On my recent trip to Washington D.C. I had the opportunity to dine at some great restaurants and lounges in the D.C. area. As a Texas native, I’ve never traveled to the north or east coast of the U.S. so this trip was a first for me. And though it was a pain to get there, I discovered some great restaurants in the Washington, D.C. area that almost made the hassle of getting there all worth it.



thai restaurant

After a long day at work, I wanted to treat myself to a manicure (check) and a delicious dinner (double check). It took a while to decide on a restaurant but I finally took a chance and went to Yindee Thai. Though it’s located in a strip mall, the interior is gorgeous and relaxing. I ordered a coconut curry with tofu and veggie spring rolls.

where to dine in the washington, D.C. area

where to dine in the washington, D.C. area

where to dine in the washington, D.C. area

The food came out hot and fresh and the owner was kind and approachable. I highly recommend trying Yindee Thai if you are in the Springfield, Virginia area.


outdoor restaurant patio

inside restaurant

The next night I went looking for something a little more classy (I didn’t pack my heels for nothin’). I did some research and found BABA lounge. But, when I arrived, I saw that BABA and AMBAR are right next door and are run by the same owners. BABA caters more to the bar crowd while AMBAR serves up an extensive (and delicious) Balkan tapas menu. Both places use the same kitchen and can be accessed through a secret stairwell that runs between the two eateries. Here’s my suggestion on how your night should play out.

quinoa plate

calamari plate

Start at AMBAR and enjoy the ambiance and great service. The menu is Balkan inspired meaning it’s full of meat. But, if you are a vegetarian or pescatarian such as myself, there are options for you as well. I enjoyed the delicious calamari and quinoa salad for a reasonable price.

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chocolate mousse

After dinner head downstairs for dessert and a specialty cocktail at BABA. The chocolate mousse is divine and the atmosphere is cozy, secluded, and relaxing. The perfect place to enjoy a nightcap and decadent dessert. This place is seriously cool.

where to dine in the dc area

On my final day in D.C., I was having serious cravings for comfort food. A good old-fashioned breakfast. I found it at Silver Diner. This diner prides itself on sourcing its ingredients from local Amish farms making their food extra tasty.

I’m so glad I was able to find the opportunity to try out some good eateries while in Virginia. Stay tuned for more from my Virginia travels! And be sure to follow me on Instagram @mybrownsparklez for more behind the scenes photos and stories! Thank you for reading!