Rose's Luxury, Washington, DC
What you're getting: "Burnt Romaine"; any pasta; pork pho; smoked brisket; everything else
We almost don’t want to talk about how awesome this place is, because we wish it was our own little secret, but it’s already too late, the delicious cat is out of the bag. Named for chef-owner Aaron Silverman’s clearly badass grandma, everything about RL is awesome: from the don’t-take-ourselves-too-seriously bios, to the directions on the menu “order yourself a nice cocktail or glass of wine, choose a couple of…dishes to share, eat, go home, come back tomorrow”, to, of course, the actual food. Basically everything is fantastic and approachable, from the Mexican-ish burnt romaine w/ avocado, poblano & cotija, to the pickle-brined fried chicken, to the… literally everything. So be smart: just order everything and come back tomorrow.
Kevin Alexander is Thrillist's National Food/Drink Executive Editor, and enjoys eating leftover pizza crusts off other people's plates. Follow him to freedom/Twitter at KAlexander03.