At GW, students trade a dining hall for some of the country’s best restaurants, and use tourist destinations as their regular workout routes. With hundreds of restaurants, places to live off-campus and bars to visit on the weekends, it can be tough to choose what's best in our neighborhood. This year, The Hatchet chose the best food, drinks, people, places and things in our home quadrant of Northwest D.C. Check out our editors' picks and see how your choices stack up against our favorites.

Food and Drink

Students are lucky because we’re not stuck with a mediocre dining hall. We have a bundle of options right at our fingertips, but that can get overwhelming. We scouted out the tastiest food truck, the best place to get drunk, the most photogenic food and other appetizing choices in the area.

Best Trendy Health Food

Avocado Toast from Fruitive

Best Food Truck


Best Bottomless Brunch

Medium Rare

Best Meal to Splurge On


Best Dive Bar

Dan's Cafe

Best Unique or Oversized Drink

Whale Pail

Best Food for Your Instagram

Icy Code Ice Cream Rolls

Best "Trust Me, I'm a Local" Restaurant

The Red Hen

Best Authentic International Food

El Sol

People, Places and Things

There are always new things to do and interesting people to meet around every corner. We picked the best athletes to watch, the most unique museum to browse and the best spot for your next Instagram post.

Best Male Athlete

Tyler Cavanaugh

Best Female Athlete

Caira Washington

Hottest Male Athlete

Andrea Bolognesi

Hottest Female Athlete

MacKenzie Cowley

Most Photo-Worthy Street Mural

Watermelon Wall

Best GW-related Social Media Account

GW Geese

Best Off-The-Beaten-Path Museum

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Best Low-Key Friday Night

Bowling and Bocce at Pinstripes

Best Off-Campus Housing

Varsity on K

Best Secret Workout Spot

Run at Theodore Roosevelt Island

Best Professor

Bonnie Morris

Best Off-Campus Study Spot

Kogod Courtyard