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Where Washington - - FOOD -

EAT AT NATIONAL PLACE

In­ter­na­tional Con­ve­nient food hall with a dozen eater­ies for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. Happy hour and pre-the­ater spe­cials. Free Wi- Fi, TVs for ca­ble news and sports. B& L (Mon.-Sat.), D (Mon.- Fri.). 13th and F sts. NW, 202.662.1200 Metro: Metro Cen­ter

MIRABELLE

French James Beard Award win­ner and for­mer White House chef Frank Ruta in his own kitchen blocks from the ex­ec­u­tive mansion. El­e­gant din­ing room for re­fined Gal­lic

cui­sine: beef tartare, boudin blanc, bouil­l­abaisse, caviar. Ag­gie Chin turn­ing out stel­lar sweets: cit­rus pavlova. Ex­ten­sive, France-heavy wine list. Valet park­ing at din­ner. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (Mon.-Sat.). 900 16th St. NW, 202.506.3833 Metro: McPher­son Sq

MOR­TON’S

Steak­house Lo­cals and power lunch­ers digging into porter­house, New York strip, filet mignon, lob­ster. Hours vary by location. 1050 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.955.5997 Metro: Far­ragut West; 3251 Prospect St. NW, 202.342.6258; 1750 Crys­tal Drive, Ar­ling­ton, Va., 703.418.1444 Metro: Crys­tal City; 11956 Mar­ket St., Re­ston, Va., 703.796.0128

THE PRIME RIB

Steak­house Za­gat-rated No. 1 steak­house in D.C., plus Food & Wine Mag­a­zine top five ro­man­tic restau­rants in U. S. with USDA prime cuts, lump crab cakes, lob­ster. Lively bar, pi­anist (Mon.-Thurs.), bassist/ pi­anist (Fri.-Sat.), start­ing at 7 p.m. Fine wines. L (Mon.- Fri.), D (Mon.-Sat.). Jack­ets for men (pro­vided) dur­ing din­ner. Free valet park­ing af­ter 5 p.m. 2020 K St. NW, 202.466.8811

DUPONT CIR­CLE ANKARA

Turk­ish As­lan­turk fam­ily’s con­tem­po­rary and clas­sic cui­sine in a chic, mod­ern set­ting. Pide (flat breads), grilled kabobs, hot and cold mezze. Spa­cious pa­tio. L (Mon.-Sat.), D (daily), Br (Sat.-Sun., a la carte or bot­tom­less, tra­di­tional Turk­ish items). 1320 19th St. NW, 202.293.6301 Metro: Dupont Cir­cle (South)

BUCA DI BEPPO

Ital­ian “Im­mi­grant South­ern” to-share pizza, pas­tas, chicken car­bonara in two por­tion sizes. Over-the-top 1950s decor and re­serve-ahead “Pope’s Room.” L& D (daily). 1825 Con­necti­cut Ave. NW, 202.232.8466 Metro: Dupont Cir­cle (North)

SUSHI TARO

Ja­panese Miche­lin-starred sec­ond-story spot with tatami rooms, ki­mono- clad host­ess and ex­otic sushi (flute fish, live scal­lops) by mas­ter chef Nobu Yamazaki and team. L (Mon.Fri.), D (Mon.-Sat.). 1503 17th St. NW, 202.462.8999 Metro: Dupont Cir­cle

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