Murry & Paul's 3513 12th St. NE Aaron Lovett used to eat at this diner every day, until "I found out I was spending $300 a month on breakfast, so I had to cut back." Though not entirely. He's a third-generation customer. "When I come here, I have a family feeling." Owner Ho Chang, whose aunt bought the business 43 years ago from the original owners, works alongside his mother to dole out egg sandwiches and other breakfast fare.
Franciscan Monastery 1400 Quincy St. NE Many know the pristine rose garden or annual plant sale at this 116-year-old monastery, but there's much more to see inside the church, particularly on the tours. A highlight is the somewhat-spooky catacombs that replicate those of ancient Rome and include two crypts containing remains of saints. One houses a young boy from the 2nd century whose intact hands and feet (the bones, at least) are wrapped in gold mesh.
Scrap DC 3101 12th St. NE Crafters and cleaners alike come together at Scrap DC, a volunteer- and donation-driven operation selling bits and bobs for art projects. Co-director Heather Bouley and team sell what they can for reuse. There's a list at scrapdc.org of the items accepted, but it's not exhaustive. Donors include creative types such as "interior designers, architecture firms," Bouley said, "but it's mostly just people who are cleaning out their garages or craft rooms."
Menomale 2711 12th St. NE Serious pie enthusiasts have made the pilgrimage to Menomale since its 2012 opening for Ettore Rusciano's authentic Neapolitan pizza. The boyish 35-year-old pizzaiolo from Naples earned a certificate from the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana in 2010. What was the test like? "It was multiple choice," he said. Oh, and he had to make a pizza, too. For stories, features such as Date Lab, Gene Weingarten and more, visit WP Magazine. Follow the Magazine on Twitter. Like us on Facebook. E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.