In D.C. Dream Day, we ask our favorite people in the area to tell us how they would spend a perfect day in the District. See previous dream days from Mayor Muriel Bowser, BYT’s Svetlana Legetic, D.C. United’s Steve Birnbaum and more.
Chefs have a reputation for staying out late, but if Pinch & Plate co-founder Eric Adjepong is burning the midnight oil, it’s not because he’s partying — he’s probably up with his 7-month-old daughter. “I’m trying to catch up, since I missed a lot of the pregnancy,” says Adjepong, 31, who came to national attention with his third-place finish on the most recent season of “Top Chef.” “It’s been an interesting adjustment,” says Adjepong, who’s lived in Columbia, Md., for seven months and in the D.C. area for 2 1/2 years. His business, which he created with his wife, Janell Adjepong, specializes in private dinner parties, but that may change soon. “We’re looking at a brick-and-mortar [location] for sure,” he says. Unsurprisingly, Adjepong would spend a lot of his dream day eating — and there’s only one place that can satisfy any late-night hunger.
I’d probably start off at a market. I love Red Apple Farmers Market [in Takoma Park, Md.]. It’s a great spot for Caribbean and African products.
Next I’d probably catch a movie somewhere. I like enjoying a movie by myself; I think that’s a really cool thing to do, take yourself out on a date. I love nachos, but the problem is I devour them before the trailers are over. So that usually means I’m heading back to the concession stand.
Right after, I’d probably want to get a burger. I’m a huge fan of Tico DC’s burgers; when my wife and I first lived in D.C., we used to head to Tico a lot.
Union Market is another spot I’d go to. Maybe look at District Cutlery or catch a random bite, whether it’s a poke bowl or some pasta or some quick, casual Ethiopian food.
Then I’d head to Copycat Co. to get a drink. Copycat is a really cool spot to meet interesting people. The drinks are always really intricate and unique, and it’s a really dope vibe there. And I’d get some dim sum; they’ll switch the menu around quite often, so whenever you’re over there there’s usually something you haven’t seen before. It’s really cool to try and keep up with whatever they have going.
I’ve never been to the National Gallery of Art. My wife has been here for some time, and when I first got here she gave me a proper “this is where you need to be, this is what you need to know” tour, but I’m still green around the ears when it comes to D.C.
I’d love to see what The Wharf looked like before all the reconstruction. I used to hear stories of folks telling me about going out there and getting crabs and all the seafood. That’s a snapshot in D.C.’s time that I would like to be around.
I’m a creature of habit, so if I find a spot, I’m usually loyal to it. I head to Maketto a lot; I love the vibe out there, the food is always spot on and there’s always a good energy there. I would probably go back to Rose’s Luxury — I’ve eaten there twice and was blown away by both experiences. I have yet to go to Bad Saint; that’s a place I really want to head to.
If I’m out with my friends or my wife and we’re super hungry and it’s late at night, Yum’s Carry-Out on 14th Street always comes through. It’s not the healthiest, but it’s one of those places that’s a staple.
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story gave the wrong spelling for Eric Adjepong’s wife’s first name. It has been corrected.