14TH & U COR­RI­DOR

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BEN’S CHILI BOWL South­ern

For­mer pool hall serv­ing chili half-smokes, burg­ers, cakes to Obama et. al., since 1958. B (M-F); L, D (daily). 1213 U St. NW, 202.667.0909 Metro: U St.- Car­dozo; 1001 H St. NE, 202.733.1895; 1725 Wil­son Blvd., Ar­ling­ton, Va., 571.312.1091

COM­PASS ROSE Global

Col­or­ful row­house for in­ter­na­tional street food fa­vorites. Ge­or­gian khacha­puri, Le­banese lamb kefta. Pri­vate din­ners for up to eight in glam Be­douin-style tent. D (daily), Br (Su). 1346 T St. NW, 202.506.4765

DOI MOI Asian

In­spired by Thai and Viet street foods: cur­ries, noo­dles, rice dishes, taro root and potato dumplings and two-fla­vor ices. 2 Birds

1 Stone sis­ter bar with Asian cock­tails (up­stairs) and clas­sics (down). D (daily). 1800 14th St. NW, 202.733.5131

DUKEM Ethiopian

Ex­pat haven for com­mu­nal-style, spice-rich kitfo, tibs, veg­e­tar­ian dishes to scoop with spongy in­jera. VIP Bar with Ethiopian art. NFL on big-screen TVs. Live jazz. L, D (daily). 1114-1118 U St. NW, 202.667.8735

GHIBELLINA Ital­ian

Sleek-meets-rus­tic “Ital­ian gas­tro-pub” for Tuscan fare: seafood, veal, cala­mari, piz­zas, sa­lumi, pas­tas, porter­house steak for two. Beers, cock­tails, wines. L ( Th- F), D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1610 14th St. NW, 202.803.2389

IZAKAYA SEKI Ja­panese

Warm and wel­com­ing two-level spot for raw, grilled and fried Ja­panese small plates. Sashimi, grilled whole squid, veg­eta­bles, noo­dles. Sakes, shochu (glass or bot­tle). D ( Tu-Su). 1117 V St. NW, 202.588.5841

LE DIPLOMATE French

Stephen Starr’s red ban­quettes, zinc-topped bar and a “gar­den room” for steak frites, foie gras “par­fait,” lamb stew with fen­nel and or­anges, sor­bets. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1601 14th St. NW, 202.332.3333

LUPO VERDE Ital­ian

Dig into cala­mari stew, risot­tos, branzino with black trum­pet mush­rooms, bom­bolini. Small plates, char­cu­turie, piz­zas, pani­nis. Madein-house cheeses, prosci­utto, pas­tas. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 1401 R St. NW, 202.827.4752

MAYDAN Mid­dle East­ern

Rose Pre­vite of pop­u­lar Com­pass Rose hit­ting fla­vor high notes in un­der­ground digs fea­tur­ing a blaz­ing hearth. Seafood, kabobs, meats, spreads and sal­ads trot­ting the globe from North Africa to Iran. Bar till late. D (daily). 1346 Florida Ave. NW, 202.370.3696 Metro: U Street- Car­dozo

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