Visiting Southwest, or just looking to better appreciate what it has to offer? Get to know this Washington neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a a seafood market to a an entire lineup of shops, restaurants and more on The Wharf.
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in South West, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.
1. Del Mar
Topping the list is cocktail bar and Spanish spot Del Mar, which offers seafood and more. Located at 791 Wharf St. SW, it's the highest-rated business in the neighborhood, boasting four stars out of 387 reviews on Yelp.
Del Mar's chefs bring the fare of coastal Spain, with specialties such as hand-carved Ibérico ham and chorizo, Mallorcan spreadable smoked pimentón sausage and a variety of Spanish cheeses and classic tapas. It also serves cocktails, wine and beer.
Next up is breakfast and brunch spot Toastique, which offers juice and smoothies and more, situated at 764 Maine Ave. SW (between South Seventh and South L streets). With 4.5 stars out of 153 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.
The gourmet toast and juice bar offers selections such as three-cheese Italian, with prosciutto, Jarlsberg, Fontina and onion jam on jalapeño Cheddar toast. Also try the PB Crunch, with honey-roasted peanut butter, bananas, strawberries, granola, chia seeds, honey and mint on raisin walnut toast.
3. Captain White's Seafood
Seafood market Captain White's Seafood, which offers seafood and more, is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 1100 Maine Ave. SW, four stars out of 751 reviews.
The open-air market, featuring fresh seafood delivered daily, also has a takeout menu of made-to-order options.
Yelper Michael M. wrote, "I got the combo scallops and white fish with fries and a sweet corn. And it was so delicious."
4. Atrium Cafe
Atrium Cafe, a cafe and breakfast and brunch spot, is another neighborhood go-to, with four stars out of 69 Yelp reviews. Head over to 400 Virginia Ave. SW (between South Fourth and South D streets.) to see for yourself.
Yelper Nikita D. said, "The ingredients it uses are fresh and the portions are generous."
5. The Wharf
Check out The Wharf, which has earned four stars out of 189 reviews on Yelp. You can find the seafood market at 1100 Maine Ave. SW
The Wharf, a recently revamped mile-long stretch along the Potomac River, features restaurants, shops, a concert venue and a marina. Events include live music, festivals, outdoor movies, waterfront workouts and more.
Yelper Laura C. wrote, "You can definitely spend an entire day here, from getting breakfast at one of the cafes, lunch at one of the bar/restaurants and perhaps taking in a show."