Where Washington - - FOOD -

ARROZ Span­ish

Celebrity chef Mike Is­abella’s con­cept in­side the slick Mar­riott Mar­quis serv­ing up Span­ish fa­vorites plus fla­vors of Por­tu­gal and Morocco with fine din­ing up­grades. Name­sake rice

dishes topped with duck breast or soft-shell crab. San­grias on tap, sherry cock­tails. Ex­ten­sive wine list. L (M- F), D (daily), Br (SaSu). 901 Mas­sachusetts Ave. NW, 202.869.3300 Metro: Mt. Ver­non Sq

CAL­ICO Amer­i­can

Ven­ture by team be­hind pop­u­lar Tiger Fork, a ca­sual eatery chan­nel­ing a back­yard party dec­o­rated with string lights for crab feasts, tomato pie, steamed shrimp, burg­ers. Ac­ces­si­ble beer and wine list, plus cock­tails (hot and adult “juice boxes”). L (Sa-Su), D ( Tu-Su). 50 Blag­den Al­ley NW, 202.791.0134


The Cap­i­tal Grille’s new sis­ter spot serv­ing up gourmet burg­ers (blue cheese and truf­fle, French onion-style) plus snacks (kung pao brus­sels sprouts, house­made an­cho bar­be­cue chips). Also sal­ads, desserts, chil­dren’s menu. L, D (daily). 1005 7th St. NW, 202.638.0414

CHERCHER Ethiopian

A friendly, ca­sual restau­rant serv­ing pop­u­lar and au­then­tic dishes like doro we’t (chicken stew) and yebeg we’t (lamb stew). Veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, Ethiopian cof­fee. Spices for sale. L, D (daily). 1334 Ninth St. NW, 202.299.9703; 4921 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda, Md., 301.652.6500

CORTEZ Mexican

Color-soaked, ca­sual taco restau­rant and rooftop bar chan­nel­ing Cal­i­for­nia’s Baja Penin­sula with fish ta­cos, elotes (street corn) and trop­i­cal drinks (think slushy Mar­gar­i­tas). D ( W-Su), Br (Sa-Su). 1905 9th St. NW, 202.299.0381 Metro: ShawHoward U

THE DAB­NEY Amer­i­can

Jeremiah Langhorne’s Miche­lin-starred rus­tic digs in hip Blag­den Al­ley for open-hearth cook­ing, us­ing ingredients from a rooftop gar­den. Menu changes daily. D ( Tu-Su). Down­stairs, Dab­ney Cel­lar pour­ing wines by the glass paired with char­cu­terie in a cozy, low-light set­ting. No reser­va­tions. 122 Blag­den Al­ley, 202.450.1015 Metro: Mt. Ver­non Sq


Lively space with mu­rals for Oax­a­can fare. Hand­made tor­tillas for ta­cos and tlayuda (crisp tor­tillas topped with beans and other ingredients), a va­ri­ety of sal­sas, in­trigu­ing desserts. Ex­ten­sive mez­cal list, plus hor­chata. D (daily), Br (Sa-Su), bar later. 1250 Ninth St. NW, 202.621.9695 Metro: Mt. Ver­non Sq


Ian Hil­ton’s new­est 1920s tav­ern and wa­ter­ing hole. Dimly lit space with two bars plus small-bites menu of pou­tine, mush­room toast, chicken leg con­fit, cheese­burger. Brownie ice cream sand­wich. D (daily). 2012 9th St. NW, 202.864.6272 Metro: U Street- Car­dozo or ShawHoward U

HALF­SMOKE Amer­i­can

Lively fast- ca­sual spot for sausages in myr­iad ways (half­smoke on bun, vegan falafal on flat­bread) with cre­ative top­pings (ba­con lar­dons, mus­tard slaw). Tater tots, mac and cheese bites, mini fun­nel cake, milk­shakes, plus craft cock­tails, beer and wine. L (F-Su), D (daily). 651 Florida Ave. NW, 202.986.2079 Metro: Shaw- Howard U

KIN­SHIP Amer­i­can

Chef Eric Ziebold’s Miche­lin-starred coun­ter­part to sis­ter Metier. Lob­ster French toast, grilled Ja­panese Kuroge beef ($$$$), plus whole-roasted meat, poul­try, fish. Ex­ten­sive wine list. D (daily). 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202.737.7700 Metro: Mt. Ver­non Sq

METIER Amer­i­can

In a his­toric 1907 build­ing, Eric Ziebold’s ex­clu­sive counterpoint to sis­ter Kin­ship, ac­ces­si­ble via pri­vate el­e­va­tor. Seven- course tast­ing menu pre­ceded by hors d’oeu­vres in a sa­lon with fire­place. Jack­ets for men/reser­va­tions re­quired. D ( W-Sa). 1015 Sev­enth St. NW, 202.737.7500 Metro: Mt. Ver­non Sq


Pop­u­lar taco truck’s brick-and-mor­tar ven­ture of­fer­ing its menu of Mex­i­canstyle bur­ri­tos with a twist. Fill­ings like chicken mar­i­nated in a mo­jito sauce, pulled baby back ribs, veg­gies and even fruit. Bur­ri­tos also in bowl form. El Techo rooftop bar and restau­rant for hand- crafted cock­tails and seafood-fo­cused dishes. L, D (daily); El Techo D (daily), Br (Sa-Su). 606 Florida Ave. NW, 202.836.4270 Metro: Shaw- Howard U

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