- Here are some options for you to consider, whatever your state of foodie-dom:
According to Food & Wine, The Dabney makes the Top 10. Here's what they wrote:
Washington, DC: It’s no small feat for a restaurant to source 95 percent of its ingredients from the region, especially if the area is the mid-Atlantic, which isn’t necessarily known for bountiful produce. To turn those ingredients into outstanding food is more challenging still. To do this at The Dabney, chef Jeremiah Langhorne obsessed over historic cookbooks. The resulting dishes—aged ham toast with truffle Mornay sauce, peanut butter cake with celery ice cream—taste wonderfully modern but have roots that go back hundreds of years. The local pride extends beyond food to an excellent list of hard ciders, all also found in the mid-Atlantic. 122 Blagden Alley NW; thedabney.com. To learn more about the other selections from Boston and New York to New Orleans, Chicago, Austin and San Francisco, just CLICK HERE.
- Three terrific choices in Bethesda:
- Chef's Tony's Seafood Restaurant on St. Elmo's Avenue (Woodmont Triable), especially for their fresh fish and incredible, no-filler all lump Crabcake), the delicous fresh house salad. And save room for dessort, the Chocolate Sin Cake, aka The 8th Deadly Sin, and Grandma's Tiramisu (both at right)
- Want to go Greek? Then head to Kapnos Kuzina (photos at left, below and above, right) from the Mike Isabella Group at the corner of Hampden Lane and Woodmont Ave. Example of a terrific luncheon combo for just $16: Greek Caesar Salad (with fresh, crumbly Feta cheese, a true feta-accompli) and Lamb Gyro (with succulent lamb, crunchy veggies on fresh-baked, housemade pita bread). And try the housemade beverages, such as the Sarsparilla Ginger Soda, with a bracing taste that may induce you to have an encore.
- Ready to go "way down yonder" to New Orleans? Head to Louisiana Kitchen on Cordell in the Woodmont Triangle. Often rated as one of Bethesda's best value restaurants during its 30 years here (including a stint as Louisiana Express), its gumbos, jambalayas, etoufées, omelettes and much more give you great starters and entrées. Abiti Springs spirited brews and root beer refresh your palate, and the beignets and bread pudding with hot bourbon sauce complete your Cajun - Creole trip with great flair.
- If you have some strong recommendations for others to ponder, glad to consider posting them, too, especially now that our area is getting its own Michelin guide. That, on top of the Post's Tom Sietsema rating our area in the top 10 nationally, is surely reason enough for us to be "starry-eyed" when it oomes to culinary treats and treasures. Just send them to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.