100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Seasonal Pantry
No. 14 on this year's list.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Photography by Scott Suchman.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
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Seasonal Pantry
Address: 1314½ Ninth St., NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-713-9866
Neighborhood: U Street/Shaw, Logan Circle
Cuisines: American
Opening Hours: Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. The menu changes every few weeks.
Nearby Metro Stops: Mt. Vernon Square/7th St.-Convention Center
Price Range: Very expensive
Dress: Informal
Reservations: Required

The Mason-jar-lined Shaw market where, come nightfall, Dan O’Brien hauls out a butcher-block table for 12 reflects the chef/co-owner’s handmade cooking style. The dinner-party-like meal—where you’ll likely sit among strangers—might include uni pasta with house-made tagliatelle or a fluffy, foie-gras-stuffed “bronut” covered in powdered sugar and Concord-grape jelly.

Clean and restrained, the cooking rivals that of far fancier dining destinations, and O’Brien walks the line between inventive and soulfully delicious. It all adds up to one of our favorite dining experiences in Washington. 

Open: Wednesday through Saturday for dinner. 

Don’t miss: The menu changes monthly and ranges from $90 to $135 (including tax, tip, and wine). Recent favorites have included pork four ways with Brussels sprouts; potato soup topped with smoked hake; pork belly and clams; and green-curry pot de crème.

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