Chaia’s plant-based, seasonal tacos are a must try. The counter-order eatery features an extensive menu, filled with combinations like creamy kale-and-potato with pickled onions, salsa verde and crema or mushrooms, feta and red salsa. On top of the healthy and delicious food, the restaurant also features a cozy and airy vibe that brings flair to Georgetown. Co-founder Bettina Stern spoke to us about Chaia and the inspiration behind the farm-to-taco.
We started in farmers markets in May 2013. We opened our first brick and mortar in November 2015.
What inspired the name of your business?
Chaia means “life-giving force” or an iteration of this in many languages. We believe eating your vegetables will keep you healthy and living a longer, better life.
How did you get into your line of work?
I have always had an interest in food – as I was raised in Manhattan. After several iterations of my own life and career, this is where I always felt I’d end up.
What do you love most about being located in DC?The energy that abounds from so many bright and interesting people all living in one place. People in the District tend to be smart, well-traveled and adventurous.
Share with us and our readers an insider’s tip into your favorite spots or activities in the city.
Kayaking (and swimming – yes it’s true) in the Potomac and the easy access to mountains and blue sky while still living in a “big” city. Hard for a New Yorker to admit.
Do you have a special promotion, event, or sale you’d like for our readers to know about?
We launched a Rainy Day Surprise: every rainy day, we told people to come by our shop in Georgetown (3207 Grace Street NW) for a special surprise – it might be a free side, $2.00 off a taco trio, a free cookie, plus more. As they say: when it rains, it pours.