So you’re signed up to attend Greenbuild! Amazing news! Besides being able to take advantage of the award-winning events, education and programming that Greenbuild has to offer, you’ll also get to spend time in USGBC’s own hometown of Washington, DC.
If you’ve never been to Washington, DC before, you’re in for a treat! Not only does DC have a jaw-dropping number of free museums and monuments, it also has quite a food scene. In fact, it was named one of the most exciting restaurant cities on the East Coast by Travel + Leisure, with a slew of eateries specializing in every type of cuisine imaginable!
And with all of those long hours of expo hall and convention center walking, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to go far to find good food. Most of our favorites are a few blocks from the convention center. Here are a few:
- Founding Farmers: We can’t make a list of top restaurants to visit while in DC attending Greenbuild without mentioning the obvious pick: Founding Farmers! Not only is this downtown restaurant LEED Gold, it also has some truly delicious food and drinks. Our pick: the grilled cheese and tomato soup!
- Anything owned by Jose Andres: There’s no shortage of restaurants in this category, and luckily, most of his famous establishments are a stone’s throw from the Greenbuild home base. Chose from any of his award-winning restaurants—Zatinya, Oyamel, China Chilcano or Jaleo—you can’t go wrong.
- Table: Just steps from the convention center, in the historic Shaw neighborhood, Table specializes in serving up seasonal and locally sourced ingredients in a notably shoebox-sized setting.
- Daikaya: A unique two-in-one eatery featuring ramen on the first floor and an izakaya upstairs. The quick-service ramen shop serves Sapporo-style ramen, while Japanese comfort food is served upstairs in a full service setting. Be prepared: Daikaya’s ramen is addicting!
- Restaurant Nora: The quintessential farm-to-table restaurant, this Dupont Circle landmark has been serving organic dishes since 1979. As America’s first certified organic restaurant (they earned this distinction in 1999), 95 percent of the products used at Restaurant Nora are from certified organic suppliers.
Bon appétit everyone!
Any of your favorites missing from the list? Let us know in the comments.