100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Del Campo
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Comments () | Published January 27, 2014

Del Campo
Address: 777 I St., NW, Washington, DC 20536
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown
Opening Hours: Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Business Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Best Dishes Empanadas; octopus causa; melted provolone; “gaucho” rib eye with chimichurri; Wagyu skirt steak; Del Campo chorizo; fried yuca; stewed canary beans; charred cauliflower; passionfruit cheesecake; tres leches “twinkies.”

Leather-bound wine lists on the tables, cowhides on the wall, grill smoke in the air—the siren songs for meat lovers are loud and clear at Victor Albisu’s Latin steakhouse. And that’s before you even look at a menu. Steaks, from a hefty, full-of-flavor Piedmont Ridge rib eye to an easier-on-the-wallet hanger steak, are presented in a wonderfully rustic manner, on platters strewn with burnished heads of garlic and crowned with a long, marrow-filled bone. What’s surprising is that vegetarians can eat just as well on the lineup of well-balanced salads and brightly flavored sides. The earth-toned dining room glitters with heavy chandeliers and is often filled with an expense-account crowd, but we like to eat at the bar, where towering chivito sandwiches are served along with marvelous Pisco sours and pumpkin old fashioneds.

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

Don’t Miss: Octopus causa with grilled avocado; Wagyu-beef empanadas; burnt-vegetable salad with burrata, butternut squash, carrots, and sunchokes; bone-in short ribs; Peruvian chicken; canary beans with rice; Brussels sprouts with bacon and honey; tres leches “twinkies”; Limonada Sucia, with vodka and smoked simple syrup. 

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