Onions are much in evidence in the hushed, golden dining room of Vidalia, which itself is named after the Southern sweet variety. You’ll find them in a spread for the complimentary bread, in a rich hot soup and in the discreet artwork adorning the walls. But the restaurant’s raison d’être is neither single-ingredient schtick nor even strictly Southern cooking; it proudly proclaims its cuisine to be "American regional". There are many dishes in which pork is the star player, and grits and oysters are likely suspects on winter menus.
1990 M Street, NW
|Cross street:||between 19th & 20th Streets|
|Opening hours:||11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–9.30pm Mon–Thur; 11.30am–2.30pm, 5.30–10pm Fri; 5.30–10pm Sat; 5–9pm Sun|
|Transport:||Dupont Circle Metro|
|Price:||Main courses $16–$26 lunch; $30–$36 dinner|