Price for DC

  • Wiseguy Pizza (PQ/Chinatown, Navy Yard, Foggy Bottom-currently closed)
    • Order online or via app for Pickup (Curbside Carryout)
    • Delivery via Grubhub (Navy Yard only).
    • $23 pickup / $30 delivery (18″)
    • Slices (possibly not now or only in-person)
    • Most mentioned
  • We The Pizza (Capitol Hill)
    • Order online (Curbside pickup or delivery)/ $2 delivery fee
    • $20 (14″), $22 (16″) (including most specialty)
    • $4.50 Slices available via pickup/delivery
    • One of most mentioned
  • Andy’s Pizza (Shaw/U St, Navy Yard from Atlas Brew Works)
    • Order online (Online-Shaw, Toast-Navy Yard) or in person at Atlas. Shaw is closed M-Tue.
    • Delivery available from Shaw online-Fee roughly $2-7 based on distance
    • $24 (18″)
    • $4 slices
  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab. Free delivery
    • $19 (Smaller), $22 (large)
    • Brooklyn, Napoli, Sicilian, Detroit, Chicago Styles available (see below)

Pickup Only (Apparently not NY-Style, but super cheap)

  • Vace Italian Deli (Cleveland Park) 
    • Order in-person or call 202-363-1999
    • $12.25 (14″), $14.50 (16″)
    • $2.50 slices.
    • Since 1976. Not open for Sun dinner

Others Mentioned More Than Once: Ledo, Pizza Walay

Non-NY Style or Sit-Down Spots


  • Timber Pizza (Petworth)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in, though normally). Hellbender weekly for mobile takeout and other places around town. Mobile ovens at farmers markets
    • Delivery via Caviar (15% service fee, free delivery usually)
    • $14.50 (10″)
    • Neapolitan-ish style
  • 2 Amy’s (Cathedral Heights)
    • Order online for pickup (not currently available for dine-in)
    • No Delivery
    • $16.50 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan
  • Pizzeria Paradiso (Dupont, Georgetown, Spring Valley)
    • Order online for pickup (Dine-in/patio avaialble)
    • Delivery (UberEats-Dupont, Spring Valley/Georgetown-Doordash). 15% service charge, $2-3 fee
    • $14 (9″), $20 (12″) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan style
  • Stellina Pizzeria (Union Market Area/NoMa)
    •  Order online (Toast)/in-person for pickup (outdoor seating now available, indoor normally; counter ordering)
    • Delivery (DoorDash/Caviar). 12% service charge
    • $15 (10″)
    • “Neo-Neapolitan”
  • Menomale (Brookland)
    • Order online for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery does not appear to be available even by 3rd party app
    • $14 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan  (DOP certified)
  • Etto (14th St/Logan)
    • Order online for pickup (no dine-in right now)
    • Delivery (ChohNow)
    • $17 (12″(?)) (Margherita)
    • Neapolitan-style
    • Closed Mondays/Tuesdays

Detroit Style

  • Della Barba Pizza (Ivy City)
    • Order Online (closed Sun-Mon) or ToastTab
    • Pickup and Delivery
    • $25 Detroit
    • Also $28 Brooklyn, $28 Napoli-Nonna, $24 Sicilian, $34 Chicago Deep Dish
  • Ivy & Coney (Shaw)
    • Order Online and DC To Go-Go app for pickup and delivery (dine-in not available now)
    • $5 delivery fee
    • $16 Detroit pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Red Light (14th Street)
    • Order via Caviar, DoorDash Grubhub for pickup or delivery (dine-in may be available for now)
    • $13 Detroit Pizza (+$2 for pepperoni)
  • Emmy Squared (Shaw)
    • Order Online for pickup (normally dine-in, but not now)
    • Delivery (UberEats-$2 delivery, 15% service fee, Caviar-free delivery, 12% service fee)
    • Mostly around $16-18 for Detroit-style

