8/13/2012 11:51:00 AM

12 Game-Changing Restaurants in DC


Photo: Greg Powers for Jaleo

DC enjoys a vibrant, ever-changing dining scene. New concepts and clever twists on old-school models have helped turn what President Kennedy famously described as “a town of northern charm and southern efficiency” into a food destination. Check out our slide show of the game-changing dining spots that contributed to this renaissance, and tell us about those that we missed.

9 comments :

  1. Cork is above Logan Circle not Dupont (which has a lower case p).

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  2. I believe the Wisconsin Ave location is no more.

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    1. Apparently, according to the website and Open Table, I'm wrong, but I drive by there all the time and I thought it was gone.

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    2. Were you thinking of Japan Inn? It's been abandoned for some time, letting that beautiful ryokan setting go to waste. Sushiko, next to GG, is still going strong.

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  3. Sushiko in Glover Park is still open. They were the epitome of sushi for many years. Still great, but no longer alone. Former Sushi-ko chef Kaz Okochi has established Kaz Sushi Bistro as a destination for innovative sushi. The reinvention of Sushi Taro has catapulted that restaurant to the pinnacle of DC sushi spots. Totally authentic, you'll find no California rolls. If you can afford it, Chef's omakase table is quite the exoerience and worth the steep price.

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  4. "[Sushiko is] also known for having pioneered the pairing of French Burgundies with nigiri and sashimi."

    Two comments:
    (1) Burgundy is a region in France. Burgundies are always French. "French Burgundy" is like saying "Californian Napa Cab". C'mon, Zagat...get with the program!
    (2) Burgundy and Oregon Pinots do go amazingly well with Sushi/Sashimi, especially the richer kinds of fish. I've tried it many times, and it works. Forget the white-wine-with-fish rule when your fish is sashimi.

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  5. Rays is fine if you do not know the difference between choice and prime beef. You get what you pay for, and at you can get more food still at the Old Country Buffet.

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  6. I think you left off "The Brookland Cafe" located at 3740 12th Stret N.E, one of DCs best kept secret. I love their food

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