If you come from the land of barbecue, or it just makes you happy to order up a stack of ribs, go to The Pig (1320 14th St. NW) to satisfy your craving. Offering classic hickory BBQ ($20) and macaroni and cheese ($8) along with some more ambitious dishes like spicy BBQ pig tails ($7), this snout-to-tail restaurant may not be your hometown BBQ, but it should help ease your hankering.
2. Chicago Deep Dish
While there’s no shortage of knockoff, thin-crust New York pizza in the District, deep dish can be hard to find. District of Pi (910 F St. NW) fills the void. The shop serves an array of deep dish pizzas ($13 to $23) in addition to thin-crust pies.
3. Deep South
Po’ Boy Bayou (2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW) will accommodate your Creole and Deep South needs. Fried green tomatoes ($10), Jambalaya ($19) and a variety of po’ boy platters ($17 to $20) will transport you back to the Gulf Coast.
4. Fresh Seafood
Anyone who lives by the ocean, whether the Atlantic or Pacific, knows the unmatched taste of fresh fish. The Maine Avenue Fish Market (1100 Maine Ave. SW) has an open-air fish market called “The Wharf” where you can purchase fresh seafood or check out different vendors who cook the fish for you.