Silver Spring, MD/ DC area
I've enjoyed Abol for Ethiopian cuisine, a specialty in this area. 8626 Colesville Rd.
Kao Thai is enjoyable, too. 8650 Colesville Rd.
Ray's the Steaks, on the same block, is pretty good for a burger at the bar, although I don't find it as mind-blowing as some do.
Jackie's Sidebar is solid for cocktails. 8081 Georgia Ave.
The Quarry House, next door, has an excellent bourbon and craft/foreign beer selection.
Lebanese Taverna Cafe has a very nice "muzat" braised lamb shank. 933 Ellsworth Dr.
Ray's the Steaks is now "The Classics". The $23 bar special, where you can get a soup or salad, along with an aged prime-grade hanger steak with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach, is a STEAL.
I think that Addis Ababa is better than Abol for Ethiopian. And check out the just opened Urban Butcher for great cocktails, house-made charcuterie, and other goodies.