When customers face the daunting decision of what toppings to pile on to their pizzas, Washington Deli Pizza and Catering offers this advice: “Start simple, then branch out.” In its profile for WUSA 9’s “The Best I’ve Ever Ate” series, the eatery suggests sampling its hearty New York–style slices to find a favorite. Chefs make their own dough and sauce daily, crisping crusts with meatball, spinach, feta, and other toppings. Soy-cheese pizzas offer vegans and vegetarians dairy-free options, and slice meals offer fast fare without having to lasso a food truck full of tamales.
Along with pizzas, the deli packs paninis, wraps, and other staples on the sandwich menu with fillings like capicola ham, grilled crab cake, and muenster cheese. For family parties or office lunches on elevator appreciation day, the catering menu lodges cold cuts on party trays or in boxed lunches.
At both of Himalayan Heritage’s locations, chefs pull marinated chicken and lamb from charcoal clay ovens. The tandoori dishes are a staple of Indian cuisine, but Indian is only half the story here. Much of the menu is dedicated to Nepalese food, which, as Tom Sietsema explains in his glowing Washington Post review, is similar, but not the same. For an introduction, he recommends the momo—dumplings made of spiced minced chicken or vegetables that are steamed inside flour dough and served with aachar or chutney sauce.
Diners enjoy their meals at white-linen covered tables in a dining room with bright orange walls and a golden ceiling from which intricate lanterns hang. The space is flush with cultural artwork, including a large thangka painting that acts as a blimp in an emergency if you add enough balloons.
Family owned for more than three decades, Cafe Mozart features a menu that satiates carnivorous cravings while also pleasing the herbivoracious. The full-service, cozy restaurant space features friendly, welcoming service as well as guitar- or piano-based musical accompaniment on select nights. Satisfy lunchtime longings with the portabella-mushroom schnitzel, heartily breaded and served on a plate of homemade salad ($11.45), or submit to the Jaeger schnitzel, a succulent combination of stuffed veal, tomatoes, and mushrooms dolled up in a zesty onion sauce and escorted by a traditional noodle dish of spaetzle ($26.95). Dinnertime diners can spur hankerings with the sausage sampler, picking two cylindrical meat delicacies from a choice of weisswurst, smoked or regular bratwurst, knackwurst, or debreziner ($7.95), or griddle on over to the German potato pancakes, complete with applesauce, sour cream, and coleslaw ($13.95). Bookend the feast with a Viennese apple strudel ($5.45), or submerge the entire culinary bookcase in a bevy of authentic German beers. With brews on tap steadily flowing and weekly events mingling beside savory dishes, Cafe Mozart Restaurant is a welcome spot for revving up ravenous engines along the appetite autobahn.
DCWineGuy.com boasts a staggeringly extensive selection of alcohol. Obscure beers from Thailand and Lithuania find a home beside six-packs of Miller High Life, and an impressive collection of wines spans six continents. If you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of beers, wines, and vintage spirits, there’s no need to worry. The staff consults their magic 8-ball sommelier to arrive at a comprehensive list of recommendations. Once you have made your selection, pick up your order at the store.
Start with an order of homemade potato pancakes, which pairs the popular fluffed-up root vegetable with sour cream or applesauce ($6.75). Homemade daily soups ($5.25), chicken matzo-ball soup ($5.25), and an assortment of eggs and omelettes ($7.96–$10.95) prep taste buds. Fans of sea meat will appreciate Morty's extensive menu of fish platters. From belly lox ($12.95) to sable fish ($16.95), the dishes include your choice of bagel with cream cheese, plus lettuce, tomato slices, onion, olives, and lemon. On the side, try an order of crispy french fries ($2.95), coleslaw ($2.95), or game-changing noodle pudding ($4.50).
A regional wine wholesaler, Tradewinds Specialty Imports supplies DC restaurants and retailers with an exclusive selection of Spanish wines from its coalition of Iberian family wineries. At the July 27 Grand Portfolio wine-tasting event, take a sipping tour of numerous Spanish and Argentine wines curated by Tradewinds' expert staff and their transoceanic winemaking pals, who happily share each vintage's personal history and grade-school class photos. VIP ticket holders gain admission at 5 p.m., an hour before average attendees, get access to exclusive wines, and can attend a panel discussion on the ins and outs of restaurateuring led by Barmetrix CEO Sean Finter and debated by prominent DC restaurant and bar owners. Though this event may be of particular interest to current or would-be wine sellers and tavern mavens, all lovers of the matured grape will leave thoroughly satisfied, edified, and purple-lipped.