The best places in D.C. to stay off the radar
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The main mission of most weekend getaways is to revel in new experiences – land in a new city and plot your course through each meal and point of interest staying off the radar as much as possible. That becomes more intriguing when you give the weekend a secret mission theme.
Inspired by the covert operations that take place in the Showtime Original Series Homeland, let this be your guide for discovering new restaurants and entertaining scenes throughout Washington D.C. The nation’s capital is one of the most happening food destinations in the country, home to places just crawling with classified ops, off-the-record meetings, and thrilling new culinary adventures.
Now you can act like an in-the-know, casual local with a secret to keep when you explore these eateries and museums for a more clandestine weekend experience. Then, watch the real thing by tuning into Homeland back in your room on Showtime.
Take care of business after sunrise in a small restaurant tucked behind the National Archives. Before the city comes to life you can talk shop over breakfast sandwiches made on tigelle bread and house-cured meats. The restaurant is a dramatic scene with meat curing, heavy wood fixtures, and tall booths set away from the main hub of the restaurant.
Hide in plain sight amongst the tourists for a picnic on the National Mall. You’ll grab lunch from a local food truck and casually sit next to your contact on a park bench for a quick conversation and exchange.
The underground name gives an air of mystery as you dine on some of the finest Taiwanese fare in DC. This hip Ramen spot is snug but loud, so you should be able to slip in and out going fairly unnoticed.
Notorious for hosting real-life spy games, hit Mr. Smith's to be far from the in-crowd over classic pub fare. Or in this case, saloon fare. The space is formerly home to Chadwick's, the infamous scene where a KGB operative got a CIA agent to defect in the '80s.
If walls could talk, these would have legendary stories to share. This public museum has served as the headquarters for the Supreme Council, 33°, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry for a century. Rich in history, a well-appointed library, and a grand staircase, your secrets are certainly safe in here.
Dedicated to espionage on a global level, gain an unprecedented look inside a virtually invisible profession. Explore tools of the trade and even experience an interactive operation spy exhibit to refine your skills for the secret agency you may (or may not!) work for. It’s an ideal place to hide out to talk about the things no one is talking about.
Set in the shadows of the International Spy Museum, Rasika is an ideal scene for a dinner cloaked in secrecy. Be sure to make reservations for one of the city’s best spots for modern Indian food. Try to sit at the chef’s bar, which is out of the way and quieter than the main seating area.
This deceptive hole-in-the-wall restaurant is tucked away in an unsuspecting row house off the beaten path. Savor traditional thai recipes direct from the chef’s mother as you fall off the map into one of DC’s most surprising restaurants.
Complete the mission over a hand-crafted cocktail in an old-fashioned speakeasy. You and your cohorts will discreetly gain access via a secret sliding wall before settling into a snug space with dim lighting and exceptional drinks.