Diverse Food Cultures in DC – H Street

Three kinds of fancy ham and a stuffed artichoke.

Three kinds of fancy ham and a stuffed artichoke.

As I’ve mentioned before, Washington, DC, is filled with food adventures. Newly gentrified H Street in northeast DC is the newest “hot” area of international food eclecticism. It has quirky pubs, rice dives, and even the chain pizza restaurant has fancy pants “jamon iberico” on the menu. Plus, this being DC, you can even get pizza with sweet potato. And, of course, they bake the pizza in a wood burning oven.

The orange pieces are the sweet potato/yam.

The orange pieces are the sweet potato/yam.

At the Lebanese restaurant, they sell “ayran,” a salty yogurt drink, “mamoul,” a Fig Newton-like treat, plus the usual middle eastern treats like baklava. An extra experience we had was getting good  tips on Iraqi music from the guy behind the counter (there’s an app for that!).

Not as sweet as a Fig Newton.

Not as sweet as a Fig Newton.

2 responses to “Diverse Food Cultures in DC – H Street

  1. Oh my God, I totally remember ayran in Turkey. It’s their home remedy for stomach problems (which I had, and often – must have been the water), and my host mother seemed to have an endless supply prepared for me. Needless to say, I have no fond memories of ayran!

    • Thanks for the comment. Sorry to hear that ayran left a bad taste in your mouth! I love it.

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