Marisa DunnContent Manager, Zagat
Even though she’s originally from Maryland, Carolina blue and white run through Marisa’s blood. And just like how fellow UNC alum Michael Jordan is really good at basketball, Marisa is really good at winning our office NCAA basketball pool every year. She’s also really good at setting up and operating our new markets as we expand around the US and beyond. Marisa’s duties as Cities Coordinator ensure that she spends time working on nearly every city that The Infatuation exists in, and she therefore knows more about restaurants all around the country than pretty much anyone.
Right off U Street, Takoda has a nice (but small) rooftop and some good bar food options. We like it for a day drinking session or even a casual date.
Taverna has all the pizza, pasta, and $2 mimosas you need for a good brunch downtown.
Yellow Jacket in East Austin has a divey bar but a truly excellent patio.
In addition to actually good Mexican food, Licha’s on East Sixth has a great patio and solid drinks.
Bakery up top and beer garden downstairs, Easy Tiger in Downtown has you covered all times of the day.
The food at Colada Shop is just okay, but the space and location make it a good place for a quick meal around U Street.
Bread Furst is a bakery in Van Ness with some of our favorite pastries in town. It’s also a good spot for a quick breakfast or lunch.
All-Purpose is a neighborhood spot in Shaw with excellent Italian antipasti and some good pizza.
Like it’s Penn Quarter counterpart, Rasika West End serves some of the best upscale Indian food in the city.
Centrolina is an Italian spot in CityCenter. It’s grownup, but the space is bright and the vibes aren’t stuffy.