100 Best Restaurants 2012: Jaleo - Penn Quarter
Tried and True: 10 Restaurants that Have Consistently Offered Very Good Dining
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 13, 2012
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Jaleo - Penn Quarter
Address: 480 Seventh St., NW, Washington, DC 20004
Phone: 202-628-7949
Neighborhood: Penn Quarter/Chinatown, Downtown
Cuisines: Tapas/Small Plates, Spanish/Portuguese
Opening Hours: Open for lunch and dinner Sunday and Monday 11:30 AM To 10:00 PM; Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 11:30 PM; Friday and Saturday 11:30 AM to midnight. Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday 11:30 to 3.
Nearby Metro Stops: Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Rowdy
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Stone-size boiled baby potatoes with a mojo verde sauce; a good and garlicky gamba al ajillo; house-made grilled sausage with white beans; bacon-wrapped dates; beet salad with pistachios.
Price Details: Tapas $3.95 to $9.95; entrées $14.95 to $16.95.

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Times have changed since the days when the town's only small plates were at these Spanish tapas houses. Now sharing rounds of several dishes is as common as the traditional three-course meal--and although José Andrés's menus have evolved, much remains the same. Tapas we've been loving for years include goat-cheese-stuffed red peppers, crusty bread rubbed with tomatoes and layered with thinly sliced Manchego, a textbook gazpacho, and warm dates wrapped in bacon. Some changes are on the horizon: This year, the original location in DC is scheduled to get a renovation.

What to get: White gazpacho with grapes; ham croquetas; patatas bravas; garlicky shrimp; apple charlotte; flan.

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

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