Now that the dog days of summer are upon us, we’ll do anything we can to fight the muggy heat. Gazpacho, a cold Spanish soup, is an age-old way to cool off. One theory about its early history is that it was a thirst-quenching, rejuvenating meal for peasants who worked long hours in the blazing sun.
Since the dish’s humble beginnings, there have been many changes in its preparation. Most gazpachos found on menus in the States today are different from the traditional recipes followed in Andalucía, but the intent is still the same: to provide refreshment during the hottest time of the year. Here are 19 spots to find respite from the heat with a cold bowl of gazpacho.
The watermelon gazpacho at this compact Cleveland Park spot has cucumber, spiced almonds, and basil ($11).
3311 Connecticut Ave NW
José Andrés has teamed up with Tio Gazpacho founder Austin Allan to create a bottled soup exclusively for Beefsteak locations. Flavors include a classic red gazpacho, yellow gazpacho, and green gazpacho with kale, spinach, avocado, and mint ($3.99).
Multiple locations in DC and MD, can be found here
Bidwell’s gazpacho is a blend of watermelon, red onions, serrano peppers, cucumbers, mint, and sherry vinegar ($8).
1309 5th St NE
The heirloom tomato gazpacho at BlackSalt is pumped up with blue crab salad, toasted almonds, micro basil, and basil oil ($16).
4883 MacArthur Blvd
Michael Mina’s steakhouse has a strawberry gazpacho that features buttermilk sorbet, pistachio, mint, and olive oil ($15).
2800 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Gazpacho gets gilded at this Belgian brasserie in Old Town. The Maine lobster and coconut gazpacho has marinated scallops, Ossetra d’Acquitane caviar, and brioche croutons ($21).
1600 King St, Alexandria, VA
Central’s yellow tomato gazpacho is graced by a bulb of burrata for an added creamy indulgence ($16.50). It will be on the menu for the upcoming Metropolitan Washington Restaurant Week.
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Gazpacho is one of the sides at Georgetown’s go-to spot for veggie tacos. It’s a straightforward soup with beefsteak tomatoes, cucumber, and jalapeño ($3).
3207 Grace St NW
This veg-forward mainstay has a gazpacho called The Golden Bear, with golden tomatoes, pineapple, and English cucumber ($14).
818 Connecticut Ave NW
Fresh summer peaches make for a sweet and savory gazpacho. It’s topped with crème fraîche, sliced chili peppers, and radishes ($8).
1310 New Hampshire Ave NW
The pedigreed new chef at Jack Rose, Jon de Paz, has created a cucumber gazpacho with a bit of heat. It’s made with fermented cucumber, jalapeño, lime, and mint ($7).
2007 18th St NW
For a simple but satisfying gazpacho, head to Logan Tavern, where they have a tomato soup with cucumbers, red peppers, red onion, jalapeños, herbs, and a few zesty spices ($7).
1423 P St N
Austin Fausett’s rendition of gazpacho is Instagram-ready, thanks to a colorful swirl. The soup is made with heirloom tomato, cucumber, basil, garlic, and Thai chili ($12).
775 G St NW
Out in Reston, find a unique take on a melon gazpacho, with honeydew instead of the expected watermelon. There’s also cilantro, parsley, shallot, and olive oil ($7).
11150 South Lakes Dr, Reston, VA
When the new summer menu debuted at Roofers Union, so did a garden gazpacho ($9) made with cucumber, red pepper, and basil.
2446 18th St NW
As part of the Express Lunch menu at RPM, there’s a green gazpacho with lobster, basil, and spicy oil ($24). It’s also available a la carte upon request ($9).
650 K St NW
In Silver Spring, there’s a rotating selection of gazpacho throughout the season at The Daily Dish. The two currently on the menu are a watermelon and a strawberry mint gazpacho ($7).
8301 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD
Green grapes are the star of the gazpacho at this power dining hub. The soup also has hearts of palm, cucumber, olive oil croutons, and spring blossoms ($12).
800 Connecticut Ave NW
Chef Jay Caputo recently took over the kitchen at Michael Schlow’s restaurant in the Carlyle Hotel. One of his new additions to the menu is a tomato, cucumber, and Thai red curry gazpacho served with a Thai basil and coconut panna cotta ($13).
1731 New Hampshire Ave NW