Texas de Brazil blends the steak-centric cuisine of Texas with the traditional churrasco method of slow-roasting meat over an open flame grill to form a luscious meaty mélange. The full dinner ($39.99) marches out a cavalcade of choice cuts, allowing diners to welcome continuous windfalls of flavorful proteins. Brandish your table's provided card, green on one side, red on the other, and it will function as a meat traffic light that summons servers to either send stacks of seasoned beef, pork, or lamb skewers or halt plate traffic like a decorated culinary crossing guard. Or feel free to substitute greens for the grill by stepping into the sprawling salad-bar conga line ($24.99), two-stepping through toothsome goodies such as imported cheeses, steamed asparagus, and dozens of other hors d'oeuvres.
The chefs at Bull Branch marry local and international ingredients in a menu of salads, shareable tapas, and entrees that strikes a balance between succinct and eclectic. Served in a intimately lit Bohemian setting that The Washington Post describes as "that perfect blend of casual and sophisticated, elegant and honky-tonk," dishes such as hummus, curries, and pulled pork harness the flavors of the Mediterranean and Middle East, Southeast Asia, and down-home America. Occasional live music in the evenings complements the pan-continental cuisine, as does a serving staff of UN delegates who, upon request, sprinkle borders of salt and pepper to delineate your entree and sides.
Fujiya House's chefs display their dedication to the art of Japanese cuisine by crafting most of their menu directly in front of diners. Hibachi grills fill most of the brightly lit dining room, where planters of bamboo add small splashes of color to the neutral-toned walls. As the chefs dexterously slide cuts of filet mignon, chicken, or lobster across the grill tops, shining metal range hoods vacuum up smoke and stray rainclouds hovering over diners' heads. Nearby sushi chefs also wrap california rolls and thinly sliced pieces of nigiri.
Hibachi chefs at Musashi Japanese Steakhouse twirl blades and spatulas as they perform for an audience. On a tableside grill, they unleash a jangling symphony as they prepare new york strip steak, scallops, and wasabi tuna steak, allowing diners to release shouts about fire pent up in theaters crowded with dry scarecrows. Nimble fingers bundle seaweed—in such a deep green hue it is nearly black—around 25 kinds of sushi, twisting together salmon skin, yellow radish, white tuna, and other ingredients.
After walking under Kabuto's red gate and through its ornately decorated doors, guests walk past miniature gongs and framed scrolls illuminated by yellow and blue lighting fixtures set in the walls. Experienced hibachi chefs toss and catch shrimp, deftly ladling teriyaki or soy sauce over piles of veggies and meat or flinging it upwards to catch in the brim of their 10-gallon hats.
Windowpanes stretch from the floors to the 20-foot ceilings at Bistro 27, flooding the spacious dining room's wood floors and white tablecloths with natural light throughout the day. This sense of refined comfort extends to Brazilian-born chef Carlos Silva's menu of French- and Italian-inspired cuisine, which draws from the passion he developed while studying classical European cuisine in culinary school.
After immigrating to America in 1993, Silva honed his techniques by manning the stovetops in a French café, an Italian eatery, and an Easy-Bake Oven focus group, polishing the skills he would eventually use to develop his menu at Bistro 27. In addition to house-made pastas, the kitchen also fills diners' plates with high-end proteins such as Wagyu Kobe-style beef, cage-free chicken, and Scottish salmon.