In-the-know realtor Gary Jankowski highlights his favorite spots on the Hill.
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage agent and 21-year resident of the neighborhood Gary Jankowski takes us on a tour of the Hill he calls home.
“I have dinner at least once a week at Trattoria Alberto (506 Eighth St. SE) on Barracks Row. It’s pretty old-school as far as the Hill goes. When Congress is in session, there’s a steady stream of members of Congress dining there, as well as neighborhood regulars and tourists. The restaurant has an unmistakable feeling of family.
Pineapple and Pearls (715 Eighth St. SE) is an exciting addition to Barracks Row. I particularly like stopping by for coffee and a pastry at one of the sidewalk tables. “Mr. Lee’s (615 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, #2) second-floor tailor shop is a throwback to another era. He’s been the go-to tailor for political royalty forever, it seems.
The award-winning macarons from Sweet Lobby (404 Eighth St. SE) never fail to impress as a host gift. Set in a former carriage house adjacent to the Hill Center, Bayou Bakery (901 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) has a wonderful ambiance both inside and outside on the shaded patio.
EatBar (415 Eighth St. SE) opened not long ago on Barracks Row and is a welcome addition to the cocktail and dining scene. The mood is a bit more hip than other Hill spots, and the jukebox selection is pretty eclectic. There’s an extensive and thoughtful wine list and great small plates.
There’s something alluring about a ‘secret’ restaurant. I enjoy introducing non locals to Betsy (514 Eighth St. SE), which is technically part of Belga Cafe. The open-air dining space feels somewhat like a beach escape. It’s accessed via an alley and stairs that give no clue of what awaits!”