U Street Corridor Restaurants

Izakaya Seki

1117 V St NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-588-5841

Japanese
Sushi

 

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$25.00
 

★★★

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Seki is molded as a true izakaya — an informal Japanese tavern serving simpler fare — offering an assortment of small plates that appear simple and straightforward at first glace, yet revealing an incredible complexity and the mastery of chef Hiroshi Seki with each bite. This is the rare Japanese restaurant that doesn't serve sushi, though there's still an excellent selection of raw fish served as sashimi (without the rice). Make sure to sit downstairs where you can watch the chef work, and don't miss the restaurant's signature "Aji Tataki." The small Japanese horse mackerel is served in two stages: the flesh is served as sashimi, followed later by the bones, deep fried to a potato-chip like crispness.
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2.5 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"One sign you’re in the right place for sashimi and rice balls is when the diners all around you are speaking Japanese. Tokyo feels close when you’re ensconced at the ground-floor counter of this placid neighborhood restaurant, watching chef Hiroshi Seki glide his knife through fresh fish with the precision of someone who has been doing it for 53 of his 68 years. The raw dishes show his eye for good fish, and the simmered ones … are pure comforts. As for the fried items, have I ever had lighter, crisper baby squid tempura? Maybe in my dreams.…" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 10 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"The Japanese izakaya trend has taken off in Washington, but there’s nothing scene-seeking about this spare gem. Father/daughter team Hiroshi and Cizuka Seki quietly conduct one of the most impressive dining experiences in town. He stays behind the kitchen counter—among the best seats in the bilevel house—while she roams the dining rooms, often guiding guests to the best sake and soju pairings. Part of the thrill arrives with the illustrated specials menu, which lists assortments of sashimi flown in from Japan and might include fried or grilled delicacies such as custardy barbecue eel. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A father-and-daughter-owned Izakaya with some of the area’s best sashimi and a very good selection of sake."

Kapnos

2201 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-234-5000

Greek


 

$$$
$27.50
 

★★★

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Mike Isabella's Greek small plates concept specializes in spit-roasted meats and modern interpretations of familiar, classic dishes. Executive Chef and partner George Paganos oversees the remarkably consistent kitchen, while Beverage Director Taha Ismail oversees a wine list featuring a number of excellent Greek wines. It all makes for a fun night out, and one of the city's best Greek restaurants.
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2.5 Stars (10/10/2013) — Fall Dining Guide 2013
"It’s all Greek to patrons of the latest and perhaps greatest idea (yet) from Mike Isabella. … Just to be clear, Kapnos is not your father’s, or even your mother’s, Greek restaurant; the familiar flavors are all accounted for, but the presentations are up to the minute."  See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 36 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"No doubt you’ve had a gyro before. Grayish-brown meat sliced from a vertical spit and stuffed into a packaged pita. Now get a load of the gyro at Mike Isabella’s Kapnos Taverna—thick slices of roasted lamb, dripping with juice and singing of garlic and fresh oregano, tucked into a flatbread fresh from the grill, and slathered with tzatziki so thick and rich you could envision eating it by the tubful. Isabella is Italian, not Greek, but he got his start at José Andrés’s Zaytinya, and his affection for the cuisine is evident in the bright, zesty dishes that fly out of these kitchens. At Kapnos, meat is dominant. At Kapnos Taverna, in Ballston, fish is the center of the menu. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Hazel

808 V Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-847-4980

American


 

$$$
$27.47
 

★★½

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Neighborhood Restaurant Group's Hazel features the cooking of former Tallulah chef Rob Rubba. The menu offers "medium plates" — halfway between appetizer and entree &mdash, with global influences. Can't decide? A tasting menu called "Chef's 7" is offered for $46 per person. There's also full meal featuring Peking-style duck called "Duck Duck" for $50 per person.
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2.5 Stars (7/20/2016)
"… Enlisted by the Neighborhood Restaurant Group to come up with another place to eat, Rubba responded with Hazel in Shaw and (bless him) a collection of medium-size plates that take their cues from around the globe. &hellip" See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/27/2016)
"… Chef Rob Rubba—formerly of Tallula/Eatbar—was visiting the Alexandria Farmer’s Market when he spotted a selection of lazy Susans from local woodworker K.C. Cromwell. The turntables sparked visions of a restaurant built around fun, shareable meals like at dim sum joints, as well as family dinners at home—eclectic spreads in the Rubba household that meld American or European ingredients with those from his wife’s native Korea. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

