Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

May 28, 2012 1:15 AM

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Photo Credit: Boqueria DC

Photo Credit: Boqueria DC

D.C. Capital Pride events will take place during the first two weeks of June, culminating with a parade on June 9th at 4:30 p.m., which starts in and continues throughout Dupont Circle. Read on to find out where you can find the best food and drink venues in that area to keep you satisfied while participating in all of the Pride activities.

la tomate Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

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Le Tomate
1701 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 667-5505
www.latomatebistro.com

For classic Italian in a pretty, casual setting, Le Tomate is your best choice. With a lovely outdoor patio, this restaurant offers reasonably priced Italian food, including salads and pastas. Try the salad with pears and gorgonzola in a bright lemon dressing, or the mixed greens salad with sweet beets and salty Pecorino cheese. Saffron risotto is a delicious heartier option, as is the whole grain pasta with rich pesto, perfect to warm you up if parade day ends up chilly. Salads are $8 and pastas range from $13 to $17. A prosciutto bar – complete with an artisanal hand slicer – offers up a wide range of Italian and Spanish prosciuttos, cheeses and olives.

Related: Best Italian Food in DC

ping pong Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

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Ping Pong Dim Sum
1 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-1268
www.pingpongdimsum.us

Fun and delicious, Ping Pong Dim Sum is DC’s best dim sum spot, popular amongst people of all ages. Instead of the traditional way of serving dim sum, where waiters roll around carts of food to choose from, here you select from a menu where you can check off what you want. And then the real fun begins. Vegetable puffs, veggies are wrapped in puffed pastry and drizzled with honey, are one of the better treats on the menu. Crispy spring rolls, wonton soup, steamed buns and dumplings are all worth ordering as well. Items range from $2.50 to $7, so be sure to order at least two to four per person. If the weather if nice, try to snag an outdoor table.

veritas wine bar Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

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Veritas Wine Bar
2031 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 265-6270
www.veritasdc.com

Small but charming, Veritas wine bar is the perfect spot for a glass of wine and a snack. Featuring a plethora of different kinds of wine, as well as wine flights, you can also indulge in a cheese plate or a trip of dips. Be sure to ask about its decadent and exotic chocolates. Unique fillings such as pistachio butter make these truffles a real treat. Ask your server for a wine pairing. He or she will be happy to oblige.

boqueria dc Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

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Boqueria DC
1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545
www.boquerianyc.com

One of DC’s newer spots, Boqueria is a Spanish tapas restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating. Try the Pan Con Tomato, crispy grilled bread topped with sweet tomatoes and garlic, or the Croquettas, crispy mushroom croquettes. Both offer a unique flavor using simple ingredients. For dessert, the churros are a clear choice. These crispy fried balls of dough with cinnamon sugar come served with a chocolate dipping sauce. Items range from $5 to $10, so have some fun and try something new.

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zorbas Best Food & Drink Spots Near The DC Capital Pride Parade And Festival

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Zorba’s Cafe
1612 20th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-8555
www.zorbascafe.com

Casual and simple, Zorba’s is an inexpensive green restaurant where the food is fast, tasty and satisfying. Hummus, falafel and spanakopita (Spanish pie) are all in abundance at Zorba’s, and diners can order a carafe of Greek wine to accompany your food. The outdoor seating gets filled up pretty quickly, but the indoor seating is plentiful. Enjoy a full meal at Zorba’s for less than $15, making this a great spot to refuel before or after the parade.

Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Celebrating DC Pride

Priya Konings is a freelance writer and restaurant critic in Washington D.C. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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