We’re within the throes of summertime within the DC space — and when you’re nonetheless on the town, there are many glorious causes to battle the vacationers for some sidewalk area and take a look at some new eating places. Chief amongst them: a brand new providing from Venezuela-born, Basque Nation-trained chef Enrique Limardo, who first earned a Michelin star in 2019 for Imperfecto. With TheSaga, all of his expertise and sharp-edged whimsy is on show — get there earlier than it reveals up on a raft of best-of-the-year lists. Elsewhere, we now have an excellent mashup of Tex-Mex and barbecue, plus a tribute to a fictional vehicular-riding cat — there’s one thing right here for everybody.
TheSaga, the flagship restaurant on the Foggy Backside Ritz-Carlton, is the newest effort from Michelin-starred chef Enrique Limardo and co-owner Ezequiel Vázquez-Ge. Right here, you’ll discover elevated takes on Latin American and Spanish dishes, colliding and intersecting in enjoyable methods — like an oxtail sandwich, a play on a French dip full with a dipping sauce, and topped with a sous vide egg. The menu’s true standout would possibly very effectively be the house-made churros with mezcal guajillo chocolate sauce, which is available in a crystal clear skull-shaped glass.
1190 twenty second Avenue NW (map)
Courtesy of the group behind The Duck & The Peach, Méli is a members-only Greek(ish) wine and mezze membership inside The Silva, an residence advanced in Adams Morgan. In case you’re balking on the undesirable complication of a members-centric scenario: Know that the $25 annual price helps native nonprofits just like the Washington Space Bicyclist Affiliation by way of the Reed Cooke Membership. When you’re in, you’ll discover an intimate setting — 35 seats, with a cute outside patio — and a wide selection of spreads, snacks and souvlaki alongside a sturdy wine program that highlights Greece and the encompassing Mediterranean isles. Ready-to-go bins are a handy possibility for anybody seeking to grill at residence.
1630 Columbia Street NW (map)
Legend tells the story of a motorcycle-riding cat who cruised the streets of Takoma Park, uniting its residents behind the beast — or not less than that’s the story behind the aptly named Motorkat, which simply opened within the former Republic spot. Together with seasonal standouts like citrus-brined napa cabbage and cauliflower skewers with toasted pine nuts, Motorkat roars into city with a well-sourced uncooked bar (music to the ears of yours really): Begin with oysters from throughout the Chesapeake and New England earlier than your choose of the wood-fired dishes.
6939 Laurel Avenue (map)
Chef Tim Ma of Arlington’s Fortunate Hazard expands into the Navy Yard with Any Day Now. Described as a “informal and comforting all-day restaurant,” Any Day Now supplies a coworking-friendly area with breakfast and low for many who intention to be up and at ’em early on — after which transitions right into a full-service dinner area. (Observe: Dinner service will debut in mid-July.) The breakfast menu options tasty takes on American and Chinese language delicacies, like scallion pancake egg sandwiches and low from Purple Rooster Espresso out of Floyd, Virginia.
2 I Avenue SE (map)
Head down the principle strip of Del Ray throughout mealtime on a heat summer season’s day, and also you’ll discover loads of bustling eateries. Now amongst them: Hello/Fi Tex-Mex BBQ. This smokehouse and beer backyard, conceived with “a reverence for the traditions of Texas” in thoughts, is within the yard of the Night Star Cafe and comes from Purple Apron chef Nathan Anda. Hello/Fi takes the traditions of slow-cooked meats and infuses them into Tex-Mex creations, just like the Sharp Dressed Man taco with chopped brisket and queso. For individuals who need to indulge in additional conventional smokehouse choices, the meat platters — with choices like Texas scorching hyperlinks — come along with your selection of Tex-Mex tortillas or conventional barbecue sides. These searching for a crispy chilly one to high all of it off will discover a powerful 25 beers on faucet.
2000 Mt. Vernon Avenue (map)
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