Each day at Fenton Cafe, Meaza Gabru swirls thin layers of batter on crepe makers in her open kitchen, creating delicate shells for sweet and savory fillings. She stuffs more than 40 different crepes with ingredients ranging from chocolaty nutella and fresh fruit to smoked turkey, cheese, and egg. In fact, her selection of crepes is so overwhelming that the The Voice recommended that locals visit weekly "until the entire menu has been devoured." Bold coffees and espresso drinks accompany Meaza's signature treats, which diners can savor on the outdoor patio or while sending a breakup text to their pancakes.
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Urbana is a hip wine bar with an award-winning happy hour and menu of Northern Mediterranean fare—but that’s only part of the story. The popular after-work destination is located in Dupont Circle, one of DC’s most vibrant and fashionable neighborhoods since the late 1800s. Given this location, the crowd inside is young and stylish, with a mix of locals and visitors enjoying artisan cocktails made with house-infused liquor and selections from an extensive wine list passionately curated by resident wine director Sean Quinlan. In the kitchen, chefs craft dishes from Northern Italy to Southern France, with fresh ingredients sourced from small, local farms and markets. Pastas include squid ink papardelle with maine lobster tail, while main courses feature roasted alina duck breast with celery root and grilled northeast swordfish with a black garlic puree. Nearly a dozen pizzas are also available, such as the prociutto arugula and the carne with hand-crushed tomato and sausage. Urbana also distinguishes itself with its Earthcare program, for which they won the 2012 Mayor’s Sustainability Award. The tenets of this program—sustainability, conservation, efficiency, rooftop garden, green cleaning supplies, and soy inks and recycled paper—find their way into almost every aspect of the business. Produce and meat are organic and locally sourced, and their seafood selection adheres to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch standards. The staff pours organic and biodynamic wines, as well as organic, shade-grown, fair trade coffee. They also eliminated their use of bottled water, use 100% biodegradable packaging, recycle all glass, paper, and cardboard, turn cooking oils and grease into bio-diesel fuel, and compost 54,773 pounds of food scraps each year. Additionally, they grow a variety of herbs and vegetables, and clean the restaurant with eco-friendly cleaning products while humming tunes about the environment.
An elegant coffee shop with a French bakery twist, Patisserie Poupon is filled with luscious baked goods and so much more. This upscale Georgetown destination is delicately lined with confections and fresh-from-the-oven treats of all kinds, including a raved about almond croissant. Locals like to gather briefly at the small café tables, or lounge in the wicker-backed chairs on the adjoining brick patio, where Fido is allowed to relax as well. Of course, no visit would be complete without picking up a luscious French pastry or loaf of artisan bread to take home, along with a café au lait to enjoy on the ride. A variety of gourmet foodstuffs line the shelves and countertop as well, including honeys and small-batch jams, which makes putting together a quick gift basket a cinch.
What would the Mediterranean look like if it were relocated to a dance club? The answer would probably be Muncheez Mania. Amid upbeat music, splotches of UV lighting, and brightly painted cityscapes, the casual eatery’s cooks serve a mishmash of Lebanese, Italian, Turkish, French, Greek, and American food. On flatbreads and Mankoushe that are stretched by hand, they place authentic ingredients such as halloumi cheese, falafel, labneh, and zaatar plucked from Zeus’s lunch pail. The cooks also toss together tabbouleh and caesar salads and stuff pizzas into hot and hungry ovens. Customers can order sweet Nutella or Kinder chocolate crepes, or savory ham-and-cheese crepes from the curbside window that is open on weekends.
One of Europe‰Ûªs most acclaimed chefs, Antoine Westermann, oversees the menu at this sophisticated French bistro located in the Willard InterContinental Washington. There are three ways to experience CafÌ© Du Parc: a quick lunch or after-work drink at the chic downstairs bar, a casual meal on the terrace or a full fine-dining affair in the upstairs dining room. Diners can take in picturesque views of Pershing Park or witness the behind-the-scenes action in the wide-open kitchen while nibbling on contemporary French cuisine. The elegant dinner menu includes the restaurant‰Ûªs classics such as steaming, wine-soaked mussels, as well as seasonal favorites from former Michelin-starred top toque Westermann himself.