G by Mike Isabella

2201 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-234-5015

Italian
Sandwiches

 

$$
$40.00*
 

★★½

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Celebrity chef Mike Isabella's casual sandwich shop adjoins his small plates Greek restaurant Kapnos. The sandwiches, available until 5 pm, are among the best in DC, and well worth the trip. By night, G transforms into an all tasting menu restaurant serving a classic Italian menu with Isabella's own Jersey spin.
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2.5 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015 [8]
"By day, it’s the sunny source of heroic sandwiches eaten to a rock beat. (My current fixation: baby goat and lemony potatoes packed into a sturdy sesame seed roll and knocked back with pineapple-lemon grass soda.) By night, this sibling to the adjoining Kapnos extends one of the area’s premier dining deals, courtesy of a four-course, $40 tasting menu that’s so polished, you overlook the fact you’re sitting in a hard wooden booth in the company of a bunch of cartoon vegetables on the wall. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 72 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"By day, this narrow shop slings some of the top sandwiches in town. At night, the lights go down (though the sound system stays tuned to ’90s hip-hop and metal) and chef/owner Mike Isabella’s crew cranks out a more ambitious roster of Italian pastas and roasts. The $40 prix fixe menu—which begins with a generous meat-and-cheese slate—is a killer deal, but you can go à la carte as well. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"A sandwich shop from the owners of Kapnos, wood-roasted meats, tasting menus, Sunday night gravy menu." See 9/23/2013 Review…»

Kyirisan

1924 8th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-525-2942

French
Chinese

 

$$$
$30.62
 

★★½

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Tim Ma (Maple Ave., Water & Wall) calls this restaurant "Chinese-French," but it draws on influences from all over Asia, as well as the American South, and combines those influences with French technique to create a "fusion" that's a credit to the term. Plates tend toward smaller tapas-like portions.
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2.5 Stars (7/6/2016)
"… A tip sheet for Kyirisan would definitely begin with some chicken wings. Yeah, yeah, they’re not just for bars anymore and everyone is making them. Ma distinguishes his pile from the flock by draping his wings in a burnt-orange sauce that gets its smoothness from creme fraiche and its umami from … well, just about any fermented or assertive enhancer within Ma’s reach, including oyster sauce; the acidic Japanese citrus called sudachi; and gochujang, the pungent Korean condiment made with chili paste, rice and soybeans. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

The Fainting Goat

1330 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-735-0344

American


 

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$21.57
 

★★

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The Fainting Goat from chef Nathan Beauchamp and owner Greg Algie is a neighborhood tavern with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients, craft beers, and cocktail, where the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff friendly.
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2.0 Stars (1/28/2014)
"At the Fainting Goat, the year-old American tavern on U Street NW, one can’t help but notice how attractive the clientele is on any given night. ... Fainting Goat, says its second chef, Nathan Beauchamp, is “a big stop for Tinder dates,” referring to the matchmaking app that connects singles based in part on appearance. ... Surely co-owner Greg Algie is shaking his head at the irony: “Fainting Goat” refers to the restaurateur’s relative shyness around women. ... The restaurant assembles its dishes under categories that will either annoy or amuse you: 'Nibbles' are snacks for sharing, 'Graze' gathers appetizers and 'Feed' finds main courses. … Algie lets Beauchamp ... do his own thing. One of the owner’s few stipulations was that goat have some role in the mix." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 97 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"While gastropubs are no longer the hot dining trend, this warm neighborhood tavern embodies what popularized the movement: unfussy, creative food, a generous list of brews, and familiar service, even to new faces. A young, dapper crowd sits around candlelit tables sipping punch to the tune of the Black Keys, but what sets the scene apart from any other on the block is Nathan Beuchamp's cooking." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Lupo Verde

