DC food is tricky. I find that the word-of-mouth for new restaurants tends to die out after only a couple weeks. this makes it hard to find what’s new and what’s good. So as a result, I don’t go out to eat in DC very often. When I do, it usually is because I happen to be in DC already and go eat after work. also, whenever restaurant week opens up, my eyes grow wide as my friends and I settle on a restaurant to try. So far, these are the restaurants that have stood out for me:
These are restaurants I’d be more than happy to go to again because they serve solidly good food. I don’t think DC lacks in good food at all, and thankfully it is being recognized. We have peruvian chicken featured on Anthony Bourdain’s no reservations, Chef Jose Andres has several landmark restaurants and a cable tv show , and DC favorite Georgetown Cupcake owners are getting their own reality tv show.
Obviously, we appreciate good food.
We also have some standout people that are doing incredible things, like the woman who cooked through every recipe in the french laundry cookbook who is now tackling the alinea cookbook. Alain Ducasse has chosen DC as the city to open his new restaurant Adour, located in the St. Regis Hotel. Some chefs are taking the lead on bringing food trends to DC, like Jose Andres with Mini Bar, Liberty Tavern restaurant group with their high end coffee and wine bar North Side Social, and Chef Yasu has brought some unbelievable Japanese sushi and cuisine to Vienna, VA at Sushi Yoshi.
So what do I have to complain about then? We have big names making great food. We have people willing to pay for that great food. What are we missing?