Summer is here, which means many more outdoor activities are in store for you…so get ready!
One of the biggest Summertime holidays is Independence Day. To commemorate this holiday, people celebrate with food, family, friends and anything involving the great outdoors. Here is some of what’s going on in the city:
- Smithsonian Folklife Festival at National Mall (Thursday, June 30-Monday, July 4; and Thursday, July 7-Monday, July 11.)
- National Freedom Fest at National Mall (Saturday, July 2-Monday, July 4)
- National Independence Day Parade at Constitution Avenue & 7th Streets (Monday, July 4 at 11:45am)
- Capital Fringe Festival at 607 New York Ave, NW (Thursday, July 7-Sunday, July 24)
Luckily, event-goers have several healthy dining options nearby. As you might have noticed, most of the events that I discuss involve food. With that being said, here’s a list of restaurants getting prepared for the National Independence Day Parade/National Freedom Fest/Smithsonian Folklife Festival/Capital Fringe Festival rush:
**Litestars, a new fast-casual bistro located at 2101 L Street, NW in the Golden Triangle/West End neighborhood, offers healthy meals from early morning to early evening that are high in fiber and can be sprinkled with either wheat germ or flaxseed. Most notable are their Soupdrinks – convenient sip-able meals – as well as a variety of savory tartlets that are low in calories and saturated fats, and rich in vitamins and nutrients. Litestars even offers dining options that are gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan friendly.
**Another great dining option is RIS, situated in the heart of Washington’s West End at 2275 L Street, NW, not far from Dupont Circle and Georgetown. Enjoy lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with locally-sourced products and timeless cooking by Chef Ris Lacoste. Visitors can enjoy a personalized experience for everyday dining, either indoors or outside on the patio, or grab fresh to order meals via RIS to-go. Try the Scallop Margarita to cool down on a hot summer day.
**Looking for something a little different? Ping Pong Dim Sum, a Chinese restaurant in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood, 900 7th Street, NW – walking distance from the National Mall – uses traditional ingredients creating intriguing dishes with a modern twist. This summer, try the new four-course Healthy Fixe menu, consisting of a salad, soup, steamed dumplings and vegetables.
**Another DC dining favorite is matchbox, located at 713 H Street, NW, a pleasant walk from the Mall and steps from the Verizon Center. At matchbox, indulge in their signature mini burgers, made with certified Angus beef on a toasted brioche with pickles and crispy onion straws. If a burger is too heavy, have a light, refreshing salad. Matchbox in Chinatown (Penn Quarter) has something to satisfy everyone!
There’s so much to do, with plenty of time to do it. Great time to get the family together for some outdoor fun (and food!) Be sure to wear nice, comfy walking shoes.
**Source: Linda Roth Associates, Inc.