Fleming Roberts

Greenbuild is in Washington, DC, this year, the beloved city that most of USGBC’s staff calls home. We’re so excited to welcome you to our home city for the big event, and we want to make sure you experience everything DC has to offer. To that end, we will be featuring staff recommendations for what to see and where to be seen around our nation’s capital in the coming weeks leading up to the show.

First things first: Where should you eat?

DC has hundreds of incredible restaurants, with a dining scene that is expanding rapidly in some of the city’s coolest neighborhoods. Ditch your Yelp app and let our Marketing and Communications team tell you where you should get a bite!

  • Rachel Gilbert, Media and Communications Specialist: "It’s a good Saturday when my biggest challenge is deciding between a slice of BBQ pizza from We, The Pizza or a cheeseburger from Good Stuff Eatery. Both restaurants, located side by side on Capitol Hill, are owned by former Top Chef contestant Spike Mendelsohn, and boast locally sourced, farm-fresh ingredients.”
  • Selina Holmes, Director, Marketing: “There are so many amazing things to choose from at Hank’s Oyster Bar, you really can’t make a bad decision. Have questions? Ask. All of the waiters are knowledgeable and helpful. And you must try the macaroni and cheese. With three locations in the area, you can pick your setting. Also, you have to check out one of my favorite cupcake places ever, Hello Cupcake!”
  • Cecilia Shutters, Data and Policy Communications Specialist: “Not much beats a cozy meal at Blue Duck Tavern in DC—a particular favorite during the fall and winter months. The website says that they offer ‘a market-based menu featuring local farms and purveyors,’ and the experience is epic, from the service to the atmosphere."
  • Ashley Katz, Director of Corporate Communications & Marketing: Ashley actually put together a restaurant guide on our USGBC Studio blog. Here are two of those recommendations: “We can’t make a list of top restaurants to visit while in DC attending Greenbuild without mentioning the obvious pick: Founding Farmers! Not only is this downtown restaurant LEED Gold, it also has some truly delicious food and drinks. Our pick: the grilled cheese and tomato soup! The quintessential farm-to-table restaurant, Restaurant Nora is a Dupont Circle landmark that has been serving organic dishes since 1979. As America’s first certified organic restaurant (they earned this distinction in 1999), 95 percent of the products used at Restaurant Nora are from certified organic suppliers.”

What’s your favorite DC restaurant? We will keep the conversation going on Twitter using #myGBDC—let us, and the other Greenbuild attendees, know what should not be missed! Bon appetit! 

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