Great New Restaurants 2010: Estadio
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010
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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 for dinner, Friday for lunch and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
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; patatas bravas; montadito; chorizo bocadillo; tuna bocadillo

From the “slushitos”—craft cocktails in the form of Slurpees—to the sherry-doused ice-cream sundaes, this Logan Circle hot spot shows a devotion to detail. Owner Mark Kuller and chef Haidar Karoum—the team behind Penn Quarter’s wine-centric Proof—have assembled an impressive tapas menu that showcases the duo’s selective shopping. You can taste it most strikingly in the pintxos, skewered one-biters that include the likes of marinated white anchovies and blue-cheese-stuffed figs, and in the fine Spanish meats and cheeses. The duo also understands the rootedness essential to good Spanish cooking. The best dishes, for all their crispness of execution, never lose their soulful rusticity. Which also pretty much describes Estadio.

Don’t miss: Salmorejo, a thickened gazpacho; tortilla de camarones, a shrimp pancake; miniature tuna sandwich with roasted peppers; patatas bravas, fried potatoes doused with a spicy tomato sauce; squid a la plancha; hanger steak. 

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