Mezcalero

Image: Ceviche Last Updated: April 2023 Overview: A foundational piece of the excellent mini-empire of Mexican spots from Jessica and Alfredo Solis, Mezcalero now has its original location in Columbia Heights and a bright corner in La Cosecha’s main hall.  The menu overlaps with the more seafood-oriented spots Anafre and Mariscos 1133, but it is […]

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Lunas de Buenos Aires

Image: Spinach, Chicken, Pork. Last Updated: April 2023 Overview: Empanadas are the heart of this short menu in a big cinder-block spot across from the main hall in Union Market.  The empanadas are worth the walk over.  They are done with a thin crust that offers more crackling than chewing.  Served hot, they are color-coded […]

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Lucky Buns

Image: OG Last Updated: July 2022 Current Status: Original location open for sit-down service.  Delivery and Take-out available through apps. Overview: Lucky Buns starts with fundamentals and a narrow focus.  The menu is essentially limited to burgers and fried chicken sandwiches made well employing good ingredients.  From that foundational point it then gets a little […]

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Las Gemelas Taqueria

Image: Juiced and Sauced. Last Updated: June 2022 Current Status: Sit-down dining and to-go/delivery available.  Open for lunch and dinner during the week.  Open at 9:00 a.m. on weekends. Overview: Nominees for the most surprising and welcome developments in D.C. dining is the boon in tacos in the last decade or so.  We have gone […]

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Fava Pot

Image: Falafel Sandwich Last Updated: April 2023 Overview: Fava Pot is one of those great sui generis places that have added so much to the dining scene of D.C. over the last few years.  In this case the food is Egyptian, which is similar to other food at that end of the Mediterranean (Lebanese, Turkish, […]

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Destino

Image: Guac with gilding. Last Updated: April 2022 Current Status: Open for dine-in with indoor and outdoor seating.  Take-out and Delivery also available. Overview: The sibling of Las Gemelas Taqueria in La Cosecha market, Destino serves up Mexican-inspired plates that pack a powerful punch.  Nearly every dish is a vehicle for bold layers of flavor […]

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Rappahannock Oyster Bar

Image: Oyster Po Boy Last Updated: August 2022 Current Status: They are open at the Wharf 7 days a week for dine-in.  They also do take-out. The Union Market location closed August 13, 2022. Overview: There are two locations of Rappahannock Oyster Bar in D.C.  The original is a counter and dining space set out […]

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2fifty’s

Image: The Trinity with stuffed sides. September 2021 Current Status: The Union Market stall is open for take-out. The original Riverdale location is open for counter service for sit-down and take-out.  Carman recommends ordering ahead if going to Maryland location.  D.C. is walk-up only. Closed Monday, Tuesday. Overview: Lauded by many as one of the […]

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