821 Upshur Street, NW
Washington, DC 20011
Neighborhood: Georgia Ave./Petworth/Takoma DC
Cuisines: Scandinavian, Russian/E. European, Breakfast
Tuesday and Wednesday 5 to 11, Thursday 10 to 11, Friday 10 to midnight, and Sunday 10 to 10:30.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Georgia Ave.-Petworth
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Needed
Gravlax and cream cheese sandwich; gravlax with sweet mustard; pickled herring plate; smoked sprats plate; beet salad; mussles in aquavit-cream; pierogi; Swedish meatballs; beef tenderloin with tomato hollandaise; Norwegian pancake; Finnish buttermilk che
Appetizers $5 to $8; entrées $6 to $18.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: Kera Carpenter’s Alice in Wonderland–meets–Anthropologie lounge/restaurant fills two voids: It may be the only place in the region serving Swedish, Czech, and Polish cooking, and it’s one of the few good restaurants in DC’s Petworth.
What to get: Swedish mainstays—thinly sliced gravlax, a trio of sweetly pickled herrings—served with the nubby rye crackers known as knackebrod; a layered salad of shredded beets and carrots and sliced green apples; grilled-cheese sandwich with white cheddar and chilies; raisin-brioche bread pudding.
Best for: A chilled-out date on one of the thrift-store couches; hanging out with your laptop—wi-fi is free—if you don’t mind the indie rock and trip-hop blaring from the house iPod; a soothing, end-of-day repast.
Insider tip: Aquavit looks like vodka but tastes like fire—try a shot of one of the infused versions, such as lemongrass and ginger, before investing in one of the triple-strength cocktails.
Open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner, Thursday through Sunday for breakfast and lunch.