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A palate-friendly palace in gold and green, Heritage India is the latest outpost of owner?s globe-spanning career in the hospitality business. Past ornate artwork and an elegant dining room, the head chef draws on the culinary styles of his birthplace. The influence shows in menus of flavorful fusion cuisine, including calamari saut?ed with curry leaves and coconut milk; hyderabadi murgh haleem, a dish of chicken, barley, lentils, and spices; and golgappas, a popular street food made of puffed wheat, potato, and chickpeas.

Media Mentions

  • The Washington Post's editors picked Heritage India for its "rich meats, luscious veggies, creamy lentils and warm and wonderful breads."
  • The Washingtonian named the restaurant one of the city's 100 best in 2010, lauding its atmosphere. "With carved wooden screens, British Colonial furnishings, and vintage sepia photos of Indian princes, the main dining room channels the days of the Raj."
  • Fodor's praised the eatery for its authenticity. "There's incredible attention to detail in everything from the tapestried chairs to the paintings of India and the traditional tandoori and curry dishes."
1337 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington,
DC
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Pica Taco

The challenge: eat a burrito in 45 minutes or less. But not just any burrito. A burrito that weighs four pounds. A burrito so awe-inspiring it even has a fearsome name: El Toro. One Saturday per month, Pica Taco holds a contest for any brave and hungry customer ready to take on the El Toro burrito challenge. Packed with the challenger’s choice of chicken, beef, or pork, the burrito is so huge, it must be wrapped in multiple full-size tortillas. Anyone who conquers the four-pounder gets their picture on the Wall of Champions, a $15 gift certificate, a champion t-shirt, and souvenir tostada molded in their likeness. And, of course, their burrito is on the house. But the El Torro isn’t the only thing that makes Pica Taco special. It’s also the friendly service and authentic Mexican cuisine created by owner Maria Villalta with recipes and techniques passed down to her from her mother. She also has a knack for remembering the faces and orders of repeat customers, and begins to prepare their favorite orders the moment they walk in. While regulars tend to stick with favorites like chorizo tortas or chicken enchiladas, Maria still tempts them with a changing daily special, which could be mole enchiladas or chicken flautas, depending on the day.

1406 Florida Ave NW
Washington,
DC
US

Located in the up-and-coming Adams Morgan neighborhood, Little Fountain Cafe’s tables swathed in white cloths populate the intimate dining area, with a fountain trickling peacefully in the corner and another outside beside the ivy-cloaked garden table. Waiters traverse the space with eclectic dishes united by a contemporary international aesthetic, ranging from a San Francisco–style cioppino stew of fish, shellfish, and tomatoes to Italian gnocchi with basil pesto sauce.

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2339 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
US

At the age of 14, Bikram Choudhury, with three National India Yoga competitions under his mat, had already been named king of the yogis by Swami Sivananda. As an adult, the United Nations put Bikram on the payroll, along with doctors and researchers at Tokyo University, so that he could teach them the healing potential of the ancient practice. Now, his signature brand of yoga—constructed with scientific rigor and the insights borne of millennia of practice—is taught throughout the world.

The intense heat and demanding postures that are trademarks of Bikram yoga have gained appeal due to their ability to test even the most self-disciplined yogis. Like chess, or cartwheeling around the edge of an active volcano, the moves are easy to learn, but intensely difficult to master.

That's where the experienced instructors at Bikram Yoga Tenleytown come in. The staff cheerily receives each guest at the door before leading the 90-minute routines, which progress through the 26 postures and two breathing exercises of Bikram Choudhury's celebrated method. They motivate newbies and devotees through toe stands, sit-ups, and rabbit poses that lengthen spines and restore flexibility to limbs. The studio's warmth of character and yogis maintaining sofa poses ensure that the greenest of guests feel comfortable in the sessions.

4908 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington,
DC
US

Policy’s owners opened the restaurant and lounge with one goal in mind: to create a nightlife hot spot that would be customers’ first and final stop of the evening. With that in mind, they developed a chic design that incorporates painted chandeliers and colorful graffiti artwork. Revelers can split their time between the main floor’s Love dining room and the second floor’s Liberty lounge. A typical night could start with happy-hour cocktails at the bar, continue with a meal of shareable plates featuring seasonal and local ingredients in the dining room, and end with drinks and music in the upstairs lounge. Cocktails include the Kentucky Ninja with Woodford Reserve bourbon, lime, vanilla simple syrup, and ginger beer, as well as the Beekeeper, which blends honey with Stoli Citron and champagne. The food menu is split into meat, seafood, and vegetable small plates, and includes dishes such as crispy pork belly with sweet-chili glaze, and sambuca-blackened-fish sliders. The beer menu features a variety of craft beers, both in bottles and on draft, from popular breweries such as 21st Amendment in San Francisco and Bell’s in Michigan as well as local spots including DC Brau and Port City Brewing Company.

1904 14th Street Northwest
Washington,
DC
US

Born and raised in Seoul, Yesoon Lee grew up learning how to cook traditional Korean comfort foods. Today, she continues to embrace the recipes and the flavors of her homeland by recreating those dishes at Mandu: the restaurant she opened with her children, Jean and Danny. With locations in Dupont Circle and the Mount Vernon Triangle, Mandu also tempts patrons with an inviting charm that led The Washington Post to claim that the eatery, “knows how to make a diner feel good.” In addition to steaming or pan-frying the dumplings— or mandu—that inspired the restaurant’s name, Chef Lee and her team forge a variety of iconic Korean dishes. Barbecued beef short ribs and stir-fried potato noodles appear alongside classics like bibim bap. The mixed meat, veggie, and egg dish is served in a hot stone bowl, which helps to heat the rice from the bottom and explains why all of Mandu's tables look so relaxed. And although each location features a small selection of wines by the bottle or glass, they pair meals with a handful of Korean beers as well as soju—Korea’s most famous distilled spirit.

1805 18th St NW
Washington,
DC
US