1401 T St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-827-4752

Italian


 

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$22.57
 

★★

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Lupo Verde is a Southern Italian restaurant from restaurateur Med Lahlou (Tunnicliff’s, Ulah, Station 4) and chefs Domenico Apollaro and Antonio Matarazzo, both native Italians.
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Unrated (4/7/2014)
"A native of southern Italy, Domenico Apollaro, 34, serves as top chef of the two-story restaurant[.] … Many of his antipasti look to the sea. … Apollaro’s plate-size pizzas are pretty and pillowy. … This is not a menu where you can point your finger anywhere on it and pull up a winner. Lupo Verde requires you to make a few visits to find its charms, which, if not abundant, are present. See Full Review…»
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No. 100 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"With its tucked-away alcoves and ruddy brick walls, this rowhouse is one of the more romantic addresses in the 14th Street corridor. But it’s not just about atmosphere. There are excellent cocktails, especially if you’re a fan of herbal flavors and amari; a prodigious roster of Italian meats and cheeses, including obscurities such as salty Moliterno cheese from Basilicata; and a wealth of fresh pastas. …" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"One meal here blew me away with two of the finest dishes I've ever eaten in 14UP - this rating could move higher." See 3/13/2014 Review…»

Tico

1926 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-319-1400

American


 

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$24.60
 

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Chef Michael Schlow recently opened the second branch of his Boston restaurant Tico, which features cuisine influenced by Schlow's trips to Mexico, Spain, and Latin America. Executive Chef George Rodrigues' menu reflects the restaurant's fun, casual vibe with selections for every appetite, including ceviches, tacos, small plates, grilled items, and a handful of entrees. There's also plenty of cocktails, beers, wines, and an extensive selection of tequila to go along with it all.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (9/10/2014)
"To eat at Tico, a playful import from Boston chef Michael Schlow, is to graze as he has on his travels around the world. … Tico’s tacos are packed with personality. … My go-to small plate salutes Italy and Spain. … Bigger plates can induce siestas." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 80 (1/8/2015) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2015
"Boston chef Michael Schlow doesn’t play by many rules at his first DC restaurant. The sprawling small-plates menu, which swings all over South and Central America, and even through Spain, can be tricky to navigate. Our advice? Load up on veggie dishes—especially the salsa-verde-sauced cabbage salad and the roasted cauliflower with fava beans. Ceviches show an uncommon knack for creating layers of texture, and the excellent scallop version is by turns crunchy (thanks to crispy brown rice) and creamy (a smooth avocado purée). Finish with a round of tacos—and don’t forget that cookie plate." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Matchbox

1901 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 
202-328-0369

Pizza
Burgers

 

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$15.00
 

★★

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The original Chinatown restaurant was called Matchbox because it is in a narrow, tall rowhouse that resembles one standing on its side. That restaurant has since expanded considerably and evolved into a chain with nine locations in four states, plus the District. But the formula and quality remain largely the same, at least as regards the pizzas and best-in-class miniburgers. A handful of entrees are also offered, but these are a bit more expensive than our price estimate and not what you should come here for anyway.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"Even though it has expanded from its original three-level location in Chinatown to embrace nearly a dozen same-named restaurants in the District and beyond, Matchbox retains many of its opening-day charms. A wood-stoked pizza oven tips off customers to one draw: thin-crusted pies that whisper of smoke. Servers sport black T-shirts printed with “3-6-9” on them, referencing the several ways you can ask for the signature juicy mini-burgers, heaped with Parmesan-dusted onion strings. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (10/15/2012)
"… You’ll still find all the Matchbox signatures, from the wee patties with shoestring fries to the spicy meatball and bacon-flecked pizza. Chef Jeff Richardson—who is moving over from the Capitol Hill branch—will features specials such as miso-honey salmon and short ribs glazed with coconut curry. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Oohhs and Aahhs

1005 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-667-7142

Soul Food


 

$$
$17.19
 

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This lunch-counter-like restaurant features soul food in huge portions. It's open late on the weekends, but prices go up significantly after hours.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (8/27/2010)
"D.C. soul-food fans know that Southern comfort food at Oohhs and Aahhs is among the city's best." See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (6/15/2010)
This outdated mini-review notes "the region’s best soul food, dished out from a galley kitchen to customers who josh with chef Oji Abbott as they tear into heaped-high meals." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Good divey soul food, huge portions, try baked or fried chicken with mac 'n cheese, a bit sloppy."

