12 Finest Basic DC Dining places for Winter season Cafe Week 2021

This earlier 12 months has introduced new restaurant openings, pandemic-period pop-ups, and ghost kitchens. But lots of common DC dining places are still likely strong, and could use their loyal consumer support extra than at any time (particularly the types in really hard-hit downtown parts). We’ve liked dining at these time-tested restaurants, and when it arrives to Cafe Week, (now by means of Feb 7) quite a few, many many years of working experience can be a reward.

Bistro Bis
15 E St., NW
Restaurateur Jeffrey Buben brought up a technology of DC cooks at his prolonged-closed Southern restaurant, Vidalia. His vintage French method is on show at his Capitol Hill restaurant with dishes that go past the common bistro fare. Imagine salmon gravlax, coq au vin, choucroute garnie, and Normandy apple croustade. Lunch and supper indoor dining, takeout, and supply.

The Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Right before the Rasika days, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj released his profession with this refined Indian spot. It still helps make a grand impact 23 several years later. Wide variety-packed menus are presented at lunch ($22) and supper ($35 and $55) with plates like mango shrimp, fiery eco-friendly chili hen, and lots of vegetarian dishes. Lunch and meal indoor dining, heated out of doors dining, takeout, and shipping and delivery. 

818 Connecticut Ave., NW
Chef Todd Gray opened Equinox in 1999—long prior to seasonal, Mid-Atlantic cuisine was trendy—but that’s not to say the kitchen is stuck in the previous. Grey embraces plant-centered cuisine, and the a few ($35) or 5-system ($55) Cafe 7 days menus incorporate creative vegan dishes like navy bean cassoulet alongside omnivorous alternatives this kind of as barbecue shrimp and grits. Dinner only indoor and heated out of doors dining, takeout, shipping. 

1602 17th St., NW
Take a cue from Kamala and quit by this 42 calendar year-old Dupont Italian restaurant for takeout. Like Madam Vice President, who frequented previously this thirty day period, you can seize an purchase of the signature lasagna with beef, bechamel, and home made mozzarella—or any of the several dishes from the standard menu, presented for Restaurant Week.  Lunch and evening meal Indoor and heated outside eating, takeout, and delivery. 

Jaleo’s pan con tomate. Photograph by Scott Suchman

I Ricchi
1220 19th St., NW
Before the “casual-chic” craze there was Christianne Ricchi’s upscale-rustic Italian cafe in Dupont Circle. The $35 Restaurant Week menu seems comforting and filling—think Tuscan ribollita soup, eggplant parmesan, and tiramisu. Lunch and evening meal indoor dining, heated outside dining, and takeout. 

480 Seventh St., NW 2250 Crystal Dr., Arlington
This Penn Quarter tapas property is José Andrés’s initially-at any time cafe, nevertheless almost nothing feels dated immediately after 26 many years. Get a style of the place the ThinkFoodGroup started with your alternative of five tapas, which include chicken croquettes, garlicky shrimp, and flan with Catalan cream foam (menus are out there right here). Wine flights are an supplemental $25. Its Crystal City sibling is giving the identical specials. Lunch and meal indoor, heated outdoor dining, and takeout. 

Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St., NW
Chef Kaz Okochi pioneered DC’s sushi scene at his downtown Japanese cafe, which opened in 1999. You’ll discover a number of Kaz classics on the generous Cafe Week menus for just one ($35) or two ($60)—salmon nigiri with mango, tuna with olive, and eco-friendly tea tiramisu. Supper takeout and shipping and delivery only.

Previous Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St., NW
Founded in 1856, the Ebbitt is technically Washington’s oldest restaurant (though its altered places a number of times). As portion of the Clyde’s Group, expect group-satisfying American fare. For Restaurant Week, that indicates selections like clam chowder, crabcakes, meatloaf, and bread pudding. The $35 menu also contains a free of charge wine or beer. Supper only indoor eating and shipping.

Best Pizza DC Virginia Maryland Pizzeria Paradiso
A pie at Pizzeria Paradiso. Photograph by Juliana Molina, courtesy of the restaurant.

Pizzeria Paradiso
Areas in Dupont Circle, Spring Valley, Georgetown, and Hyattsville
Just before the pandemic pizza boom—and the last ten a long time of trendy Neapolitan spots—there was Ruth Gresser’s wood-fired pizza cafe, which debuted in 1991. The Restaurant Week menu appears to be like a fantastic offer: a two-particular person food ($35) that consists of a preference of two appetizers or salads and two pizzas, or a scaled-up four-particular person choice ($55). We’re always enthusiasts of the spicy Atomica with salami and olives, or the vegetarian Bosco. Lunch and meal indoor and patio eating (varies by area), takeout, and delivery.

2275 L St., NW
Veteran DC chef Ris Lacoste celebrates “We, the people: the range of the American table” for Restaurant Week at her West Stop spot. That indicates options like Thai brussels sprouts, tandoori rooster, chile relleno and eggplant-parmesan meatballs—plus some of her comfort and ease classics like a cheeseburger with fries. Lunch and dinner indoor eating, heated outside eating, supply, and takeout.  

Destinations in Glover Park, Arlington, and Alexandria
John Snedden’s wooden-smoked barbecue joint released in DC in 1990 and has been serving up tasty meats and enjoyable sides ever considering the fact that (we appreciate the pea-studded slaw, cucumbers, and mac n’ cheese). For DC’s Cafe 7 days, the $35 menu involves a rack of ribs and two pints of sides. For the Alexandria Restaurant Week promo, it is a rack of ribs, two sides, two slices of pie, and two fountain drinks ($49). Supper only heated out of doors dining, takeout, and shipping.

1226 36th St., NW
This Georgetown mainstay is not rather as aged as the title suggests, but its dwelling in a Federal-period townhouse offers it lots of outdated-school charm (in addition, it has been all around for around 60 yrs). New chef Kyoo Eom (formerly of 2941 and the late Poste) serves a $55 Cafe Week menu that’s a lot more fantastic-dining than your regular give. Assume pheasant ballontine, brioche-crusted halibut, and apple Paris-brest with buttermilk ice product. Dinner indoor eating, takeout, and shipping and delivery.

Foods Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and ingesting scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA plan in New York, and held a variety of cooking and creating positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

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