1122 9th St NW
There's a reason people come dressed to impress at Mt. Vernon Square's Corduroy -- the upscale French-Italian cuisine needs patrons to match (and they have a strict no-shorts policy). The simple, dimply lit setting lets minimalist and artful presentation be the center of attention with dishes like Guinea Hen confit, charcoal-grilled pork, and prime beef strip tenderloin. Executive chef Tom Power knows his stuff, which is probably why most people let him pick their courses himself with the tasting menu.