5 Restaurants for Respite During the Something in the Water Festival
June 16, 2022 @ 1:00pm
With a line-up hosting classics and modern music marvels alike, the Something in the Water festival is set to have a large and diverse crowd. But while being the perfect summer festival, the events will be busy. Crowds, cheers, music, sun (maybe rain? We never know here)…you’ll be justified if you want to escape for a second, even if just for a quick bite to eat. The festival will take place on Independence Avenue, so we made a list of fast-casual restaurants nearby to give you the respite you might need.
Burrito Brothers of Capitol Hill
Just off the beaten path where Independence Avenue meets Pennsylvania Avenue, Tex-Mex restaurant Burrito Brothers serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu includes burritos, tacos, tamales, pupusas, nachos and platters, perfect for individual or group orders. Just want a smoothie or a horchata for a quick break? They’ve got that for you, too. 205 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC; ourburritobrothers.com // @burritobrotherscapitolhill
Good Stuff Eatery
Right down the street from Burrito Brothers, you’ll find a D.C. burger staple: Good Stuff Eatery. Made with local and organic vegetables, all-natural meat and potatoes sourced from 4th generation farmers, this restaurant takes the classics up a notch. Add a wide array of dipping sauces, including mango and Old Bay flavors, and a hand-spun shake and you’ll get the reset you need. 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, DC; goodstuffeatery.com // @goodstuffeatery
Mitsitam Café at the National Museum of the American Indian
When we published this piece, the museum hadn’t put out the update that they’ll be closed this weekend due to the festival. Fair enough! But this amazing museum’s restaurant is still worth considering in the future, so we’re leaving it here for your consideration. The Misitam Café has some really great Native food, featuring five food stations that depict meals made with different cooking techniques, ingredients and flavors from Native tribes all over the country. Try the traditional fry bread, always — you can’t go wrong with fried dough. (Unless you’re gluten intolerant, in which case, we’re super sorry.) 4th St. SW, DC; americanindian.si.edu // @smithsoniannmai
Le Bon Café
Located on 2nd Avenue, a cross-street of Independence Avenue, Le Bon Café looks like it’s straight out of Paris. A gathering place for residents and tourists alike, this café has all the pick-me-ups: breakfasts, sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries. A quick bite that won’t feel too overwhelming in the D.C. summer weather, Le Bon is a great place to not only get away, but to feel like you’ve gotten away. 210 2nd St. SE, DC; leboncafedc.com // @leboncafedc
For a longer respite that gets you even further from festival fun (it’s quite a walk but you’re going to a music festival, you’re supposed to walk!), try out new spot Little Chicken. They’ve got great small snacks like deviled eggs and corn fritters, as well as larger mains like salads, chicken sandwiches, and fried chicken. You can also substitute the chicken for fried oyster mushrooms. For the friend with the sweet tooth, try the pie! The patio is covered for a shady hideaway, and the restaurant hosts shuffleboard and other back alley games. 1100 15th St. NW, DC; justlittlechicken.com // @justlittlechicken
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