Eat Local Guide at DCA

By AJ Dronkers, Associate Publisher & Digital Editor

Cava Mezze Grill @ DCA Terminal B 

Cava Mezze Grill @ DCA Terminal B 

If you are like thousands of other locals you will be traveling through our regional airports this holiday season. Myself, well I'll be passing through DCA Wednesday en route to my home state, California, to spend time with friends and family. In the chaos of packing all your gifts and making sure you have all your holiday outfits picked out, it can be hard to remember to bring quality snacks for a needed refuel.

The great news is that DCA has continued to add our home-grown talent to their food lineup that will fill you up deliciously and affordably! Here are some of our favorite places to grab a quick bite before we escape the DMV.

Cava Mezze Grill

We love their partnership with local Virginia lamb farm, Border Springs, to produce some high quality spicy lamb meatballs. And, we're big fans--we could add their crazy feta spread to anything. 

Taylor Gourmet

Specifically, we're really crazy about the breakfast menu, which they don't offer at their other area locations. Choose one of their fresh creations or even build your own! 


The pizza entrepreneurs have taken DC by storm expanding rapidly across hot spots such as U St, H St, Chinatown and now DCA. &pizza offers the ultimate flexibility to build your own pizza for about $10, including choice of dough, sauce, and unlimited toppings. 

Kapnos Taverna

This is a sister restaurant to celebrity chef Mike Isabella's Kapnos on 14th Street. Kapnos Taverna brings Mediterrerean-style cuisine to your hungry family. 

Lebanese Taverna

This family-owned DC beloved standard offers delicious Lebanese food -- go for one of their essential dishes like chicken shawarma and hummus to tide you over to your next layover. 

Ben's Chilli Bowl

In case you didn't have time to eat at their iconic location on U Street NW,  you can still grab a chili half-smoke on the way to your gate!