The nation’s capital is becoming quite the culinary capitol as well, as the buzz builds from recent accolades from Bon Appetit and the Michelin Guide. It may be time to have a date night and try some of the exciting restaurants Washington D.C. has to offer. Here are a few great eateries to add to your list.
If you are looking for bold, Latin American flavors, Seven Reasons and chef Enrique Limardo do not disappoint. The flavors are unique and bold, and the menu truly has something for everyone from vegetarians to carnivores. Snacks and small plates consist of items such as a Latin falafel with avocado yogurt, mango tahini, and a cucumber mint spread, swordfish belly tostada with a green mango tajin salad, or a Royal Sea Bass ceviche with leche de tigre. Medium and large plates offer up choices such as lamb loin palo-a-pique with coconut curry sauce and a Venezuelan hot sauce or a potato fondant with potato foam, porcini mushrooms, and white bacon sofrito.
Piccolina de Centrolina
This all-day café serves up dishes that inspired chef Amy Brandwein during her travels through Italy. This casual eatery features a menu cooked over a wood fire, alongside a variety of freshly baked breads, cured meats, and salads. Some of her dishes include items such as wood fired grapefruit, a ratatouille omelet, or a lamb blanket with mustard. House-made breads include traditional French baguette, ciabatta, and rosemary focaccia. Whether you stop in for a coffee or place an order to go, this quaint piccolina (“little one” in Italian) will quickly become a favorite.
If you’re looking to truly enjoy some of the best seafood Maryland has to offer, be sure to check out Estuary. A family affair, Estuary is the brain child of brothers Chefs Bryan and Michael Voltaggio. Serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the menu consist of playful and artistic dishes highlighting fresh and local ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay and its surrounding areas. The appetizer menu is extensive with choices such as the Maryland crab roll, cedar planked scallops, and octopus with white asparagus. The entrees offer choices from land and sea, such as chicken with a sunflower seed risotto and charred broccoli, an aged roseda beef ribeye, or Chatham cod with piquillo peppers in a cod bone broth. Estuary certainly lives up to their goal of providing a reimagined seafood cuisine.
St. Anselm and Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley pride themselves on their specialty of grilled steaks, but the deliciousness does not stop there. Serving both brunch and dinner, St. Anslem is an eclectic American tavern that creates traditional meals with a twist using fresh ingredients and providing loads of flavor. The brunch menu is extensive and serves up items such as oysters and grits, multiple omelets, sandwiches, and steaks. The dinner menu includes some fun appetizers such as buttermilk biscuits with pimento cheese, blue crab deviled eggs, and lamb tartar with pickled currants and grilled flatbreads. If you’re going for an entrée, make sure to try something from the grill. Choices include a variety of steaks, lamb, pork, poultry and fish. I assure you won’t go away hungry.
Chef Ryan Ratino conceived Bresca based on bistronomy, which originates in the bistros of Paris and combines casual fine dining and experimentation with fresh ingredients. Their menu does change quite frequently based on the experiments of the culinary team. Bresca offers a delicious five course tasting menu which includes a cheese plate with foie gras and barbequed mackerel, tuna with Asian pear, lobster and carrots, suckling pig, and a dessert. If you’re not in the mood for the tasting menu, there’s plenty to choose from off the regular menu. The fare is unique and fresh, the plates often being adorned with fresh herbs and florals from the rooftop garden.
Washington D.C. is a mecca of culinary delights from some of the best chefs in the world. Treat yourself to a night in the city. What is your favorite restaurant in D.C.?