My ongoing effort to casually document the good (and not so good) restaurants I’ve tried around the District.
Tail Up Goat: small plates and yummy craft cocktails
14th Street/U Street
Compass Rose: awesome menu of street food small plates from around the world
Le Diplomate: French bistro that’s a standby on 14th street
Lupo Verde: my favorite Italian restaurant
Shaw & Bloomingdale
The Red Hen: perfectly cooked pasta & Italian, in good but not gluttony-inducing portion sizes in a cozy-hip setting
Columbia Room: a swanky prohibition-style den in Blagden Alley. Their special cocktail tasting menu is worth the $80 splurge.
Timber Pizza: small shop with gourmet made-to-order thin crust pizza and an interesting lineup of craft beers
H Street NE
Ambar: Balkan tapas in a airy plant-filled corner space in Clarendon.
Lyon Hall: Belgian beer, mussels and subway tile in a moody-mod space (think candle bulbs and subway tiles)
On My Radar (Haven’t Tried Yet, but Worth Mentioning)