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NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

A guide to local favorites on H Street

Customers at Toki Underground enjoy ramen.
  • By Austin Graff
  • Photos by Melina Mara
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There’s a certain grit to the H Street corridor, within Northeast Washington, that’s comforting and charming. It was once a commercial area for the city’s working class, and many of the buildings were destroyed during the 1968 race riots. Fast-forward a few decades, and it’s where old D.C. meets new. Old bodegas stand next to new coffee shops. Native Washingtonians order pancakes from Tony’s, while transplants enjoy a chocolate croissant from Maketto.

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Austin has lived in Washington since 2007. He grew up as an American in Russia, attended boarding school in Germany, has lived in Kazakhstan and China and has traveled to more than 60 countries.

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H Street

Atlas Performing Arts Center
This Art Deco movie theater built in 1938 turned into a performing arts space in 2005 hosting music, dance and theater performances. Most events require tickets, but the Café Concert series from local artists is free to the public. Outside, there are eight D.C. statehood murals on the side of the building.
1333 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
“Dusk of H Street” mural
The mural filling the side of Smith Commons restaurant, with a manifest-destiny theme, was painted by a Baltimore artist. Ask a local about its deeper meaning.
1245 H St. NE. Washington, D.C. 20002
Copycat
This quick-service Chinese restaurant specializes in street food, with a bar upstairs frequented by D.C.’s bartenders. You can order food at the bar, too.
Copycat, 1110 H St. NE. Washington, D.C. 20002
Maketto
It’s a coffee shop/Chinese-Cambodian sit-down restaurant/apparel shop with a large outdoor center courtyard. It’s also home to D.C.’s most photographed green tea matcha latte.
Maketto, 1351 H St. NE. Washington, D.C. 20002
Farmbird
The fast-casual chicken restaurant uses ingredients from regional farmers. It serves craft beer and cider for under $5, and don’t miss the mac and cheese.
Farmbird, 625 H St. NE. Washington, D.C. 20002
Toki Underground
The ramen shop serves, well, ramen, but also Japanese beer and miso chocolate-chip cookies. No reservations, but put your name in 45 to 60 minutes before you want to eat. There’s always takeout, too.
Toki Underground, 1234 H St. NE. Washington, D.C. 20002
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Austin Graff
Austin has lived in Washington since 2007. He grew up as an American in Russia, attended boarding school in Germany, has lived in Kazakhstan and China and has traveled to more than 60 countries.
Melina Mara
Melina is a Washington Post photographer based in the District and spends her free time climbing, skiing, traveling and exploring. Her work is inspired by memories of her father, a CBS cameraman, and her passionate and loving Italian mother.
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