100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Unum
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Unum
Address: 2917 M St. NW, Washington, DC 2007
Phone: 202-621-6959
Neighborhood: Georgetown
Opening Hours: Open daily for dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Foggy Bottom-GWU
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual (jeans okay)
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Chicken-liver mousse; beet salad; Caesar salad with artichoke-Parmesan custard; fried soft-shell crab; Unum Burger; grilled branzino; roast chicken; basil gnocchi; assorted ice creams and sorbets; Chocolates & Mint dessert.
Price Details: Starters $8 to $12, entrées $12 to $25.

When chef Phillip Blane and wife Laura Schiller debuted this tiny restaurant in early 2012, they showed an impressive attention to detail: From a bright chimichurri dip to perfect gnocchi, dishes betrayed few weak spots. Staff, meanwhile, deftly walked the line between helpful and overbearing.

Things have slipped some—awkward, sometimes pushy service has snuck in, and on a recent visit it pained us to find the potato pasta gummy. Still, much of the food continues to shine, and with its reasonable prices and excellent cocktails, Unum remains one of Georgetown’s best bets. Ask for a table inside the “alcove,” a cozy recessed area lining one wall. Don’t miss:Apple-and-celery-root soup; tagliatelle with short rib; cheddar burger with fries; roasted chicken with olive jus and roasted fingerlings; Brussels sprouts with cashews and raisins; ice creams and sorbets; Basilica Martini, with gin, basil, and orange bitters. Open: Daily for dinner. Expensive.

100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
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