Behind the scenes at Zen Bistro & Wine Bar, the kitchen staff prepares a range of Pan-Asian specialties—including sushi rolls, entrees, and Asian-style tapas—to serve alongside their carefully selected wines or cocktails. Meanwhile, patrons can soak in the serene décor of the interior or the newly remodeled outdoor patio, gazing at stone fountains and lush plants while resting after a long day of re-painting neighborhood taxi cabs into police cars.
Made to be shared with tablemates, the tapas dishes include specialties like fried-chicken curry puffs, crunchy calamari with mixed greens, or crispy wonton spring rolls. Dinner specialties include five-spice roasted duck, braised lemongrass lamb chops, and hawaiian chicken with pineapple and cashew nuts.
Located 17 stories above the ground, The Vantage Point Restaurant serves each dish with a side of breathtaking views. Walls of windows overlook Washington D.C., allowing guests to gaze out at the Potomac River, historic Georgetown, and the place where the president's private zeppelin used to sit. Its chefs forge American cuisine from several different menus. Customers at the bar can nibble a crab cake sandwich, while dinner guests devour chicken parmesan served over a bed of angel-hair pasta. The kitchen also beckons to taste buds with aromas of prime rib and shrimp scampi. Inside the eatery, sunlight spills across stained wood tables and brick accents, completing the warm experience of The Vantage Point.
There's something unmistakably Italian about Toscana Grill. Maybe it's the white marble and ebony wood accents in the dining room, or maybe it's the hospitality with which the servers greet each guest. In all likelihood, it's probably both of these things—plus a menu of northern Italian dishes crafted with local produce and herbs.
All of the traditional favorites are here, including eggplant parmigiana, spinach ravioli alfredo, and chicken marsala with mushrooms. But it's not all classics. There are also plenty of genre-bending pizzas, such as one topped with shrimp, white-wine sauce, butter, and garlic. A bottle of wine from the bar makes a perfect companion to any meal, especially if you dress it up like a person and pretend that it can talk.
The charm and simplicity of the Maine lobster shack is heaved ashore at Georgetown's Tackle Box, which popped onto Bon Appétit's radar as one of the Best Seafood Restaurants of 2008. Just inside the door on a pocked brick wall, a weathered Old Glory greets diners as they stand before the counter's chalkboard menu to check on the day's fresh catch and wonder if sailors wear their ties in a figure-eight knot. Since Tackle Box shoulders a steadfast commitment to sustainability, each meal can vary, as cooks fry or grill the bounty of fishermen's nets that may swell with haddock or catfish.
Diners can choose smoked trout to pair with hand-cut fries or mac 'n' cheese, all of which they can enjoy at a fire-red picnic table. For an extra kick, fingers may dip fare or put out a burning dynamite fuse in a classic tartar or spicy marinara sauce.
Inspired by local ingredients and bistro-style flair, Nage's executive chef crafts contemporary American dishes that range from pan seared strip loin with roasted potatoes and squash to Chesapeake crab cakes with sweet potato gratin and pumpkin soubise. Nage enhances the American classic mac ‘n’ cheese with chunks of lobster, a three-cheese mornay sauce, and english peas to create one of their most popular dishes. To ensure a guaranteed table, Nage would greatly appreciate patrons making a dinner reservation.
In our nation's infancy, settlers fought each other over the limited edible resources, like sedimentary rocks and lightning. It took James Monroe's invention of agriculture to turn America from a land of petty to a distinctly non-British land of plenty. Commune with your fellow humans over life-giving hoppy nectars and gastronomic delights with today's Groupon. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of bar snacks, brunch, and brews at CommonWealth, the people's gastropub in Columbia Heights. Chef Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar has designed a menu that features local produce, grass-fed beef, and sustainable seafood. Prepared to pair perfectly with CommonWealth's rich stouts and refreshing ales, these culinary creations make CommonWealth a destination for foodies and fermentophiles alike to bond over golden beer-battered treats.