Only a fifteen-minute walk from the St. Gregory Hotel, this eclectic Dupont Circle restaurant has a down-to-earth, English pub vibe and global menu of international delicacies. Here’s why you need to check it out:
The Happy Hour
Happy hour runs from 12- 7pm at this joint, making it the ultimate DC destination. Grab a seat at one of the giant picnic tables on the 17th Street outdoor patio for some prime people-watching as you sip your drink. And did we mention the half-off wine bottle deals on Mondays?
The Wine and Beer List
The rotating wine and beer menu reflects the restaurant’s global leanings with picks like a Portuguese Vinho Verde or a Singaporean Tiger beer. There’s also an array of cocktails, like a refreshing pisco thyme.
Chef Alex McCoy, one of the restaurant’s original founders, dreamed up the menu with one principle: he’d only include dishes from countries he’d visited. His vision paid off —every dish on the menu, from the French croque madame to the Vietnamese-inspired pork belly banh mi, tastes delicious and matches up with its authentic flavor.
No DC restaurant would be complete without a fantastic brunch menu, and Duke’s definitely delivers. Come here on weekends for bottomless mimosas, java from hipster mecca Compass Coffee, and treats like Oeufs Norvegiennes—scrambled eggs with chives, smoked salmon, and rocket.
The Proper Burger
This much-loved juicy burger, served with charred red onion and an egg on top is the restaurant’s most popular dish. Make sure to add avocado for one of the best burgers in town.