Banana Leaves

Image: Banana Leaves Rice Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status:  Open for dine-in, take-out and delivery.  The multi-story restaurant is humming seven days a week, with lunch during weekdays. Overview:  The little spot up from the corner of Florida and Connecticut, serves reliable and varied food dishes from multiple cuisines.  Sushi, Pad Thai, steamed veggies […]

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Swahili Village

Image: Suya/Nyama Choma (Beef cubes with Swahili spice mix) Last Updated: September 2021 Current Status: Open for indoor and outdoor dining, take-out and delivery. Overview:  For years the original Swahili Village built up a base of fans in Maryland.  A couple years ago, owner/chef Kevin Onyona decided to take over the old Vidalia/Honeysuckle space, thinking […]

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Henry’s Soul Cafe

Image: Fried Chicken, Greens, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy and a hint of Cornbread. Last Updated: July 2021 Current Status:  Open for take-out, and you can order ahead.  They have a couple seats outside, if you can’t wait.  Note that they close on the early side. Overview:  Inconspicuous on the Dupont side of a block that […]

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The Commodore

Image: Squirrel Kicker burger. Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status: They are open for dine-in – both inside and sidewalk seating – and take-out. The Commodore was a beloved neighborhood bar nestled between Shaw and Logan Circle that closed in November 2019.  Little did it know that it might have had the best luck.  It […]

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Lyle’s

Image: Ned’s Pork Chop is out Bev’s Pork Loin is in! Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status:  The newly re-minted hotel and restaurant north of Dupont Circle is open 7 days a week, including for breakfast.  The appear to have a limited take-out menu of bento boxes and desserts. Lyle’s is the restaurant in the […]

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El Tamarindo

Image: Pupusas (at-home plating, not theirs). Last Updated: June 2021 Current Status: El Tamarindo built out a large tented area for outdoor seating.  They also do take-out/delivery. El Tamarindo is often pointed to as an example of a very D.C. phenomenon:  The Salvadoran – Mexican restaurant.  Forty years ago, unrest in Central America created waves […]

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Saturday in the Museum with Pierre-Auguste

Image: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Luncheon of the Boating Party (1880-81). The re-opening of D.C. restaurants and the casting off of social distancing rules (in many places) brought to mind one of the most cherished paintings in the District.  Renoir’s celebration of sun, friends, and conviviality captures all the emotions of the moment and is a jewel […]

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Duke’s Grocery

Image: Shrimp Banh Mi Last Updated: April 2021 Current Status:  All three locations are open and appear to be going gangbusters.  The beer is still fresh, the sandwiches tasty and the scene relaxed.  There is even a whiff of first-date awkwardness around to remind you of the old days. Gift Cards Summary: Cuisine: Sandwiches/Salads Locations: […]

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