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FOOD & DR INK g ui d e Farmers Fishers Bakers The modern-American menu of this eco-chic eatery on the Georgetown waterfront has something for everyone (including a sushi bar!). Cocktails are wonderful (check out the tiki), and weekends offer Georgetown’s best brunch—that’s saying something. 3000 K St. NW, 202.298.8783 $$ Fiola Italian superchef Fabio Trabocchi has returned to DC with this seasonal, rustic restaurant, serving excellent pastas and seafood. 601 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.628.2888 $$$ Fiola Mare Fabio Trabocchi has done it again—this time on the Georgetown waterfront— with a stunning homage to Mediterranean fare. 3050 K St. NW, 202.628.0065 $$$ Founding Farmers This celebration of the American farm is a smart mix of trendsetting dishes and the tried and true. Expect everything from handmade pastas to cedar-plank salmon to a veggie-mushroom loaf. 1924 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202.822.8783; 12505 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac, Md., 301.340.8783; 1800 Tysons Blvd., Tysons, Va., 703.442.8783 $$ Fujimar This edgy upgrade to Lima’s top floor offers Japanese-Latin fusion dishes in a mod setting, complete with white-leather booths and red-velvet accents. 1401 K St. NW, 202.789.2800 $ Garrison Upscale American cuisine hits Barracks Row with a seasonally changing menu highlighting local products. 524 Eighth St. SE, 202.506.2445 $$ Good Stuff Eatery A Michelle Obama favorite, this hamburger joint uses sustainable ingredients to make standout fare by Top Chef -celeb Spike Mendelsohn. 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.543.8222; 3291 M St. NW, 202. 337.4663; 2110 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va., 703.415.4663 $ Graffiato This Italian-American restaurant is a chance to taste Mike Isabella’s winning dishes from his spin on Top Chef . The menu includes wood-fired ribs, his famous pepperoni sauce and pizzas. 707 Sixth St. NW, 202.289.3600 $$ savory wild mushrooms, the menu is as mixed as the musicians at this 37,000-square-foot music venue and restaurant. 600 14th St. NW, 202.787.1000 $ Hank’s Oyster Bar Fresh oysters ride crests of shaved ice at this long-standing favorite. The menu includes lobster rolls, grilled tilefish and tasty fried calamari. 1624 Q St. NW, 202.462.4265; 633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, 202.733.1971; 1624 Q St. NW, 202.462.4265; 1026 King St., Alexandria, 703.739.426 5 $$ iCi Urban Bistro Gallic flair comes to the Potomac at this Sofitel bistro. Chef Franck Loquet’s menu is a delicious French connection of modern dishes, ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner. 806 15th St. NW, 202.730.8700 $$ il Canale Escape to Southern Italy, if only for a night, with the wood-fired thin-crust pizza, divine pasta dishes and extensive wine selection—imported from a vineyard in Sicily— at chef Antonio Biglietto’s raved-about Georgetown bistro. 1063 31st St. NW, 202.337.4444 $$ Iron Gate One of the most romantic dining spots in DC, this resto features a wood-fired grill and a six-course tasting menu, among many other culinary flourishes. 1734 N St. NW, 202.524.5202 $$$ Izakaya Seki Chef Hiroshi Seki is a master of fresh, perfectly prepared sashimi, but his tiny two-story restaurant CONFECTION HEAVEN Save room for Instagram-worthy desserts by these primo pastry chefs, who are rising talents in the DC restaurant scene. –NM Sweet Surrender Eva Kronenburg Convivial 801 O St. NW, 202.525.2870, convivialdc.com Larry Queen Brabo 1600 King St., Alexandria, Va., 703.894.3440, braborestaurant.com Kinship 1015 Seventh St. NW, 202.737.7700, kinshipdc.com Anne Specker Previous Work Food, Wine & Co. and Hello Cupcake Previous Work Dessert Philosophy Bistro Bis, BlackSalt Previous Work Dessert Philosophy “I want desserts to be interesting and surprising, but I don’t want people to look at the menu and be intimidated by them.” CityZen Dessert Philosophy “Simple and delicious French and American influenced desserts” Granville Moore’s Squeeze past the hipsters into DC’s go-to gastropub, known for its delish Belgian Beer and tasty mussels. 1238 H St. NE, 202.399.2546 $$ The Grill Room A creative menu that includes everything from dry-aged bone-in beef tenderlion to crispy suckling pig. Also, don’t miss the new power brunch. 1050 31st St. NW, 202.617.2424 $$$ The Hamilton From succulent sushi to Enough-for-two triple-layer celebration cake with hazelnut dacquoise, white chocolate mousse and dark chocolate mousse covered in dark cocoa gelée ($14) You Must Order “I like desserts that remind me of sweets that I liked as a kid while being seasonal and incorporating savory elements.” Custardy chocolate poke cake with dark chocolate cremeux, smoked dark chocolate coral and whipped creme fraiche ($11) You Must Order Warm sticky toffee pudding with cider-plumped raisins, Earl Grey ice cream, Meyer lemon marmalade and a generous dousing of butterscotch ($12) You Must Order 130 DC A P R I L 2 0 1 6

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