This previous year has brought new cafe openings, pandemic-period pop-ups, and ghost kitchens. But lots of basic DC eating places are however heading robust, and could use their faithful shopper support additional than ever (specifically the types in challenging-strike downtown parts). We have beloved dining at these time-tested dining places, and when it arrives to Cafe Week, (now by Feb 7) numerous, a lot of many years of practical experience can be a bonus.
15 E St., NW
Restaurateur Jeffrey Buben introduced up a era of DC chefs at his very long-shut Southern cafe, Vidalia. His vintage French procedure is on display at his Capitol Hill restaurant with dishes that go outside of the normal bistro fare. Assume salmon gravlax, coq au vin, choucroute garnie, and Normandy apple croustade. Lunch and supper indoor eating, takeout, and delivery.
The Bombay Club
815 Connecticut Ave., NW
Just before the Rasika times, restaurateur Ashok Bajaj launched his occupation with this refined Indian location. It however makes a grand impact 23 decades afterwards. Variety-packed menus are supplied at lunch ($22) and meal ($35 and $55) with plates like mango shrimp, fiery eco-friendly chili rooster, and a lot of vegetarian dishes. Lunch and meal indoor dining, heated outdoor eating, takeout, and supply.
818 Connecticut Ave., NW
Chef Todd Grey opened Equinox in 1999—long just before seasonal, Mid-Atlantic cuisine was trendy—but that is not to say the kitchen area is stuck in the past. Gray embraces plant-centered cuisine, and the 3 ($35) or 5-training course ($55) Restaurant Week menus include creative vegan dishes like navy bean cassoulet along with omnivorous solutions this kind of as barbecue shrimp and grits. Supper only indoor and heated outside dining, takeout, shipping.
1602 17th St., NW
Consider a cue from Kamala and halt by this 42 calendar year-outdated Dupont Italian cafe for takeout. Like Madam Vice President, who visited before this thirty day period, you can get an buy of the signature lasagna with beef, bechamel, and handmade mozzarella—or any of the quite a few dishes from the typical menu, presented for Cafe 7 days. Lunch and evening meal Indoor and heated outdoor dining, takeout, and shipping.
1220 19th St., NW
In advance of the “casual-chic” trend there was Christianne Ricchi’s upscale-rustic Italian cafe in Dupont Circle. The $35 Cafe 7 days menu appears to be comforting and filling—think Tuscan ribollita soup, eggplant parmesan, and tiramisu. Lunch and evening meal indoor dining, heated outside eating, and takeout.
480 Seventh St., NW 2250 Crystal Dr., Arlington
This Penn Quarter tapas dwelling is José Andrés’s initial-ever restaurant, nevertheless nothing at all feels dated immediately after 26 a long time. Get a flavor of where the ThinkFoodGroup began with your option of five tapas, together with rooster croquettes, garlicky shrimp, and flan with Catalan cream foam (menus are readily available right here). Wine flights are an added $25. Its Crystal Metropolis sibling is featuring the very same specials. Lunch and dinner indoor, heated outside dining, and takeout.
Kaz Sushi Bistro
1915 I St., NW
Chef Kaz Okochi pioneered DC’s sushi scene at his downtown Japanese cafe, which opened in 1999. You will discover a amount of Kaz classics on the generous Cafe 7 days menus for 1 ($35) or two ($60)—salmon nigiri with mango, tuna with olive, and eco-friendly tea tiramisu. Evening meal takeout and shipping and delivery only.
Previous Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St., NW
Established in 1856, the Ebbitt is technically Washington’s oldest cafe (however its adjusted places numerous periods). As element of the Clyde’s Group, assume crowd-pleasing American fare. For Cafe 7 days, that indicates possibilities like clam chowder, crabcakes, meatloaf, and bread pudding. The $35 menu also contains a gratis wine or beer. Meal only indoor dining and delivery.
Areas in Dupont Circle, Spring Valley, Georgetown, and Hyattsville
Ahead of the pandemic pizza boom—and the very last ten yrs of trendy Neapolitan spots—there was Ruth Gresser’s wood-fired pizza restaurant, which debuted in 1991. The Restaurant 7 days menu appears to be like like a great deal: a two-human being meal ($35) that contains a decision of two appetizers or salads and two pizzas, or a scaled-up 4-particular person option ($55). We’re constantly fans of the spicy Atomica with salami and olives, or the vegetarian Bosco. Lunch and meal indoor and patio eating (may differ by area), takeout, and supply.
2275 L St., NW
Veteran DC chef Ris Lacoste celebrates “We, the people: the range of the American table” for Restaurant Week at her West Conclusion location. That implies possibilities like Thai brussels sprouts, tandoori hen, chile relleno and eggplant-parmesan meatballs—plus some of her consolation classics like a cheeseburger with fries. Lunch and evening meal indoor dining, heated outdoor dining, delivery, and takeout.
Locations in Glover Park, Arlington, and Alexandria
John Snedden’s wooden-smoked barbecue joint released in DC in 1990 and has been serving up tasty meats and gratifying sides ever since (we enjoy the pea-studded slaw, cucumbers, and mac n’ cheese). For DC’s Cafe Week, the $35 menu features a rack of ribs and two pints of sides. For the Alexandria Cafe Week promo, it’s a rack of ribs, two sides, two slices of pie, and two fountain beverages ($49). Meal only heated outside dining, takeout, and shipping and delivery.
1226 36th St., NW
This Georgetown mainstay isn’t fairly as previous as the identify suggests, but its residence in a Federal-period townhouse provides it plenty of aged-college attraction (moreover, it has been all around for above 60 yrs). New chef Kyoo Eom (formerly of 2941 and the late Poste) serves a $55 Cafe 7 days menu that’s extra great-dining than your average offer. Think pheasant ballontine, brioche-crusted halibut, and apple Paris-brest with buttermilk ice cream. Dinner indoor eating, takeout, and shipping.