Photo by Mark Silva
Nestled in the charming Bloomingdale neighborhood, the rustic Red Hen is a golden egg of D.C.’s dining scene. Chef-owner Michael Friedman (also of All Purpose Pizza) has created an inviting home for culinary pleasures like the cool taste of soft, bulbous burrata, and classics like an elevated rigatoni pasta with fennel sausage ragu. Inspired by Italian and Jewish traditions, the dining experience is familial with thoughtful attention paid to each dish, drink and décor detail. The best seats are at the bar next to the open kitchen where the show of grilling, flipping, frying, chopping, baking and plating will tantalize, while the dancing embers above the wood-fired grill will mesmerize. Don’t leave without dessert; the maple custard with a caramelized hazelnut crumble is simply divine.
By Susan Mason, AFAR Local Expert
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Red Hen: D.C.'s Best Comfort Food
“It’s one of D.C.’s hippest spots right now. Look for rustic, comforting dishes; the wood-grilled chicken is spot-on. Don’t miss the funky orange wines the bar serves by the glass, either.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District. This appeared in the March/April 2015 issue.
By Afar Magazine, AFAR Staff
1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
Sun 5pm - 9:30pm
Mon - Thur 5:30pm - 10pm
Fri 5:30pm - 11pm
Sat 5pm - 11pm