I was urged to post about the food scene in DC after listening to out-of-townees who remember DC for stuffy steakhouses and jumbo pizza slices. There is a steady boom of restaurants serving creative cuisine in the trendy neighborhoods: 14th St corridor, U st, Mt.Vernon and H st NE, and here is a list of my favorite NEW places::
Rogue24 – an underground tasting menu experience of modern cuisine with Chef RJ Cooper, where you feel like you are dining in the kitchen among the food scientists crafting the plates with tongs and syringes.
Our favorites from R24 was not pictured, so I’ll list it here: Chinese Take out that had dehydrated rice and fresh vegetables, a superb take on a staple. Profound one was a dish called Sea Floor with corals, seaweed and tapioca lava rocks. Another interesting one was the Foul Play with Baby corn, Quail egg and a nest. R24 is a journey deep into textures where the crafters take center stage. Be ready to get very tipsy with their generous wine pairings.
Estadio – a contemporary Spanish tapas experience. Exquisite decor, Cachaca Sangrias, best blistered Peppers.
Kushi – a Japanese Izakaya Gastropub. Absolutely the freshest sushi, it comes as no surprise since the fish is flown everyday from Japan. Juicy, tasty morsels from the robata grill. Pork Belly, Quail and Eel in a bed of rice, are to die for!
El Centro – authentic Mexican Taqueria and Tequileria, our perpetual joint for late night food as their kitchen is open until 3am. They also have an underground Tequila tasting room, about 200 Tequilas and a mixologist to craft latin mezcal cocktails.
I drool looking at their Corn on the Cob coming out of the hot grill every time! Get the Pork Carnitas Tortas!
Toki Underground – a small cosy ramen bar in H Street NE, decked out with vinyl toys and skate boards.
Good Stuff Eatery – a Spike Mendelsohn joint for the most yummy burger, one that comes with a sunny side up between the buns. Oh, and Marshmallow shakes!
America Eats – a food museum where you can eat the history of America, well ofcourse with a twist, from Chef Jose Andres.
Pearl Dive – a rustic place with reclaimed things from all over the country, has many interesting things going on. A bocce court, silent movie projections, good quality oysters and drinks in mason jars!
Graffiato – Italian tapas from Chef Mike Isabella. My absolute favorite dish for years to come is their Sweet Corn Pasta and the Bone Marrow.
Birch and Barley – Go for the Sunday Boozy Brunch with the prix-fixe menu serving the most yummy warm toffee bacon donuts.
Other favorites are Komi (THE BEST!!), J&G Steakhouse, CityZen, The Source, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Bourbon Steak, Adour, Zaytinya, Founding Farmers, Marvin and Hanks. Oh and Minibar, which I’m yet to try! Best Ethiopian in Ust: Etete.
Sorry no suggestions for the best Indian, I still rely on home cooking for that!
I have literally seen the city grow-up in the past 5 years, its catching up real fast and there are lot more ‘Opening Soon’ signs that gets us super thrilled~