Washingtonian Magazine has announced their rankings for this year’s top 10 Restaurants in the Washington DC area. There are some title defenders and some new spots to check out. Here is what we think of the winners and our order recommendations when you visit!
Proof in Chinatown is a great place to grab a cocktail, a sandwich for lunch or splurge on a full course meal. With an extensive selection of great wine and an atmosphere that lends itself to intimate conversation and laid back dining experience – it is no surprise that the food is as sophisticated and
Jose Andres expands his tapas collection of restaurants with Zayatinya, which offers european and middle eastern inspired finger food. Small plates like caramelized okra with crisped chickpeas (image above) and cabbage dolmas with chestnuts rice and parsley pack lots of flavor into their bit size portions. Our recommendation – be sure to order the Brussel sprouts. They are amazing!
8. Blue Duck Tavern
Locally sourced, organic ingredients prepared in a beautiful open kitchen, The Blue Duck Tavern does everything it can to transport you right to the farm for a home cooked meal. Serving all-american cuisine with creative and deliciously prepared dishes, we recommend the foie gras with a hen egg to start, rib eye for two or grits with redeye gravy for the main and it would not be ’americana’ if you didn’t order the warm apple pie to finish the night.
7. Little Serow
Within walking Distance from Logan and Dupont Circles, the casual atmosphere of Little Serow may take you a bit off the beaten trail, but this restaurant serves up some 5 star Thai food that you don’t want to miss. A few great dishes we recommend are the minced pork with lemongrass and sawtooth, the catfish with galangal and kaffir lime and the pork ribs marinated in Mekhong whiskey.
After a beautiful renovation, Adour’s French Luxury has been given a modern twist that has again landed them in the top ten for the 4th consecutive year. This St. Regis restaurant is noted for their stand out foigras stuffed squab breast atop cabbage and deserts like; hazelnut soufflé with smooth orange sorbet, meringue slices with pear chutney and maple-pecan pastry.
Marcel’s serves Beligian and French cuisine with flamboyance that is only upstaged by its food. Complex soups and perfectly tender meats have earned this restaurant it’s high rating for many years. For the main course we suggest the Pan-seared diver scallops with butternut-squash hash and crispy shiitakes, and for dessert a chocolate- coconut crumble.
Fiola’s menu items sound more beautiful then my critique ever could, but believe me they taste even better. Here are some amazing selections from Fabio Trabocchi’s Fiola; chestnut soup, veal-cheek risotto, pappardelle with hare ragu, ; prosciutto-wrapped veal chop with hazelnuts, branzino with Malpeque oysters and turbot in a tomato broth with calamari. Molto Bene!
Renown for its fresh ingredients, City Zen at The Mandarin Oriental in Capitol Hill combines american cuisine with Asian flavors and techniques. Don’t miss out on unique dishes like calf’s-liver sashimi and the short rib shoat belly which can be complimented by the restaurants new deserts, Mexican chocolate tart and Valrhona-chocolate brioche.
Located in Dupont, the intimate Komi is a Greek Restaurant that offers seasonal selections of seafood and traditional mediterranean roasts like goat shoulder and skinned suckling pig. Since 2010 Komi has earned its top ranking, so expect to enjoy head chef and owner Jonny Monis’s creative talents during your visit. It is sure to be a memorable meal!
1. The Inn at Little Washington
The defending champion of the number 1 slot is the Inn at Little Washington and is well- deserving of the title offering great food and a cozy atmosphere. With the prix fixe menu you will venture into an artistic mix of french technique and american classics that result in dishes like; Tuna tartar with cucumber sorbet, blueberry-vinegar-marinated pigeon with a zucchini crepe and pan roasted lobster with tomato butter. Makes for a great surprise for any special occasion, truly an unforgettable dining experience!