✈ Keeping Kosher in Washington, D.C.

Contributed by: Sharona Whisler | Last Date of Travel: [Author lives in DC]

Kosher Info: In the District itself kosher food and especially restaurants are slim pickings considering how many Jews live in the area. The most popular kosher restaurant in DC is “Eli’s” (http://www.elisdc.com), a glatt kosher deli/grill with a nice variety of dishes on the menu. Eli’s is located at the corner of 20nd and N streets NW. The closest Metro stop is Dupont Circle on the red line (leave through the Dupont Circle South exit when leaving the station stop) which is just around the corner and down the block.

[As of Sept. 1st, 2009, the JCC Cafe has been closed. See: http://washingtonjewishweek.com]


A new Trader Joe’s opened up on 25th street b/t L and M streets NW that sells kosher chicken and sometimes ground meat. This is exciting for DC residents.

There is a general market called Brookville in Cleveland Park (Cleveland Park Metro on the red line is a half-block away) which sells a nice variety of kosher and Israeli products and Zomicks Challah! There are many other restaurants and kosher shopping opportunities in Maryland, one of which is Metro accessible.

Sienna’s Pizza is in Rockville, MD is a block away from the White Flint Metro stop on the red line. They serve dairy Italian and Mexican dishes and you order at the counter.

Tourist Info: This is DC we’re talking about. The mecca of American history and government. How can I list tourist info for the nation’s capital? It can go on forever. Here is it goes. Go see the many monuments and memorials (free!), Tidal Basin (free!) Smithsonian Museums (free!), Arlington Cemetary (free!), walk around Capitol Hill (free!), Georgetown for shopping, and go to Dupont Circle, Adam’s Morgan, or Georgetown at night.

I’ve found this site to be very helpful for the DC tourist: http://www.washington.org.

Jewish Info: The orthodox synagogue, Kesher Israel which holds daily services is located on the corner of 28th and N streets NW.

The DC Chabad is located at 2110 Leroy Place, and offers a free Shabbat lunch.

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