March 1, 2021


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12 Greatest Traditional DC Places to eat for Winter Cafe 7 days 2021

This past year has introduced new cafe openings, pandemic-era pop-ups, and ghost kitchens. But quite a few common DC dining establishments are still going solid, and could use their faithful purchaser aid additional than at any time (in particular the kinds in difficult-strike downtown spots). We’ve beloved eating at these time-examined dining establishments, and when it arrives to Restaurant Week, (now by Feb 7) several, many many years of experience can be a reward.

Bistro Bis
15 E St., NW
Restaurateur Jeffrey Buben brought up a technology of DC cooks at his long-closed Southern cafe, Vidalia. His classic French strategy is on screen at his Capitol Hill cafe with dishes that go further than the regular bistro fare. Imagine salmon gravlax, coq au vin, choucroute garnie, and Normandy apple croustade. Lunch and dinner indoor dining, takeout, and delivery.

The Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Ahead of the Rasika times, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj introduced his occupation with this refined Indian location. It even now can make a grand impact 23 decades afterwards. Selection-packed menus are made available at lunch ($22) and meal ($35 and $55) with plates like mango shrimp, fiery green chili hen, and plenty of vegetarian dishes. Lunch and supper indoor eating, heated out of doors dining, takeout, and supply. 

818 Connecticut Ave., NW
Chef Todd Gray opened Equinox in 1999—long prior to seasonal, Mid-Atlantic cuisine was trendy—but which is not to say the kitchen is stuck in the previous. Grey embraces plant-dependent cuisine, and the a few ($35) or five-study course ($55) Restaurant 7 days menus contain imaginative vegan dishes like navy bean cassoulet alongside omnivorous options these as barbecue shrimp and grits. Supper only indoor and heated out of doors dining, takeout, shipping. 

1602 17th St., NW
Get a cue from Kamala and end by this 42 yr-aged Dupont Italian cafe for takeout. Like Madam Vice President, who frequented earlier this thirty day period, you can grab an get of the signature lasagna with beef, bechamel, and handmade mozzarella—or any of the quite a few dishes from the frequent menu, supplied for Cafe Week.  Lunch and evening meal Indoor and heated outdoor eating, takeout, and shipping. 

Jaleo’s pan con tomate. Photograph by Scott Suchman

I Ricchi
1220 19th St., NW
Ahead of the “casual-chic” development there was Christianne Ricchi’s upscale-rustic Italian restaurant in Dupont Circle. The $35 Restaurant 7 days menu seems to be comforting and filling—think Tuscan ribollita soup, eggplant parmesan, and tiramisu. Lunch and meal indoor eating, heated outside eating, and takeout. 

480 Seventh St., NW 2250 Crystal Dr., Arlington
This Penn Quarter tapas residence is José Andrés’s initial-ever cafe, even though nothing feels dated soon after 26 several years. Get a flavor of in which the ThinkFoodGroup started with your alternative of five tapas, together with hen croquettes, garlicky shrimp, and flan with Catalan cream foam (menus are readily available here). Wine flights are an additional $25. Its Crystal Town sibling is providing the same specials. Lunch and dinner indoor, heated outside eating, and takeout. 

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St., NW
Chef Kaz Okochi pioneered DC’s sushi scene at his downtown Japanese cafe, which opened in 1999. You’ll locate a selection of Kaz classics on the generous Cafe Week menus for a single ($35) or two ($60)—salmon nigiri with mango, tuna with olive, and inexperienced tea tiramisu. Evening meal takeout and shipping only.

Aged Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St., NW
Founded in 1856, the Ebbitt is technically Washington’s oldest cafe (nevertheless its improved destinations several moments). As portion of the Clyde’s Team, count on group-satisfying American fare. For Cafe 7 days, that means possibilities like clam chowder, crabcakes, meatloaf, and bread pudding. The $35 menu also incorporates a gratis wine or beer. Evening meal only indoor dining and shipping.

Best Pizza DC Virginia Maryland Pizzeria Paradiso
A pie at Pizzeria Paradiso. Photograph by Juliana Molina, courtesy of the restaurant.

Pizzeria Paradiso
Locations in Dupont Circle, Spring Valley, Georgetown, and Hyattsville
In advance of the pandemic pizza boom—and the final 10 several years of stylish Neapolitan spots—there was Ruth Gresser’s wood-fired pizza restaurant, which debuted in 1991. The Cafe 7 days menu appears to be like like a good deal: a two-human being food ($35) that consists of a decision of two appetizers or salads and two pizzas, or a scaled-up 4-particular person alternative ($55). We’re generally enthusiasts of the spicy Atomica with salami and olives, or the vegetarian Bosco. Lunch and supper indoor and patio dining (differs by place), takeout, and shipping.

2275 L St., NW
Veteran DC chef Ris Lacoste celebrates “We, the men and women: the diversity of the American table” for Cafe 7 days at her West Close location. That implies choices like Thai brussels sprouts, tandoori chicken, chile relleno and eggplant-parmesan meatballs—plus some of her consolation classics like a cheeseburger with fries. Lunch and supper indoor dining, heated outside dining, delivery, and takeout.  

Destinations in Glover Park, Arlington, and Alexandria
John Snedden’s wood-smoked barbecue joint launched in DC in 1990 and has been serving up tasty meats and fulfilling sides at any time considering the fact that (we appreciate the pea-studded slaw, cucumbers, and mac n’ cheese). For DC’s Restaurant Week, the $35 menu includes a rack of ribs and two pints of sides. For the Alexandria Restaurant 7 days promo, it is a rack of ribs, two sides, two slices of pie, and two fountain beverages ($49). Dinner only heated outside dining, takeout, and shipping and delivery.

1226 36th St., NW
This Georgetown mainstay isn’t pretty as aged as the identify indicates, but its household in a Federal-period townhouse provides it lots of outdated-college allure (furthermore, it has been about for more than 60 yrs). New chef Kyoo Eom (formerly of 2941 and the late Poste) serves a $55 Restaurant Week menu which is far more great-eating than your typical offer. Think pheasant ballontine, brioche-crusted halibut, and apple Paris-brest with buttermilk ice product. Dinner indoor dining, takeout, and supply.

Food items Editor

Anna Spiegel handles the eating and ingesting scene in her native DC. Prior to becoming a member of Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA software in New York, and held numerous cooking and creating positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.