Alright Nomsters, to conclude our “best of” series, we’re sharing our top 8 favorite dishes from DC today on the blog. The district doesn’t seem to have the best reputation when it comes to food (especially when compared to NYC), but we’re not sure why. Their noms are as good as any, and our goal is to put DC on everyone’s radar. We’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg this year, but we’re going to tear the capital up this year so stay tuned. So without further ado, here’s the best of DC for 2017…
1. Bluejacket’s Fried Mumbo Chicken Sandwich: Neighborhood Restaurant Group has got it going ON! 4 out of the 8 restaurants on this list belong to them, and they’re all on here because their food is straight fire. Every single one of their properties is KILLING it, and Bluejacket’s no exception. This sandwich was the epitome of perfection, and it was topped with pickles, coleslaw and all else good in the world. Get this, their pierogies and their signature sundae for serious yum in your tum. Click here to read more about our meal there.
2. Etete’s Injera Tacos: Soooo in 2017, we tried Ethiopian cuisine for the first time, and now we can’t get enough. We hit up Etete in the Shaw District and fell in love with their restaurant – it’s perfect for those of you looking to expand your culinary horizons on date night. When you go, their injera tacos and wings are absolute musts. The “tacos” were made with berbere chicken, collard greens, pickled peppers, and ayib farmers cheese. The chef charred the injera to create a makeshift taco shell, and the resulting combo = exquisite. The wings had a definite kick, but we can pretty much guarantee that you’ll love ’em. Click here to see more from our meal there.
3. Toro Toro’s La Bomba: If you’re looking to impress someone with dessert, head to Toro Toro for La Bomba. Priced at $25, this baby doesn’t come cheap, BUT it serves 2-3 people so you’re getting serious bang for your buck. The dish comes with fruit, seasonal sorbet, and ice cream in a chocolate “bowl.” The waiter DROPS it on a clear film and drizzles it with dulce de leche, caramel and cookie crumbs. They get extra bonus points for including edible flowers that are pretty AF.
4. Ice Cream Jubilee’s Thai Iced Tea Ice Cream: If you’re looking for solid ice cream in the district, Ice Cream Jubilee’s a no brainer. They have THE most amazing selection, but our favorite flavor will always be Thai Iced Tea. Their noms change based on the season so go often to try all (and we mean ALL) of their offerings.
5. Hazel’s Gnocchi Bokki: Who knew kimchi and gnocchi could work so well together? Chef Rob Rubba’s menu at Hazel changes quite often, but this plate’s a staple that’s here to stay. Served in a unique pork-kimchi ragu, these fluffy bites are topped with sesame seeds and smoked pecorino. Other must-tries include zucchini bread (served with a foie gras mousse) and his lemon chiffon cake – see photos of the aforementioned dishes here.
6. Birch & Barley’s Tot Sundae: We know that “tot sundae” doesn’t sound particularly appetizing, but hear us out. These tots aren’t basic tots, they’re churro-ized tots that’ll make you throw your hands in the air like you just don’t care, ha! In all seriousness though, these cinnamony taters are served with coffee ice cream, chocolate sauce, candied hazelnuts, and whipped cream to create the ultimate dessert dish. If you like dipping your fries in ice cream, this will be your jam in 2018. Click here to see more from our meal at Birch & Barley.
7. Iron Gate’s Bomboloni: Iron Gate can do no wrong. Everything we’ve ever had there has been spot on, but their bomboloni = life-changing. The bread was soft and chewy, and the filling was nothing short of incredible. It contained shaved pork and came with a thick yogurt sauce that elevated everything. We don’t know how or why, but it did. Big, BIG ups to Anthony Chittum for being such a bamf chef. Click here to see more from our meal there!
8. DCity Smokehouse’s Meaty Palmer: If you’re looking for kickass BBQ in the capital, consider your search doneso. The food here seriously blew us away, like we were mmm-ing all throughout our meal. In fact, we had a hard time figuring out which dish to feature because everything was so freaking tasty. We ultimately decided to go with their Meaty Palmer, but it was a close call between that and their wings. The sandwich contained turkey, pork belly, avocado, tomato, and chipotle aioli. It was, hands down, one of the BEST sandwiches we’d ever tasted. Definitely go and try one for yourself – we promise that you’ll be impressed. Remember to get a side of their wings…and their brussels sprouts…and everything else on their menu, ha. Click here to read more about our meal there.
Anddd that’s a wrap for today, Nomsters! We hope you enjoyed reading about the best of DC. If you missed our other roundups, no worries – simply click for the best of the Bay Area and the best of Maryland. We’ve also decided to update 4 times a week going forward so keep an eye out for new content every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. ‘Til next time!