Where To Go In DC Based On Your Favorite TV Characters


There’s a plethora of politicians on TV these days–and it’s hard not to want to track them down once you’re in the capital. Check out our guide to see where to head when you’re in town based on your favorite political show.

If you love: Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation
Then try:  Waffle Shop

Fans of this lighthearted comedy will love getting to chow down on some breakfast food, just like optimistic heroine Leslie Knope. Head over to the Waffle Shop for some delicious diner grub like golden-brown waffles that you can pair with maple syrup just as sweet as Knope.

3864 Mt Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22305
(703) 836-8851

If you love: Frank and Claire Underwood, House of Cards
Then try: The BBQ Joint

This crafty power couple’s rise to the presidency represents the darker side of DC’s power dynamics and internal rivalries—not to mention some pretty excellent barbecue. Craving some Freddie’s? Head down to Dupont’s The Joint for some Southern-style fall-off-the-bone ribs in a homey picnic-style setting. Pro tip: when the meat’s being freshly grilled, The Joint’s owners will switch on the outdoor red light to signal hungry carnivores to head in.

2005 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 747-2377

If you love: Josiah Bartlet, The West Wing
Then try: Compass Coffee

Aaron Sorkin’s walk-and-talk-heavy classic has a more optimistic, intellectual take on DC politics than other District-set shows. Take in some of the brainy local wonks in their natural habitat at DC’s Compass Coffee, where you can load up on treats like matcha cappuccinos while taking in the crowd around you.

1535 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
(202) 838-3139

If you love, Selina Meyer, Veep
Then try: Menchie’s

Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ portrayal of vice-president Selina Meyer is an indisputable classic that District denizens love to watch. Channel the first-season Veep vibe at Menchie’s, where you can reminisce about Selina Meyer’s failed photo op and indulge in some refreshing frozen yogurt without fear of getting snapped by the press.

1939 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 289-7588

If you love: Olivia Pope, Scandal
Then try: The Pursuit

Scandal’s Olivia Pope loves nothing more than a fine red wine. At H Street’s wine paradise, The Pursuit, you can sip on a variety of options, ranging from a Provence-style Rose to a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, by the glass and channel your inner DC big shot.

1421 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
(202) 758-2139