We got Dram & Grain's Trevor Frye to tell you where to eat this weekend

Published On 03/27/2014 Published On 03/27/2014
Donnell Wallace, Umbrella Syndicate
Michael J. Colella
Trinity Infinity
Laura Hayes
Meat in a Box
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1. Boqueria 1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Designed after Barcelona-model tapas bars both in atmosphere and cuisine, Boqueria's menus burst with flavor using local, sustainable ingredients in its commitment to market freshness. Blessed with a killer patio, you can cool down with one of their signature sangrias while you decide between the Tortilla de Setas and the Revuelto de Gambas (look it up, its worth it).

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2. Rasika 633 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Make a reservation well in advance for this Indian fine-dining experience in Penn Quarter, where, after more than a decade on the culinary scene (it more than fills DC's "upscale Indian" gap), the contemporary restaurant still gets packed with professionals both young and old, and plenty of client-wooing dinners. That said, you'll want to eschew jeans on your special night out at Rasika, and perhaps anything white as well, considering you'll be indulging in saucy plates of expertly made classics like chicken tikka masala, tandoori lamb chops, and duck vindaloo. You'd be remiss not to order a side of the fan-favorite palak chaat, too: crisp, lightly fried spinach leaves drizzled with sweet yogurt, tamarind, and date chutney. The white tablecloth? It's a goner.

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3. Quarterdeck Restaurant 1200 Fort Myer Dr, Arlington, VA 22209

This American restaurant dishes out seafood year-round -- but it's best to come during crab season and order up a bunch to pick.

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4. Toki Underground 1234 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

One of the first authentic ramen joints in DC, Toki Underground serves comforting noodle dishes inspired by Chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s culinary memories -- whether it’s the Taipei ramen shop he worked at or the family-made dumplings he ate growing up. Made with that much TLC, the dishes here are well worth the occasionally long lunchtime wait. You’ll want to dig into the Toki Classic, a steaming bowl of ramen topped with pulled pork and a soft-boiled egg, and sip -- or bomb -- one of the specialty sakes.

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5. Meat in a Box 2005 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Take your pick a Meat in a Box, you can get your choice of chicken, beef, chicken & beef, vegetables, or falafel along with pita, tomatoes, onions, rice, and sauces. Everything comes in generous portions, so there's really no wrong answer here.