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.
Washington DC is one of those towns where hot new restaurants open seemingly every day, but the classics still shine after years of service. The best restaurants in DC range from fine dining to quick takeout, in an amazing range of cuisines. Visitors might do well to avoid the touristy spots along the National Mall and head — as locals do — to other DC neighborhoods to explore a literal whole world of delicious delights.
From Filipino and Ethiopian to Mexican, French, Lebanese and good old American diner fare, you really can find it all in DC. Opt for a standout burger or iconic hot dog, or dive into authentic Thai or Vietnamese cuisine. DC diners have high standards, so you know these spots on our list are top notch.
After exploring the best museums and attractions in DC, you deserve a delicious meal at one of these Washington DC restaurants. You might even venture out to Virginia or Maryland as well. Don’t forget to check out the city’s best bars for a pre-dinner drink or a nightcap.
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