This stop will drop you off near Adams Morgan, which is well-known for its nightlife and bar scene. However, the area features everything from decadent bakeries to rowdy bars to authentic Indian eateries. Whether you’re stopping by one of the vibrant street fairs or taking part in the thriving club culture, the neighborhood is delightfully eccentric, and the food reflects it. Home to an eclectic fusion of global influences, Adams Morgan is a spot you can’t afford to miss.

 

Sugar Daddy’s Bakery

2006 18th St. NW
1 mile from Metro stop
Bakery | $$$$

There is a new bakery in town, and everyone should take note. Sugar Daddy’s Bakery opened its doors this past month to glowing reviews. The two-story bakery has a homey feel and a far more eclectic menu than you’ll find at many other venues scattered throughout D.C. A cozy seating area is complete with tables, chairs, an overstuffed couch and armchairs — a bit for perhaps, but the perfect study spot if Saxbys is too packed. Make sure to order one of its oversized slices of red velvet cake ($5), which features three moist tiers of homemade cake sandwiched together with thick layers of sweet cream cheese frosting. For something lighter, the bakery also offers a myriad of cupcakes for $2.50 each. Highlights include the strawberry cupcake, a light, spongy shortcake with diced strawberries, and the double chocolate, a rich chocolate cake coated in chocolate butter cream frosting. The bakery also offers a variety of other pastries and drinks, as well as monthly specials.

 

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Hans Pedr’ Kaffe

1781 Florida Ave. NW
1.1 miles from Metro stop
Belgian | $$$$

This small chocolate shop, tucked away in Adams Morgan, offers delectable Belgian fare for those lucky enough to snag one of its six tables. In addition to serving brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert in the cafe portion of the actual shop, the tables face a series of mouth-watering truffles and Belgian pastries. While the cafe can be a bit challenging to find — the shop recently changed ownership and is still awaiting the arrival of a new sign for the door — it is well-worth the journey whether you go for just a delicious meal or to satisfy a chocolate craving. Despite its small size, Hans Pedr’ Kaffe offers an extensive brunch menu including sweet and savory waffles (for around $10), a “waffle burger,” eggs, paninis and pastries. Although unusual, a must-try is the savory waffle topped with richly flavored pesto eggs. For a more traditional dish, order one of the variety of quiches, which include broccoli, mushroom and a three cheese variety. Although the food is delicious, the highlight of the meal is the drinks. The caramel hot chocolate is superb and tastes like a candybar, while the dark chocolate latte is rich without being overpoweringly sweet.

 

Smoke and Barrel

2471 18th St. NW
0.6 miles from Metro stop
American | $$$$

An upbeat, noisy atmosphere makes Smoke and Barrel a fun stop for a bite to eat or a night out on the town. If you’re looking for a quick bite at the bar or a little something before settling down for supper, Smoke and Barrel offers all the comfort food staples from queso and calamari to nachos and wings. The restaurant serves all the Southern classics, including pulled pork, brisket, ribs and smoked sausage ($11.95 to $26.95), with sides of jalepeno-cheddar grits, coleslaw, baked beans, fries and collard greens ($2.95 each). Make sure to save space, though, because the desserts are a necessary indulgence. Whether you go for the double chocolate cheesecake ($7.95) or the sweet potato donuts ($6.95) — donut holes rolled in praline-pecan honey butter and cinnamon sugar — the dessert truly makes the meal.The bar also boasts an extensive collection of draft and craft beers, as well as an extensive whiskey menu.  Even if barbecue isn’t your all-time favorite, the atmosphere and service make the trip well worth it.

 

Himalayan Heritage

2305 18th St. NW
0.8 miles from Metro stop
South Asian | $$$$

If you want to visit Nepal, India or Tibet without the long flight, head up to Himalayan Heritage. It’s hard to miss, with the façade of a Tibetan temple featured on the front of the restaurant. And even though the elaborate decor was noteworthy, it doesn’t hold a candle to the food. Himalayan Heritage serves up all the crowd favorites from India, Nepal and Tibet. Every table starts off with a delicious plate of cracked rice and edamame tossed in a hot chili sauce. For an appetizer, the garlic naan  ($3.95) is an absolute must. The golden flatbread emerges still warm from the oven with crushed garlic sprinkled overtop and baked into the dough. For the classic Indian route, order vegetable samosas ($4.25), chicken tikka masala($14.95) and butter chicken ($14.95). Balance out the meal with a mixture of fresh cauliflower, asparagus and potatoes, pan-fried in regional spices for extra flavor.

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