Dine-N-Dash is an event that I always look forward to every year because of the numerous Washington, DC restaurants and food trucks, showcased throughout the evening.
It is also a Charity event hosted by Chef José Andres and Friends, benefiting World Central Kitchen, an international organization that focuses on smart solutions to hunger and poverty.
This year, I attended the event with Phoebe, with whom I also experienced the occasion for the first time back in 2014.
30 RESTAURANTS. 1 NIGHT. UNLIMITED FOOD & DRINKS. 6PM – 10PM.
You can imagine how excited we were to attend together again.
The event was divided in 2 prime areas of Washington, DC:
14th Street & Penn Quarter.
We checked in at 14th Street and began our amazing food experience at Doi Moi, with the following offerings:
Every single of one of Doi Moi’s offerings were outstanding!
We were busy eating wings, sipping on punch and lost track of time!
“Oh my, it’s after 7pm. We need to hurry and go to the next stop. The event ends at 10pm” said Phoebe.
She was absolutely right.
Look who I found on our way out!
Next up was this block with cafés and an ice cream shop.
We made our next move at Taqueria Nacional, which serves authentic Mexican food.
We also tried their Chicken, Fish and Beef Tacos, which were OK.
The Frozen Margarita cups were ice cold and super refreshing!
We briefly stopped at Jubilee because Phoebe spotted their Gin Tonic Sorbet, which was more lemony and lacked her ideal quantity of gin!
Colada Shop was next!
A small café that serves Cuban coffee, Cuban food, Cuban cocktails and socializes Cuban-style.
The Empanadas, Cuban Sandwiches and Mojitos were all great.
Especially the chicken empanadas: fresh, crispy crust and tasty.
Last on the block was Lupo Verde, an authentic, rustic and Italian restaurant which offers small plates, charcuterie, breads and antipasti.
By this time, we were stuffed and decided to only sample the Dine-N-Dash cocktail offerings at this location.
We were fans of the Toto.
The Lupo Alberto was too strong for me. Phoebe referred to it as a sipping drink, one that you really have to take your time to sip and enjoy.
The Amalafemmmina was a bit bitter.
We ended our evening at Zaytinya!
This is one of my favorite places to place to eat at.
I love their lamb chops and their pita chips are to die for, at least in my opinion.
We arrived a little after 9pm and unfortunately for us, all the good stuff was gone.
Not surprising but we were able to enjoy the following:
Every single one of the mezze offered at Zaytinya’s were delightful.
I was really looking forward to devouring the little Lamb Lettuce beds they usually serve at Dine-N-Dash but I can always come back for a full Lamb Chops entrée.
Clearly, we were unable to check out every single one of the restaurants but I am glad that I got to discover and explore new restaurants, one of which has become a favorite.
I am looking forward to next year’s event and the opportunity to discover more.
For more information on this event and the charity, go to DINE-N-DASH.