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DC is a global village with a preponderance of foreign embassies, international organizations, the world's bureaucratic elite, and tight-knit immigrant groups. Because of such a global presence, it's no surprise that the culinary traditions of most nations is present at local restaurants. Eat your way around the globe noshing on Ethiopian, Salvadoran, Greek, Turkish, Thai, Mexican, Moroccan, Indian, Italian, Peruvian, Japanese, or the nations of Eastern Europe.
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2016 P St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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A relative newcomer to the roster of D.C. restaurants, Ezme quickly established itself as worthy addition. Ezme is located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood, and it’s a small but cozy dining space. The moment I see the Turkish tiles on the wall, I...
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1511 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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Little Serow’s northern Thai dining experience is a sensory adventure. The minimalist, cavernous room is a blank canvas for James Beard Award–winning chef Johnny Matis to paint palates with the bitter, funky, spicy, and salty...
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1814 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA
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As with many Chinese restaurants in the U.S., Sichuan Pavilion has two menus. Ask for the home kitchen menu—the one with the authentic dishes. Warning: The chili is hot, and the Sichuan peppercorn used in many of the dishes is tongue-tingling....
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701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Zaytinya is a trendy restaurant in the heart of Penn Quarter, Washington D.C.'s trendiest neighborhood. Zaytinya serves up a variety of Mediterranean tapas inspired by traditional dishes from Greece, Lebanon, and Turkey. It also has a selection of...
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1190 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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We have restaurateur Ashok Bajaj to thank for bringing the cuisine of his hometown, Mumbai, to the D.C. dining scene. Both Rasika and now sister restaurant Rasika West End have received rave reviews from both food reviewers and diners. You can...
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1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Le Diplomate brings France’s chic bistro culture to D.C.’s trendy U Street Corridor. Upon entering through its bright blue door frame, the high ceilings, antique decor, and bread-cart centerpiece will have you checking for your...
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1141 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036, USA
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Step inside Mari Vanna, and the first thing that strikes you is the feminine décor. The place looks like what I imagine a Russian grandmother’s house to be—lots of flowery wallpaper, crocheted lampshades, shabby chic furniture, lace tablecloths,...
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1781 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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I've visited Belgian cafes across this country, and I liked this one quite a bit. With waffle brunches, pastries, and beer, they cover the whole food experience. The service has a hipster edge (and was somewhat lackadaisical), so don't go when in...
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2311 Calvert St NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
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Sorriso is a family-owned and -operated Italian restaurant located in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of D.C. Most nights, you’ll find owner Pietro Polles working in the kitchen and his wife Rosemarie greeting diners at the door. This is a small...
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401 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA
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It’s only been in the past few years that serious Mexican food has made an appearance in D.C. We now have our share of taquerias serving up tacos as delicious and as reasonably priced as I’ve ever had. Not to brush off the newcomers, but none of...
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4822 MacArthur Blvd NW, Washington, DC 20007, USA
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If the only way you know how to eat Japanese rice is with sushi or sashimi, you are missing out. You need to go to Kotobuki for kamameshi, a traditional Japanese rice dish cooked in an iron pot called a kama. Kotobuki is a hole-in-the-wall, tiny...
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1234 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Drawing on the concept of a Hakata Ramen shop, where he worked in for a year in Taipei, Taiwan, chef-owner Erik Bruner-Yang has made Toki one of the coolest additions to the emerging H Street scene in northeast Washington, D.C. Edgy, hip, scruffy,...
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1010, 2147 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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Marrakesh doesn't have a door. It has a hatch, and you have to knock. Once you enter through it (plus a curtain), a lush, exotic room of couches, textiles, and knee-high tables awaits you. You lounge on the couches, eating a five-course meal with...
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932 N Kenmore St, Arlington, VA 22201, USA
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To Peruvians, Pollo a la Brasa (rotisserie chicken) is considered a special feast. But for D.C.-area residents, it's considered a highly-coveted fast food and cheap eat. Since 1988, the Solano family has served what diners (including chef and TV...
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2020 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Owner/chef Taw Vigsittaboot cooks traditional Thai recipes passed down from his mother, aunt, and grandmother out of his quaint Florida Avenue rowhouse-turned-restaurant. He has a flavorful, rotating 5-6 course chef's choice prix-fixe menu, which...
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705 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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On my last day in DC, my brother and I dined at Daikaya, the city's newest ramen shop by Chef Katsuya Fukushima, former chef de cuisine to the revolutionary Spanish chef, José Andrés. The restaurant is somewhat difficult to find. Look for a large,...
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717 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Chef/owner Aaron Silverman's farmhouse restaurant, in the heart of Barracks Row, serves creative cooking inspired by his travels and culinary training in the American South, Mexico, the Mediterranean, and Southeast Asia. Notable dishes include...
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1610 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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This industrial-rustic style Italian gastropub is perhaps home to the most coveted dining seats in the city. It is first-come, first-serve at the six elevated front-marble countertop stools where not only can you savor Tuscan-inspired hand-made...
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1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Cozy and intimate yet animated and buzzing, Mintwood has settled right in as a reliable and stylish brasserie in the Adams-Morgan neighborhood. Chef Cedric Maupiller shows off a French-inspired menu that makes for easy and satisfying eating....
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8214 Piney Branch Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
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The D.C. metro area is home to one of the strongest Salvadoran communities in the nation, so also home to top-notch pupuserías. In the northern reaches of the city, in Silver Spring, you’ll find La Casita, which is cultish among locals. Try the...
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1550 7th St NW A, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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“The Thai chef, Aschara Vigsittaboot, makes classic dishes with extra-authentic ingredients. Where else can you find duck curries? No other place in town.” —Local food blogger Zach Patton of The Bitten Word on his essential eats in the District....
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1822 1st St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA
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Nestled in charming Bloomingdale, 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...
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1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009, USA
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Located off the 14th Street Corridor, owners Rose Previte and her husband, NPR Morning Editon co-host David Greene, transformed a converted rowhouse into a funky yet homey dining space and bar serving an eclectic menu of international street food...
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1351 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
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Inspired by vibrant Southeast Asian night markets, D.C. chef Erik-Bruner Yang (of Toki Underground fame) and D.C. streetwear mogul Will Sharp created a sleek, two-story indoor/outdoor space that's part menswear store, part café and...
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3226 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010, USA
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Rain or shine, the line outside Bad Saint starts forming two hours before it opens, when the first 25 diners get seated inside this tiny, no-reservations Filipino hot spot in Columbia Heights. The familial staff extend a warm welcome, while the...