Other Style

  • All Purpose (Shaw, Navy Yard)
    • Order online (ToastTab) for pickup (or outdoor dining at Navy Yard)
    • Delivery (DoorDash / Caviar). $3-4 delivery fee, 12% service charge.
    • $18-20 (12″)
    • Jersey-Style, deck-oven
  • Comet Ping Pong (Upper NW)
    • Order online (Chownow)for pickup. Dine-in available now.
    • Delivery (Chownow, or Caviar). Chownow-$6.75 flat fee. Caviar-12% service charge + free delivery.
    • $11.45 for 1 topping (10″), $15 for most specialty
    • New Haven-style
  • Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza (Friendship Heights)
    • Order online (Toast). Normally in-person casual, sit only)
    • In-House Delivery via Toast. Roughly 5% service charge
    • $8.75 (10″), $12.50 (12″), $17.50 (14″), $22.50 (18″). Specialty pizzas 33%ish more
    • $3.25 Slices available
    • New Haven-style
  • Bacio (Bloomingdale)
    • Order in-person or call 202-232-2246. Can eat-in or patio
    • $10.95 (10″), $14.95 (14″) – takeaway only ($2 more for dine-in)
    • Unclear style
  • Sonny’s (Park VIew)
    • Order online for pickup (outdoor dining available)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • $26 for whole pie
    • $4 slices available
    • Sicilian-style

Other Notable Ones:  RedRocks, Nicoletta, Pi Pizzeria, Tino’s, Mellow Mushroom,  Union Pie/Union Stage, Homeslyce, Oath Pizza (best fast casual), Piccolina’s, A Baked Joint, Little Beast, Old City Market

Where to Find Best Bagels in DC

Bagel prepared in the Barred in DC-style (butter cut into quarters)

Someone (not from NY) posted something about a terrible DC bagel yesterday and it got all the likes. So I thought it would be best to make a list of all the DC proper (that is within the limits of the District of Columbia for the complainers out there) spots that you can get a great bagel. Here are details (hours of operation subject to change). Not in any kind of order.

Bagel Spots (Bagels is in the Name)

  • Bagels, etc. (Dupont)
    • 6a-4p M-Sat, 6a-3p Sun
    • Pickup only (may be able to call ahead 202-466-7171)
  • Bethesda Bagels (Dupont, Navy Yard in DC)
    • 7:30a-2p daily
    • Pickup: Online preorder preferred, walk-in accepted
    • Delivery: Place by 8p for next day using form ($25 min, $5 fee)  OR UberEats
  • Bullfrog Bagels (Eastern Market, H Street, Brookland, Tenleytown Food Truck)
    • EM: 7a-2p M-F, 8a-2p Sat-Sun; H St: 7a-2p Tue-Sun; Brookland: 7a-1p Fri-Sun; Tenley Truck: 8a-1p W-F, 9a-2p Sat-Sun
    • Pickup: Chownow/Onlne, Text 33733 on Mobile Phone, Online for next day orders
    • Delivery: Doordash, Online for next day/future orders.
  • Pearl’s Bagels (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Thu-Sun 8a-Noon
    • Pickup: Order Online

Recommended Highly-But Bagel is Not in Name

  • Call Your Mother (Park View, Barracks Row, Georgetown)
    • 8a-1p Tue-Sun
    • Pickup: ToastTab/Online
    • Shyne Bagel and challah sandwiches popular

Not Necessarily Just Bagel Spots/Bakery/Deli

  • Baked by Yael (CP/Woodley Park across from zoo, Satellite location in Dupont at JCCC, Farmer’s Markets)
    • 8a-4p daily at main location, 7:30a-noon M-F at JCCC
    • Pickup: Walk-in, Online ($5 min)
    • Delivery: Online ($15 min; shipping available w/ $20 min), possibly UberEats
    • Known for cakepops but bagels are reportedly great
  • Buffalo & Bergen (Capitol Hill, Union Market)
    • 8a-3p W-Sun,  (currently only Capitol Hill)
    • Pickup: Online/ToastTab, Call 202-525-3350
    • Delivery: UberEats
  • So’s Your Mom (Adams Morgan)
    •  7a-4p daily
    • Pickup: Walk-in, call (maybe) 202-462-3666
    • Deli/Cash only
  • GW Deli (Foggy Bottom)
    • 6:30a-4p M-F, 8a-3p Sat
    • Pickup: Walk-in, Online/Ritual
    • Delivery: UberEats
    • Reportedly DC’s best trad’l bacon egg and cheese
  • Sweet Crimes (Logan Circle/U Street)
    • 9a-3p W-F, 10a-2p
    • Pickup: Online (Pickup at Ice Cream Jubilee)
    • Delivery: Online for Next Day/Future, DoorDash, GrubHub, Uber Eats, Postmates, Shipping Available
  • Bread Bite Bakery (U Street)
    • 8a-4p (closed Wed)
    • Pickup: Grubhub, Call,
    • Delivery: Grubhub