Philly natives David Mazza and Casey Patten couldn’t find a decent deli in D.C., so the childhood friends opened Taylor Gourmet. Hoagies are made from imported Italian meats on fresh bread that’s delivered daily by their favorite hometown bakery. Lunch for two $16.
Tax attorney Craig Appelbaum doubles as a gallerist: upstairs from H Street’s pioneering Conner Contemporary Art, he exhibits far-out installations by cutting-edge artists such as Shlomo Harush and Nacho Carbonell.
This snug, 1,400-square-foot gastropub—named for a beloved D.C. doctor who once lived here—is frequented by Capitol Hill staffers and locals in search of Belgian beer as well as sautéed-then-steamed mussels and crispy frites. Dinner for two $60.
Shuttered not long after the city’s 1968 riots, the 1938 Art Deco theater is once again the area’s creative heart, with everything from classical concerts to modern dance. This month, catch Sancho Pança, a comic performance by France’s
Lemon-drop-yellow bar stools and sweet cocktails at this cheery corner bar pay homage to the 1960’s-era toy and candy store that once stood here. Try the cherry-topped Brown Cow Cooler, made with vanilla vodka, cream, and root beer. Drinks for two $16.