Justin Schuble, food blogger and Instagram pro

It’s no wonder Georgetown University student Justin Schuble has been named one of the “Best Food Instagrammers in the World by Infatuation: The founder and creative director of @dcfoodporn has won raves from The Huffington Post, USA Today and Spoon University. Brought to you by the makers of PEPCID®, helping food lovers explore great tastes without the fear of heartburn, Schuble shares his favorite local eats, including the best fried chicken in the nation’s capital.

① Union Market

An artisanal food market with more than 40 vendors, Union Market has become a hot spot to hang out. I could spend hours there, sipping lattes from Peregrine Espresso, eating lentil crepes from DC Dosa and stuffing my face with Korean tacos from TaKorean. Make sure to save room for dessert, because Dolcezza Factory is located behind the market and offers a great selection of gelato and sorbet.

Photo: Union Market

② Rose’s Luxury

Chef Aaron Silverman pushes the boundaries of food there. The flavors are innovative and exciting, with dishes like sake-marinated oysters and confit goat. I especially recommend the pork, habanero and lychee salad. If you’re lucky, you might snag a seat looking into the open kitchen. Expect to wait for a table, since they only accept reservations for large groups, but once you’re seated, you’ll be glad you waited.

Photo: Rose’s Luxury

③ Chaia

Anyone who follows me on Instagram knows that my obsession with Chaia has me at risk of turning into a taco. What started as a stand at the local farmers’ markets has become one of D.C.’s most beloved new storefronts. Vegetarian and gluten-free, its amazing tacos can even be made vegan. I usually get the market trio, which includes three tacos of your choice for $11.

Photo: Justin Schuble

④ Rasika

If you’re looking for modern Indian food, Rasika and its sister restaurant, Rasika West End, are the places to go. The dishes are vibrant, the atmosphere is gorgeous and the flavor is explosive. Definitely try the palak chaat, which are kind of like spinach chips—pieces of spinach that have been flash-fried in a light tempura batter—that melt in your mouth.

Photo: Rasika
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⑤ Maketto

With a clothing store in the front, a restaurant in the back and a café on the second floor, Maketto has it all. The restaurant offers a Cambodian- and Taiwanese-inspired menu full of hearty dishes like steamed buns and noodle soups. Upstairs, you’ll find café and an incredible matcha latte—a rarity in DC.

Photo: Justin Schuble, Maketto

⑥ Swizzler Food Truck

Swizzler is just one of many great trucks around the city. Offering an array of gourmet dogs with toppings like fresh mozzarella, balsamic glaze and house-made pesto, served on warm pretzel buns, they will make you reconsider your definition of a hot dog. Pro tip: Add a side of Parmesan truffle fries to your order.

Photo: Swizzler

⑦ Baked & Wired

While tourists stand in line outside other cupcake shops, local food lovers know that the best cupcakes in D.C. can be found at Baked & Wired. It offers a wide selection of coffees, teas, breads and pastries, but the real stars are the larger-than-life cupcakes. There’s also a new sister location called A Baked Joint. Either way, I suggest you “get baked” immediately.

Photo: Justin Schuble

⑧ China Chilcano

Celebrity chef José Andrés newest D.C. restaurant, China Chilcano, might just be his best yet (and that’s saying something). The impressive menu draws upon Chinese, Japanese and Peruvian flavors. If you’re feeling adventurous, I recommend trying one of the tasting menus.

Photo: China Chilcano

⑨ The Red Hen

This Italian American spot takes the best parts of eating at home and dining out and combines them into a remarkably satisfying experience. The wood-fire grill burns in the background as you scarf down pastas and crostini and sip good wine.

Photo: The Red Hen