Today we recognize Juneteenth. Our Nation’s second Independence Day, that celebrates the abolition of slavery. As we take a step back and think about the monumental impact this day in 1865 had on people of color, we must also look at Juneteenth today as yet another opportunity to reflect on our place in present history. To ensure that we continue to do our parts to ultimately eliminate the systemic racism and the social injustice that still exists for Black people currently.
Let us all remember Juneteenth as a massive milestone in history, but more importantly, as a reminder of the conversations that still need to happen and actions to take to achieve the goal of equality.
While there is a multitude of ways, you can be an ally for #BlackLivesMatter causes, one constant that serves as a positive impact is consumer support. So in observation of the Juneteenth Holiday, we encourage our residents to support a local Black-owned business today by becoming a customer.
Living in the NoMa neighborhood puts you within walking distance of some popular black-owned establishment staples in the District!
Check out our list below!
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Address: 1001 H St NE
Serving as a DC staple restaurant for over 60 years, Ben’s Chili Bowl has been the go-to food location for celebrities, politicians, tourists, and DC residents alike.
And what makes this establishment a DC treasure is its authenticity. The counter, booths, and stools are all original; the fresh homemade chili is still made with love, using the same secret recipe, and service and quality as guiding principles.
Stop by Ben’s Chili Bowl for a real taste of DC. Whether it’s one of their famous chili bowls, a milkshake, or the many other delicious menu items.
Busboys & Poets: K Street
Address: 450 K St NW
Busboys and Poets is a community gathering place. First established in 2005, Busboys and Poets was founded by owner Andy Shallal, an artist, activist, and restaurateur. After opening the flagship location at 14th and V Streets, NW, the neighboring residents, and progressive community embraced Busboys, particularly activists opposed to the Iraq War. Busboys and Poets is now located in seven distinctive neighborhoods in the Washington Metropolitan area and is a cultural hub for artists, activists, writers, thinkers, and dreamers.
Busboys & Poets delicious menu options cover a wide selection of brunch, happy hour, lunch, dinner, and dessert options. Some of our favorites include the sweet potato pancakes, lamb sliders, and the key lime pie. Busboys & Poets offers vegan and vegetarian selections as well.
This restaurant is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit their website for more information.
Address: 1380 H St NE
Turning Natural is more than a juice bar, it’s a health movement! The mission of Turning Natural is to bring better choices to communities that are underserved; making healthy foods affordable, cool, and ultimately taste like magic! Community and integrity being two of our main core values, they pride ourselves on educating, reconnecting cultures, and providing juices made with love and precision. Their main interests are good vibes, better food, and excellent company!
Stop by today for a wide selection of fresh smoothies!
Address: 651 Florida Ave NW
You haven’t eaten until you have tried a delicious half-smoke meal from the popular Half Smoke restaurant in the Shaw neighborhood. Few things actually live up to the hype of what is advertised. This restaurant’s food is one of those things.
Half Smoke is open for pick-up and delivery options. Visit, halfsmoke.com for more information
Milk & Honey In Smith Commons
Address: 1245 H St NE
Milk & Honey In Smith Commons didn’t invent brunch, but they might have perfected it! Whether it’s a quick breakfast meeting with colleagues, brunch with friends and family, lunch alone, or a carry-out to dine at home or your office, Milk & Honey Cafe is something special! Their mouth-watering menu features some of the most addicting dishes including their award-winning shrimp and grits as well as the berry and cream fresh toast dish that will most certainly keep you coming back.
This establishment is available for pick-up and delivery options. Visit milknhoneycafe.com for more information
Po’ Boy Jim
Address: 709 H St NE
Po Boy Jim is a family-owned restaurant that specializes Po’ Boys that are traditional and/or uniquely crafted. We aim to provide our patrons with high-quality food and beverages in a casual, rustic environment, so that food, drinks, and customer service are the highlight of the experience.
Try one of their classic Po’ Boy sandwiches, and you’ll immediately want to come back every week!
Visit, poboyjim.com for more pick-up and delivery options.
DC Conscious & Cafe
Address: 1413 H St NE
DC Conscious & Cafe is more than a place that serves food and drinks; it’s a community with a very simplistic and fundamental mission; the interaction and engagement of all residents and stakeholders to foster shared experiences that promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of our differences, similarities, talents, and challenges.
Dive into a cultural experience like never before when you chow down on their house favorites like the Yassa Burger, Apple Sage Love Boat, or one of their savory taco selections.
DC Conscious & Cafe is available for pick-up options. Visit their website for more information.
Celebrate Thanksgiving in DC with zero stress. Whether you want to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast at a restaurant, or in the comfort of your home, these restaurant and catering options are delicious and effortless:
- Chef Geoff’s
- Osteria Morini
- Oceanaire Seafood Roof
- BLT Prime
- Georgia Browns
- Blue Duck Tavern
- Hill Country
- Del Campo
- Glen’s Garden Market
Still need more information? Read on to learn more…
Sticking around for Thanksgiving in DC this year? While a home-cooked meal is always a nice idea, why not switch things up this year and let someone else do the heavy lifting? There are plenty of great restaurants to choose from that are not only open on Thanksgiving, but will be serving traditional feasts for the holiday. Want to stay at home but don’t feel like cooking? We’ve included a few catering options as well! Bon appétit!
