Soi 38

Image: Slip Sliding Away. Last Updated: February 2023 Overview: Soi 38 is going on nearly a decade. Pre-pandemic it was a favorite with the downtown crowd and deservedly so.  It made a name for itself by highlighting Thai dishes inspired by night markets but showing they could be done in a fine dining setting.  It […]

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Il Piatto

Image: Chicken Parm. Last Updated: January 2023 Overview: One of the more unlikely sources for good Italian comfort food is a couple blocks from the White House, in an area traditionally dominated by power dining spots.  Il Piatto serves up classics like chicken and eggplant parmigiano, fettucine Bolognese, and fried calamari.  It does them with […]

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Rania

Image: Arrayed at Rania. Last Updated: December 2022 Overview: The setting remains largely the same from when this place was Punjab Grill.  The owner is also the same, as are the fine dining touches.  The name change matches a menu change.  The food remains excellent. It is still fancy Indian, but with playful touches. The […]

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Donburi

Image: Chicken thighs over rice. Last Updated: November 2022 Current Status: Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery. Overview: Donburi is one of those places that makes one appreciate how far D.C. has come as a food city.  Though the original spot in Adams Morgan (with its cramped counter more evocative of Japan) was a pandemic […]

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Little Sesame

Image: Hummus and Chicken and other good things. Last Updated: August 2022 Current Status:  Downtown location is open from 10:30 – 4:00, Mon-Fri.  The Chinatown location closed as of 26 August and they have backed out of plans to open in Bethesda. Overview: We are pretty sure troubadours have written ballads to commemorate the hummus […]

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La Bise

Image: French style meat and potatoes. Last Updated: May 2022 Current Status: They are doing dine-in service, both inside and out.  No take-out available. Overview: La Bise is aiming for a sweet spot of nice but not stuffy, French but not dogmatic, friendly but not boisterous.  It succeeds.  The cooking is familiar and sharp, with […]

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Tosca

Image: Agnolotti del Plin Last Updated: May 2022 Current Status: The remodeled dining room is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday.  Take-out remains available. Overview: Tosca serves elegantly-plated Italian cuisine in a fancy room among a crowd where many are little concerned about the price of the meal because many of them are […]

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Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

Image: Soup – Delicata Squash Veloute (mustard creme quenelle, balsamic red onion, crispy dill, Bengal cardamon dust). Last Updated: March 2022 Current Status:  Open three nights a week; they recently added Thursday to the historical Friday and Saturday.  They also have the bar open for à la carte dining and drinks. Overview: Elizabeth’s Gone Raw […]

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