One of the Washington area's most popular dining destinations, Old Town has many more restaurants than it does historical attractions. You'll find cuisines from around the world offered in every price range along King Street The restaurants described here give you a good sampling of the many tastes offered, but don't be afraid to stroll along and pick one of your own. Restaurants generally post their menus out front, and you'll know by the number of customers which restaurants get nods from the town's affluent citizenry.

My favorite joint for coffee and pastries is Misha's Coffee Roaster & Coffee House, 102 Patrick St. (tel. 703/548-4089;, which hearkens back to the beatnik coffeehouses of the 1950s, with real art on the walls and thrice-read newspapers on the tables. The dogs and bikes leashed to the parking meters outside attest to Misha's popularity with local residents, who gather here for long conversations over freshly roasted coffee. It's open Monday to Saturday from 6am to 8pm, Sunday 6:30am to 8pm.


Stalls sell inexpensive eats in the Torpedo Factory Food Pavilion between the Torpedo Factory, at King and Cameron streets, and the riverfront Chart House restaurant. It's open daily from 11am to 9:30pm.

Obama Burgers -- Everyone from panhandlers to Old Town's gentry can be seen hauling bags of juicy hamburgers, hot dogs, and seasoned french fries from the Old Town branch of Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 107 N. Fayette St. (tel. 703/549-7991;, between King and Cameron streets. This order-at-the-counter joint hearkens back to pre-McDonald's days when hamburgers weren't frozen beforehand and fresh potatoes were cut on premises. Born in nearby Arlington in 1986, the old-fashioned idea was so successful that more than 450 branches have sprung up in 30 states. Patrons at a Five Guys in Washington, D.C., were shocked in early 2009 when President Obama came in and ordered a cheeseburger and fries for himself and a large sack of burgers for the White House staff. Nothing costs more than $6. The Old Town branch is open daily 11am to 10pm.

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