Prefrosh Preview: Reviewing your restaurant options
Once you’ve mastered the fine art of dining at Leo’s, you’ll probably be looking for some more varied fare. Vox has a couple of resources to help introduce you to Georgetown’s culinary scene.
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First, we’ve compiled a map of restaurants the Voice has reviewed (above, but better viewed in its own window). There are a lot of places on there, so to help you narrow it down, we’ve also come up with the following list of Georgetown’s dining highlights. Neither is totally comprehensive, but they should give you a good start.
Best Argument for Multiculturalism: Snap
- Serving up crepes, paninis and bubble tea, you get to reap the rewards of this little restaurant’s identity confusion issues.
Best Burrito, Tuesdays through Sundays: Chipotle
Best Burrito, Mondays: Qdoba
- Although Chipotle is generally accepted as the superior make-your-own Mexican chain on M St., the tables turn on Mondays when Qdoba offers its Half Price Nights. Every Monday you can get 1,000+ calories worth of burrito and a soda for under $4.
Best Caffeine: $1 Sodas from the Corp
Best Chinese Place You’ll Walk by 50 Times without Noticing: Harmony Cafe
Best Place to Convince Yourself Fro-Yo is a Health Food: Sweetgreen
- Started a few years ago by three young Georgetown grads, this environmentally-friendly salad shack also sells “Sweetflow,” a tart frozen yogurt you can top with fruit or other goodies.
Best Crepes: Cafe Bonaparte
Best Delivery Resource: Campusfood.com
- CampusFood used to be a godsend for students who were sick of Leo’s but didn’t want to deal with actually calling a restaurant. It’s declined quite a bit recently—many restaurants no longer allow you to order through them and they’ve added a “service” fee—but it’s still a good resource if you’re looking for a centralized list of menus and hours for Georgetown’s delivery options.
Best Hole in the Wall: Moby Dick
- What it lacks in atmosphere it more than makes up for with its flavorful kabobs.
Best Hookah: Zenobia Lounge
- Nicer—and significantly less expensive—than the competition, Prince Cafe.
Best Italian: Filomena
Best Place for Last Minute Party Supplies: Vittles
Best Leo’s Alternative: Wismiller’s
- Wisey’s cheap, addicting sandwiches, available mere blocks away from campus, are your best option if you find yourself unable to handle yet another lackluster Leo’s meal. Its Chicken Madness—chicken breast, provolone cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, mayo, sweet and hot peppers, and onions—is a Georgetown institution in and of itself.
Old Unreliable: Bangkok Bistro
- What used to be a consistent source of delicious Thai food has become extremely hit and miss over the past year. Bangkok offers steep discounts for birthdays, so expect to attend lots of celebratory dinners here. Luckily its sit-down meals are generally more predictable than its delivery.
Best Thai Alternative: Basil Thai
Most Over-hyped: Georgetown Cupcake
- The darling of the cupcakery scene, its offerings are good, but not worth the price or lengthy wait.
Most Overshadowed: Baked & Wired
- Georgetown Cupcake may get all the love, but if Baked & Wired is good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for you.
Best Pizza (Sober): Pizzeria Paradiso
Best Pizza (Drunk): Philadelphia Pizza
- Open until 3:30 a.m. during the weekend, Philly P pairs $3 jumbo slices with all the ranch dressing and loitering drunk co-eds you could ever want. Inebriated, you’ll swear it’s the greatest thing you’ve ever tasted; sober, it’s significantly less of a revelation.
Best Pizza (Delivery): Ledo’s
Best Seafood on the Cheap: Tackle Box
Best Place to Spot Boldface Names: Cafe Milano
Most Thoroughly Georgetown: The Tombs
- Does the Tombs have the greatest food? No, not really. Is it worth the price? No, probably not (although you can get some good deals between 3 and 5 p.m. on weekdays during Study Snacks). But the Tombs does have something going for it: most Georgetown school spirit per square inch. From the 99 Days club to venturing there on your 21st to get your first legal stamp (in the middle of your forehead), the Tombs itself is a huge part of campus life. Plus, who can say no to the real-life St. Elmo’s Fire?