1. Compass Rose1346 T St NW, Washington
2. OKI Bowl DC & Sake1817 M St, Washington
3. Surfside Taco Stand1800 N St NW, Washington
4. Grand Trunk641 Indiana Ave NW, Washington
5. Copycat Co.1110 H St NE, Washington
6. GRK Fresh Greek1140 19th St NW, Washington
7. Captain Cookie and the Milk Man2000 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington
Compass Rose’s culinary muse is, simply put, the globe. Its menu of sharing plates synthesizes street and market food from around the world, conflating Danish smorrebord with house-cured steelhead, dill-caper remoulade, troute roe, rye bread, and flowers with Indian bhel puri chaat, a dish of baby kale, puffed rice, sev, potato, tomato, peanuts, mango, mint, and tamarind chutney. Going to Compass Rose without trying the Georgian khachapuri is like going to Moscow and skipping the vodka -- it’s simply unthinkable. Resembling an almond-shaped eye, the delicacy has a crusty, bready lid, a bubbling, cheesy retina, and, best of all, an egg yolk pupil in the center of all the action, staring right at you.
This ramen-and-rice bowl restaurant is a lovable oddball in Dupont Circle. On its walls are quirky features like birdhouses, woven baskets, and computer parts, and on its menu are favorites like miso, kimchi, and curry, alongside tasty apps like chicken potstickers. At OKI Bowl, you're in for a perfect combo of big portions at small prices. A bonus? If you're prone to late-night cravings (so, if you're human), it's open until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
At Surfside Taco Stand each taco option is named after the part of the world it pays tribute to, like Phuket with teriyaki short ribs or Maui with grilled rockfish. An order comes with two tacos, and none surpass $10. The same holds true for the burritos and quesadillas, which makes your visit to the Mexican spot a worldly and delicious experience.
Grand Trunk is serving South Asian American goodness in Penn Quarter with steaming bowls of Indian curry, tikkas, and loaded waffle fries.
From Barmini graduate Devin Gong, hip restaurant/bar Copycat Co. combines craft cocktails with Northern Chinese bites like pot stickers, skewers, and bao buns. In addition to a permanent cocktail menu loaded with the classics, bartenders rotate through weekly (hand-drawn!) specialty menus featuring toddys, daiquiris, juleps, and more. Copycat is spread out across two floors: the first is for a quick beer and bao, while the upstairs is a relaxed lounge where you can unwind for hours.
Ordering at GRK is a cinch: decide if you want a pita or a plate, then focus on your biggest decision: chicken, pork, lamb & beef, or portabello. Lamb & beef is the right answer, especially when topped with spicy tzatziki called kaftero. Get your hands on one until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The brick-and-mortar version of the beloved food truck is open until 2am on Fridays and Saturdays and offers a delicious array of cookie options. Founder Kirk Francis says the Chipwich is the most popular item after midnight. The cookies are warm, and the ice cream is cold -- say no more.