Thai X-ing

2020 Ninth St. NW.
Washington, DC 20001
202-332-4322

Thai


 

$$
$35.00*
 

★★

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The restaurant began as a spin-off of the original, but has become the de facto flagship and one of the hardest reservations in the city to get (early/late walk-ins are welcome). The new location has a full bar and also allows unlimited BYOB, with a gentle $5 corkage fee. As for the food, there's no menu. Diners are served five to seven courses and what you might get, and how much you pay, depends on when you go and how many are in your party: Tuesday is vegetarian/vegan with a fish option; Wednesday and Thursday includes meat and vegetable dishes with a fish option for parties of four or more; Friday and Saturday includes meat, vegetable, and fish dishes; and Sunday is vegetarian only. The meal costs $30 per person except on Friday and Saturday, when it's $40, and each day there is a $10 per person surcharge for parties of five or more.
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2 Stars (12/3/2014)
"Not every course soars, but the ordinary eats aren’t anything a squeeze of lime or the next dish in the lineup can’t rescue. Here’s the place to go, relatively inexpensively, with a group, or to make the vegan in your party feel welcome, with meatless menus on Tuesdays and Sundays. Throw in the gentle corkage fee and you’ve got one accommodating restaurant — once you’re in, of course." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

1905 Restaurant

1905 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-332-1905

American


 

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$20.38
 

★★

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This neighborhood restaurant features an upscale comfort-food menu from chef Joel Hatton in a casual setting. In good weather, there's also a nice roof deck.
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Italic — Recommended
"It has been too many years since I've returned to 1905, but others are reporting that it's still a wonderful neighborhood place."

Mulebone

2121 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-332-9672

Southern


 

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$20.86
 

★★

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Restaurateur Andy Shallal has rebooted his restaurant Eatonville with new Southern menu from chef Joseph Paire and a space that pays homage to Harlem Renaissance icons.
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2 Stars (3/30/2016)
"… The name is a nod to the controversial play written by Hurston and Langston Hughes that took 60 years to get produced. The new place doesn’t look vastly different from the old. What you may have liked about the interior before the switch — the colorful murals, the glittery chandeliers — remains in place. … The menu, divided three ways, retains a Southern tilt. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Dino's Grotto

1914 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-686-2966

Italian


 

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$22.43
 

★★

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Dean Gold's new restaurant in Shaw was expected to be merely a replacement for his much beloved Dino in Cleveland Park. However, although there are similarities, Dino's Grotto is a much different experience. Most of the regulars from the old neighborhood are gone, replaced by a significantly younger clientele. The menu is smaller too, with fewer special deals like free corkage nights. What we miss most, though, is the quirkiness and relative serenity of the old place — the sterile main dining room in Shaw is painfully loud, like a tarmac when it first opened, and the lighting harsh. A new cork floor should help with the sound, at least, though we still recommend the cozier bar downstairs. And, thankfully, the food is still just as delicious.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (6/3/2014)
"A menu category called 'Dino Regulars' recalls customer favorites from the Cleveland Park menu: linguine with clams, duck schmaltz matzoh ball soup and 'local sirloin.' I’m glad to find the last in Shaw. The Virginia skirt steak, succulent from its marinade of olive oil and rosemary, is accompanied bya racy anchovy salsa verde. What look like breakfast potatoes round out the dish." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/8/2014)
"Half the menu (a sample, subject to change) is categorized as 'Dino regulars,' … dishes that regulars expressed sadness over losing, and happiness in regaining, when news came of Dino’s demise and reincarnation. … The menu’s other half, 'market,' plays more to the idea of flexibility. … Offerings in both sections are fewer than at the flagship, making the menu easier to change and source locally[.]" See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"The next wave of Cleveland Park's Dino, if history repeats itself, expect high quality ingredients and simple cooking."

