Rappahannock Restaurant, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Osteria Morini, Washington.org. Victory Farms dinner, Virginia Tourism Corporation. Crabs at The Shanty in Cape Charles, Virginia Tourism Corporation. DBGB Restaurant, Washington.org. 1 GUIDED TOURS Get a taste of the region with DC Metro Food Tours, Coastal Food Tours of Virginia and Charm City Food Tours in Baltimore. 2 HISTORIC HAUNTS Dine at some of the most historic eateries in the US, from Virginia’s Hanover Tavern to Old Angler’s Inn in Potomac, Maryland. The Old Ebbitt Grill in DC was founded in 1856, and the list of former patrons reads like a who’s who list of American history — counting Presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Theodore Roosevelt among them. 3 SENSATIONAL SEAFOOD Sample oysters at Rappahannock Oyster Bar in DC’s Union Market and the more-upscale Rappahannock Restaurant in Richmond, or crack crabs at Cantler’s Riverside Inn right on the water in Annapolis. 4 FOOD TRUCK FOLLOWING Find a meal on wheels at Baltimore’s travelling food truck festival The Gathering, The HUB Food Truck Park in Virginia Beach or DC’s monthly extravaganza Truckeroo. 5 GLOBAL EATS Tap into the area’s diversity with Ethiopian cuisine at Dukem in DC and Addis Ababa in Silver Spring. For Vietnamese, make a trip to Eden Center in Falls Church. 6 CELEBRATED CHEFS Spanish chef José Andrés based his ever-expanding empire in the region, and the likes of Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud offer culinary magic with restaurant locations in DC. At Washington Dulles International Airport, an outpost of DC institution Chef Geoff’s is a Concourse C destination, while Bar Symon — from “Iron Chef” Michael Symon — serves craft beer and burgers on Concourse D. 7 ON THE FARM Feast on fresh fare right at its source at locations such as The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm in Lovettsville, Virginia; White Marsh, Maryland’s Richardson Farms; and riverfront Pleasure House Oysters’ farm in Virginia Beach, Virginia. 8 SIGNATURE DISHES Don’t miss a half-smoke (a local sausage delicacy) at Ben’s Chili Bowl in DC. Other local staples: mint juleps at DC’s Round Robin, Berger Cookies in Baltimore and Virginia’s peanut soup at the Mount Vernon Inn. 9 CULINARY CULTURE In DC, gain historical insight at the National Museum of American History’s exhibit “FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000” or try Mitsitam Cafe’s Native fare at the National Museum of the American Indian 10 EPIC TASTING MENUS Multi-course tasting menus provide an ideal way to sample the Capital Region’s signature dishes. Treat your taste buds at establishments like Minibar or Komi, both in DC. The elegant Restaurant Eve in Alexandria and Baltimore’s Charleston also highlight this format.
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