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Located at Constitution Square at 1st St NE between M and N (2nd floor of the new Hilton Garden Inn), Watershed is a neighborhood gathering place featuring nationally acclaimed Chef Todd Gray’s homage to the regions of the Eastern Seaboard with his signature modern and approachable culinary interpretations of coastal dining.  The menu ranges from entrees to Po Boys (such as Rappahannock Oyster Sandwich served with Butter Lettuce, Shaved Onion and Tomato Remoulade on an Artisan Baguette)  There is also a raw bar and an outdoor patio (with live music on Fridays).
The patio is dog-friendly!
Breakfast:Mon – Fri: 6:30 – 10:00 am
Sat – Sun: 7:00 – 11:00 am


Sat – Sun: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm


Mon – Sat: 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Sun: 5:00 – 9:00 pm

Pizza & Tavern
Located at the corner of 1st St NW and T, this is the neighborhood’s first true restaurant and its specialty is brick oven pizza. The menu also includes appetizers such as the Washington Post food critic’s favorite, baby octopus.  And what is a tavern without 10 draft beers on tap.
Menus:  Food Beer Wine
4 pm – 12 am, Sunday – Thursday
4 am – 1 am, Friday – Saturday
(happy hour: 4-7 M – F)
Phone: 202-290-2936
Located at Constitution Square at 1st St NE between M and N, Roti can be best described as a “Mediterranean Chipotle”–that is, one selects:
  1. Base (sandwich, salad, plate)
  2. “Meat” (chicken, steak, falafel, veggies)
  3. Vegetables & sauces
I highly recommend the “roti” versions of the chicken and steak.  Lunch lines can be quite long.  They also have breakfast variations and free Wi-Fi.
7 am - 7 pm, Monday – Friday
11 am – 4 pm, Saturday
Phone: 202-618-6969
Located across from the Courtyard Marriot, The Perfect Pita offers a unique Mediterranean – American menu. Offerings are as diverse as a Falafel to an all American BLT. The Chicken Hummus Veggie pita is a top seller along with the marinated rib-eye steak and cheese pita. Vegetarians crave the Spinach Melt.
Sandwiches, Salads & Smoothies
Located at Constitution Square at 1st St NE between M and N, this a lunch staple for the D.C. community. They also serve breakfast
Menu:  html pdf (with prices)
7 am - 7 pm, Monday – Friday
11 am - 5 pm, Saturday
Phone: 202-408-1561
Fax: 202-408-1725
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Coffee, Tea, Waffles, Beer & Wine?
Located at Constitution Square at 1st St NE between M and N, the Washington-based Tynan Coffee & Tea bills itself as a “a contemporary take on the neighborhood coffeehouse.”  Food includes waffles, quiche, sandwiches and smoothies–visit website for full menu.  Happy hour is 4 pm – close.  Free Wi-Fi.
6 am - 8 pm, Monday – Friday
9 am - 2 pm, Saturday
10 am – 2 pm, Sunday
Phone: 202-408-3127
Beau Thai “delivers solid curries and noodle dishes on par with any Thai joint in the city” according to, who also recommends the “Red Curry Duck, the Massaman Curry, or for the heat-averse, the Pad Se Ew.”  Located in a nicely-renovated rowhome on the corner of R ST NW and New Jersey Ave., this new restaurant is a short walk or bike ride from our neighborhood.
11 am - 10:30 pm, Monday – Sunday
Phone: 202-536-5636
Jump on your bike, or take a short walk to Thai X-ing, located a few blocks west of our neighborhood .  The eccentricity ranges from the one-man operation, to the hole-in-the-wall basement location, to the cuisine itself–all to your benefit.  Read the reviews (Washington Post, Washingtonian) or go with your gut.  But do call ahead!
4 pm – 10 pm, Tuesday – Sunday
Phone: 202-332-4322
Fax: 202-332-4401
515 Florida Ave. NW (map)
Hamburgers & Fries
Five Guys, adjacent to ATF headquarters, directly across from the New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet U Metro Station on the Red Line, serves one of the best burgers in town.
(click to enlarge menu)
11 am – 10 pm, 7 Days a week
Phone: 202-408-1635
Coffee House
Big Bear Café, at 1st & R NE (see map), is our new café and the #1 gathering spot for areaBigBear residents. The atmosphere is very open—signified and enhanced by its open casement windows and doors as well as ample patio seating. They are still experimenting with the menu, especially the food selections. Free wi-fi is provided. Hours are Monday–Friday (6:30–8 or 9); Saturday (7:30–evening); Sunday (8:30–late afternoon).
Big Bear Café website
Sandwiches & Pastries
Au Bon Pain, located on the ground floor of the new Courtyard by Marriott, with doors adjacent to the Metro Station entrance.  he restaurant will have fairly generous weekend
Outdoor seating

Outdoor seating

hours: 7am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday.
There are currently 12 small square tables and 3 large shade umbrellas, primarily in the space between the hotel and the Metro Station.  The spiral stairwell (along with an elevator)  leads to the Metropolitan Branch Trail.
5 am – 8 pm, Monday – Friday
7 am – 5 pm, Saturday – Sunday

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  3. We recently tried Taylor Gourmet deli on H St. While it is a bit of a walk from Eckington, they do deliver!!! However, be prepared. The night we called in our orders it was an 1 hr and 20 mins. They are opening another location soon by City Vista at 5th and K St NW.
    The food was really quite good. I was mildly impressed.

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  5. Hi there. We’re buying your guys’ house, and I was hoping that if you haven’t turned the blog over to someone else, maybe I could pick up where you leave off. I write for a living, so it’s right up my alley. And it’d be a good way for us to plug into our new neighborhood.

    Thanks :)



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