Washington D.C. has dominated the U.S. restaurant industry in the last decade.
This article covers four of the most colorful, exciting restaurants in our nation’s capital that you may not be familiar with.
Washington D.C. Restaurants
Located in the historic Heller’s Bakery building in Mount Pleasant, Elle offers a takeout window – open seven days a week from 8 a.m.to 3 p.m. and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. It is recommended you make a reservation for dinner; this destination bakery and all-day cafe is quite popular. This indie food playground has a retro-chic atmosphere and hip servers to go with it. By day, Elle serves up savory sandwiches and pastries. The restaurant comes to life at night, offering tantalizing dishes like Coppa Di Testa & Whipped Burrata (grilled asparagus, cured duck yolk) and Koji-Cured Beef Tartare (beef garum, egg yolk jam, ramps, tempura tuile). Be sure to grab a loaf of sourdough bread and some coconut rice pudding. Yum!
Washington D.C. is known for its plethora of Ethiopian diners. Zenebech has been a D.C. favorite since its inception in 1993. The small family-owned business is situated in Adams Morgan at 2420 18th St NW. If you have never tried Ethiopian cuisine, Zanabech is a great introduction. Reasonably priced with large portions, the average price for a meal runs about $15. Satisfy your taste for spice with dishes like Golden Tibs (Fried short ribs sauteed with caramelized onion, diced jalapeños) or Tibs Ferfer (Tibs sauteed with pieces of injera in a savory chili-pepper sauce). Zenebech has many vegetarian dishes such as Veggie Ferfer (Pieces of injera tossed in a spicy chili-pepper sauce, served with two veggie sides).
This trendy eatery features North African, Middle Eastern, and Caucasian cuisine. Maydan, which means “gathering place” in Arabic, is located in D.C.’s lively 14th Street and U neighborhood. Enter Maydan’s door, and you are transported to a different world where smells of pita bread and lamb shoulders sift through the air. It is a good idea to make a reservation — and try to sit downstairs for a front-row view of the riveting open-fire cooking. Dishes are served family-style or a la carte. Popular Maydan dishes include Koobideh (beef and lamb, onion, turmeric) and Chicken Shish Taouk (garlic, fenugreek, pomegranate molasses).
Benitos Place, located in Logan Circle, looks like a little hole in the wall. However, this little hole in the wall is busting with Honduran flavor—authentic Honduran cuisine with gigantic portions at very reasonable prices. If you haven’t tried Enchiladas Hondurenas —- they are made tostada style and stacked with juicy meat, tomatoes, and eggs (and they are just $9.00)! However, these unreal enchiladas are not on the menu – you have to order them on special requests. Other deliciosos platos are the pupusas and fried plantains, pozole, and fried tacos. Unfortunately, Benitos Place does not have a website — the address is 1437 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20001.
Washington D.C. Foodie Weekend
It is always fun to try new restaurants and exciting to try cultural dishes you have never experienced. No plans this weekend? Make it a Washington D.C. Foodie Weekend.
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