I recently discovered a great casual restaurant in Washington DC that not only has managed to survive the pandemic, but is expanding to new locations. While new to me, Half-Smoke has been in the Shaw neighborhood of DC since 2016. Not only do they have a great selection of meats, but great cocktails and appetizers as well.
Ben's Chili Bowl is the most iconic of all restaurants in Washington DC. If you have not been there, you have not eaten in DC. It has been a fixture on U Street since the 1950s.