DC has become a hub for both established and up-andcoming chefs, and their culinary talents are setting the city’s dining scene on fire. HIP&DELICIOUS For exceptional food with a casually cool vibe, seek out restaurants tucked away in intimate spaces or in trendy locales off the main drag. Here are a few notables: Mango Tree – Savor the flavors of Thailand at this CityCenterDC restaurant, the first American location of the global chain. Thally – This modern yet cozy restaurant in the Shaw nabe offers seasonal bites, cocktails and craft beer. Granville Moore’s – The flavors of Belgium reach all the way to H Street NE at this gastropub, adored for its mussels and beer. Birch and Barley – Sip any of the 555 beers near Logan Circle as you await hearty New American fare, like cavatelli with pork belly. Compass Rose – The eclectic, carefully curated menu of international street food near 14th & T Streets has grabbed headlines. Brasserie Beck – Come for the seasonally inspired brunch and stick around to soak up the unmistakable European brasserie vibe. HOT&DELICIOUS Into celebrity chefs or bigname restaurants? Don’t miss these standouts, many of which are new to DC: Rural Society – Iron Chef star Jose Garces is behind this modern Argentine steakhouse in the stylish Loews Madison Hotel. Fiola – The anchor of Fabio Trabocchi’s Italian restaurant empire – and Zagat’s top DC spot in 2015 – this Penn Quarter restaurant earns praise for its housemade pastas. Tico – Enjoy a fusion of Spanish, Mexican and South American fare in an artful setting on lively 14th Street. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – This powerhouse restaurant is celebrated for flawless steaks and a robust wine list. DBGB – In 2014, renowned chef Daniel Boulud brought this French-American outlet to DC by way of NYC. The specialty is house-made sausages and draft beer. China Chilcano – Celeb chef Jose Andres’ newest sit-down spot captures the flavors of Peru, complete with distinctive Japanese and Chinese influences. The Source – Wolfgang Puck’s ever-sleek DC classic serves Asian fusion next to the Newseum and holds an unmatched weekday happy hour (4-7 pm). THE CELEBRITY CONNECTION Del Frisco’s Double`Eagle Steakhouse Dine where celebrities have been spotted. Seasons at the Four Seasons – Beyonce and Jay Z once shared breakfast here. The extensive menu includes a fresh take on the DC half-smoke, a type of sausage. DBGB Blue Duck Tavern – This renowned restaurant in the Park Hyatt Washington hotel regularly serves celebs, among them Oprah, Ben Affleck and Tom Hanks. Le Diplomate – Kevin Spacey, who plays Frank Underwood in House of Cards, wisely dined at this French hot spot. Boss Shepherds – Michelle Obama stopped by this quaint Southern-style spot after the 2014 National Christmas Tree lighting. A must-order: the 12-hour-brined fried chicken.
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