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FOOD & NIGHTLIFE BEST OF THE CITY littlE MirAclE Chef Patrick o’Connell’s inn at Little Washington offers an otherworldly lamb carpaccio. sweet sensations Pastry devotees are flocking to upper-crust boutique bakeries for high-end oven-fresh treats. DC’s grand-père of baking, Mark Furstenberg—creator of Marvelous Market and the Breadline—opened Bread Furst in Van Ness, while Craft Restaurant alum Meredith Tomason just debuted her jewel-box patisserie, RareSweets , in CityCenterDC. Much-lauded pastry wizardess Tiffany MacIsaac, formerly of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group, will set up shop later this year. “One minute, I’m doing a superfancy wedding cake,” she says. “The next minute, it’s a 3-D panda bear cake for a kid’s birthday party.” Save us a slice! Bread Furst, 4434 Connecticut Ave. NW, 202.765.1200, breadfurst. com; RareSweets, 963 Palmer Alley, NW, 202.499.0077, raresweets. com now in the form of carpaccio! Paper-thin slices of rare lamb loin arrive with dollops of Caesar salad-dressing ice cream, salt-rich capers and a flurry of Parmesan at the Inn at Little Washington (theinnatlittlewashington. com). Rural Society ’s (ruralsocietyrestaurant. com) chef de cuisine, Louis Goral, highlights briny Spanish octopus in featherweight sheets, complementing it with acidic sun-dried tomato mash and malbec-infused micro potato chips. “Carpaccio brings out the flavor of an ingredient and lets it shine,” he says. “It’s a beautiful way to present a protein—or produce.” Several exemplary vegetarian options have sprouted up, including a Caprese-inspired stunner at Farmers Fishers Bakers (farmersfishersbakers. com) with nearly transparent tomato rounds, and Vinifera Wine Bar & Bistro ’s (viniferabistro. com) vibrant red beet carpaccio dressed with orange and aromatic tarragon. Prime Cuts Oh, how we love the raw power DC chefs are showing off right toMAson triUMPhAnt Pastry chef Meredith tomason just opened her confectionary jewel, raresweets in citycenterdc. readers’ ChoiCe: fine dininG So many culinary superstars, so little time—our readers find their happy indulgences at these top restos. 1. fiola mare Chef Fabio Trabocchi and wife Maria added a third resto to their DC collection—this one on the Georgetown waterfront. 3050 K St. NW, 202.628.0065, fiolamaredc. com 2. le diPlomaTe Stephen Starr’s brasserie continues to brim with patrons at all hours, and for good reason. 1601 14th St. NW, 202.332.3333, lediplomatedc. com 3. rasika Chef Vikram Sunderam won a James Beard Award in 2014, which makes getting a table at this indian resto even more challenging— but your persistence pays off. 633 D St. NW, 202.637.1222, rasikarestaurant. com 4. Blue duCk TaVern New chef Ryan LaRoche has garnered culinary hosannas since he took over the kitchen a few months ago. 24 and M streets NW, 202.419.6755, blueducktavern. com 5. iron GaTe Romance blooms on the wisteria-covered patio—and, in winter, alongside the glorious hearth. Anthony Chittum’s Greek-inspired menu is superb. 1734 N St. NW, 202.524.5202, irongaterestaurant. com so sUndErAM rasika’s chef vikram Sunderam won a James Beard Award in 2014. 86 DC Jan/Feb 2015

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