The Thai Tanic Restaurant: A Washington Thai Restaurant

With a name like Thai Tanic, you'd expect this D.C. Thai restaurant to have a sense of humor. And it does, but it's also serious about serving authentic Thai cuisine. The decor at this Logan Circle restaurant is modern and fun, with distinctive tables and seating and interesting art on the walls.

On the menu you'll find a varied selection of classic Thai cuisine. Entrees can be prepared with your choice of chicken, pork, beef, or vegetables, and the list encompasses options like Panang curry, red curry, and yellow curry, as well as classics like Pad Thai. Soups, salads, and appetizers are available too, as are dessert options like rice pudding and coconut custard.

Visit Thai Tanic's website to learn more about this Washington Thai restaurant.

Thai Tanic Restaurant
1326 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 588-1795
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LiLLies Restaurant: Brunch and Dinner in Washington, D.C.

A bright, relaxing ambiance and a menu of Mediterranean-inspired food is what endears diners with LiLLies Restaurant. It’s a popular lunch spot where diners can enjoy dishes like a Greek Salad with mixed greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, kalamata olives, pepperoncini, feta cheese & Greek dressing, or a Manchester Turkey Wrap with smoked turkey, crème brie, cucumber, avocado, mixed greens & aioli dressing.

The dinner menu features entrees like Tortellini with pesto cream sauce or marinara, Crusted Tilapia with risotto, Lobster Ravioli with red pepper sauce, Grilled Salmon with wild rice, and Roasted Lamb Shank with eggplant & risotto.

Weekend brunch is a great time to stop by to relax with a Mimosa or Bloody Mary and Brioche French Toast, Eggs Benedict, or a Greek Omelet, all in a spot that's not too far away from Meridian at Gallery Place in Washington.

LiLLies Restaurant
2915 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 450-4824
www.lilliesrestaurant.com
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Fogo de Chao: A Brazilian Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.

If you’ve never experienced a Brazilian steakhouse, here’s one tip: bring your appetite.

Fogo de Chao brings the Brazilian steakhouse experience to the U.S. First opening its doors in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1979, the company has expanded rapidly all over the Western hemisphere. Regulars at the Washington, D.C. outpost rave about the many exquisite cuts brought to the table here, including the luscious filet mignon wrapped with bacon and the exceptional lamb chops.

The way it works here is that you pay a flat fee per person – around $50 for dinner – and then servers come to the table with meat as it comes off the grill. You can take whatever you like, but make sure to leave room for the good stuff. The meal also includes a well-stocked salad bar.

Fogo de Chao
1101 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 347-4668
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Birch & Barley: Washington’s Spot for Beer Aficionados

With a collection of 555 artisanal beers, Washington, D.C.'s Birch & Barley is a goldmine for aficionados of the mighty brew. It’s also a place to indulge in a full meal, with a menu focused on rustic farm to table options like Honey Glazed Duck Breast, Pan Seared Sturgeon, and Pork Loin Roulade. Not up for a full meal? Back up your beer with an appetizer like the Atlantic Char Tartare, Beef Tongue Pastrami, or Beet Risotto with whipped goat cheese. All entrees are accompanied by delectable array of fresh veggies like hand-cut fries, braised collards, and wild rice with brandied cherries. Stop by the bar for a drink or make dinner reservations to avoid a long wait for a table.

Birch & Barley is open every day for dinner and also offers Sunday brunch.

1337 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 567-2576

Terasol: Paris Meets DC

Terasol puts you on the boulevards of Paris, serving informal French food in a charming setting. Start with charcuterie or onion soup, dig in to a bowl full of mussels with a flavorful saffron sauce, and linger over a sweet creme brulee. For weekend brunch they offer several warm sandwiches like a croque monsieur, as well as quiche, omelettes and crepes. Regulars rave about their bacon — don’t miss out!

Diners appreciate the attentive service, and prices are reasonable, with most entrees in the $15 to $25 range. Their wine list also offers many reasonably priced selections from around the world. Remember to check out the small art gallery.

