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Explore the 5 top spots in Washington's Mount Vernon Square neighborhood

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Spending time in Mount Vernon Square? Get to know this Washington neighborhood by browsing its most popular local businesses, from a homemade bread and breakfast spot to a Michelin-star restaurant.

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top places to visit in Mount Vernon Square, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of neighborhood businesses. Read on for the results.

1. A Baked Joint

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Topping the list is breakfast and brunch spot A Baked Joint, which offers coffee and tea and sandwiches. Located at 440 K St. NW (between North 4th and North 5th streets), it's the most popular business in the neighborhood, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,586 reviews on Yelp.

The Baked Joint features organic, homemade bread, baked daily, as well as breakfast options, such as quiche; savory oatmeal with kale, smoked ham, caramelized onions and a poached egg; and toast with a variety of toppings.

2. Busboys And Poets 

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Next up is traditional American, breakfast and brunch and Mediterranean spot Busboys and Poets, situated at 450 K St. NW (between North 4th and North 5th streets). With four stars out of 1,983 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite.

The restaurant and bookshop, which has other locations in the area, serves up eggs Benedict three ways, pancakes and French toast. Brunch specialties include Iraqi corned beef hash and shrimp and grits.

3. Shouk

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Middle Eastern, vegan and kosher spot Shouk is another top choice. Yelpers give the business, located at 655 K St. NW (between North 7th and North 6th streets), 4.5 stars out of 549 reviews.

Shouk's specialty is modern Israeli street food, including falafel, a cauliflower burger, mushroom shawarma and hummus salad. It also serves up sweets, such as lemon date balls and chocolate cardamon cookies.

4. Kinship

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Kinship, a New American spot that offers desserts and more, is another much-loved neighborhood go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 360 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1015 7th St. NW (between North New York Avenue and North Mount Vernon Place) to see for yourself.

Chef Eric Ziebold's Michelin-star restaurant features a five-course dinner menu, and desserts, such as rhubarb frangipani cake, passion fruit curd tart and strawberry panzanella. 

5. RPM Italian

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Check out RPM Italian, which has earned four stars out of 946 reviews on Yelp. You can find the Italian spot at 650 K St. NW (between North 7th and North 6th streets).

Chef Doug Psaltis, who ran the kitchen at Michelin-star Country restaurant in New York, brings modern cuisine to RPM Italian, with homemade pasta, slow-roasted meats, seafood risotto and classics, such as eggplant parmesan. 

This story was created automatically using local business data, then reviewed and augmented by an editor. Click here for more about what we're doing. Got thoughts? Go here to share your feedback.


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