Food & Drink

The 4 best dishes we ate in DC last month

Published On 12/11/2014 Published On 12/11/2014
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
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1. Slipstream 1333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005 (Logan Circle)

Husband and wife duo Ryan Fleming and Miranda Mirabella bring Slipstream, coffee shop by day and cocktail bar by night, to Logan Circle. This unique spot offers both quality selection (high-end spirits, coffee beans sourced from Africa and Central America) and a passionate commitment to excellent customer service.

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2. Mama Rouge 3000 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Mama Rouge is a Southeast Asian Bistro in Georgetown that adds in a dash of classic French fare in a classic bistro environment. The most important thing on Chef/Owner Aulie Bunyarataphan's menu? The croissant brisket bánh mì -- loaded up with layers of smoky, moist meat and veggies that provide the prescribed amount of acidity and crunch. If brisket doesn’t rev your engine, try it with coconut shrimp, crispy pork belly, spicy chicken sausage, or lemongrass pork -- all for less than $10.

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3. The Partisan 709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

With 30+ charcuterie options, medium plates like sausages and corned beef belly, and feasts like a whole roasted pig's head, The Partisan will cater to your meat cravings, no matter your appetite.

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4. Second State 1831 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

This Pennsylvania-focused restaurant in the former Mighty Pint space offers a rye-driven cocktail menu, including the Second Statement (with Wigle rye, PA raw honey, Absinthe, and aromatic bitters served on fancy ice). What you won’t find on the menu is beer produced anywhere but Pennsylvania. They’re not kidding about this theme. Bites include a foie gras-topped burger with caramelized onions and banana jam (available at lunch), cheddar pierogies, and a coffee-cocoa-rubbed venison chop. Also heed the sign posted in the bar: Enjoy your food, not your phone.