The Partisan
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
Laura Hayes
B. Milne
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle
Pat Yuen
Rural Society
Laura Hayes
Sona Creamery and Wine Bar
Second State
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1. 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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2. Compass Rose 1346 T St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Logan Circle)

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.

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3. Tico 1926 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (U Street)

The bright and graffic graffiti murals are the first clues that your visit to Tico, an outpost of original Boston tapas bar, is going to be a colorful one. Inspired by Schlow's travels in Latin America, Spain, and Mexico, Tico offers bold small plates with Latin leanings, like roasted cauliflower with cotija cheese, black bass ceviche, and a velvety tres leches cake for dessert. There are multiple taco varieties too, but what keeps fans coming back for more are the addictive hibiscus margaritas.

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4. Crane & Turtle 828 Upshur St NW, Washington, DC 20011 (Petworth)

This restaurant is eminiscent of a cool café in Japan, serving up French and Japanese-inspired cuisine like straw-smoked tatakis, a cool take on pork cheek ramen, charcoal-grilled short rib, and a scallop dish you’ll be talking about for days.

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5. DBGB Kitchen and Bar 931 H St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Daniel Boulud's DBGB, located in the CityCenterDC complex, has a cool atmosphere and (like his other locations) offers top-notch sausage. Be sure to also try the Baked Alaska.

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6. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle 950 I St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Del Frisco's Double Eagle is a premier steak house with a chef-driven menu that is bold and playful. The steaks are prime and the seafood is fresh off the boat, all seasoned and prepared with only the finest and highest quality ingredients. However, dining at this dressy upscale restaurant will cost you upwards of $50, but, they do have an incredible Sunday deal.

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7. Fiola Mare 3050 K St NW, Washington, DC 20007

Waterfront view? Check. Fresh fish flown in daily from just about every ocean? Check. All the TLC that Fabio Trabocchi typically folds into his food? Also, check. Caviar, stacks on stacks of frutti de mare, simply grilled seafood (that you can select yourself off a line), and delicate pasta make for one hell of a meal. Try Fiola Mare for less during lunch when a $22 deal is available at the bar.

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8. Rural Society 1177 15th St NW, Washington, DC 20005

Brought to you by the renowned master of Latin cuisine, Chef Jose Garces, Rural Society is an Argentinian steakhouse located inside the Loews Madison Hotel downtown. The ambiance inside echoes that of a rustic and luxurious Buenos Aires, as does the menu. You'll find prime meats and seafood cooked on a wood-fired grill, traditional Argentinian small plates, pizza, and house made sausages.

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9. Gypsy Soul 8296 Glass Alley, Fairfax, VA 22301

Gypsy Soul was inspired by Chef RJ Cooper's motorcycle adventures to various mid-Atlantic farms and doles out farm-to-table American fare like Chicken Fried Bobwhite Quail and Country Ribs.

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10. Sona Creamery & Wine Bar 660 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

This bistro that prides itself on its cheese selection and the decadent mac and cheese that you can either enjoy as a side or stuffed into the Bruno's Big Kid sandwich. If you go the side route, opt for the Sona burger as your main and thank us after you've bitten into a creation with caramelized onions, Scharfe Maxx, aioli, and bibb lettuce. We'll wait.

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11. 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.