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Mintwood Place in Adams Morgan just won the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington Award for Best New Restaurant of the Year. Executive Chef Cedric Maupillier's modern French bistro cuisine also earned him Food & Wine Magazine's award for Best New Chef: Mid Atlantic. Don't miss his maple pork cracklin', wood-grilled swordfish, and suckling pig croquettes.
DGS Delicatessen in Dupont Circle is a throwback to the great delis of New York, in a chic and comfortable restaurant. Their old world Jewish kitchen turns out killer pastrami, chopped liver, and matzo ball soup, in addition to terrific cocktails (my favorite, the Mensch, combines Rye and blood orange bitters). The DGS sandwich shop just opened next door.
Table is another great new place (which thankfully just started taking reservations), offering seasonal and casual fare. Chef Frederick de Pue runs a chef's table-style restaurant, with an ever-changing menu of fresh comfort foods. Welcoming and chummy, Table's best offerings include one of the city's best coq-au-vin and housemade fresh tagliatelle with wild boar sauce.
In a city once known for its meat-and-potatoes attitude towards food, Washington, D.C. has become a culinary capital to rival many of the United States’ most formidable food towns. While several restaurants open each week in Washington, none has generated more buzz in the past few weeks than the French bistro-inspired Le Diplomate — where Katy Perry recently caught a late night meal when she was in town for the White House Correspondents Dinner. Known for its traditional bistro atmosphere and dishes like onion soup gratinée, steak frites and escargots, the STARR restaurant group's spot is fast becoming a must-visit. If you can get a reservation, that is.