One of the most underrated problems we face in Washington, DC is finding places to eat on the National Mall.  We’ve all been there. You are ready to explore the monuments and museums but need to fuel up before or after your adventure. Your best bets for great, local munchies can be found in two areas: near the White House and a few blocks north of Constitution Ave.  We’d rounded up 10 local spots of various price points to make sure you don’t go hungry while exploring. 

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Places to eat on the National Mall Map

Price Key (not including alcohol): 
$  Under $15 per person
$$ Under $30 per person
$$$ Over $30 per person

1. GCDC Grilled Cheese Bar: GCDC offers a grown up twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. They also offer three varieties of amazing loaded tots. This is obviously a kid-friendly crowd pleaser but grown up grilled cheese and large bar area makes this a great spot for adults too. $

2. Old Ebbitt Grill: This historic saloon has been a local hot spot for decades. Presidents Grant, Cleveland, Harding, and Theodore Roosevelt were frequent visitors and it is still a local favorite for politicians. The Victorian design reflects the styles of the restaurant’s beginnings in 1856. It’s a perfect lunch or dinner setting to bring out of town family and friends. $$$

3. The Hamilton: The Hamilton offers a wide menu including seafood, meat, and pasta.  It is another great spot full of history to bring out of town family and friends. The restaurant also serves as a music venue so look out for upcoming performances. It can get busy during peak dinner hours but sometimes you can snag a spot in the spacious bar area. $$$

4. Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken: Astro Doughnuts has some of the best doughnuts in the city.  If you are craving something sweet near the National Mall, this is your stop. If you need something a little more filling, Astro Doughnuts serves up fried chicken sandwiches on doughnut buns. Stop by for breakfast or lunch as they close in the late afternoon. $

5. District Taco: District Taco is a great, quick stop for food anytime of day.  You can load up tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and nachos with a variety of toppings. They also offer a kid’s menu and breakfast all day. District Taco is a local chain with additional locations in Eastern Market, Tenleytown, Rosslyn, and more. $

6. Ollie’s Trolley: Ollie’s Trolley has been around for over 30 years and is the perfect spot for good old fashioned burgers, fries, and milkshakes near the National Mall. Other sandwiches include half smoke, grilled chicken, BLT, veggie burger, and crab cake so there is something for everyone. There’s also a breakfast menu to start your day on the National Mall early. $

7. &Pizza: &Pizza is an inexpensive, casual option for great pizza.  They serve up classics like mushroom pizza, garlic white pizza, and pineapple pizza but you can also build you own. My personal favorite is the meat lovers pizza. $

8. Jaleo: Jaleo offers Spanish food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. They also offer a $30 per person three course pre theatre menu Sunday to Thursday 5 to 6:30. Grab a nice dinner before your show at the Verizon Center or Shakespeare Theatre. Jaleo has additional locations in Bethesda and Crystal City as well as Mexico City and Las Vegas. But the OG is right here in DC! $$$

9. Oyamel: Bring your Mexican food lovers here! Start with their made to order guacamole and a margarita.  The plates are small so order a bunch to try a little bit of everything. For me, this usually means several different types of tacos. $$

10. Rasika: Rasika is one of the city’s most talked about Indian restaurant. It is the perfect spot for date night or a fancy night out with friends or family. They have two locations: Penn Quarter (on the map) and West End. $$$

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The Carolina BBQ Grilled Cheese Sandwich from GCDC
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