243 K St NE
Yes, Rasika brings it with their truffle naan, lobster hot pot, and James Beard nods for their esteemed chef, but we’re looking for is everyday, authentic eats that don’t require a blazer, remember? For that, there’s Indigo’s enormous blackboard of home-style Indian cuisine ranging from mild to I-don’t-care-I’d-drink-the-Potomac-right-now heat. Adding to Indigo’s charm: The thali comes out on cafeteria trays; there are painted picnic tables resembling a beer garden; and a quaint outdoor bar. Don’t overlook the vegetarian options, especially the kadhu pumpkin -- a dish so spicy it’ll likely come with a warning.