Welcome to My Local Eats, a guest post series in which foodies from around the globe share their favorite local places to eat and drink.

Today My Local Eats stops in Washington D.C., USA, a city I visited as an adolescent and have realized, after reading this post, that it’s high time I visit again. Manda from Break the Sky what to eat in Washington D.C.

Hi, I’m Manda from Break the Sky. I’m currently living in Washington, DC and have been for the last three or so years. While DC’s food scene still has some gaps, it’s definitely made huge strides in the last couple years and I had a hard time narrowing down my list of local eats!

 baked & wired

DC is first and foremost a cupcake city; there’s a reality show called DC Cupcakes, after all. As a cupcake connoisseur, I can safely proclaim that baked & wired in Georgetown has the best cupcakes the city has to offer. In addition to cupcakes, they offer a variety of baked goods from muffins to quiches, biscotti to pies. They’re also got a great cafe that serves handcrafted drinks.

Where to find it:

 baked & wired 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW, Washington DC 20007 (202) 333-2500 Mon-Thurs 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 8 a.m.- 9 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m.


Founding Farmers/Farmers Fishers Bakers

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 I’ve listed these restaurants together as they’re sisters. Both are proud proponents of the farm to fork concept; they source seasonally and regionally whenever possible. The food at both locations is delicious and award-winning – there’s a reason why I’ve chosen my birthday dinners to be at either restaurant! Founding Farmers is more about American food, while Farmers Fishers Bakers also boasts an amazing sushi bar and bakery/cafe. They also have a mixologist in the house so their drinks are to die for. I recommend anything and everything on the menu.

Where to find it:

Founding Farmers 1924 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington DC 20006 (202) 822-8783 Mon 7 a.m.-10 p.m., Tues-Thurs 7 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri 7 a.m.-12 a.m., Sat 9 a.m.-12 a.m., Sun 9a.m. – 10 p.m. Farmers Fishers Bakers 3000 K St NW, Washington DC 20007 (202) 298-0003 Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Ben’s Chili Bowl

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I was never really a chili girl until I tried Ben’s for the first time. The chili here will change your life. My favorite thing to order are the chili cheese fries. Of course, you can’t come to DC and eat at Ben’s without trying a half-smoke. President Obama ordered it for a reason, after all!

Where to find it:

Ben’s Chili Bowl 1213 U St NW, Washington DC 20009 (202) 667-0909 Mon-Thurs 6 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri 6 a.m.-4 a.m., Sat 7 a.m. – 4 a.m., Sun 11 a.m.-12 a.m.


Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe

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Half bookstore and half cafe, Kramer’s is a popular location for books, good food and some of the best pie the city has to offer. Open 24 hours on Fridays and Saturdays, I’ve spent countless hours either perusing the bookstore or catching up with friends over pie and drinks. I highly recommend the crab cake pasta and the wild berry pie or salted caramel cake.

Where to find it:

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe 1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC 20036 (202) 387-2825 Sun-Thurs 7:30 a.m.-1 a.m., Fri-Sat 24 hours



Wagshal’s has been frequented by celebrities and politicians over the years. Their sandwiches are some of the best I’ve ever had and their cured meats are renowned throughout the city! Wagshal’s also has a pretty good bakery selection, too. My favorites include the Parisian or East Coast sandwiches as well as the lemon meringue pie.

Where to find it:

<emWagshal’s 4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20016 (202) 363-5698 Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Manda is a communications professional by day and blogger by night, which means she’s always writing something. A world traveler, she’s always dreaming about her next travel destination, although her home city of Hong Kong will always hold a special place in her heart. Other things she’s passionate about include books, cupcakes, makeup and tea. She has a tendency to listen to her favorite songs on repeat and has been known to crave noodles at 2a.m. She blogs at Break the Sky and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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