Enjoy a true family style meal at Carmine’s with a full turkey, stuffing, traditional side dishes, and desserts. For more details, check out their Facebook page.
If you’d prefer to order your own dishes but still want a variety of options, Chef Geoff’s $39 prix-fixe Thanksgiving menu is a nice compromise. Check out the extensive menu options here. You also have the option of having a complete Thanksgiving dinner for 4 people delivered to your doorstep!
Are you entertaining a crowd with a variety of dietary needs? Equinox offers a prix-fixe menu full of clearly marked, plant-based (vegan) options, traditional Thanksgiving favorites, and additional, equally as mouth-watering dishes like a Pan Roasted Filet of Grouper and Harissa and Yogurt Marinated Lamb Shoulder. This 3-course meal is offered at $75 per person and includes an oyster (and oyster mushroom) roast to kick off your meal.
Looking for a little twist on the traditional Thanksgiving meal? Inject some Italian influence with Osteria Morini’s 3-course, family style menu, which includes dishes like Braised Turkey with Focaccia Stuffing and Marsala Sauce and Brown Butter Squash and Sage Gnocchi for $59 per person.
Oceanaire Seafood Room
A great option for a crowd with a variety of tastes is Oceanaire, who will be serving their full regular menu in addition to a Thanksgiving plate of Turkey Roulade with Sage Cranberry Stuffing and served with Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Chutney and a seasonal vegetable. Oceanaire opens at 1pm for those looking for an earlier reservation option!
Treat an extra-hungry crowd to this buffet option from Nage, which will include “all of the traditional items and more”. The buffet is $45 for adults and $20 for children and will be served from 11:30am – 6:00pm so this is a good option for the early crowd as well. Think eating on the early side will leave you hungry later? Take a leftovers box home for just $15!
For a truly upscale buffet option, spring for BLT Prime’s $125 per person feast. Children 8 & under eat for free and children ages 9-12 cost $49 per person. Check out the extensive menu offerings here. Heads up: be prepared to provide your credit card information when making your reservation.
Want to enjoy a restaurant-prepared meal at home?
Try one of these great catered/prepared options:
Watershed was founded by celebrated Washington DC chef Todd Gray. Gray holds an impressive amount of culinary experience but is best known for his downtown DC restaurant Equinox. With Watershed, Chef Gray aims to provide an experience reminiscent of a “drive down the Eastern Seaboard culminating in the South”. Located within the Hilton Garden Inn on 1st Street NE, the restaurant is refreshingly comfortable and elegant. Friendly staff greets and meets your needs as you enjoy a cocktail at the bar or sit down to a meal in the dining room. Diners have multiple options, including the raw bar, lounge, dining room and outdoor patio to choose from. For private events, banquet rooms can accommodate up to 150 seated guests.
On a warm Spring day, we love to soak up the sun on the outdoor patio. An order of grilled Rappahannock oysters and some house-made hushpuppies are the perfect complement to a post-work cocktail. Guests can choose between lounge-style seating for a more relaxed experience or cozy dining tables for a more structured approach. Whatever you choose, you’ll feel a world away from the chaos of the city.
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Restaurants on the Red Line-Metro Center
Ideal for a special night out, this Italian eatery will ensure an experience you will not soon forget. Tasting and Pre-Theatre menus afford a taste of favorite dishes.
As the name alludes, this venue is one of the best in town for seafood as fresh as it comes. Make reservations for a business dinner or special occasion and your guests are sure to be impressed.
When you walk through the doors, you will feel as though you’ve been transported to the South of France. Daily additions to the menu are presented to your table on an easel, while some of the favorite mainstays consist of the Croque Monsieur, Crispy Duck Confit and Steak Frites.
Here at 2M Apartments, we adore our proximity to the Metro. With only 2 blocks to the NoMa-Gallaudet Station, it is so easy to access shops, office buildings and restaurants along the Red Line. To make it even simpler, we have compiled our favorite eateries that are just steps from various Red Line stations in the District. Want to get out of the neighborhood without hopping in the car? These Restaurants on the Red Line are here to save the day! Today we are featuring the Tenleytown-AU Metro Station.
As the name suggests, crisp and juicy Peruvian-style chicken is the star of the show here. Flavorful sides like fried yuca and plantains round out the plate in delicious fashion. Stop in for a causal dinner you can dig into with your hands, or take it home to feed a crowd.
A fun and relaxed atmosphere with generous portions make this a great option for larger parties and family dinners. With ample chips and salsa and oversized margaritas, you can’t go wrong! The Tenleytown Metro station is literally across the street, so eat to your heart’s content, then meander back to the rail.
For an authentic Indian food experience at a great value, stop in for the lunch buffet. Be sure to sample the naan bread and save some room for the unique dessert options!