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8 Best Kosher Restaurants In Washington, D.C.

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Catherine
Catherine
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Tourists with dietary restrictions can experience an unwelcome degree of stress during an otherwise leisurely time when traveling. Luckily, if you’re visiting Washington, D.C., you won’t have that problem. The capital of the United States, Washington, D.C., is a tiny city on the Potomac River that showcases many iconic and stately neoclassical monuments and buildings and a collection of delicious kosher restaurants, as well. Because they don’t serve meat and dairy products, even many vegan restaurants in this town are kosher certified. So, if you’re traveling to Washington, D.C., here’s a fabulous list of restaurants dedicated to keeping it kosher.

1. Char Bar


Delectable food, attentive service, and ample portions are what to expect at Char Bar. A laidback eatery with contemporary flair, Char Bar offers kosher burgers, sandwiches, and splendid entrees. The sandwiches are particularly tasty and you can’t go wrong ordering the New Yorker, comprised of corned beef, pastrami, and coleslaw on grilled rye. The Chicken Lemon Rice soup is also worth sampling.

Char Bar

Address: 2142 L St NW, Washington, D.C., 20037

Website: Char Bar

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11.00 am to 9.00 pm, Friday 11.00 am to 2.30 pm, Saturday CLOSED

Price: 11-30 USD

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2. Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria

Posted by Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria on Friday, 6 March 2015

Just a 20-minute drive from Washington, D.C., Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria is a family-friendly kosher restaurant in the quiet suburb of Silver Spring, Maryland. Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria offers their own twist on a falafel pizza, topped with tahini sauce, red onion, tomatoes, pickles, cucumbers, garlic, cheese, and French fries! Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria also serves fresh-made salads, soups, and red-sauce pasta plates. Other yummy bites include the meatball sub, made with soy meatballs and dripping with sauce and cheese.

Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria

Address: 1370 Lamberton Dr #B, Silver Spring, MD 20902

Website: Ben Yehuda Cafe & Pizzeria

Opening hours: Sunday 11.00 am to 8.00 pm, Monday-Thursday 12.00 pm to 8.00 pm, Friday 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, Saturday 1 hour after Shabbos to 11.30 pm

Price: 10 USD

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3. Max's

Corn beef Reuben sandwich
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Thirty minutes north of Washington, D.C., is a delightful establishment called Max’s. Committed to using only the freshest ingredients, Max’s boasts being one of the only eateries in the area with over-stuffed deli sandwiches weighing in at more than 0.8 pounds (0.3 kilograms)! The Reuben Sandwich is a must-try treat, as well as the juicy rotisserie chicken dinner. Max’s also has a choice of Mediterranean items with the shwarma being a standout. There’s also a nice selection of low-carb options.

Max's

Address: 2319 University B, Wheaton, Maryland 20902

Website: Max’s

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday 11.00 am to 8.30 pm, Friday 11.00 am to 2.00 pm, Saturday CLOSED

Price: 10 USD

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4. Brooklyn Sandwich Co


Enjoy a genuine Brooklyn, New York, deli experience in Washington, D.C., when you visit Brooklyn Sandwich Co. Working out of a snazzy food truck, Brooklyn Sandwich Co serves hearty and wholesome kosher cuisine. Started in 2016 by a rabbi and a collection of students from George Washington University, every item on the menu at Brooklyn Sandwich Co is handcrafted with great care. Relish unique menu sides, like chipotle broccoli slaw and truffle cauliflower mash. A wide range of delicious main items, from pulled brisket sandwiches to curry chicken salad are also available.

Brooklyn Sandwich Co

Address: Various locations, check website

Website: Brooklyn Sandwich Co

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 11.30 am to 2.00 pm

Price: 11-30 USD

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5. Pow Pow

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Posted by Pow Pow on Monday, 28 January 2019

Pow Pow offers an entirely plant-based menu, which is a thrill for those who eat kosher or vegan. This self-serve eatery provides nourishing food with an Asian flair and is kosher certified. The menu consists of hearty bowls, fresh salads, and giant egg rolls. Pow Pow’s ingredients are natural and locally sourced, when possible. Don’t miss the chance to try the Disco Stick Egg Roll and, for dessert, order the sweet Chimi Chimi Pow Pow Egg Roll.

Pow Pow

Address: 1253 H St NE, Washington, D.C., 20002

Website: Pow Pow

Opening hours: Monday11.30 am to 9.00 pm, Friday-Sunday 11.30 am to 10.00 pm

Price: 11-30 USD

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6. Shouk


With its beautiful, rustic wood tables, neatly arranged pantry shelves, and striking exposed brick walls, Shouk has a cool and casual industrial feel. Touted as contemporary Israeli street food, Shouk provides big flavors with its kosher and vegan menu. Juicy burgers, top-quality salads, warm pitas, and rice-and-lentil bowls packed with fresh veggies are the main choices. And, of course, complete the wonderful meal with sweet and tart lemon date balls for dessert.

Shouk

Address: 655 K St NW, Washington, D.C., 20001 and 395 Morse Street NE, Washington D.C., 20002

Website: Shouk

Opening hours: 11.00 am to 10.00 pm daily

Price: 11-30 USD

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7. US Holocaust Museum Cafe

Bagel with cream cheese
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Providing vegetarian fare and Jewish bites in a casual cafe environment, the US Holocaust Museum Cafe serves breakfast and lunch that includes such items as soft bagels with savory smears of velvety cream cheese, doughy knishes, and other top-notch kosher items. The US Holocaust Museum Cafe offers hot and cold self-serve options and most of the soups and salads are of the kosher variety. Tuna salad on a kaiser roll, a rice, bean, and avocado wrap, and the veggie sandwich are excellent choices.

US Holocaust Museum Cafe

Address: 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW, Washington, D.C., 20024

Website: US Holocaust Museum Cafe

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm daily

Price: 25 USD

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8. Loeb's NY Deli


A longtime establishment in Washington D.C., Loeb’s NY Deli offers a wonderful mix of kosher and non-kosher menu items. If you’re going strictly kosher, order the Wall Street, one of Loeb’s NY Deli’s specialty sandwiches, piled with pastrami, roast beef, slaw, and slathered with a special recipe Russian dressing on a fresh kaiser roll. The Chicken Matzo Ball soup is made from scratch and also a very tasty option. For a sweet indulgence, enjoy the rice pudding with cinnamon or the homemade kugel.

Loeb's NY Deli

Address: 1712 I St NW, Washington, D.C., 20006

Website: [Loeb’s NY Deli]https://www.facebook.com/Loebs-NY-Deli-101542766073/)

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 6.30 am to 5.00 pm, Saturday-Sunday CLOSED

Price: 11-30 USD

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Washington, D.C.'s kosher delights

Washington, D.C., is an awesome place to discover much of the United States’ lively and rich past and, if you’re abiding by Jewish dietary laws or simply living a vegan lifestyle, you can be assured their kosher eateries will keep you fed and content. From classic corn beef sandwiches to zingy contemporary Asian rice bowls, Washington, D.C., is the go-to spot for satisfying kosher meals.

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As a child, Catherine's family took a trip to the World's Fair New Orleans and her mom asked what she wanted to see. She exclaimed, "Everything!" She's been working on that endeavor ever since.

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