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If you’re looking for exciting culinary experiences in Washington, D.C., look no further than the vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood and neighboring areas. Nestled just south of the iconic Adams Morgan, these emerging hotspots offer diverse and delicious dining options that will tantalize your taste buds. From international flavors to sweet treats, here are some new places worth exploring.

The Imperial: A Culinary Gem with Global Flair 

Located on 18th Street NW, The Imperial is a now established eatery that promises to take your taste buds on a journey worldwide. Chef Chris Reynolds serves Mid-Atlantic inspired cuisine through the lens of southern France, this restaurant offers a fusion of flavors that will impress. The experience at the stunning three-floor restaurant & bar begins in the bright, light-filled dining room, The Imperial offers a unique dining experience perfect for a night out with friends or a romantic date.

Bombay Street Food: A Taste of India 

If you’re craving the bold and aromatic flavors of Indian cuisine, look no further than Bombay Street Food. Located on 18th and Willard Street NW, this cozy eatery offers an authentic taste of India with its street food-inspired menu. From samosas to chaat to flavorful curries, Bombay Street Food serves up classic Indian dishes made with fresh ingredients and traditional spices that are sure to transport your taste buds to the bustling streets of Mumbai.

Souvlaki: Greek Delights in the Heart of D.C. 

For a taste of the Mediterranean, Souvlaki is a must-visit – and is directly next door to Bombay Street Food – this Greek restaurant offers a range of delicious options, from classic souvlaki (grilled meat skewers) to gyros, moussaka, and more. With its casual and inviting atmosphere, Souvlaki is the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings for Greek cuisine.

Pupatella: Authentic Neapolitan Pizza Pizza lovers rejoice! 

Pupatella, located on 18th Street NW, is a cozy pizzeria serving authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. Using traditional techniques and ingredients imported from Italy, Pupatella’s pizzas are known for their thin, crispy crusts and fresh, high-quality toppings. Pupatella is a must-visit for any pizza enthusiast with its laid-back vibe and friendly service.

Anju: Korean-inspired Small Plates

Located on 18th and S Street NW, Anju is a trendy eatery that offers a modern twist on Korean cuisine. With its creative small plates and innovative cocktails, Anju is a unique dining experience. From crispy Korean fried chicken to pan fried pork & kimchi dumplings to Japchae – glass noodles, asparagus, peas carrot, mushroom, onion, and beef cheek, Anju’s menu packs delicious flavors that will leave you craving more.

NEW! Alfresco Tap and Grill: Open-air Dining with a View 

(Featured image by Jennifer Chase) As the name suggests, Alfresco Tap and Grill is all about outdoor dining. Located around the corner from Jack Rose Saloon, this rooftop bar and restaurant – a sister restaurant to Cactus Cantina and Lauriol Plaza – offers panoramic views of the city along with a menu that features American classics with a modern twist. This rustic, modern, newly built restaurant offers 123 seats inside and 212 seats in three distinctive outdoor dining areas for a total of 335 guests at full capacity. Alfresco has a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor dining. From juicy burgers to refreshing cocktails, Alfresco Tap and Grill is a perfect spot for a relaxed meal with friends or a romantic date night under the stars.

The Chocolate House and The CakeRoom – Sweet Treats Galore

If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t be disappointed with the options in this area. The Chocolate House and The CakeRoom, located on 18th Street NW, are two delightful spots that offer scrumptious desserts. Chocolate Room specializes in handcrafted chocolates made with premium ingredients, while The CakeRoom is known for its delectable cakes and pastries. From rich and velvety truffles to beautifully decorated cakes, these dessert havens are perfect for satisfying your sweet cravings.

So, whether you’re a resident or a visitor to Washington, D.C., explore the new culinary hotspots just south of Adams Morgan. From global flavors to sweet indulgences, these eateries will impress with their diverse offerings and unique dining experiences. The Adams Morgan neighborhood – where 18th, U Street and Florida Avenue converge – offers delicious food, warm hospitality, and a lively ambiance. Bon appétit!