Mar 14, 2024 - Food and Drink

Food influencer @districteats' favorite D.C. restaurants

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Mia Svirsky of @districteats. Photo: Courtesy of Svirsky

Mia Svirsky, the face behind one of D.C.'s first and most popular food social media accounts, says she's "just a girl eating her way through the nation's capital."

What they did: After moving from Boston to D.C. in 2014, Svirsky decided to marry her love of food and photography by launching @districteats.

  • "I had just started school and went around my dorm putting posters up everywhere — grassroots marketing, right?"

What they're saying: "When I'm not eating, you can find me petting every dog on the street or attempting to play pickleball."

Here are some of Svirsky's favorite spots:

Best new restaurant in D.C.

Best date night spot

  • Red Hen at the bar. Not only is the food absolutely delicious, but the environment is cozy.

Best place to take family

  • Ruthie's All Day. The menu has something for everyone and the space is family-friendly. Order the pancakes.

Best place to take visitors

  • When my friends come to visit, I always take them to Union Market so that everyone can enjoy the cuisine/craving they want without breaking the bank.

☕ Behind the scenes: Here's what Svirsky shared about being a food influencer.

The best part of being a food influencer

  • Meeting cool people in the community and trying out so many different cuisines.

The worst part

  • Instagram glitches … and also balancing a reasonable eating schedule.

What you've learned about the restaurant industry

  • A lot of things happen last-minute and you have to be willing to go with the flow.

Go deeper: Food influencer @dcfoodgod's favorite D.C. restaurants

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