Compass Rose

1346 T Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-506-4765

International


 

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$24.25
 

★★

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Rose Previte's very personal restaurant celebrates street food from around the globe. The menu from chef JohnPaul Damato, wanders the continents, with dishes from Peru, Spain, Morocco, Turkey, Brazil, El Salvador, Sicily, India, Georgia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Chile and even the U.S. There's also a nice selection of craft beers, unique wines, and signature cocktails.
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Unrated (6/8/2014)
"Named for the directional symbol on maps and compasses, and co--owned by local bar man Mike Schuster…, the no-reservations restaurant offers a small menu with a world of flavors. You might be suspicious of a kitchen that attempts multiple cuisines. It’s hard enough to get French or Chinese or Indian right without adding foreign elements to the equation. [Chef JohnPaul] Damato is no newcomer to the stove, though, and to hear him talk about where he has been since he left the three area Jaleos in 2010 ---- Kenya, Amsterdam, Costa Rica, Belize ---- is to believe he’s comfortable serving dishes from far--flung locales. The theme is street food and begins with 'snacks.' … Perusing the choices feels like wandering through alleys and side streets without the need for a passport." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 93 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Rose Previte’s cozy joint is just half a block off 14th Street, but it feels like a respite. She and her waitstaff—who look imported from the set of Girls—create a friendly, cozy vibe in the elbow-to-elbow rowhouse dining room. (Recently, the back area has been tricked out with a sunset-hued Bedouin tent, where a separate Moroccan menu is served.) In the kitchen, chef Sam Molavi has tightened up a once-scatterbrained small-plates menu devoted to street snacks from around the world. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Negril

2301-G Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-332-3737

Jamaican


 

$
$8.15
 

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This local mini-chain features cheap, tasty Jamaican food with excellent baked patties and curried chicken.
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Unrated (10/30/2006)
This outdated review notes "soulful renditions of sweet-spicy jerk chicken, robust oxtail stew, and other Jamaican specialties at these friendly, order-at-the-counter dining rooms." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Dirt cheap, T-shirt casual, down-home Jamaican, try anything baked (patties, cakes) or curried chicken."

Glen's Garden Market

1924 Eighth St., NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-939-2839

American
Sandwiches
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$9.00
 

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Danielle Vogel's upscale market, which focuses on local products, also has a casual bar with an excellent selection of the region's best craft beer and wine. The menu comes from chef Travis Olson, who previously worked at world famous Noma. It features sandwiches and pizzas made with the same great produce and meats sold in the store. There are also a few outdoor tables.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Eating local and eating cheap rarely go hand in hand, which is why environmental lawyer turned grocer Danielle Vogel keeps prices modest for the prepared foods at her two markets. (“You can’t spread the word if no one walks in the door.”) Start at the bar, where craft drafts are always $4 and can be paired with superb sourdough-crust pizzas (Dupont location only) or ultra-gooey grilled cheeses and shared around tables inside and out. …" See Full Review…»
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Sweetgreen

1325 W St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-506-2956

Salads
Healthy

 

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$9.90
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This rapidly-expanding local chain with locations in the DC area, New York, Philadelphia, and Boston, offers healthy, good-quality salads. With its emphasis on fresh, local ingredients and calories posted on the menu, it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (12/1/2007)
The last word from Washingtonian is this badly outdated review of the original Georgetown location. The chain has expanded up the East Coast and hosts a yearly music festival. But it still follows the same basic format: salads and yogurt, featuring local ingredients and numerous toppings. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Zenebech

608 T St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-667-4700

Ethiopian


 

$
$10.00
 

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This restaurant is little more that a few tables inside the grocery that makes the injera used in most of the area's Ethiopian restaurants. If Etete is good for beginners, Zenebech is for more experienced Ethiopian fans.
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Unrated (8/18/2013) — Cheap Eats 2013
"Primarily a bakery supplying many Ethiopian restaurants with their injera" that "doubles as a restaurant. … [T]he wats, or stews, are like characters that leap off the page of a novel. They're bolder and spicier than much of the competition." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"I've not yet been, but everything I'm hearing points to a little dive with great, authentic, Ethiopian food."

