1132 19th St., NW
It’s no surprise that the most frequently used kitchen gadget in a restaurant called Bonfire is a blowtorch. This cozy fire-themed DC eatery provides a menu brimming with smoked, roasted, and charred dishes from a skillet mac with smoked Gouda, truffle Cheddar, and cracker crust to a roasted beet salad with whole grain mustard vinaigrette and charred hanger steak with rosemary jus. There’s even an entire menu section devoted to s’mores in peppermint, pumpkin spice, and maple varieties. The inferno continues behind the bar, where cocktails like the Irish whiskey- and roasted squash-based Sas-Squash are infused with smoke “from the hearth.” Channeling a campsite in its décor with a glass-enclosed fireplace, stacks of chopped wood, and flannel blankets, you’ll likely want to ditch your urban existence for Bonfire’s glowing world.