3 1/2 days in DC
LA Hound making his first trip in a few years to DC (middle of May). Coming for the Durer exhibition at the National Gallery. Will be staying across the street from the New York Ave/Vermont Ave Red Line station, but no car. Arrive late Saturday evening, depart Wednesday afternoon. Looking for interesting/unique choices for breakfast/brunch and dinner. Fine dining or neighborhood favorites both OK. Price not a major factor. Our last trip included great meals at Blacksalt, Vidalia, Blue Duck Tavern. In the past I've enjoyed meals at Obelisk, Jaleo and many others. After reading through similar, older threads on this board, I was wondering whether you guys had any more up to date suggestions?
Thanks for all the suggestions. A few got to me after I had already returned home. I ended up having dinner at Ethiopic, Vidalia, and Birch & Barley. I found the food at Ethiopic to be very good, but with a somewhat limited menu. I was hoping for something a little more imaginative, but instead it was just good, straight ahead standard Ethiopean fare. I thought that Vidalia was excellent. Both the soft shell crab and the rabbit were outstanding, and I appreciated the wine list choices. B&B was too noisy (like so many restaurants here in L.A.), but the food was great and I loved being able to order 5 or 6 different 4 oz beer pours during the course of the meal. I had soft shell crab and duck.
Good question. You must know about our one block stretch of South Fairfax Ave where there are about 6 or 7 Ethiopean restaurants. I found Ethiopic to be as good as the better ones here as to quality of ingredients and preparation, but, as I said, just a little lacking as far as menu choices. One or two of our Ethiiopean restaurants have allowed themselves to experiment a little with nontraditional ingredients, often with great results, while Ethiopic was very traditional. But also very good.
If you're staying near the New York Ave station, that's within walking distance of the new Union Market, which has a lot of cool stuff.
I think Thai X-Ing is new-ish in its current form. Informal, BYOB chef's choice prix fixe Thai. $20-40 pp depending on the night, I think.
In the same area, Zenebech has remodeled, looks nicer, and is still awesome.
Kushi is an Izakaya-style place, great small plates and sushi.
Ceiba, Acadiana, and Churchkey are excellent.
La Diplomate (including for brunch)
Ishikaya Seki (at the bar)
redesigned and rejuvenated Jaleo
Fiola great, but prices have skyrocketed there
2 Amys if you're out near the Cathedral
Mi Cuba Cafe
Zenebech Injera (haven't been, but I trust the raves)
the new Red Hen in Bloomingdale looks very promising
Thanks! I already made a reservation at Birch and Barley for one of the nights. I remember trying to get to Cashions during previous trips: I'll look at them again. I also reserved nights at Ethiopic and Vidalia, but there is plenty of time to rearrange things, within the limitations of Sunday and Monday closures.