1400 Irving St. NW, (202) 265-1400
2nd Best: Granville Moore’s
1238 H St. NE, (202) 399-2546
Come for the beer, stay for the food…come back for the food. That’s basically the definition of a gastropub here in America (we’re not as strict about labeling pubs as they are in the U.K.). In Washington, Columbia Heights’ CommonWealth offers the best take on the genuine article, with refined versions of classic pub grub like Scotch eggs and shepherd’s pie. But on H Street, exposed brick walls and a Belgian beer list that goes on for days are just part of the allure at Granville Moore’s, a self-proclaimed “gastropub with a healthy Belgian fetish.” Diners leave a name and cell number when the tables are full (they frequently are), waiting an hour or more to enjoy Chef Teddy Folkman’s creative takes on mussels and dipping sauces for Belgian-style fries. The menu also offers several tasty bison dishes, and daily “fish” and “cut of the day” specials.