Eating kosher is very important to the Jewish community in the Washington D.C. area, and it is not always possible to find a spot that serves kosher food.
Refer to the list below to find D.C. restaurants that all offer kosher food. Some are upscale, some are casual; some are for dinner, and some are for breakfast, but all offer a partial or entire kosher menu to ensure a happy diner.
1253 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hours: Sun to Thur – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Eli’s features a menu full of classic American fare such as club sandwiches, fresh salads and pasta, but the highlight of the menu is the Mediterranean corner. Try the falafel pita– warm pita bread is stuffed with crunchy veggies, hummus and crispy falafel, which is a fried chickpea croquette. Also delicious is the Israeli salad, made with tomatoes and cucumber; be sure to get some salty potato wedges on the side. Prices are reasonable at Eli’s, with most entrees around $10.
1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
Hours: Sun to Thur – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
This charming bistro is located inside of the Washington D.C. Jewish community center and it is certified 100 percent kosher. The tapas menu is delightful, with items such as eggplant cutlets, in which pieces of eggplant are battered and fried; and Champinones Al Ajillo, cooked mushrooms served with crispy bread and a savory garlic sauce. Salads, soups and wraps are also available at Distrikt Bistro, as is beer and wine and some decadent desserts including as Tiramisu. The tapas and appetizers at Distrikt Bistro are all under $10, while some of the entrees, such as the portobello steak, are closer to $20.
11417 Woodglen Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Hours: Sun to Thur – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat – 1 hour after sunset to 11 p.m.
Offering an extensive menu that includes Mexican and Italian food, this Rockville restaurant has something for everyone. Pizzas at Siena’s come in all different forms: thin crust, deep dish, stuffed crust and even calzones. All of the dairy is kosher, so patrons have numerous choices. Pastas are served with a variety of sauces, including creamy Alfredo and simple olive oil and garlic. The Mexican fare includes quesadillas, nachos and burritos. Nearly everything on the menu is under $10, so dining here won’t break the bank. If you feel like eating at home, Siena’s even delivers.
9328 Georgia Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone: (240) 450-4177
Hours: Sun – 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mon to Thurs – 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fri – 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
With three locations in the Washington D.C. area, Goldberg’s is great for kosher breakfast fare. Try the mushroom, cheese and onion omelet on a challah bagel, or a simple bagel and cream cheese. You can also get a sandwich, such as the avocado deluxe, which comes with avocado, tomato and sprouts and your choice of a side. Kids can get a mini bagel, and you can also take a dozen bagels to go. Breakfast sandwiches are the best deal for around $5, but the sandwiches are also under $10.
The Pomegranate Bistro
7943 Tuckerman Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
Hours: Mon to Thur – 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fri – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Everyone will leave happy from Pomegranate where the eclectic, international menu offers elegant dishes such as the roasted beet salad. Sweet beets are served with tart preserved lemon, bitter endive and crunchy pecans. Another delightful dish is the avocado egg roll. Cilanto, onions, sweet sun dried tomato and creamy avocado fill a crunchy egg roll, which is served with a spicy chimichurri dipping sauce. And don’t miss the Italian dishes on the menu. Creamy mushroom risotto and artichoke linguine served with a pesto sauce is one of Pomegranate Bistro’s best items. Entrees will cost you around $20.
Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.