Food is an important part of diaspora culture, as people will lose their language but they will not lose their food.

(“Is the Kitchen the New Venue of Foreign Policy?”)

Whether it be a Middle Eastern restaurant in Cleveland Park, an Ethiopian restaurant in Silver Spring, or an El Salvadoran restaurant in Adams Morgan, resident culinary diplomats are introducing food traditions with ancient roots and creating new ones born of the fusion of technique, technology, and ingredients unique to their homelands and their adopted homes.  In the process, they are contributing to our collective culinary destiny.

“Culinary diplomacy means to further diplomatic protocol through cuisine and it can take place at the citizen level. By eating at a diaspora restaurant, and engaging with the owners or the community that frequents it, we can employ a deeper level of understanding.” (“Is the Kitchen the New Venue of Foreign Policy?”)

The following DC-based restaurants are a sampling of the many “conflict cuisine embassies” that have emerged in recent years, by country of origin.


Thip Khao

Dominican Republic

Los Hermanos



Sol Mexican Grill

Tacos El Chilango

Mama Chuy

Taqueria Habanero


El Progresso Market

3158 Mount Pleasant St NW Washington, DC 20010

7712 Georgia Ave NW Washington D.C., DC 20012

6211 Belcrest Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20782

Cuba Libre Restaurant and Bar

Mi Cuba Café

Havana Café

International Square, 1825 I St NW, Washington, DC 2000

Habana Village

Banana Café and Piano Bar


Appioo African Restaurant

Bukom Cafe

Sumah’s West African Restaurant

1727 7th St, Washington, DC 20001

Zion Kitchen



Cafe Divan