Cashion's Eat Place
1819 Columbia Rd., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
Cuisines: Modern, American, Breakfast
Tuesday through Friday for dinner, Saturday and Sunday for brunch and dinner.
Nearby Metro Stops: Woodly Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle
Price Range: Moderate
Pork souvlaki with tzatziki and chilies on grilled flatbread; Alaskan crab, Parmesan, and prosciutto with Parker House rolls; turbot with grapefruit beurre blanc; duck breast with foie gras; bison burger (brunch); pear clafoutis.
Our affection for this bistro derives in part from its lived-in soulfulness, which calls to mind the great neighborhood restaurants in New Orleans. A meal in the cozy confines of the dining room is somehow more than the elements that make up the plate.
Which isn’t to say those elements aren’t fine in their own right. Chef/owner John Manolatos apprenticed for years under founder Ann Cashion and is a stickler for butchering his own meats and trolling markets for what’s in season. He incorporates a sometimes-too-wide set of influences—French, Japanese, Indian, Greek—to keep things fresh. But his best dishes, such as a spit-roasted goat with grilled flatbread, feel as timeless as the restaurant. On weekends, the top-notch brunch is one of the best ways to appreciate Adams Morgan in the light of day.
Don’t miss: Mezzethakia (an assortment of dips); foie gras with poached pear; spice-rubbed rib eye; whole dorade; smashed fingerlings with garlic aïoli; chocolate-and-caramel tart.
Open: Tuesday through Saturday for dinner, Sunday for brunch and dinner. Expensive.