DC Dish of the Day – Lomo Saltado – Lauriol Plaza

Lauriol Plaza’s Lomo Saltado – April’s DC Dish of the Day

Where can I get it?

1835 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

How much?
$14.20 (entree size)

Ingredients: Prime tenderloin strips with fresh tomatoes, cilantro, onions, jalapeno peppers, potatoes and special Peruvian green sauce. Served with white rice and black beans.
Why it’s so Good: Continue reading

DC Dish of the Day – Kushi’s Kamonegi Duck Breast & Scallion Skewer

DC Dish of the Day – Kamonegi Duck Breast & Scallion Skewer

Where can I get it?

465 K St NW
(between N 4th St & N 5th St)

Washington, DC 20001

How much?
$6.50 per skewer

Ingredients: Kamonegi duck breast, scallion, some kickass seasonings, and a charcoal grill
Why it’s so Good: Continue reading

Seared White Tuna in Homemade Miso – Sushi Yoshi – DC Dish of the Day

Best Food in DCSushi Yoshi – Seared White Tuna in Homemade Miso Broth Over Baby Greens

Where can you get it?

101 Church Street
Vienna, VA 22180

How much?
$9.00 for appetizer portion.

Ingredients: White Tuna, Mixed Baby Greens, Homemade Miso Broth, Fresh Lime, Lotus Root/Lime garnish
 
Why it’s so Good: Beautifully seared fatty white tuna. Crisp on the outside, buttery on the inside. A bit of acid to contrast the fish. Simple, gorgeous mixed baby greens to give a little crunch/texture. Warm salty miso broth to complete the clean, simple, & truly delicious dish.

Bottom Line: One of the first Dish of the Days from outside the District, this one comes from one of my favorite new sushi places. Located on the corner of a quaint side street in downtown Vienna Virginia, surrounded by little boutique shops and offices, Sushi Yoshi is a hidden gem. They pride themselves on serving authentic Japanese cuisine with an emphasis on a beautiful aesthetic for their dish presentation. Plus they don’t have that gimmicky strip-mall-suburbia sushi feel. It’s more like a small town cute cafe sushi feel.

When inside, you notice there’s 3 sushi chefs at work in a very small space, but they do an amazing job.  Overall you can’t go wrong with their sushi, especially since they provide an extensive list of special rolls, the ability to order 1/2 rolls for 1/2 the price, and a huge Japanese specials menu filled with traditional Japanese dishes I’ve rarely seen at any Japanese/Sushi restaurant outside (or inside) the District.

Away from the uniqueness of this Sushi spot, this dish is one of the cleanest, simplest, tasty plays on my favorite fish served in Sushi restaurants (White Tuna). It’s really something special, at one of the best sushi places in the suburbs of DC.

Cherry Tomato & Burrata Mozzarella – DC Dish of the Day

Best Food in DCCentral Michel Richard – Cherry Tomato & Burrata Mozzarella

Where can you get it?

1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004 

How much?
$17 for large appetizer portion.

Ingredients: Fresh Burrata Mozzarella, Roasted Cherry Tomatoes, Basil Infused Olive Oil, Fresh Basil, Fresh Black Pepper, Crostini
 
Why it’s so Good: It’s huge. 2 huge hunks of  creamy, milky burrata. Cherry tomato explosion. First press olive oil. Crunchy, crispy, salty crostini. Fresh basil & pepper garnish a nice simple touch.

Bottom Line: While I think $17 for any appetizer is pretty ridiculous, this one is an exception. Never have I had an appetizer as large or as filling as this one. Plus it is kind of hard to find fresh Burrata Mozzarella in the DC Area. The reason I got it because I was having nostalgia about my Burrata experience in Italy last November. The combination of flavors really brought me back to that little cafe in Roma. So if you love mozzarella cheese, cherry tomatoes, and an authentic fresh Italian combo of flavors, you must try this dish.

Best Food in DCLebanese Taverna – Shish Taouk

Where can you get it? Lebanese Taverna at any of their in the DC Area (Bethesda, Downtown, Falls Church, Pentagon Row, Tysons).

How much?
$16 for entree portion.

 
 
Ingredients: Grilled boneless chicken breast, marinated and skewered with roast tomatoes, pearl onions, green peppers, and garnished with fresh herbs.  Served with basmati rice, garlic puree and sumac spiced onions.

Why it’s so Good:
Amazing kabob. So flavorful. Full of grilled-goodness. Veggies are fresh, smoky, and crunchy. Roast Tomato explosion. The garlic puree/paste alone is incredible (just watch at his favorite Lebanese place in LA). Sumac spiced onions are a unique twist.
 
 
 

Bottom Line: If you live in/around DC, you are probably familiar with this chain of Lebanese Restaurants scattered all over the Metro Area. If not, someone you know may have bought $40 worth of food there in the . If you are not familiar. Become familiar. And do so with their kabobs.

While I chose the Shish Taouk for DC Dish of the Day — their Beef, Lamb, and Veggie Kabobs are all good. This plate of food is so large and full of so many great flavors. it is almost difficult to describe. All I can say is if you’re intimidated by Lebanese food, don’t be. It has got a mix of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors. Which means lots of fresh meats, veggies, rice and mild spices. Simple food with great flavor. Shish Taouk is the Shi*sh.

Best Dishes in DC

Birch & Barley – Hand Cut Ricotta Cavatelli with Braised Beef Shortrib

Where can you get it?
1337 14th Street NW Washington DC, 20005

How much?
$13 for small portion, $19 for dinner portion (menu changes almost daily so check if it’s available first).

Ingredients: Home-made with Ricotta. Braised short rib. . . Parmesan Cheese. (I’ve provided links to each ingredient I wasn’t totally familiar with when I ordered it).

 

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Best Dishes in DC

Manhattan Roll –
What is it? Spicy Crunchy Shrimp Roll
Where can you get it?
Tono Sushi – 2605 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008
Woodley Park Neighborhood
How much?
$6.00 for 1 roll (6 pieces)
Ingredients: Sushi rice, seaweed, cooked shrimp (chilled), secret spicy sauce, tempura flakes, sesame seeds sprinkled outside.
 
Why it’s so Good: While I’d like to say it has something to do with the roll bearing the name of my hometown, it ain’t that simple.

 
 
First of all, as you can tell by the look of the roll – it is done by pros. It’s rolled tightly and neatly and has all the fine touches of a sushi-making artisan. Second is texture. Once you’ve dipped the roll into a little bit of pre-mixed soy sauce & wasabi, and you take that first bite, the first thing you’ll notice is the firm, but tender shrimp along with the crisp seaweed. Then you have the perfectly cooked sticky sushi rice (Tono has the best sushi rice I’ve ever eaten) — and if anyone knows me, I LOVE me some good rice.  After the rice, you get hit with the subtle spiciness of their secret sauce… And then out of no where — whoa, what is this? Little heavenly crunchies? No it’s just tempura flakes added in for good measure.

To put it into a math equation –> tender + sticky + spicy + crunchy = winning sushi

 
It also equals the chill. This roll and Tono’s Mexican Roll (Spicy Crunchy Tuna) literally have given me a chill when I’ve eaten them (I know it sounds nuts)… But they’re so frickin good. I don’t know what it is, but anytime I bite into one of the rolls and wash it down with some Tsingtao Beer, it puts a smile on my face.

 
 
Bottom Line: If you are ever visiting the , or are up that way for whatever reason, check out for their incredible Manhattan Roll. It’s delicious. Plus they have a great Sushi Happy Hour from 5pm-7:30pm daily with $1.00 Nigiri and $2.75 small beers/saki.