If you’re planning to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture or its three-day Freedom Sounds festival this weekend, you’re going to need to eat at some point. Food will be available from a variety of vendors at the festival, and if you’ve managed to snag a timed museum entry ticket and want to join everyone else trying to dine at the museum's Sweet Home Cafe, be prepared for lines.
To beat the crowds, you may want to consider off-site eateries when it comes time to refuel. Our suggestions are no more than about a 20-minute walk away.
Collabo Catering : Kenyan and Caribbean fare, including jerk chicken, chicken or vegetable curry and Kenyan doughnuts.
KBQ Real Barbeque: Southern barbecue and soul food, such as smoked pork ribs, fried catfish and peach cobbler.
RockSalt: Po’ boys and fried seafood.
Beverages, including iced tea, beer, smoothies and juices, will be available from the vendors as well.
Concession hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. (Saturday and Sunday mornings will only have very light fare, such as coffee, tea and Kenyan doughnuts.)
Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken : Creative doughnuts and sandwiches. 1308 G St. NW.
Bakers & Baristas : European pastries and caffeinated beverages. 501 Seventh St. NW.
RareSweets : Delectable baked goods, both sweet and savory. 963 Palmer Alley NW.
&Pizza: Fast, customizable pies. 1005 E St. NW.
Mitsitam Cafe : The best of the museum cafeterias. In the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW.
National Place food court: Lots of seating, with fare from local burger and fries favorite Five Guys and Korean taco joint TaKorean. 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Closed Sunday.
Red Apron: First-rate sandwiches that will keep you satiated for hours. (Also consider for breakfast.) 709 D St. NW.
Taylor Gourmet: Reliable, thought-out hoagies. 1750 Pennsylvania Ave. NW or 624 E St. NW.
Hill Country: Build your own barbecue meal. 410 Seventh St. NW.
Old Ebbitt Grill: A dose of history and oysters. 675 15th St. NW.
Oyamel : Mexican small plates. 401 Seventh St. NW.
Pi Pizzeria: Deep-dish pizza via St. Louis. 910 F St. NW.
Teaism: Quick, healthful meals with an Asian accent. (Also consider for breakfast or lunch.) 400 Eighth St. NW.
Bombay Club: Excellent Indian fare and an easier table to get than sister Rasika. 815 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Fiola: Refined Italian in a sleek trattoria. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
The Source: Modern Chinese menu. In the Newseum, 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Closed Sunday.