Neighborhoods change depending on when you visit them, but you'll find something delicious no matter when you visit Capitol Hill. The key is knowing what's best at different times of day.
Most people will never shell out the $250 for a prix-fixe dinner at Pineapple and Pearls, but Aaron Silverman's top-rated new restaurant is much more budget-friendly if you visit for breakfast. Sate your sweet tooth with a $3 pineapple roll (made with brioche dough and filled with pineapple butter) or a Mexican hot chocolate roll, or pair your coffee with egg-hash or fried chicken sandwiches. There's no indoor seating, so you may need to walk a few blocks to Marion or Garfield parks to picnic.
715 Eighth St. SE. pineappleandpearls.com. Cafe open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Radici was introduced to a much larger audience after Michelle Obama met friends for lunch at the Seventh Street restaurant in April 2016, but local residents already knew the small Italian market as a place to grab breakfast– think buttery croissants, flaky leek parmesan pastries and Illy espresso – or to grab house-made pasta and bottles of wine on the way home. The flower-covered patio is a pretty place to sit and snack.
303 Seventh St. SE. radici-market.com. Open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The best lunch deal on the Hill is at Hank's on the Hill, where the set menu costs $13 for one entree and a drink: Choices include lobster roll sliders with Old Bay fries; fried oyster salad; and fish tacos with Mexican corn salad. Pair them with red or white wine, a seasonal punch, a Narragansett tallboy or a non-alcoholic drink. Happy hour starts at 3 p.m. every day, with $1.25 oysters and $4 beers.
633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. hanksoysterbar.com. Lunch menu available 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Happy hour begins at 3 p.m. daily.
Chef David Guas brought a taste of his native New Orleans to Pennsylvania Avenue in 2015, opening his second Bayou Bakery in a restored carriage house on the grounds of the Civil War-era Old Naval Hospital. The menu is packed with favorites such as his Muff-A-Lotta, a BLT with Benton's Bacon on Texas toast and grilled pimento cheese sandwiches. There's a kids menu, too, which explains all the families eating in the grassy patio area outside.
901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. bayoubakerydc.com. Lunch served 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Rose's Luxury's popularity hasn't ebbed since it was named Best New Restaurant in America by Bon Appetit in 2014. Aaron Silverman winning Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic at the 2016 James Beard Awards didn't help matters. Unless you're willing to stand in line for hours, you'll need to find somewhere else to dine.
Washington Post critic Tom Sietsema gave the nearby Garrison three stars in his 2015 Fall Dining Guide, telling those waiting for Rose's that "down the street awaits consolation that could well turn into competition." Chef Rob Weland stars with a menu starring local vegetables and seasonal salads, though it devotes space to seriously good pasta, local fish, and bison.
524 Eighth St. SE. garrisondc.com. Entrees $27-$30.
More playful is Eatbar, also on Barracks Row, a cozy spot where the free-to-play jukebox is full of Fugazi, Sharon Jones, the Clash and Trouble Funk. Nathan Anda, the man behind the Red Apron butcher shops, has a free hand to experiment here, so expect a menu chock full of meaty goodness, from a "pork of the week" to a charcuterie list with fiery salami and a wild boar pate. Don't overlook the beer, chosen by ChurchKey's Greg Engert, and wines from Iron Gate's Brent Kroll.
415 Eighth St. SE. 202-847-4827. eat-bar.com. Entrees $12-$23.
After dinner, head to Mr. Henry's, a historic pub where jazz groups still perform in the upstairs room that once hosted R&B stars Roberta Flack and Julia Nixon. For a nightcap, head down the street to Barrel, which stocks dozens of bourbons and rye whiskeys, and ages its own cocktails.
Mr. Henry's: 601 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. www.mrhenrysdc.com. Music Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.
Barrel: 613 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. www.barreldc.com.