Petworth Citizen is an American bar and restaurant located at 829 Upshur St NW. It is a cozy, dimly-lit space with hearty food options, such as the chorizo burger (which is very tasty). They offer a daily punch (mine was made with blood orange and was delicious) as well as a wide variety of other drink options. They offer a $7 drink special called “Chutes and Flutes,” which sounds dangerous- it’s a champagne flute of Miller High Life and shot of bourbon (mercifully in a separate glass). Petworth Citizen also has
The Chorizo Burger
an adorable reading room, which is basically a small library tucked away in the back of the restaurant. The books are all organized by color, which is a cool effect. I’m not entirely sure what the reading room is used for. They also told me they don’t have public WiFi, which I found odd; I think getting some work done while I enjoy some “Chutes and Flutes” sounds like a great idea!
The Reading Room
Fish in the Hood is a fish and soul food carryout (though there is a small counter for eating in) located at 3601 Georgia Ave NW. This place is really cool because you get to choose from a wide selection of fresh fish as if you were in a fish market, and then they fry it or broil it for you while you wait. They also have a large selection of delcious soul food sides. Since I tend to be a bit of a purist, I ordered a whiting sandwich with corn bread and collard greens. It was all delicious. I highly reccomend this place.
Cute cats are always a plus.
Qualia Coffee, located at 3917 Georgia Ave NW, is a small, but excellent coffee shop. It’s one of my favorites in DC because of their focus on serving a wide range of high-quality coffees. There are several single-origin coffees to choose from from all over the world. You pick out which beans you want and then they grind them for you while you wait. They use a “robo-pour” machine that performs the same function that a barista would if they were preparing pour-over coffee by hand. Prices are more reasonable than they are for pour-over coffees at many other places. The staff is consistently upbeat, friendly and fun. They stayed open during Snowzilla, 2016, providing those able to make the trek over with hot drinks and a friendly vibe. They also do a surprisingly good bagel and lox, which is important to me as a Long Island native. Seating is fairly sparse downstairs, but there is additional seating available upstairs.