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100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Estadio
Comments () | Published February 19, 2013
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Estadio
Address: 1520 14th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Phone: 202-319-1404
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: Spanish/Portuguese, Tapas/Small Plates, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Monday through Thursday 5 PM to 10 PM; Friday 11:30 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Saturday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 11 PM; Sunday 11 AM to 2 PM and 5 PM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pintxo of chorizo, manchego, and quince; salmorjero, a thickened gazpacho; shrimp with garlic and lemon; patatas bravas; montadito of goat cheese, tomato, and salsa verde; chorizo bocadillo with Idiazábal cheese; tuna bocadillo with peppers; mushroom croq
Price Details: Tapas, $3 to $14.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Valet Parking Available, Weekend Brunch, Good for Groups

The hams curing above the bar and heavy, ornately carved chairs feel straight out of old Madrid—like the kind of place where you can kick back over garlicky shrimp and oil-slicked Marcona almonds. You can do those things here, but much of Haidar Karoum’s menu flouts expectations. Manchego turns up in a satiny cheesecake, while piquillo peppers add contrast to a crispy pork-belly sandwich. Cocktails have a similar creative streak: There are seasonally changing “slushitos,” gin-and-tonics scented with orange and thyme, and for the brave, porrons—glass vessels that tip mixtures of wine and soda down your throat. All of this means that hourlong waits at the hot spot are still the norm. If you’re not up for that, you can almost always get a table at brunch—it’s one of our favorites in the area.

Don’t miss: Ham croquetas; chorizo-and-Idiazabal-cheese sandwich; grilled squid with salsa verde; grilled hanger steak; grilled chicken with slaw and green rice; brunchtime burger and toast with honey, butter, and salt; sherry float.

Open: Monday through Thursday for dinner, Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner. Moderate.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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