Local chef Aaron Silverman’s two-story Barrack’s Row joint is worth every bit of the buzz it’s getting this year. Rose’s doesn’t take reservations and a line forms at 4pm on weekends for a 5:30pm seating – but don’t let this be too offputting. The menu is Southern meets Jewish meets Japanese meets French meets Thai meets your grandmother’s home cooking, and changes often. If you manage to get inside, immediately order the cocktail made with apple cider and brisket-fat–washed moonshine (yes, you read that correctly), then wrap your hands around a bowl of Silverman’s pork and lychee salad. The Southern-style fried chicken drizzled with honey and doused with sesame seeds is crisp, moist, delicious, and our new best friend.
Whether you're searching for old-time classics or new restaurants that recently garnered national attention, you'll find something to please your palate when you check out the best restaurants in DC. Many tourists make the mistake of trying to find sustenance near hotspots like the National Mall or the Smithsonian museums, but when you venture into other neighborhoods, you'll find a whole world of superior eateries. You may find your favorite Thai food in Shaw or the very best pizza you've ever tasted in Georgetown. Or grab noodles in Chinatown, then board the Metro to order dessert off U-Street.
So, between visiting the world-renowned DC attractions (White House! Martin Luther King Memorial!) and the best museums (National Air & Space Museum, National Archives, etc.), make sure to plan time to visit some of the most iconic restaurants in DC too.
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