Terasol
5010 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 237-5555
www.terasolartisans.com
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Charlie Palmer Steak: A World-Class Steakhouse

Located near the Capitol building in D.C., Charlie Palmer Steak stays true to its founder’s wishes to operate a world-class restaurant for everyday dining and special occasions. And there’s always something special happening, be it a holiday menu or even special presidential entrees leading up to the inauguration. Washington power brokers can be seen dining on the lunch prix fixe menu, which a different first, main and dessert course every day. And wait until you try Charlie Palmer for dinner! The award winning wine list is on display above a pond in the modern, comfortable dining room. Whether you get a rib eye, NY strip, Filet or Porterhouse for two, you’ll be sure to get a great cut of steak, prepared expertly.

Charlie Palmer Steak
101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 547-8100
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Palena: Market Fresh

Chef Frank Ruti named his popular Cleveland Park eatery after the small Italian village that his mother hails from, and that deep connection to the land and its people informs each and every one of his dishes. Palena offers two very different eating experiences. The dining room is open from Tuesday through Saturday and offers a popular prix fixe tasting menu, while the café is open seven days a week, doesn’t take reservations, and offers all menu items a la carte. Whichever you choose, you’re in for a truly fantastic meal. Some dishes that draw raves from seasoned diners include the monkfish with large salted beans, which transforms the notoriously difficult fish into a spectacular entrée, as well as all of the hand-made pastas. The café has become famous for its exceptional hamburgers, made from the best beef and garnished with a simple slice of cheese and pickles.

Palena
3529 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 537-9250
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Teaism: A Warm and Welcoming DC Spot

The tea ceremony is one of the world's most elegant and meaningful rituals, celebrating the simple drink in an eminently social setting. Teaism takes inspiration from that ceremony and extends it into a deeply satisfying dining experience that has tea aficionados pleased. The Dupont Circle incarnation of Teaism is a great place to visit for breakfast or lunch. The teas, of course, are the major selling point here, and they offer a huge selection of brews from all over the world. Regulars rave that the authentic chai is spectacular, as are the green and black teas. The restaurant also serves a variety of food, from breakfast classics like omelets to more innovative dishes like cilantro-spiced scrambled eggs served with tea-cured salmon. Their baked goods are also very nice, with many diners raving loudly about the salty oat cookies.

Teaism
2009 R Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
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Cafe Romeo’s: Fresh Gourmet Pizza

Located a block from the Naval Observatory, Café Romeo’s is a local restaurant that also serves delicious pizzas and other favorites. It’s not a big place inside, but the ambiance is pleasant. The outdoor patio is also a good spot to have a nosh and people watch.

On the menu, you'll find a selection of specialty pizzas, all made with fresh dough, great cheese, delicious sauce and toppings galore. You can also choose a tasty sandwich, wrap or calzones so big, it’s a meal in itself. People also go for the Mediterranean lavash rolls and pita wraps. Want something more? Pasta platters are available, too. Everything on the menu is available for takeout or delivery, and breakfast is available all day long.

Café Romeo’s  
2132 Wisconsin Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-1111
http://www.caferomeos.net/
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Petits Plats: Small But Powerful

This charming French restaurant is one of the most romantic spots in Woodley Park, with a fireplace heating the room and exceptional waiters making every minute you spend there a joy. Located in a remodeled townhouse, the restaurant is owned and operated by brother-sister team Frederic and Cecile Darricarrere. The menu is classic French bistro fare, prepared from high-quality ingredients and perfectly seasoned. Some of the most popular dishes include the exceptional steak frites, made with a rib eye cut of Wagyu beef and a red wine reduction, as well as the seafood risotto, which is bursting with incredible salmon, clams, shrimp, and giant scallops. The wine selection is also very good, and the staff is happy to recommend pairings. Petits Plats also serves a weekly brunch menu that has early risers raving, featuring a very good Eggs Benedict and other items. Every Wednesday, Petits Plats offers special deals on wine.

Petits Plats
2653 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 518-0018
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