Graffiato, across the street from the Capital One Arena, catches a parched and hungry flow of sports fans before and after the game or concert. However, the place helmed by Top Chef contestant Mike Isabella attracts a wide cross-section of Washingtonians who come for chef Isabella’s creative dishes that mix Italian fare with Mediterranean influences. Popular items include the Jersey Shore pizza with fried calamari and small plates such as chicken thighs with basil orzo and pepperoni sauce.
Locals indulge with Graffiato’s Bottomless Brunch (weekends,11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Dine on eggs Benedict, chicken and waffles, pizza, French toast bites and bottomless mimosas or peroni for $39, per person. Or opt for elements of the Bottomless Brunch as individual brunch items.
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown on the Red,Yellow, and Green Lines. (7th and H St. exit)