Dickson Wine Bar

903 U St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-332-1779

Eclectic
Wine Bar

 

$
$11.00
 

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This dark, narrow wine bar from the Hilton brothers has an eclectic menu of banh mi, cheese, and wines. It's our favorite place to go before a show at the nearby 9:30 club.
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Unrated (9/15/2010)
This outdated review notes "three [small] floors of watering hole, softly illuminated with votives and surrounded with brick or reclaimed wine bottles, suggest an appealing place to start an evening or end a day." See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (8/27/2010)
This outdated review from Ann Limpert notes the exceptional steak banh mi and some other good light fare at this small U Street wine bar. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Good wines by the bottle, slightly expensive by the glass, food is very solid if not spectacular, fun, modern atmosphere, try a banh mi here."

Chix

2019 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-234-2449

Chicken


 

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$12.48
 

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This eco-friendly chicken rotisserie offers three styles: Peruvian, Columbian, and a house blend of spices. A collection of good sides rounds out the menu.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/6/2011)
"Slow-roasted chicken in a trio of seasoning styles," including "the familiar Peruvian;" "Chix Chicken" (a house style made with a secret spice blend); and "Colombian" (a Chix invention where the chicken is marinated in coffee and coconut milk).  See Full Review…»
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Unrated (6/24/2008)
"The suburbs are rife with good spit-roasted-chicken joints. Now DC has one, too, as the free-range birds coming out of this ecominded brownstone rotisserie prove." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Rotisserie chicken presented with an eco-friendly twist, quality ingredients, well-made sides."

Axum Ethiopian

1934 9th St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-387-0765

Ethiopian


 

$
$12.94
 

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This long-running restaurant offers a menu of typical dishes, primarily to an Ethiopian clientele.
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Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Axum has been open since the 1990s, a trusted member - a lover of Ethiopian cuisine - endorses it highly after a recent visit."

Etete

1942 Ninth St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-232-7600

Ethiopian


 

$
$13.00
 

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Etete is one of the more welcoming spots in DC's little Ethiopia for newcomers to the cuisine. The broad menu is surprisingly consistent, and there's a selection of Ethiopian beers to accompany it all. It' also open late most nights.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/18/2009)
An outdated review from the 2009 Fall Dining Guide. See Full Review…»
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2 Stars (6/4/2012) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2012
"This saffron-yellow Ethiopian spot just off DC's U Street feels like a cozy bistro. The warm vibe is furthered by gracious service, flowing honey wine and Ethiopian beer, and platters of boldly flavored salads and stews." See Full Review…»
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Italic — Recommended
"Strong in both meats and vegetables, service is sometimes spotty, open until 1 AM 7 nights a week, Etete is a reasonable choice for the Ethiopian first-timer."

BBQ Joint

2005 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-747-2377

Barbecue


 

$$
$17.33
 

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Chef Andrew Evans — who once ran the best fine dining restaurant on the Eastern Shore, the Inn at Easton — has turned is attention in recent years to barbecue. The results, which abandon the traditional smoke-forward approach, are nonetheless delicious. His only local outpost is this stall in Union Market, which offers ribs, pulled pork, brisket and sides.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/15/2015)
"… Evans doesn’t think about barbecue like a dogmatic pitmaster, one bound (perhaps straitjacketed?) by the practices and seasonings of a particular region. As the man who once created the menus at the Inn at Easton, a three-star dining room that closed in late 2007, Evans wants his barbecue to be as inventive as his fine-dining cuisine. One result of his approach: He doesn’t believe in the superiority of smoke, but in a hickory wood perfume that’s in perfect balance with the meat’s other qualities. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Ten years ago, Andrew Evans was creating inventive American tasting menus at the Inn at Easton, an endeavor that landed him a front-page profile in the New York Times food section. On the side, he traveled the country entering barbecue competitions. Now his passion project has become his main focus. At his BBQ Joint—whose four locations include a stall in Union Market and a collaboration with Eric Hilton on 14th Street—Evans doesn’t stick to one regional style so much as showcase his own vision of barbecue. … See Full Review…»
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Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
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