I want to start keeping track of my favorite meals in DC. Living in Arlington, five minutes outside of DC, I feel privileged to be near such a growing foodie scene. Here are a few of my all-time favorite meals. Stay tuned for more ‘favorite meal’ posts to come!
1) La Chaumiere– it surprises me every year how little credit amongst dc’s top restaurants this receives. A favorite of my grandma who taught me everything I know about food & wine, there is no place I’d rather go on a cold wintery night for some fair-priced, well-executed french cuisine. Cozy up near the fireplace with a big glass of Cabernet and enjoy some classic foodie-foods. My favorites: the pike dumpling or baked mussels to start, the duck breast or rack of lamb as an entree, and the apple tart that is perfection to close out the meal. Simple and perfect.
2) Kapnos– new, but already well-loved, this amazing Greek restaurant by TopChef’s Mike Isabella is one of my top 3 meals ever. Come ready to spend some money, but leave feeling like every penny spent was well worth it. I like to order a bunch of small plates to try as much as i can (maybe the reason I spend so much when I go!). The octopus was insane. Scary to try, but by far the winner in my opinion. My favorites: melitzanosalata, bronzino, charred octopus, and the roasted duck phyllo pie.
3) Blacksalt- my all-time favorite for seafood, hands down. I have never had better fish anywhere else in the world. The menu changes often depending on what is in season, but you cannot go wrong here. The butterfish is a staple on the menu, and I highly recommend it. Also, if they have the thai mussels, always always get them. Favorites: butterfish with lobster, thai mussels, wild alaskan black cod, and a key lime pie to finish out the meal.